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Crows Nest Radio – season 2 – episode 2


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“Laugh at Our Mistakes”

Crows Nest Radio – season 2 – episode 1
The Portland Intergenerational Women’s Choir opened up their practices to my microphones and shared with me how they really feel about singing together every week.
This is the first episode of the new season of the Crows Nest Radio podcast, now from Portland, Oregon. You can download the mp3.

What is Crows Nest Radio?

Hello, my name is Eric Klein and I loved this radio show of mine. It aired from fall of 2010 to fall of 2011 in the Bay Area of Northern California on KPFA. It was a story telling radio show. It was also a live call in show. It was a creative experiment.

For a purely experimental live show, take a listen to this episode first: “The Ballad of Mr Fantiso” because it combines live music, story telling, and listener calls. My more traditional news and public affaris radio work can be found here.

Or just pick a show below and give it a listen. We did a series of shows called “Unemployed” and another called “Our Dead Friends and Facebook,” both using recorded stories and live listener calls.

I love the first episode “Sascha’s Dangerous Gifts” and the last one  The Censored Climate Change Streetscapes of Anthony Holdsworth. I love all the ones in between.



The Censored Climate Change Streetscapes of Anthony Holdsworth

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Slideshow photos by Justin Beck

Listen to Anthony tell us his story while he paints this very picture and as he is interrupted by all manner of friendly folks on the street:


Climate Change Quartet # 3,' Fire over Water', oil/canvas, 42" X 55", 2011

More paintings and info at Anthony’s website

Death and Grieving and the internet (“our dead friends and facebook” – part three)

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Thanks to Liz Culley, Sharif Ali, and Rev. Sharon P. Burch, Ph.D.
as well as Kirsten Thomas and each of the listeners who called in.

Ninna nanna (Volfoniq) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Landscapes of Late (Northbound) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
chartreuse cactus (I, Cactus) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Check out past episodes on the same topic:
“Our Dead Friends and Facebook” part two

“Our Dead Friends and Facebook” part one

Stay tuned to this frequency for the forthcoming “Our Dead Friends and Facebook” documentary, which will borrow bits from the above three programs and include a few unheard bits as well.

The Winds of Darth Vader’s Heart

Click to download “The Winds of Darth Vader’s Heart”

Ambrose Desmond took a trip to South Africa where he made a new friend who took him to Ecotopia, on a small island off the coast of Finland. Later, he meets a hermit who lives on an oasis in the New Mexico dessert. Ambrose also shared a story on the previous episode.

Anthony Holdsworth called the live show to share a true story about his very censored painting.

Anthony Holdsworth's "Oakland Global Warming # 2"

Awesome paintings Mr. Holdsworth. Thanks for sharing.

MUSIC from the show:

Meet Podington Bear (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0
my dugong loves your sea-cow (.Tape.) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Landscapes of Late (Northbound) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

The Ballad of Mr Fantisto

If we can’t change the world by marching in the streets, then why is Ambrose so happy?
Click to download “The Ballad of Mr Fantisto”

Ambrose Desmond, and a few other folks, share their tales. Mere seconds before this podcast file begins I asked the radio listeners to share their true stories of street protest, but that’s not what I got.


Lullaby (_ghost) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Beniamino Bufano: Granite Nude Torso (sculpture), 1934

One Listener’s Story involved serendipity and the sculptures of Beniamino “”Benny” Bufano. This one is on display at San Francisco State University. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Sascha’s Dangerous Gifts

Sascha’s bilpolar diagnoses landed him in the hospital 3 times.
It also gave him super powers to change the world.

Click to download “Dangerous Gifts”

Sascha Altman DuBrul’s old story, which he mentions in the radio show, is here.

The pretty song in this radio show was downloaded for free and shared without breaking the law. It’s called”Lullaby” by _ghost. More info:

Lullaby (_ghost) / CC BY-NC 3.0

The other music for this episode was composed by the greatest human being in the world, my pal Scott Bruzenak.

If you want the latest that Sasha has to share, here is his blog

This episode originally aired last year as an hour long show.

The Last Show of 2010

Bloggers, Reporters and Cartoonists share stories about their most popular creations of the year 2010.

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The following is the long list of links to the stories, posts and images described during the show:

Will Evans’ story in print was first published on the California Watch website. And then was updated later.

Kate Sheppard on “Why We’re Doomed”

Mat Bors:

Matt Bor's most popular comic of 2010

Click the image to order a copy or see more of Matt Bor’s stuff.

Tim Redmond told of “Civil Sidewalks, Lewis Lapham, and the struggle for the soul of cities”

Lance Knobel on Berkeley’s Mountain Lion shooting.

Ben Trefny’s interview with filmmaker Charles Ferguson.

Eric of Transbay Blog says this BART story was the year’s most viewed/commented.

Rachel Swan’s East Oakland Turf Dancing Video and “Oakland’s War on Fun” stories.

David Weir on the actual, physical existence of twitter and how the people who work there like cookies just as much as the rest of us.

Tony Millionaire’s Maakies website as well as the valentine he described on the show:

real talk from Pearl Millionaire

I failed to mention during the show that I stole the idea for this episode from Benjamin Walker’s “Too Much Information” on WFMU.  Highly recommended.

“Unemployed” part four

What makes Jonno Norton so lucky? Why doesn’t being unemployed piss him off? Listen to find out.

This episode also features Kyle’s story.

Radio Chronicles: Host Eric Klein

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“Unemployed” is an ongoing project, every person with a story to share will get on the radio. Email me at and tell your friends.

The phone number given out during the show is KPFA’s on-air studio line. Call it now to talk to the D.J. or Board Op working at this very moment, who will have no clue what you’re talking about. You can email me here instead.

The theme music is

chartreuse cactus (I, Cactus) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Other music by:

Flutesichord (Mac 68K) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

and then, as always, Scott Bruzenak’s “melting song

a caller referred to the book "Bolo Bolo," this is an urban bolo