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Desert Oracle Radio

Ken Layne

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Desert Oracle Radio

Desert Oracle Radio

Ken Layne

48
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648
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Desert Oracle Radio is a weekly road trip through the weird American desert from the publisher of Desert Oracle, the pocket-sized field guide published in Joshua Tree, California. Hear tales of mysterious lights, missing tourists, lost mines, venomous creatures, weird history and weirder people. Hosted by editor Ken Layne and featuring a cast of intriguing mystics, oddballs, scientists and artists, Desert Oracle Radio is your soundtrack for a desert night. The program is broadcast on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on KCDZ 107.7 FM in the Mojave high desert, with field reports from around and across the desert lands, and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Latest Episodes

The Ranger's Life

What does it mean to be a ranger? It means you are married to the mission, a soldier for your planetary home, armed with a moral compass and a Smokey Bear hat—a park-ranger style, by the way, that was introduced by the first generation of national park rangers, the Buffalo Soldiers black Calvary regiment, who began duty as Yosemite's park rangers in 1899. With new sounds by RedBlueBlackSilver and a historical look at the Civilian Conservation Corps that was created to serve America's national parks back in thelast Great Depression. http://DesertOracle.com (c)(p) 2020 Desert Oracle Support the show.

28 MIN2 d ago
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The Ranger's Life

Wizards and Critters

When it's Snakesgiving Time in the Mojave, everybody's just a little more careful. Goes well with these weird new times, being careful. So please make an effort to not run over any tortoises or coyotes or bobcats or gopher snakes when you're racing through the re-opened national park. Support the show.

28 MIN1 w ago
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Wizards and Critters

Campfire Nightmares

Remember campfires? We sure do. Standing around a campfire telling stories and socializing used to be a big part of the Desert Oracle "workflow," as they say over in corporate. And it will be again. But while we ride the storm out, here's our most recent Campfire Stories night, from January 2020, with a brand-new RedBlueBlackSilver soundtrack and some other weird stuff. And it's an hourlong special episode, too. Life ain't always empty. Support the show.

60 MIN2 w ago
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Campfire Nightmares

That Which Is But Isn't

Are they trying to ram a space-alien story down your throat again? Yeah they are, it happens sometimes. Every couple years, for reasons even they can't agree upon. Let's take a last look at this "Pentagon UFO" business and move on, because if ever we needed to move on, that time has come. Plus: What happened over Farmington, New Mexico, in March of 1950? Whatever it was, everybody saw it. It, them, whatever it was, whatever they are. Support the show.

28 MIN3 w ago
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That Which Is But Isn't

Back to the Barrooms

We've about had it with the cabin fever and now we've got the ramblin' fever. So let's pour a couple of drinks and enjoy some saloon time on this fine desert night. Maybe get a beer back, too. And six more for the road. Our Phoenix friend Jason P. Woodbury joins us at the bar. Support the show.

28 MINMAY 2
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Back to the Barrooms

From a P.O. Box

A tarnished brass key, a small locked box, a sequence of magical numbers, a charmless old block building in the desert. It is here that we visit in the night, keeping our distance, looking for sustenance. It is here we receive your offerings of words and other treasure. Look, all we mean is, tonight is all letters from you, letters from our listening community, letters and their replies. Support the show.

28 MINAPR 25
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From a P.O. Box

Return of the Wild Things

An all-new quarantine episode of Desert Oracle Radio from our secure desert compound, where we are noting the return of the wildlife, the blue skies, the clear air, the happy songbirds, and all the springtime joys of a time when the people have chosen to stay mostly at home, for the sake of human society. New & classic soundscapes by our own RedBlueBlackSilver. Here the terrestrial radio broadcast on our home station, KCDZ 107.7 FM in Joshua Tree, Calif., Fridays from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. http://DesertOracle.com (c)(p) 2017-2020 Desert Oracle Support the show.

28 MINAPR 18
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Return of the Wild Things

Never the Twain Shall Meet

We've all beendreaming a lot more than usual, or so it seems. Maybe we're just remembering our dreams during this strange time. Maybe we're just spending more time with our brains. But what happens when we all begin dreaming the same dream? Support the show.

28 MINAPR 11
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Never the Twain Shall Meet

Embracing Mortality, With Erik Davis

Well the surprise here is that this is an opportunity, to appreciate this time of silence and to appreciate our fragile mortality. The desert has always offered that to the seekers, to the lunatics, to the prophets. Guest Erik Davis joins us for the full hour, as we talk about the very entertaining and enlightening audiobook he just finished for his best-sellingHigh Weirdness. Be here now, with your desert friends. New sounds from RedBlueBlackSilver. Listen to our Friday night broadcast on KCDZ FM, 107.7 in Joshua Tree. Support the show.

60 MINAPR 3
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Embracing Mortality, With Erik Davis

Trailed by Twenty Hounds

Hey did you hear we're going to open up the country again for May Day! We'll try, anyway. Try to get it going on Beltane Eve. Jason P. Woodbury joins us for another interesting tale about music made here in the American Desert, this time regarding longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, who wrote a number of interesting lyrics about the legends and geography of the Southwest. Support the show.

28 MINMAR 27
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Trailed by Twenty Hounds

Latest Episodes

The Ranger's Life

What does it mean to be a ranger? It means you are married to the mission, a soldier for your planetary home, armed with a moral compass and a Smokey Bear hat—a park-ranger style, by the way, that was introduced by the first generation of national park rangers, the Buffalo Soldiers black Calvary regiment, who began duty as Yosemite's park rangers in 1899. With new sounds by RedBlueBlackSilver and a historical look at the Civilian Conservation Corps that was created to serve America's national parks back in thelast Great Depression. http://DesertOracle.com (c)(p) 2020 Desert Oracle Support the show.

28 MIN2 d ago
Comments
The Ranger's Life

Wizards and Critters

When it's Snakesgiving Time in the Mojave, everybody's just a little more careful. Goes well with these weird new times, being careful. So please make an effort to not run over any tortoises or coyotes or bobcats or gopher snakes when you're racing through the re-opened national park. Support the show.

28 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Wizards and Critters

Campfire Nightmares

Remember campfires? We sure do. Standing around a campfire telling stories and socializing used to be a big part of the Desert Oracle "workflow," as they say over in corporate. And it will be again. But while we ride the storm out, here's our most recent Campfire Stories night, from January 2020, with a brand-new RedBlueBlackSilver soundtrack and some other weird stuff. And it's an hourlong special episode, too. Life ain't always empty. Support the show.

60 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Campfire Nightmares

That Which Is But Isn't

Are they trying to ram a space-alien story down your throat again? Yeah they are, it happens sometimes. Every couple years, for reasons even they can't agree upon. Let's take a last look at this "Pentagon UFO" business and move on, because if ever we needed to move on, that time has come. Plus: What happened over Farmington, New Mexico, in March of 1950? Whatever it was, everybody saw it. It, them, whatever it was, whatever they are. Support the show.

28 MIN3 w ago
Comments
That Which Is But Isn't

Back to the Barrooms

We've about had it with the cabin fever and now we've got the ramblin' fever. So let's pour a couple of drinks and enjoy some saloon time on this fine desert night. Maybe get a beer back, too. And six more for the road. Our Phoenix friend Jason P. Woodbury joins us at the bar. Support the show.

28 MINMAY 2
Comments
Back to the Barrooms

From a P.O. Box

A tarnished brass key, a small locked box, a sequence of magical numbers, a charmless old block building in the desert. It is here that we visit in the night, keeping our distance, looking for sustenance. It is here we receive your offerings of words and other treasure. Look, all we mean is, tonight is all letters from you, letters from our listening community, letters and their replies. Support the show.

28 MINAPR 25
Comments
From a P.O. Box

Return of the Wild Things

An all-new quarantine episode of Desert Oracle Radio from our secure desert compound, where we are noting the return of the wildlife, the blue skies, the clear air, the happy songbirds, and all the springtime joys of a time when the people have chosen to stay mostly at home, for the sake of human society. New & classic soundscapes by our own RedBlueBlackSilver. Here the terrestrial radio broadcast on our home station, KCDZ 107.7 FM in Joshua Tree, Calif., Fridays from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. http://DesertOracle.com (c)(p) 2017-2020 Desert Oracle Support the show.

28 MINAPR 18
Comments
Return of the Wild Things

Never the Twain Shall Meet

We've all beendreaming a lot more than usual, or so it seems. Maybe we're just remembering our dreams during this strange time. Maybe we're just spending more time with our brains. But what happens when we all begin dreaming the same dream? Support the show.

28 MINAPR 11
Comments
Never the Twain Shall Meet

Embracing Mortality, With Erik Davis

Well the surprise here is that this is an opportunity, to appreciate this time of silence and to appreciate our fragile mortality. The desert has always offered that to the seekers, to the lunatics, to the prophets. Guest Erik Davis joins us for the full hour, as we talk about the very entertaining and enlightening audiobook he just finished for his best-sellingHigh Weirdness. Be here now, with your desert friends. New sounds from RedBlueBlackSilver. Listen to our Friday night broadcast on KCDZ FM, 107.7 in Joshua Tree. Support the show.

60 MINAPR 3
Comments
Embracing Mortality, With Erik Davis

Trailed by Twenty Hounds

Hey did you hear we're going to open up the country again for May Day! We'll try, anyway. Try to get it going on Beltane Eve. Jason P. Woodbury joins us for another interesting tale about music made here in the American Desert, this time regarding longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, who wrote a number of interesting lyrics about the legends and geography of the Southwest. Support the show.

28 MINMAR 27
Comments
Trailed by Twenty Hounds
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