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Righteous Babe Radio
by Habibullah Saleem



This week: Hamilton, ON 11-28-2008

This full band show features Allison Miller, Mike Dillon, and Todd Sickafoose recorded live at the Hamilton Place Theatre on November 11, 2008. Ani is a little under the weather for this show, but that doesn’t stop her and the band from having a great time. Highlights include The Atom, Alla This, and a beautiful November 4th, 2008. New bootlegs featured every week, airing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at 9pm CDT and Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 4am CDT.



This week: Beautiful Writers Podcast By Linda Sivertsen - Valarie Kaur and Chris Jackson: A World-Changer and her Superhero Publisher

In celebration of world-changers and how they align to combine forces, we're posting an episode of the wildly addictive #BeautifulWritersPodcast, hosted by Linda Sivertsen. In this recent convo, Chris Jackson (publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House) and one of his star authors, Valarie Kaur, opened up about what it takes to publish quality. Chris, whose writers include Trevor Noah, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jay-Z, and Mira Jacob, calls his writers "superheroes." Kaur's unique superpowers as a civil rights activist, lawyer, filmmaker, and author, have been well documented here. Her speech in Washington DC at the Metropolitan AME Church in the wake of the divisive 2016 election catapulted her into the spotlight and garnered 40 million views, leading to her stunning new book, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love.

You're about to hear a level of intimacy and honesty not normally shared publicly by publishers and authors. These literary soulmates will be a soothing balm for any writer feeling alone and unseen—wondering if and when the rest of their superhero team will ever hear the call. For nearly two decades, Valarie had been writing this book before meeting Chris and had a truckload of journals to prove it. This episode is all about love: Love of ideas. Love for our histories and education—even when interrupted. Love for the systems that support us. And the ones that need to change. At the end, Linda features "See No Stranger," a song produced by Righteous Babe Records for the book and the Revolutionary Love movement, coming this fall, featuring Ani DiFranco, Justin Tranter, Ivan Neville, Milck, Raye Zaragoza, Zoe Boekbinder, Princess Shaw, and Gracie and Rachel. For more info, go to 


The conversation will air Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm and 5pm CDT.


Woody's Voice

Join the Woody Guthrie Center on Sunday at 12pm and again at 4pm CDT for "Woody's Voice" on Righteous Babe Radio. "Woody's Voice" will explore struggle and overcoming issues together, and you'll be hearing from Woody, artists who collaborated with his words, and some new music that continues Woody's message. The show is curated by the Center, with Ani hosting and sharing our message. We will rebroadcast Woody's Voice at 12 pm CDT on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Letters from an American

Historians are fond of saying that the past doesn’t repeat itself; it rhymes. To understand the present, we have to understand how we got here. That’s where this newsletter comes in. Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of American history. She believes that you can’t get a grip on today’s politics without an outline of America’s Constitution, and laws, and the economy, and social customs, her newsletter explores what it means, and what it has meant, to be an American. These were the same questions a famous observer asked in a book of letters he published in 1782, the year before the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur called his book “Letters from an American Farmer.” History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure rhymes. We will broadcast a recording of Heather Cox Richardson reading the daily letters at 6pm, 11pm and 8am the following day CDT. 

You can find the Letters and more about our Resident Professor here:

Hear a sample Letters from an American broadcast below.

We are looking at RBR Radio as an open source opportunity. We hope to integrate podcasts from like-minded souls around the world into the fabric of RBR Radio. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas as to what it is you would really like to have discussed and represented musically on this your radio station. Please send submissions and ideas to The RBR content management staff will review all submissions and ideas presented.