HFVS VFR Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Valley Free Radio Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 11 – 12, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

What do you get when you put musician Steve Weeks and director Dave Franklyn in a room filled with cardboard, paint, tape, glue, scissors and string? Watch the new video for Steve’s song “Change of Heart” and find out! — www.steveweeksmusic.com

 


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HFVS Halloween Episode with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg (Radio Show/Podcast)

Halloween Episode
with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg

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This week’s guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg, shares songs about noises, monsters and the Boogie Man, performs Halloween songs live with her ukulele, and shares the Flamenco spiced “Story of the Cat and the Chicken” (with ukulele flamenco by her partner Daniel Ward). A little spooky and a lotta silly! – www.sukeyjumpmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Oct 28th & 29th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Kindie music singer songwriters Lori Henriques and Todd McHatton come together as You and Me and the Rain. The first release is a special holiday Halloween tune and video, For Halloween This Year.


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  • You and Me and the Rain- “For Halloween This Year” [single release]
  • Natalie Merchant -“Isabel” [Leave Your Sleep]
  • Johnathan Richman -“Party in the Woods” [Back in Your Life]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Boogie Man” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Pete Seeger – “Abi Yoyo” [Children’s Concert at Town Hall]
  • Albert Whelan – “My  Brother makes the Noises for the Talkies” [Imperial #2490]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Cup of Tea” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Skümbaag – “Pop Goes the Weazel” [Music is the Enemy]
  • Sam Hinton -“Old Boastun Was Dead” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Sam Hinton – “Little old Woman all Skin and Bone” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Down in the Valley” [Play]
  • Scott Jarrett – “Edge on the Moon” [The Gift of Thirst]
  • Heidi Swedberg -“Oona’s Halloween Song” [Live]
  • Heidi Swedberg- “The Green-Eyed Dragon With the 13 Tails” [Live]

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired: Oct 26th & 27th, 2013]

Hilltown Family Variety Show, Autumn Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Autumn Episode with
Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

Explore the joys of autumn with guest DJ Lucy Kalantari. With music spanning decades from the 1930s to the present she includes the voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Earth, Wind & Fire, The White Stripes, Joanie Leeds, Mister G, and many more. Everyone has something to say about autumn. — www.LucyKalantari.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 21st & 22nd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “Falling”


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  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” [The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1]
  • Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “Falling” [Bandwagon]
  • Wendy & DB – “Jump Into Fall” [Pockets, Seasons, Rhymes And Reasons]
  • Chibi Kodama – “Moonlight Dance” [Stardust]
  • The White Stripes – “We’re Going To Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • Sean’s Music Factory – “Kindergarten Shoes” [Love and Music]
  • Julie Andrews “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” [Mary Poppins (Soundtrack)]
  • Mister G – “Luckiest Kid in the World” [Pizza for Breakfast]
  • Laura Doherty – “I’m a Tree” [Shining Like a Star]
  • Sarah Vaughan – “September In The Rain” [Sarah Vaughan At Mister Kelly’s]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “It’s Halloween” [Big Things]
  • Grin Brigade – “Must Be Halloween” [Crazy With Happiness]
  • Ken Page – “Oogie Boogie’s Song” [The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Mysterious Mose” [Big Things]
  • Tom Proutt & Emily Gary – “Fall of the Year” [A Celebration of the Seasons: Goodnight Songs]
  • Gene Kelly – “Singin’ In The Rain” [Singing In The Rain – Original Film Soundtrack]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Early Autumn” [Early Autumn]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Balloon” [Big Things]
  • Jon Samson – “Why I Love the Seasons” [A New Kids Album]

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired: October 1st & 2nd, 2016]

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HFVS What I Learned this Summer Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks (Radio Show/Podcast)

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What I Learned This Summer Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

What did you learn this summer? Did you take any trips? Join Guest DJ, Steve Weeks, as we travel through the Dakotas, the gulf coast, the Great Smoky Mountains, Southern California, the Canadian maritimes, and more! We’ll meet folks from all across the country and discover what’s going on in their local communities. Grab your map, buckle up, and tune in for a Hilltown Family Variety Show road trip! —  www.steveweeksmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 30th & October 1, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  “Change of Heart”by Steve Weeks


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  • Scribblemonster – “Our Summer Song” [Shark Sandwich]
    • Interview: Traci Juhala of North Dakota
    • Interview: Marivel Zambrano-Esparza of Santa Barbara, CA
  • Steve Weeks – “Dog Beach” [Once I Lived Upon the Sea]
    • Interview: Megrez Rudolph of Fairhope, AL
  • Peter Mulvey – “Sympathies” [Silver Ladder]
    • Interview: Ellis Rice of Las Vegas, NV
    • Interview: Rachel of Oak Ridge, TN
  • The Osborne Brothers – “Rockytop” [Appalachian Stomp]
    • Interview: Celeste of New Orleans, LA
  • Steve Weeks – “Once I Lived Upon the Sea” [Once I Lived Upon the Sea]
    • Interview: Gary LaFranier of Lame Deer, MT
  • North Bear – “Daddy’s Girl” [Feelings & Emotions]
    • Interview: Elia of Yuma Arizona
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Telephone Called” [Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom]
    • Interview: Cindy of Gulfport, MS
  • Steve Weeks – “My Grandpa Gave Me a Hammer ” [Once I Lived Upon the Sea]
    • Interview: Caleb Miles of Bridgetown, NS
  • Caleb Miles – “Satya” [Long Dark Road]

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired: September 27th & 28th, 2014]

HFVS Science & Education Episode with Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Science & Education Episode with Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants

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Danny Weinkauf guest DJs this week, demonstrating though song examples and commentary his love of science and education, and how it has influenced his favorite songs and personal writing style. − www.dannyweinkauf.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 23rd & 24th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:   “I am a Paleontologist” from They Might Be Giants album Here Comes Science.


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  • The Beatles – “Help!” (Help!)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Archaeology” (No School Today)
  • Fountains of Wayne – “Hat and feet” (Fountains of Wayne)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Meet the Elements” (Here Comes Science)
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Haul Away Joe” (A Mississippi River Adventure Album)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Champion of the Spelling Bee” (No School Today)
  • Queen – “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” (A Night at the Opera)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “ice Cream” (No School Today)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Alphabet Lost and Found” (Here Come the ABCs)
  • Justin Roberts – “Recess” (Recess)
  • The White Stripes – “My Doorbell” (Get Behind Me Satan)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Electric Car” (Here Comes Science)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Marsupial” (No School Today)
  • Caspar Babypants – “Kangaroo” (I Found You)
  • Laurie Berkner – “Fireflies” (Laurie Berkner Lullabies)
  • Lincoln “To Build a House” (Lincoln)
  • The Ramones ” I Want to be Sedated” (Road to Ruin)
  • They Might Be Giants – “I am a Paleontologist” (Here Comes Science)

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired May 2014]

HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

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HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month
with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

Andrés and Christina from 123 Andrés share the things that inspire them. Friends, travel, and dreams fill this episode, along with music from different artists… including a zombie! — www.123andres.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 16th & 17th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]


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  • 123 Andrés – “Ten Little Birds” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Nathalia – “Que llueva” [Cuando era pequeña (When I Was Your Age)]
  • Orlando Valle “Maraca” – “Almendra” [Formula Uno]
  • 123 Andrés – “Vuela, vuela” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Tu Rockcito – “Cantar En Un Concierto de Rock” [Rockcitis Aguda]
  • Chuchumbé (feat. Zenen Zeferino) – “Conga de San Benito” [¡Caramba Niño!]
  • Poncho Sanchez – “Watermelon Man” [Conga Blue]
  • Los Wemblers de Iquitos – “Sonido Amazónico” [La Danza del Petrolero]
  • 123 Andrés – “Tickles” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Palavra Cantada – “Bolacha de Água e Sal” [Especial Dia Das Crianças]
  • 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Rita Rosa y Amigos – “La Rana” [Fiesta en la Tierra Akanamandla]
  • Rita del Prado & Dúo Karma – “Mambo Congrí” [En Guarandinga por Toda Cuba]
  • Manuel Garcia – “Acuario” [Acuario]
  • 31 Minutos – “Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Bombi)” [Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Banda Sonora Original de la Cuarta Temporada)]

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SciShow: Teaching the World of Science Through Video

SciShow: Teaching the World of Science Through Video

Spotlighting the most engaging and fascinating of scientific topics with brevity, SciShow brings kid-friendly web-based doses of science to screens everywhere! Offered through SciShow’s Youtube channel are dozens upon dozens of videos teaching about everything from plasma to the influences of science fiction.

Science-curious learners of almost any age can take advantage of the information offered through SciShow’s videos in numerous ways, including gaining exposure to new topics, solidifying understanding of topics already explored, or adding background knowledge to topics explored through experience.  Read the rest of this entry »

Community-Based Events for the Solar Eclipse

Partial Eclipse Visible on Monday, August 21, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon will pass in front of the sun, creating a solar eclipse which will be visible throughout the United States. In western Massachusetts, this event will be visible as a partial eclipse, as the moon will not entirely obscure our view of the sun. In fourteen states across the country, it will be visible as a total eclipse! The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the United States in this manner was June 8, 1918!

Since the sun will still be visible to us throughout the eclipse, viewers will need to acquire eclipse glasses in order to view it safely. Various organizations will be offering these tools, as well as fun educational activities, at eclipse viewing events on Monday, August 21, 2017:  Read the rest of this entry »

Bees & Ants: Symbiotic Relationships with Plants

Bees & Ants: Symbiotic Relationships with Plants

“Bees and flowers have an amazingly close relationship. Flowers need bees in order to reproduce, and bees need flowers to feed their colonies. Take away one, and the other would disappear too. It begs the question: When it comes to evolution, which came first, the bees or the flowers?” Discover more with this short video by It’s Okay To Be Smart.

But not only do bees have a symbiotic relationships with plants… so do ants!

HFVS Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode with Guest DJs, Funkinships (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode
with Guest DJs, Funkinships

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During this segment an unlikely band of musical misfits known as Funkinships, share some of their favorite songs about the river that brought them together. Learn about the critters that make the water a magical place and why we need to keep the rivers clean for them. — www.funkinships.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 5th & 6th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Sesame Street: Alligator King


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  • Funkinships – “Sea Legs” [Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Shel Silverstien – “Captain Hook” [Where The Sidewalk Ends]
  • Pete Seeger and Ed Renehan – “The Old Ben Franklin and the Sloop Sally B”[Fifty Sail on Newburgh Bay]
  • Funkinships – “The Shad and The Eel”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Make and Clancy – “A Place in the Choir” [The Makem and Clancey Collection]
  • Kermit the Frog – “Rainbow Connection” [The Muppet Movie Original Soundtrack]
  • Lyle Lovett – “If I had a Boat” [Pontiac]
  • Funkinships – “Left Foot, Right Foot”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Sesame Street – “Alligator King” [The Count Counts: Vol. 1]
  • Pete Seeger – “Sailing Down my Golden River” [Pete]
  • Funkinships – “If You Cant Sing Well Sing Loud”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Derek McGee – “The Donkey Of Violet Hill”
  • John Hartford – “Turn Your Radio On” [Steam Powered Aero Plane]
  • Funkinships – “The Great Whale Ball”[Post Folk Absurdist]

[Original broadcast: October 8th & 9th, 2016]

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HFVS Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy (Radio Show/Podcast)

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WEATHER EPISODE
GUEST DJ, ALISON FAITH LEVY

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 22nd & 23rd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 


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  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” – [Out of the Blue]
  • Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain” [American Beauty]
  • Allen Clapp – “Scattered Showers” [One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “I Love the Rain” [World of Wonder]
  • The Velvet Underground – “Who Loves the Sun” [Loaded]
  • The Hollies – “Everything is Sunshine” [The Hollies: Epic Anthology]
  • XTC – “Ballet for a Rainy Day” [Skylarking]
  • Jimi Hendrix – “The Wind Cries Mary” [The Ultimate Experience]
  • Beach Boys – “Wind Chimes” [Smile Sessions]
  • Allen Clapp & His Orchestra – “If the Wind is Right” [Mixed Greens]
  • The Three O’Clock – “When Lightning Starts” [Sixteen Tambourines]
  • Led Zeppelin – “The Rain Song” [Houses of the Holy]
  • Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You” [Middle Cyclone]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “Eye of the Tornado” [World of Wonder]
  • Etta James – “Stormy Weather” [At Last]
  • The Beatles – “Good Day Sunshine” [Revolver]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • The Beatles – “Sun King” [Abbey Road]
  • Autumn Leaves – “Stars in the Snow” [The Twilight Hours of the Autumn Leaves]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Drinking from the Sky” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Jayhawks – “Save It For a Rainy Day” [Rainy Day Music]
  • The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” [Something Else by The Kinks]

Original broadcast: May 12, 2012.

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HFVS Latin American Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra Velasquez (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Latin American Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra Velasquez

Moona Luna’s Sandra Velasquez takes you on a Latin American bus adventure.  Based on her own travels by bus through Latin America, she provides you with a soundtrack for a journey that is as rich and diverse as the changing landscape. – www.moonalunamusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 3rd & 4th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “PANORAMA” by Moona Luna


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  • Rana Santacruz – “Lo Unico Que Quiero” [Chicavasco]
  • Moona Luna – “Panorama” [Panorama]
  • Los Super Seven – “Canoero” [Los Super Seven]
  • Susana Baca – “Que Bonito Tu Vestido” [Afrodiaspora]
  • Ana Tijoux – “1977” [1977]
  • Moona Luna – “Vamos, Let’s Go” [Vamos, Let’s Go]
  • Rana Santacruz – “Ojitos De Maguey” [Chicavasco]
  • Paulihno Moska & Ceu- “10 Contados” [Ceu]
  • Pistolera – “Ponle Frenos” [El Desierto Y La Ciudad]
    Moona Luna – “Espejos” [Panorama]
  • Los Diablitos – “Los Caminos De La Vida” [Sorpresa Caribe]
  • Moona Luna – “La Llegada” [Panorama]

[Original broadcast: May 28th & 29th, 2016]

Chemistry is F9 U92 N7!

Chemistry is F9 U92 N7!

People often talk about “chemicals” in our food, water, or hygiene products in reference to possibly toxic or carcinogenic ingredients. Some chemicals certainly are dangerous to humans, but EVERYTHING is made up of chemicals! But what is the exact definition of a chemical, anyway? The Merriam-Webster definition of “chemical,” reads A substance obtained by a chemical process or producing a chemical effect. And chemistry is the study of how chemicals interact and react with one another.

Here Hank Green gives us a “crash course” in chemistry with a series of fast-paced, educational videos:

Cooking is often used as an example of an everyday activity which involves chemistry. When you apply heat to a piece of steak in a pan, water content leaves the muscle fibers. This is why the fillet is smaller after it has been cooked. Think about some other interesting reactions which occur in the kitchen. Why does corn pop? Another way to ask this question would be, why don’t other grains pop? Corn contains water, which turns to steam, creating pressure inside the hard outer shell and eventually exploding.

What do these reactions look like close up? The website, www.beautifulchemistry.net has amazing videos of reactions, like this one:  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS VFR Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

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VFR Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 13 & 14, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  What do you get when you put musician Steve Weeks and director Dave Franklyn in a room filled with cardboard, paint, tape, glue, scissors and string? Watch the new video for Steve’s song “Change of Heart” and find out! — www.steveweeksmusic.com


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HFVS Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy (Radio Show/Podcast)

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WEATHER EPISODE
GUEST DJ, ALISON FAITH LEVY

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 22nd & 23rd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “World of Wonder,” the title track from Alison Faith Levy’s debut album for children World of Wondera paean to the natural world and all its mystery. Animated by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.


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  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” – [Out of the Blue]
  • Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain” [American Beauty]
  • Allen Clapp – “Scattered Showers” [One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “I Love the Rain” [World of Wonder]
  • The Velvet Underground – “Who Loves the Sun” [Loaded]
  • The Hollies – “Everything is Sunshine” [The Hollies: Epic Anthology]
  • XTC – “Ballet for a Rainy Day” [Skylarking]
  • Jimi Hendrix – “The Wind Cries Mary” [The Ultimate Experience]
  • Beach Boys – “Wind Chimes” [Smile Sessions]
  • Allen Clapp & His Orchestra – “If the Wind is Right” [Mixed Greens]
  • The Three O’Clock – “When Lightning Starts” [Sixteen Tambourines]
  • Led Zeppelin – “The Rain Song” [Houses of the Holy]
  • Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You” [Middle Cyclone]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “Eye of the Tornado” [World of Wonder]
  • Etta James – “Stormy Weather” [At Last]
  • The Beatles – “Good Day Sunshine” [Revolver]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • The Beatles – “Sun King” [Abbey Road]
  • Autumn Leaves – “Stars in the Snow” [The Twilight Hours of the Autumn Leaves]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Drinking from the Sky” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Jayhawks – “Save It For a Rainy Day” [Rainy Day Music]
  • The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” [Something Else by The Kinks]

Original broadcast: May 12, 2012.

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HFVS Earth Day Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Earth Day Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

This special Earth Day Episode by Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband highlights songs and concepts that explore compassion, kindness, and our interconnectedness with Earth and all beings. The episode underscores the reminder that our love and intention are powerful forces that can inspire all of us to act in ways that protect and take care of the Earth. In addition to music along these lines, the show also includes a story (theme: interbeing) and a guided meditation (theme: non-harming). Because every day should be Earth Day! — www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 15th & 16th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  EARTH DAY by Charity and the JAMband


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  • The Beatles – “Mother Nature’s Son” [The White Album]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Earth Day” [EARTH]
  • Joe Reilly – “I Love Nature” [Children of the Earth]
  • The Banana Slug String Band – “Sun, Soil, Water and Air” [Singing in Our Garden]
  • Melita – “Turn the World Around” [Light Within]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “I Am the Earth and the Earth Is Me” [EARTH]
  • STORY: “The Sun in My Belly” by Sister Susan, illustrated by Sister Rain, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Speak for the Earth” [EARTH]
  • The Alphabet Rockers – “Change the World” [Playground Zone]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Meditation for Non-Harming” [Sit Breathe Love: Guided Meditations for Children and the Grown-Ups Who Love Them
  • Neil Young – “A New Day for Love” [The Monsanto Years]

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HFVS Twofers & Threefers Episode with Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan

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Twofers & Threefers Episode
with Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan

Randy returns to the Hilltown airwaves with a set of twofers and threefers: short mini-segments of two or three related songs——songs by the same group, in the same style, or whose themes or subject matter connect in some way. You’ll hear blues, folk, country, calypso, a few off-the-beaten-path numbers, and even a show tune lullaby sung by Randy’s wife, Julie May Kaplan…and, of course, a few trademark Randy songs as well.  — www.randykaplan.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 1st & 2nd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  “Crew Cut” from Jam on Rye:


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  • Dave Van Ronk – “Did You Hear John Hurt?” […And The Tin Pan Bended, And The Story Ended… {Live}]
  • Mississippi John Hurt – “My Creole Belle” [Satisfied…..{Live}]
  • Doc Watson – “Curly Headed Baby” [Memories]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Crew Cut” [Jam on Rye]
  • Dan Bern – “My Frigerator Broke” [Three Feet Tall]
  • The Clash – “Lost in the Supermarket” [London Calling]
  • Randy Kaplan – “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh” [Jam on Rye]
  • Pete Townsend – “Sleeping Dog” [Who Came First {Bonus Track}]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Virginia, Vega, and I” [Jam on Rye]
  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Home Is Not a Hotel” [The Madness of Happiness]
  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Couch Surfing with a Family of Six”[The Madness of Happiness]
  • Sam Manning’s Orchestra – “Back to my West India Home” [Calypso Calaloo]
  • Charlie Binger & His Quartet – “Jamaica Is the Place to Go” [Trojan CALYPSO Box Set (Disc 1)]
  • Dan Bern – “Cheetah” [Three Feet Tall]
  • Randy Kaplan “Slow Motion Mom” [Jam on Rye]
  • Julie May Kaplan – “Goodnight, My Someone” [Jam on Rye]

[Original broadcast:  3/28/15]


 

Related Post: Jul 21/22, 2012 — Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan — Playlist/Video ♦ Podcast

 

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Learning Ahead: Spring Birds

Sense of Place: A Birds Eye View

Springtime is filled with sightings of all kinds of exciting natural wonders. The season’s outdoor appeal makes it a perfect time of year not only for enjoying our natural surroundings, but for learning about conservation and species preservation, too!

In particular, springtime is the season for bird sightings as Western Massachusetts becomes filled with a variety of migrating bird species in the early spring months. Species to look for in the spring include Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Whip-Poor-Wills, American Kestrels, Indigo Buntings, Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, Carolina Wrens, American Goldfinches, Great Blue Herons, Red-winged Blackbirds, and many others! Knowing the names of the birds we share our home with and being able to identify them by their songs and behavior helps us connect to the seasons and strengthens our sense of place.  Read the rest of this entry »

Birding: Musings on Nature through Poetry & Place

Birding: Musings on Nature through Poetry & Place

The bird populations in Western Massachusetts have inspired many poets and writers to pick up their pens and compose verses dedicated to our feathered friends, celebrating nature and the land. Cummington native William Cullen Bryant, and Amherst native Emily Dickinson, both wrote poems about the bobolink. This intriguing species migrates back to New England in the late Spring (mid-late May) where it prefers large grasslands, such as hay fields, where they can build their nests on the ground. They are impressive birds, with a curious and clownish fluttering that is a joy to see in the late spring and early summer. Due to their preference to nest in hay fields often utilized by farmers, The Bobolink Project seeks to work with farmers to delay haying fields in order to protect grassland birds such as bobolinks.

Learn about bobolinks through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website and their educational videos on different bird species.

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HFVS Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Spring Equinox Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 25th & 26th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Gustafer Yellowgold – “Pinecone Lovely” [Have You Never Been Yellow?]


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PLAYLIST

  • Wendy Waldman – “Spring is Here” [Wendy Waldman]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Get Your Booty Out of Bed” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]
  • Cat Stevens – “Changes IV” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Need Mud” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Arnold Lobel – “The Corner” [Frog and Toad All Year]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • Bob Marley – “Sun is Shining” [Trojan Reggae Chill-Out (CD 2)]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking Off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Cat Stevens – “The Wind” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Pinecone Lovely” [Have You Never Been Yellow?]
  • Ruth Krauss/Norman Rose – “The Carrot Seed”
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Happy Birthday Baby” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • XTC – “Greenman” [Apple Venus Volume 1]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “The Bird” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]

Find out more about our Guest DJ, Charity Kahn at www.jamjamjam.com.

[Original broadcast: March 26th & 27th, 2011]

HFVS You, Me and Our Community Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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You, Me and Our Community Episode
with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

Sing and dance to the beauty of community with guest DJ Lucy Kalantari. Featuring songs by Moona Luna, Louis Prima, Alastair Moock, and much more. — www.lucykalantari.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 18th & 19th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Alastair Moock – It Takes All Kinds


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PLAYLIST

  • Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could – “Just Say Hi” [Just Say Hi]
  • Kevin Kammeraad and Friends – “Game (Boo Lou and Boo Lou)” [Spinach Dip Pancakes]
  • Moona Luna – “Together” [Single]
  • Sugar Free Allstars – “If I Didn’t Have You” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees + friends – “When We Sing Together” [Single]
  • Red Yarn – “Clap Your Hands Together” [Wake Up & Sing]
  • Louis Prima – “Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)” [Capitol Collectors Series]
  • Mo Phillips – “Talking About Team Work” [Occasional Yogurt]
  • Dan Zanes – “Welcome Table” [The Welcome Table: Songs of Inspiration, Mystery & Good Times]
  • Joanie Leeds – “Love is Love” [Live at KUTX Studio 1A]
  • Alastair Moock – “It Takes All Kinds” [All Kinds of You and Me]
  • Mr. Ray – “The Rainbow World” [No Room For Bullies]
  • Vivi Melody & Family – “We Can Still Be Friends” [More Love]
  • Chibi Kodama – “I’m Always Right” [We’re Not Going Crazy]
  • Karen K & Mista Cookie Jar – “Rainbow” [Single]
  • Louie Armstrong – “What A Wonderful World” [What A Wonderful World]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Song For My Son” [Big Things]

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HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)

Purim Episode
with Guest DJ, Mama Doni

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Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment,  Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim —  from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. Produced by Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 11 & 12, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: What to wear for the holiday of Purim? Mama Doni and her band have some engaging ideas to sort through the choices in their original song, “Costume Conundrum.” Learn more about the Mama Doni Band online at mamdoni.com.


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PLAYLIST

  • Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up, Gold
  • Ballad of Esther & Mordechi, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Ether Won’t You Marry Me, Fran Avni, Latkes & Hamantashen
  • Costume Conundrum, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Cat Stevens
  • Mi Chamocha, Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • You Gotta Be, Des’ree, I Aint Movin
  • I Ate Too Many Hamantashen, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Kookie Cookie, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • Cowboy Purim, Doug Cotler, It’s So Amazing
  • Hey Man, Mama Doni, I Love Purim
  • Were Not Gonna Take it, Twisted Sister
  • Purim Game, Debbie Friedman, Shanah Tovah A Good Year
  • Break my Stride, Matthew Wilder,
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits
  • Purim, Andy Statman, Bella Fleck
  • Purim Bash, Mama Doni, I Love Purim

[Original Airdate: Feb 23rd & 24th, 2013]

Early Spring Food Tradition: Pancakes & Maple Syrup

Living Seasonally & Cooking Seasonally:
Pancakes & Maple Syrup

Did you know that pancakes are over 6,000 years old? Although not in the present form we know today, the predecessors to the modern pancake consisted of ground wheat cooked in a form of a pancake. Even the ancient Greeks and Romans ate a form of pancake sweetened with honey! Later in history, American colonists ate pancakes also known as Johnny Cakes.

Modern day technology and contemporary recipes have added to our cultural repertoire of recipes. Take for instance this demonstration on how to make maple cream:

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HFVS Mardi Gras Episode with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington (Radio Show/Podcast)

Mardi Gras Episode
with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington

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Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival of Louisiana roots music; a showcase of Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Zydeco, Brass Band and Jazz music by Louisiana artists.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 4th & 5th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Reading Rocks! By Johnette Downing Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing sings “Reading Rocks!” from her Reading Rocks! CD to get children boppin’ into books and rockin’ into reading! – www.johnettedowning.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Professor Longhair – “Go to the Mardi Gras” (The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings,
  • Vol. 6: Classic New Orleans R&B and More, 1958-1965)
  • The Hawkettes – “Mardi Gras Mambo” (The History of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 3 –
  • The Rock’n’roll Years)
  • Zachary Richard – “File’ Gumbo” (Zack’s Bon Ton)
  • Johnette Downing – “Bon Jour Mes Amis,” (From the Gumbo Pot)
  • Papillion – “Cocodrie” (Cajun for Kids)
  • Johnette Downing – “Why the Possum Has a Large Grin,” (Reading Rocks!)
  • Huey Smith and the Clowns – “Don’t You Just Know It” (Having a Good Time With
  • Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns – The Very Best of, Vol. 1)
  • Robert Parker – “Barefootin’” (Introduction to Robert Parker)
  • Fats Domino – “Walkin’ to New Orleans” (The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest
  • Hits)
  • Nathan the the Zydeco Cha Chas – “Festival Zydeco” (Creole Crossroads)
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Little Liza Jane” (My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “Dixieland
  • Jazz” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)
  • Louie Prima – “Banana Split for My Baby,” (Louis Prima Collectors Series)
  • Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World,” (What a Wonderful World)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “It’s Time for
  • Mardi Gras,” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)

About Johnette Downing

Dubbed the “Musical Ambassador to Children” and the “Pied Piper of Louisiana Music Traditions,” Johnette Downing is a multi-award winning children’s book author and musician performing concerts and author visits for children, and workshops and keynote for educators globally. Dedicated to celebrating childhood, sharing cultures and fostering literacy through her music, books and programs, Johnette has performed in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Central America, North America and the Caribbean, has received twenty-one awards and has received rave reviews in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Disney Family Fun Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Parents Magazine and many more.

Scott Billington

Scott Billington is a musician, writer and Grammy® Award winning record producer. With a discography of over 100 albums of roots-based music, Scott has received the Porretta (Italy) Sweet Soul Music Award, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award, and the Offbeat (New Orleans) Lifetime Achievement Award. His records have garnered a total of ten Grammy® nominations, along with awards from the French Academie du Jazz, Living Blues magazine and many others. His writing has appeared in the Oxford American, Gambit, the Boston Globe and numerous other publications. Scott’s harmonica playing has been featured on albums by artists as diverse as Appalachian folk singer Hazel Dickens, rockabilly musician Sleepy LaBeef and soul singer Irma Thomas.

[Original air date: Feb 9th & 10th, 2013]

Teen Video Contest Highlights Activist Leaders

Community Involvement for Social Change via Video

Writer Ayesha Siddiqi is quoted as giving this piece of advice: “Be the person you needed when you were younger.” Working to inspire younger generations can ensure that your vision grows, expands, and lives on beyond you. Many young people do have peers as well as older adults in their lives who inspire them to do important deeds such as organize within their communities, fight injustice, and educate others. Identifying leaders can help young people to discover qualities they would like to cultivate for themselves.

Making Democracy Work in My Community is a video contest for Massachusetts teens. The contest asks young people to create a two-minute video about a person who is “making democracy work.” This challenges teens to think about leaders who foster dialogues, organize action, and encourage civic participation from other community members. The contest will amplify young voices as teens have the chance to articulate what they admire about their chosen community leaders. Finally, the contest will have the broader impact of shining a spotlight on politically active people in our neighborhoods, thus encouraging everyone to get more involved in the democratic process.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

VALENTINE’S DAY EPISODE
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

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Moon hugs and star kisses! Our friend Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband in San Francisco wishes us all a Happy Valentine’s Day in this archived episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show which originally aired for Valentine’s Day on Valley Free Radio in 2012. – www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb. 11th & 12th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST

Previous Valentine’s Day Podcasts:

Feb 12, 2008 — Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Uncle Rock — PlaylistPodcast

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired Feb 2012]

HFVS “Yes I Can!” Little Miss Ann Guest DJ Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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“Yes I Can!”
Little Miss Ann Guest DJ Show

This week, Little Miss Ann, a former Chicago School Teacher, first generation Filipina American, and decade long kids musician, has created a playlist with the theme “Yes I Can!” She chose songs to inspire and empower kids to recognize their strengths, be themselves, and try new things. This special playlist includes artists like Cat Stevens, Charlie Hope, Dean Jones, and Frances England. – www.littlemissann.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Jan 28th & 29th 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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“Yes I Can!” Little Miss Ann Guest DJ Show

  • Little Miss Ann and Amy D – “Shake and Sing” (Keep On Keepin’ On)
  • The New Seekers – “Free to be You and Me” (Free to be You and Me)
  • Cat Stevens – “Don’t be Shy” (Footsteps in the Dark)
  • Dean Jones – “People Watching” (In My Dreams)
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Arm in Arm” (Blue Clouds)
  • Charlie Hope – “I’m Me” (I’m Me! A Collection of Songs for Children)
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Back Home” (Make Believers)
  • Little Miss Ann and Amy D – “Keep On” (Keep On Keepin’ On)
  • Suzi Shelton – “Lift Me Up” (No Ordinary Day)
  • Dixie Chicks – “Landslide” (Home)
  • 123 Andres – “Salta, Salta” (Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres!)
  • Ratboy Jr. – “Try” (Hamster Pants)
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Hard Road to Travel” (Saddle Up)
  • Little Miss Ann and Amy D – “Tiptoe Through Tulips” (Keep On Keepin’ On)
  • Vered – “This Little Light” (Hello My Baby)
  • Mr Dave – “Song in All of Us” (Feeling Good)
  • Frances England – “Ballad for a Beatboxer” (Explorer of the World)
  • Little Miss Ann “Stand Up”

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African American History in Western Massachusetts

Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad

In addition to your literary explorations of African Americans’ creativity and contributions to U.S. literature, explore African American History Month in Western Massachusetts through the different cultural organizations and institutions that educate the public on the history of African Americans in our region.

One of the most significant pieces of New England history is the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes, stops, and places throughout 14 northern states that were established to help escaped slaves to freedom.

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Local Learning Resources on The Underground Railroad

Sojourner Truth: Connecting Local Places with National History

The David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History & Underground Railroad in Florence, MA, features The Ross Homestead which is on both the National  Register of Historic Places and the National Park Services Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The center offers walking tours of Florence including the African-American history trail, Sojourner Truth’s house, and other abolitionist sites. Additionally, there is a memorial statue of Sojourner Truth in Florence, MA, to honor her life and work. A former slave, abolitionist and social activist, Truth lived in Florence from 1843-1856. The Sojourner Truth Memorial organization offers a free map on their website of a self-guided walking tour of Sojourner’s house and historic sites. Read more in our post, Sojourner Truth Memorial: American and Western MA History. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Jazz for Kids Episode with Guest DJ, David Tobocman (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Jazz for Kids Episode
with Guest DJ, David Tobocman

David Tobocman guest DJs with a Jazz for Kids show this week that features some of his own swingin’ tunes as well as an in-studio performance of his “Lemonade School” story song.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Jan 21st & 22nd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “Home” by David Tobocman. – www.davidtobocman.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Duke Ellington – “The Purple Gazelle” [Afro-Bossa]
  • Louis Jordan – “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” [Jivin’ with Jordan]
  • Shorty Rogers and His Giants – “Martians Go Home” [The Swingin’ Mr. Rogers]
  • Nat “King” Cole – “Three Blind Mice” [King Cole for Kids]
  • David Tobocman – “No Time Like the Present” [Lemonade School]
  • Chris McKhool – “Spider-Man” [FiddleFire!]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Old MacDonald” [Whisper Not]
  • Count Basie – “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” [The Complete Basie on Decca]
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra – “(I Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo” [The Essential Glenn Miller]
  • STORY BREAK: David Tobocman – “Lemonade School” (live performance)
  • Count Basie – “Oh, Lady Be Good” [Count Basie and the Kansas City 7]
  • Oran Etkin – “High Low” [Wake Up Clarinet]
  • Lori Henriques – “Happy to Be Me” [Outside My Door]
  • Ahmad Jamal Trio – “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” [Live at the Pershing]
  • Coal Train Railroad – “Snuggling Suits Me Just Fine” [Coal Train Railroad]
  • David Tobocman – “Brush Your Teeth” [Very Helpful Songs]
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet – “When You Wish upon a Star” [Dave Digs Disney]

[Rebroadcast. Original air date: Nov 10th & 11th, 2012]

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