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Thursday, March 3, 2016

In Context: RadioLoveFest

WNYC is back on stage at BAM for year three of RadioLoveFest, a multi-day festival running March 10—12. Context is everything, so get even closer to your favorites with this curated selection of related articles, interviews, and videos. For those of you who've already attended an event, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below and by posting on social media using #RadioLoveFest.

Program Notes

RadioLoveFest (PDF)


RadioLoveFest Retrospective (BAM blog)
BAM's Anna Troester revisits highlights from RadioLoveFests gone by.

BAM archivist Sharon Lehner and WNYC archivist Andy Lanset discuss archiving radio and performance in an age when content is king.

Laura Poitras Prepares 'Astro Noise' for the Whitney Museum (The New York Times)
“So many shocking things have been released, and what’s surprising is how little anything actually shocks people," says Poitras.

Honesty on the radio (Capital New York)
Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale explains why she tackles the three topics least discussed in polite conversation.

Watch & Listen

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (The Guardian)
"I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things," notes Snowden.

Radio legend Garrison Keillor takes his final bow (CNN)
The "shock jock of wholesomeness" reflects on how he learned to "blow his own horn," so to speak.

From super fans to technical rehearsals, learn what goes into making the "on the road" version of this popular news trivia game.

Neil Gaiman, Allison Williams, Isaac Mizrahi and more wish the popular program a very happy 30th Anniversary.

Now your turn...

Which show(s) did you see? How did you enjoy yourself? Was the live experience of your favorite show surprising? What'd you love? What didn't you love? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #RadioLoveFest.


  1. It was wonderful to see the gang in action!

  2. It was great to see SELECTED SHORTS in person. All four performers were wonderful, but John Cameron Mitchell gets bonus points for a virtuoso performance with a giddily surrealist text.

    I was shocked, however, to find that the titles and authors of the stories are not mentioned anywhere in the printed program, or on the BAM or Selected Shorts websites. Nor were the curators who picked this beautifully varied quartet given any public acknowledgement. All honor to the actors, but let's honor the people who gave them the words to read.

  3. My wife and I very much enjoyed seeing "Death, Sex & Money" at the BAM Harvey last night. It exceeded our expectations. Anna Sale was a terrific, thoughtful, and humorous host. Lisa Fischer was amazing. We were unfamiliar with most of the guests, but we were glad to have heard their stories, which entertained us and made us laugh.

  4. Death, Sex & Money was awesome. Anna Sale exceeded my expectations! She is a phenomenal host. The guests were outstanding. I enjoyed hearing all the stories and was inspired by them. Lisa Fischer was awesome! I can't wait for the next Radio Lovefest!

  5. It was delightful to see Garrison Keilor on Saturday! Unfortunately, the sound installation was poorly set up at the balcony. It made it very difficult for all of us to listen to the show.

  6. Garrison is an American treasure. I get the need to retire from the day to day grind . . . but if he could sneak in an untethered performance like last Saturday night periodically - that would be incredible. This was an amazingly memorable evening. (And what a spectacular venue as well !!!)

  7. Great to see Garrison Keilor live though balcony is far away. I hoped it would be longer or he would have talked more, specially about Lake Woe Be Gone. But it was great especially when he finished with an audience sing along as a final bow.


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