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A holiday stocking stuffer, hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Editors Linda Gordon and Gary Y. Okihiro on "Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment"; Avid Williams of the National Opera Association on the premier of H. Leslie Adams' "The Blake Suite" at the Schomberg; and feminist artist Linda Stein on her filmic run-in with "Borat."Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Playwright Mac Wellman on "Two September," his new play about the origins of the Vietnam conflict; playwright Sabina Berman on "Heresy," her new play about hidden Jews in Mexico; theatre visionary Peter Schumann on the latest production of The Bread and Puppet Theatre; Bruce Adler on his one-man show on "Yiddish Vaudeville." Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Author Stefan Kanfer on his new book, "Stardust Lost: The Triumph, Tragedy and Mishugas of the Yiddish Theater in America"; singer Freda Payne on her upcoming tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at Iridium; Norma Rogers and other senior citizens from the St. Margaret House Theatre discuss their original plays. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Gore Vidal talks about his new memoir, "Point-to-Point Navigation" in an interview in early November at WBAI; Sue Mingus previews an upcoming concert of the Mingus Orchestra performing Gunther Schuller's arrangements of Mingus's "Noon Night," "Half Mast Inhibition," and "Taurus in the Arena of Life." Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Iris Bahr talks about "DAI (enough)," her startling one-woman show set in an Israeli cafe, now playing at The Culture Project); pianist Polly Ferman on Latin American Cultural Week; and curator Philip Harvey on "3rd Wave:The Planet of Brooklyn Transitions," a visual translation of the effect of immigration, migration and gentrification on the People's Republic. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Jazz icon and peace activist Lorraine Gordon on her new memoir, "Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life In and Out of Jazz Time"; renowned cartoonist and social satirist Jules Ffeiffer and his wife, comedienne Jenny Allen, discuss their collaboration on a book of illustrated satirical fables, "The Long Chalkboard and Other Stories," as well as the retrospective exhibit of Ffeiffer's 50-year career now on view at the School of Visual Arts; and UNIVERSES, the Bronx-based theatre/music ensemble with a new production, "Ameriville," at the Abroms Art Center. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Pianist Simone Dinnerstein on her debut recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; actress Megan Dodds on her solo performance in The Royal Court Theatre's long-awaited production of "My Name is Rachel Corrie,"; and novelist Heidi Julavits on "The Uses of Enchantment," her Rashomon-like novel about a high school girl who vanishes and returns to accusations that she faked her abduction.


Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" with editor/publisher/satirist Paul Krassner, poet Anne Waldman and Ginsberg archivist Bill Morgan, author of the first posthumous Ginsberg biography, "I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Live of Allen Ginsberg"; and the Folksbiene Theatre's Allan Lewis Rickman on a new Yiddish language production of "The Pirates of Penzance."Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Robert B. Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books, discusses "The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships," a volume edited by him and the late Barbara Epstein, his co-editor of over 40 years writer Bibi Wein on her first work of creative non-fiction, "The Way Home: A Wilderness Journey." Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Timothy Jerome and fellow producers discuss this season's NY Music Theater Festival; Chicago improvisationalists T.J. & Dave reveal secrets of "the long form," and record-breaking swimmer Lyn Cox on "Greyson," a book about her encounter with a baby whale. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Science fiction writer Richard Bowes reads his award-winning 9/11-themed
story "There's A Hole in the City"; and psychoanalyst and historian Charles B. Strozier, author of the forthcoming 9/11 study"Trestles of Death," analyzes the story and its allusions to post-traumatic stress syndromes. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  The SEPTEMBER 4 broadcast was pre-empted by the WBAI coverage of the 39th Annual West Indian Day Parade

A DADA Round-Up: Museum of Modern Art Curator Ann Umland on MOMA's DADA installation; Kate Valk and Matt Tierney of The Wooster Group on "Who's Your Dada?" their upcoming theatrical at MOMA's Agnes Gund Garden Lobby; and performing from the Dada canon, veteran Dada-ists from DADANYNYDADA. Hosted by Dada Beatniks Janet Coleman and David Dozer.
Art at left courtesy Alex Katz, right, MoMA

  The July 10 & 17 Cat Radio Café broadcasts were pre-empted for the WBAI Summer 2006 Mini Fund Drive. You can support WBAI (and thereby support Cat Radio Café) by clicking here  
  The May 8, 15, 22, & 29 Cat Radio Café broadcasts were pre-empted for the WBAI Spring Fundraising Marathon.  

World-class jazz bassist Avishai Cohen on his upcoming appearance in New York; author Drake Stutesman on "Snake," one of Reaction Books' animal series; and Ned Otter on his late father Robert Otter's photographs of New York in the 1960's. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


Author Jaime Manrique on "Our Lives Are the River," his historical novel about Manuela Saenz, lover and compatriot of Simon Bolivar; Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir preview their summer appearances at the South Street Seaport's Spiegeltent; and painter Marc Kehoe discusses "A Courbet," his revisitation and homage to late 19th century French master Gustave Courbet, now showing at the Seventh and 2nd Gallery. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  JULY 31

Mark Laiosa guest hosts with Ben Goldman from City Without Walls and others.

  JULY 24

Curator Mia Fineman talks about "On Photography: A Tribute to Susan Sontag," now on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and performer-producers Elaina Newport and Mike Thornton talk and sing about the latest edition of the satirical revue "Capitol Steps." Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  JULY 3

Writer and jazz musician Tom Sancton on "My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White"; Marc Palmieri on his new play, "Levittown," about a family and its closet; and an update from the Grannies Against the War en route since June 24 to Washington, D.C. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  JUNE 25

WBAI's annual celebration of PEN's Prison Writing Awards. With readings by PEN Prison Writing Committe members Jackson Taylor, Claudia Menza, Nick Burd, Marie Ponsot, Harding Lemay, Bibi Wein, Elsbeth Lindner. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  JUNE 19

Iranian-American author Nahid Rachlin on her new novel "Jumping Over Fire," on the tumultuous cultural divisions between America and the Middle East; Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy and her colleagues from "Art in General" talk about their new project photographing US detention campsites, "Camp Campaign"; Edward and Caroline Primus on their illustrious family pioneering African-American percussion music and dance. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  JUNE 12

Grannies Against the War sing founding Granny Joan Wile's original songs and discuss a forthcoming trek to Washington; director Daniella Topol and New Georges Artistic Director Susan Bernfield on their production of "Dead City," Sheila Callaghan's riff on Joyce's "Ulysses." Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  JUNE 5

"Up the Down Staircase" author Bel Kaufman is honoree of the Folksbiene
Town Hall Gala
celebrating Yiddish culture; restaurateur/activist Florent, who will be Grand Marshall of Gay Pride March, honored by AmFAR for tireless work in AIDS fundraising; Rockefeller Center archivist Christine Roussel on her art guidebook, "The Guide to the Art of Rockefeller Center." Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  MAY 1

Jamaican-born author and journalist Christopher John Farley on his new book, "Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley"; a repeat interview with Loung Ung, Cambodian-born writer and spokesperson for "Campaign for a Landmine Free World," whose memoir "Lucky Child" is republished in paperback; and composer Preston Stahly on The New York Art Ensemble's Fifth Annual Tribeca New Music Festival at The Flea Theater. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  APRIL 24

Actor/Playwright Wallace Shawn on his new translation of “The Threepenny Opera”; Newband’s Dean Drummond and bass-baritone Robert Osborne on an upcoming Cutting Edge Concert featuring early and rarely heard works of legendary composer/inventor Harry Partch; and a live saxophone solo by David Bindman of the Brooklyn Sax Quartet. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  APRIL 17

Novelist, Genet and Proust biographer, and gay health activist Edmund White on "My Lives: An Autobiography";pianist and reed organist Artis Wodehouse on her concert of New American Keyboard Music; Dr. Ari Kelman and Aviva Kempner on an upcoming symposium on the radio and television classic, "The Goldbergs." Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  APRIL 10

Caricaturist Edward Sorel on illustrating ten iconic "Literary Lives"; composer Michael Galasso on his and director Robert Wilson's new BAM production of Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" in Norwegian with English subtitles; and founders and teachers of Magnet Theater talk about their improvisational mission. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.


"Wittgenstein's Poker" authors, David Edmunds and John Eidinow, on their new collaboration, "Rousseau's Dog: Two Great Thinkers at War in the Age of Enlightenment"; author Colson Whitehead on his new novel, "Apex Hides the Hurt"; Seinfeld writers Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin on their first film, "Live Free or Die," selected as closing night feature of the Gen Art Film Festival. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  MARCH 26, 2006

Kate Valk on her stunning performance as Brutus Jones in The Wooster Group's production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones"; actress Kathleen Chalfant and activist Brian Avery on the aftermath of "Rachel's Words: An Event [last week at The Riverside Church] to Honor the Words and Life of Rachel Corrie"; and members of "Soundings of the Planet," who made music and healing presentations to the wounded at Walter Reed. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  MARCH 20, 2006

Feminist poet/novelist Kate Braverman on her new memoir "Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles"; Severn Darden's famous Second City lecture on "Metaphysics" and his tribute to Sigmund Freud; looking back at Bush with the CCCP

  MARCH 13, 2006

Actress/Director Kathryn Walker talks about her adaptation for the stage version of Robert Fagles's translation of Homer's "The Odyssey"; "The Guys" playwright Ann Nelson on her latest play "Savages"; and artist Robert Cenedella on his latest shocking installation in the Windows at The Arts Students' League.

  MARCH 6, 2006

Producer Jim Simpson and actor Adeel Akhttar on The Flea Theatre's production of "Back of the Throat," a play about unwarranted search and seizure; publisher Phong Buie on "We Remember: Some Thoughts About Peace During War," a Cooper Union event sponsored by The Brooklyn Rail; vaudeville historian Trav S. D. Hosted by Janet Coleman and David Dozer.

  FEBRUARY 13, 2006

13 Janet Coleman and David Dozer host this fundraising hour offering as premiums Dennis Altman's book "Gore Vidal's America" as well as Vidal and Altman together on DVD at DB Wills' Bookstore in La Jolla, California.

  JANUARY 30, 2006

For Mozart's 250th birthday, conductor Jane Glover talks about her book on "Mozart's Women"; the return of audio anecdotalist Dylan Brody, and celebrating "Catalan Culture in New York," May Ann Newman of Barcelona-based consortium Institut Raman Llull visits with film curator Richard Pena and Catalan poet and translator Melcion Mateu. Hosted byJanet Coleman and David Dozer.

  JANUARY 23, 2006

Actor/author/WBAI radio personality Malachi McCourt on "You Don't Have To Be Irish," a new one-man show; actresses in the "Abigail's Party" ensemble, Liz Jasicky and Lisa Emery; Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter, writer-performers of "In the Continuum," a theater piece contrasting AIDS in America and South Africa.

  JANUARY 2, 2006

Richard Schickel on "Elia Kazan: A Biography," Part 2; audio anecdotalist Dylan Brody; a preview of Mark Laiosa's radio premiere of Ben Yarmolinsky's "The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio."