Listen: Laurie Anderson Launches “Party in the Bardo” Radio Show on WESU


Laurie Andersonthe new radio show from, Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson, premiered on WESU Middletown 88.1FM at 4 a.m. ET this morning, June 5, 2020 — her birthday — followed by a reminder broadcast at 4 p.m. ET. It is also available to stream through WESU for two weeks after the initial broadcast; you can listen again here. The episodes begin as follows:

“It is June 5, 2020, and we are in a national emergency, without borders, an emergency that keeps changing from day to day, as marches and protests demanding racial equality and justice for George Floyd take place. are happening across the country and around the world. world, ”Anderson said in his introduction to the first episode. “The pandemic has kept many people isolated for weeks or months with no final end in sight. And what’s amazing is that what ultimately drives people to the streets is not anger, greed or fear. It’s a huge wave of empathy. It’s is a passionate and shared and long overdue indignation, a huge and worldwide cry for justice. And this is being met by the President of the United States not with gratitude for the sense of fairness in the American people. No, this movement of empathy and fairness and solidarity is met with tanks and threats. It is almost as if the momentum for good himself could not be tolerated, because he could not be understood.

“Of course a lot is happening around this moment that blurs the picture: the movement is leaderless; many protesters have no experience with provocateurs, or self-defense, or what to do if attacked or arrested. The movement has many sides. Some people are forced out of isolation by hunger; many are unemployed, suddenly homeless. There is looting and assaults by people who want to create chaos and fear. We are polarized. And here we are in the Bardo, in the pause between two realities, at a time when no one knows what will follow. “

In this first episode, Laurie Anderson chats with writer Jonathan Cott, editor-in-chief of Rolling stone and the recent author of Listening: Interviews 1970-1989, on time and hesitation. Cott and Anderson share and discuss music by Chopin, Bach, Monk, Messiaen and many others, including “Song for Bob,” which Anderson wrote for Nonesuch president Bob Hurwitz during his transition to the post of president emeritus and which composer / pianist Timo Andrés play on Nonesuch’s new album i still play. The first episode is dedicated to their friend and music producer Hal Willner, who died of COVID-19 in New York City in April.

Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson features Anderson in conversation with close friends and colleagues as the world grapples with the global pandemic.

“Since the early ’80s, I dreamed of having a radio show in the middle of the night,” Anderson said. “When time slows down, when the lines between sleep and wakefulness, between dreams and reality blur, and when people’s defenses crumble, and logic seems to be very limiting. “

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