Sandra Hannon
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Airs Friday, July 23, 2021, at 9 p.m. Join special guest host Sandra Hannon as she marks the coming out of our collective dark night of the soul. Whether it’s the unmistakable voice, the timeless lyrics or the iconic music, these songs comfort, encourage and connect us. Sandra's World is filled with hope.

Carole King - "TAPESTRY"
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Airs Friday, March 5, 2021, at 10 p.m. Two hour-long radio program produced by top public radio music documentary producer Paul Ingles that offers a deep dive celebration of the 1971 Carole King masterpiece on its half-century anniversary (February10, 2021). Top music writers and scholars give their intimate reflections on the album, its place in music history, and Carole King's overall career.

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Airs Friday, February 12, 2021, at 9 p.m.
Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans explores the history of Haiti and the continuing impact of this Caribbean island nation on the music of New Orleans. Hosted by the Grammy-winning Leyla McCalla and produced by WXPN

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Airs Friday, February 5, 2021, at 10 p.m. Hour One: "In the Beginning" and "Pride & Enlightenment"
Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was is the story of radio’s role in the 20th century transformation of the African American community. First aired in 1996, the specials have been reformatted into six hours for 2021. Original host Lou Rawls guides us, with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb.

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Airs Friday, February 5, 2021, at 9 p.m. Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans, that explores and investigates the historical and present day ties between the nation of Haiti and the city of New Orleans with a focus on the music that bonds together the places and people. Hosted by the Grammy-winning Leyla McCalla and produced by WXPN, KANAVAL: The special will focus on themes such as:

Elijah in the wilderness
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Airs Friday, June 19, 2020, at 9 p.m. Join us this week for a speciaol edition of the Caravan on Red River Radio. Our first hour is a Prayer, inspired by Jim Bickertsaff's Prayers of Elijah, a tribute Elijah Cummings along with two works composed by or arranged by Resident Artist, Composer, Dr. Gregory McPherson, Resident Artist, Composer, Director of Choral Music at Wiley College featuring the voice of Kate Campbell, and Michael Jackson’s Heal The World performed live at LeTourneau University in February, 2020, by the a Cappella Choir at Wiley College under the direction of Dr. Gregory McPherson and remixed here for the Juneteenth Collective. The hour also features music by sister Lucile Pope, Warren Wilken, the Damnations, John Miller, Sandy Denney, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Sons of the Never Wrong. The Wallin' Jennys, Andra Day, and Richie Havens.

Then in Hour Two we join Jack Johnson who has hosted annual concerts in Hawaii featuring his musician friends to raise money for the Kokua Foundation he and his wife created to support environmental education programs. This radio special features the best, one-of-a-kind collaborations from past festivals. Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, G Love and Ozomatli join Jack on his hits and covers. Jack also sits in on unique versions of songs made famous by his guests Ben Harper, Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley and Damian Marley. Jack Johnson, G. Love, Wil-Dog (Ozomatli), Taj Mahal, and Zach Gill (A.L.O, Jack’s Band) discuss these performances and the environmental mission of the festival. The program includes one exclusive non-album track – “Home” recorded live at Blue Planet Studio in Honolulu. In Our Third Hour we wander deep through the Shades of Gray.

Airs Friday, March 6, 2020, at 9 p.m. Pink Floyd founder and 2015 Newport Folk Festival headliner, Roger Waters, looks back on his solo recordings, reflects on the continued relevance the subjects, focusing on his 1992 album Amused to Death. Roger: "whoever we are, wherever we live, whatever colour we are, whatever our religion is, whatever our political status, we need to reach out to each other to discover what it is in each individual human being that can understand the predicament of the other and stop going, “I’m the good guy, you're the bad guy.
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Airs Friday, February 21, 2020, at 9 p.m. This documentary details the life and music of Sam Cooke through his own recordings and commentary his friends, family and friends. This program features music from throughout his career that displays the great bredth of his talent before his tragic death in 1964 at the age of 33 - from his gospel roots to his upbeat classic hits, and from his high energy live concerts to his recordings of late-night mood pieces. Interview subjects include R&B legend Bobby Womack, Sam's brother L.C. Cooke, and drummer Hal Blaine.

Bela Fleck and Vusi Mahlasela on stage at Savannah Music Festival
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Airs Friday, February 14, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. Part One of Two: Banjoist Bela Fleck performs alongside exceptional African musicians such as Toumani Diabate, Vusi Mahlasela, D'Gary, Anania Ngoliga and others. Recorded at the Trustees Theater during the Savannah Music Festival. Though the banjo is commonly associated with American musical styles such as country, folk and bluegrass, the stringed instrument was actually adapted from several African musicians before it developed into the modern banjo during the 20th century.

Airs Friday, February 14, 2020, at 9 p.m. Nina Simone was as powerful and complex a person as the music she played. She called it “Black Classical Music,” and it resists all definitions. Its jazz, rhythm and blues, folk, and gospel. It’s a combination as Rich as the culture. Like any legend, Nina Simone became a symbol for People and movements through the years, but she was first and foremost a performer. She acted out the story of each song as if it happened to het just yesterday.