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LABOR DAY WEEKEND

The Toils and Triumphs of Woody Guthrie, in the words of his friends, family and fellow travelers. And “Working on a Building” with New Orleans’ building craftsmen: The Black Men of Labor. Includes music for your picnics and parties from Sarah Vaughn, Fats Domino and the Grateful Dead.

RADIO DAYS

We’ll talk with Gospel radio host Pearlie Tolliver, Monroe, Louisiana’s “Queen of the Dial.” And New Orleans DJ Billy Delle, the man who loves scratchy 45s to death on his show, “Records from the Crypt.” With music from Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell and Professor Longhair.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Singing cabdrivers, banging on a can, subway bluesmen and more. Take a musical tour of the city that never sleeps, from Klezmer to Latin rhythms, from Broadway to the atmospheric avant-garde.

OLU DARA

Jazzman Olu Dara takes us from Natchez, Mississippi to New York City. We’ll ride the Southern Crescent overnight, and listen to music about railroading from Duke Ellington, Doc Watson and Steve Reich. Plus a subway surprise from documentarian David Isay.

JERRY GARCIA

A tribute to the late guitarist Jerry Garcia who passed away 5 years ago this month. Based on an interview with Garcia from his 1989 visit to the Smithsonian Institution.

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