An Uninvited Guest

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This handsome guy is a Great Kiskadee which is the national bird of Costa Rica. You can’t miss it, because even if you can’t see it, you’ll hear it’s call, “KISS-KA-DEE.” It caused some havoc, though, one afternoon, when he flew into our hotel room via the sliding terrace glass door, and started flapping around our room! It got really worrisome when he saw himself in the wardrobe mirror and started attacking the mirror. Fortunately, we finally managed to get him to fly back out, and he seemed okay.

Manuel Antonio,

Costa Rica

Rita Payés: Nunca Vas A Comprender

Monday morning, a delightful family picnic, what a way to spend the day. And dig the trombone. It’s a family affair, with mother on the guitar. Every meal should be like this.

Elisabeth Roma: Guitar Rita Payés: Trombone, guitar and vocals; Horacio: Contrabass; Juan Berbín: Percussion.

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Art Ford’s Jazz Party

Monday morning, Art Ford introduces a great all-star band on his 1958 television program who play a Dixieland number, “I’ve Found a New Baby.”

The musicians are: Johnny Windhurst, trumpet; Tyree Glenn, trombone; Hank D’Amico, clarinet; Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax; Teddy Charles, vibraphone; Alec Templeton, piano; Mary Osborne, guitar; Doc Goldberg, acoustic double bass; Morey Feld, drums;

Thanks to YouTuber MisterStereo

The Invisible Pass Routine

The irrepressible Harry Lorayne doing what he does best–talking fast and making cards do magic. I don’t think you can catch what he’s doing even if you play this at slow motion.

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Connie Norgren: Recent Poems

Sycamore by Tom Keough

The wonderful Connie Norgen, reading some of her recent poems, as broadcast today on the Arts Express radio program on WBAI FM NY and Pacifica affiliates across the nation.

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Scarlet Macaw

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An unexpected visitor to our hotel. Both the males and the females have this same extraordinary plumage, and they live 40-50 years in the wild. They must like the way they look because they are monogamous!

Manuel Antonio,

Costa Rica

Waters Of March (Águas De Março)

Monday morning, Bossa Nova goodness with Martina DaSilva and Josh Turner. Martina is a native Portuguese speaker, but Josh also got props in his YouTube comments for his excellent Portuguese pronunciation.

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Subway Soirée

The Meetles, a Beatles cover band, sets people in the Times Square subway station dancing to their three song Beatles set.

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From Approximately Coast To Coast…

March is the birthday of golden age radio comedians Bob and Ray, so herein, our Bob & Ray-ish radio segment, featuring Rick Tuman, as broadcast yesterday on the Arts Express radio program on WBAI FM NY and Pacifica affiliates across the nation

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I Should Have Known Better

Monday morning, a spirited sing-in. This was recorded at Strawberry Fields, the small garden patch just inside the entrance to Central Park, across the street from the Dakota, the apartment building where John and Yoko lived. A crowd gathers every year there on Lennon’s birthday Oct 9th and sings. This was from last October’s gathering.

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Thanks to YouTuber thebeatlesnyc