Hafeez Ahmed Khan
Ghazal: Urdu Poetry
Recorded at a mehfil, a house concert where everyone takes their shoes off and sits on pillows and carpets. The informal atmosphere is quite different from a concert hall. In this recording,...
Riffin' on Music & Language
The origins of key elements of African American culture, such as the blues and jazz, can be traced to traditional West African griot and djali musicians and performers. They were not just...
West African Music
master percussionist from Ghana, talks about West African music, with many musical examples, interview
Satire has long been a favorite device of artists seeking to subvert by making fun of those in power, be it church, state, king or landlord. If they are especially...
Lovers in a Dangerous Time
A dangerous time indeed. We are plagued by a surge of government and corporate corruption, human rights abuses, massive natural disasters, environmental destruction and seemingly endless war. In these dangerous...
Real Politics, Real Poetry
The role of creative people in society has long been debated. Should they focus on their art and stay away from politics? Poets, writers, painters, filmmakers, musicians, artists in general...
The Poetry of Palestine's National Poet
This program features some of Darwish's finest poems, including "Promises," "The Roses and the Dictionary," "My Mother" and "Passport." You will hear the poems in Arabic followed by English translation....
Peter Lamborn Wilson
What is Sufism?
Sufis and Sufism are terms bandied about. There are romantic images of whirling dervishes and mystics deep in esoteric practices. But who are they and what do they do? Sufis...
From Sand Creek & Other Poems
This is a deeply evocative program. Simon Ortiz has a captivating voice and a subtle artistic sensitivity. He talks about his background and influences that have informed his worldview, poetry...
Native American Poetry and Perspectives
Indian Realities: Poetry and Viewpoints
Out of the thousands of FBI documents on John Trudell, the Bureau said this: “Trudell is an intelligent individual and eloquent speaker who has the ability to stimulate people into...
Childhood Memories, Poetry & Palestine
June Jordan talks about her early life and influences growing up in New York, the daughter of immigrant parents. Her mother was from Panama and her father from Jamaica. She...
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