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Desert Oracle Radio

Ken Layne

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Desert Oracle Radio

Desert Oracle Radio

Ken Layne

59
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848
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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

Concrete Jesus

An orphan child from Cincinnati loved the scriptures and lived a life of gold-mine adventure in the Almost-Old West before winding up in a bomber-plane factory in Los Angeles, creating death-delivery systems for the permanent Cold War. Anxious over this atomic nightmare, yet optimistic enough to think humanity could survive it, Frank Antone Martin built an enormous concrete Jesus in his Inglewood driveway. Such is the tale. Tune in to hear it all, the whole sordid thing. It's Episode #110, soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver, snow on the western mountaintops. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 min1 w ago
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Concrete Jesus

All Hallows' Full Moon and the Great Conjunction

It's almost Halloween and we've been too worried to notice, but now that the good weather is here and the veil is thin, make sure you get out beneath the Halloween Full Moon. Our bird-biologist friend C. Del Desierto joins us for strange tales of the desert eagle spotter. And do prepare yourself for the Great Conjunction of 2020, which you can watch happen in real time, by watching Saturn and Jupiter grow ever closer together in our night sky. When the solstice arrives, December 21, well you'll sure know it. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 min3 w ago
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All Hallows' Full Moon and the Great Conjunction

Halloween Night, 2035 A.D.

Hey are you going to the big ritual, down in the grove? It's Halloween Night. And while things were pretty bad for a while, lately it has been a little bit better, out here in the High Desert. Strange new sounds from our RedBlueBlackSilver, true crime stories from Joshua Tree, and well just a lot ofuneasiness, which is appropriate for the season. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minOCT 17
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Halloween Night, 2035 A.D.

In the Beginning Was Gaia

You know what time it is: It looks like we sort of infuriated Good Ol' Mother Gaia to the point that Gaia is feeling the need towipe us off the face of the Earth, the Earth being Gaia. We screwed up pretty good this time! Also: Your postcards and letters from around and across these desert lands. Speaking of such things, our new issue, #9, is out now. You can subscribe at our website — DesertOracle.com — or pick up a copy at fine shops in downtown Joshua Tree. New tracks by JT's own RedBlueBlackSilver. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minOCT 3
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In the Beginning Was Gaia

The Eighth Tower

Is it UFO season in the desert again? People have sure been seeing a lot of strange things up here around Joshua Tree, and "military flares" is never a good enough answer for all the odd activity in the skies. Tonight we bring you a campfire story about a particular strange sight in the sky we experienced a few years ago, and as our special guest we have the interesting and engaging Michael Hacker, narrator ofeight audiobooks by the late, great John Keel. This means we will be talking about thesuperspectrum andVALIS andThe Eighth Tower. You can find Michael Hacker's many paranormal-philosophy audiobook performances at Audible.com. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minSEP 26
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The Eighth Tower

Betwixt and Between

In these last days of this cruel summer, as our wilderness burns, what we can we learn from the Other Life, the world of our pandemic dreams and universally traumatized collective consciousness? Sometimes, there are signposts in the rubble of the ongoing disaster. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minSEP 19
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Betwixt and Between

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How are we doing out there? Pretty bad? Well nobody likes to hear "the ultraterrestrial entities told you so," but, the ultraterrestrial entities told you so. It was 27 years ago this month—at the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe—that 62 students witnessed a miracle. Of the biblical variety. Several strange, wise entities appeared in their bizarre vessel at the edge of the playground, hovering over the brush the way the White Goddess and the Queen of the Universe and the Virgin of Guadalupe always appear, so often to the relatively pure eyes and hearts of the children. And they had a message. We did not heed the message. Strange new soundscapes from RedBlueBlackSilver tonight, a fitting musical environment for tonight's tales of environmental terror. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minSEP 12
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Secrets of the Superspectrum

Burrowed down through another Extreme Heat Event, we send this radio dispatch to you. The world has gone mad, why not join the fun? Join the revolution. Well what happened is we were talking about all the desert creatures coming out of their holes at night—literally, the rabbit holes, in the case of our many Mojave cottontails and jackrabbits—and then all the sudden we went down the rabbit hole, too. At least it's cooler down here! Fine new sounds by RedBlueBlackSilver. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minSEP 5
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Secrets of the Superspectrum

Dark Psychic Force

Remember last August, a year ago, when the national media found it very funny that presidential candidate Marianne Williamson mentioned the "dark psychic force" that had taken hold of America? Well, here we are. We had better make the best of it. How are you surviving in our New Time? We will talk about some of the ways to make it through, from spiritual revelations to forming little communities with your friends and family. Lots of fine new soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver, too. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minAUG 29
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Dark Psychic Force

Mountain of the Stars

We are back in the scorching hot radio studio with an all-new episode of the radio show thatPalm Springs Life magazine named the "Best Freaky Radio Program." Sure, fine, we'll take it. Tonight, it's all about the mysterious place names of the desert southwest, in particular the 1.6-billion-year-old 30-mile-long slab of rock called Sierra Estrella. The Estrellas. Home of the "Estrella Lights." Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minAUG 15
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Mountain of the Stars

Latest Episodes

Concrete Jesus

An orphan child from Cincinnati loved the scriptures and lived a life of gold-mine adventure in the Almost-Old West before winding up in a bomber-plane factory in Los Angeles, creating death-delivery systems for the permanent Cold War. Anxious over this atomic nightmare, yet optimistic enough to think humanity could survive it, Frank Antone Martin built an enormous concrete Jesus in his Inglewood driveway. Such is the tale. Tune in to hear it all, the whole sordid thing. It's Episode #110, soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver, snow on the western mountaintops. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 min1 w ago
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Concrete Jesus

All Hallows' Full Moon and the Great Conjunction

It's almost Halloween and we've been too worried to notice, but now that the good weather is here and the veil is thin, make sure you get out beneath the Halloween Full Moon. Our bird-biologist friend C. Del Desierto joins us for strange tales of the desert eagle spotter. And do prepare yourself for the Great Conjunction of 2020, which you can watch happen in real time, by watching Saturn and Jupiter grow ever closer together in our night sky. When the solstice arrives, December 21, well you'll sure know it. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 min3 w ago
Comments
All Hallows' Full Moon and the Great Conjunction

Halloween Night, 2035 A.D.

Hey are you going to the big ritual, down in the grove? It's Halloween Night. And while things were pretty bad for a while, lately it has been a little bit better, out here in the High Desert. Strange new sounds from our RedBlueBlackSilver, true crime stories from Joshua Tree, and well just a lot ofuneasiness, which is appropriate for the season. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minOCT 17
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Halloween Night, 2035 A.D.

In the Beginning Was Gaia

You know what time it is: It looks like we sort of infuriated Good Ol' Mother Gaia to the point that Gaia is feeling the need towipe us off the face of the Earth, the Earth being Gaia. We screwed up pretty good this time! Also: Your postcards and letters from around and across these desert lands. Speaking of such things, our new issue, #9, is out now. You can subscribe at our website — DesertOracle.com — or pick up a copy at fine shops in downtown Joshua Tree. New tracks by JT's own RedBlueBlackSilver. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minOCT 3
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In the Beginning Was Gaia

The Eighth Tower

Is it UFO season in the desert again? People have sure been seeing a lot of strange things up here around Joshua Tree, and "military flares" is never a good enough answer for all the odd activity in the skies. Tonight we bring you a campfire story about a particular strange sight in the sky we experienced a few years ago, and as our special guest we have the interesting and engaging Michael Hacker, narrator ofeight audiobooks by the late, great John Keel. This means we will be talking about thesuperspectrum andVALIS andThe Eighth Tower. You can find Michael Hacker's many paranormal-philosophy audiobook performances at Audible.com. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minSEP 26
Comments
The Eighth Tower

Betwixt and Between

In these last days of this cruel summer, as our wilderness burns, what we can we learn from the Other Life, the world of our pandemic dreams and universally traumatized collective consciousness? Sometimes, there are signposts in the rubble of the ongoing disaster. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minSEP 19
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Betwixt and Between

Message Deleted

How are we doing out there? Pretty bad? Well nobody likes to hear "the ultraterrestrial entities told you so," but, the ultraterrestrial entities told you so. It was 27 years ago this month—at the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe—that 62 students witnessed a miracle. Of the biblical variety. Several strange, wise entities appeared in their bizarre vessel at the edge of the playground, hovering over the brush the way the White Goddess and the Queen of the Universe and the Virgin of Guadalupe always appear, so often to the relatively pure eyes and hearts of the children. And they had a message. We did not heed the message. Strange new soundscapes from RedBlueBlackSilver tonight, a fitting musical environment for tonight's tales of environmental terror. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minSEP 12
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Message Deleted

Secrets of the Superspectrum

Burrowed down through another Extreme Heat Event, we send this radio dispatch to you. The world has gone mad, why not join the fun? Join the revolution. Well what happened is we were talking about all the desert creatures coming out of their holes at night—literally, the rabbit holes, in the case of our many Mojave cottontails and jackrabbits—and then all the sudden we went down the rabbit hole, too. At least it's cooler down here! Fine new sounds by RedBlueBlackSilver. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minSEP 5
Comments
Secrets of the Superspectrum

Dark Psychic Force

Remember last August, a year ago, when the national media found it very funny that presidential candidate Marianne Williamson mentioned the "dark psychic force" that had taken hold of America? Well, here we are. We had better make the best of it. How are you surviving in our New Time? We will talk about some of the ways to make it through, from spiritual revelations to forming little communities with your friends and family. Lots of fine new soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver, too. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minAUG 29
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Dark Psychic Force

Mountain of the Stars

We are back in the scorching hot radio studio with an all-new episode of the radio show thatPalm Springs Life magazine named the "Best Freaky Radio Program." Sure, fine, we'll take it. Tonight, it's all about the mysterious place names of the desert southwest, in particular the 1.6-billion-year-old 30-mile-long slab of rock called Sierra Estrella. The Estrellas. Home of the "Estrella Lights." Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28 minAUG 15
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Mountain of the Stars
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