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We have heard the call to de-center white voices at this important moment for the Black Lives Matter movement. In solidarity, we would like to offer up the Righteous Babe Radio platform to submissions by people of color who may want to use it. This is an open invitation to our black and brown siblings to send us recorded thoughts, feelings, music, poetry, statements, experiences, and reflections, and we will broadcast them as part of our "heavy rotation" playlist. Send submissions to 


I Run With Ahmaud
by Pieta Brown

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Written by Ryan Petteway
Dr. Ryan J. Petteway is a social epidemiologist and assistant professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where he teaches on Gender, Race, & Class, Community Organizing, and Public Health Law, Policy & Ethics. His scholarship integrates critical theory, participatory research, and decolonizing methods to engage notions of epistemic, procedural, and distributive justice within public health knowledge production processes, particularly as related to “place” and health.  You can find more of his poetry at POETRY//Bars, including the National Poetry Month prize-winning piece TOGETHER//Untethered. His recent public health article here:  On Minority Health Month, Public Health Critical Race Praxis, and a Critical Need for Imagination


4/19 is illmatic day. In honor of the greatest rap album in the history of these ears, some COVID19 bars in homage, set to “Represent.” With a purposive sample of music and research connecting the myriad, interlocking ways in which structural inequality, public health police powers, and police violence land upon our bodies: Don’t be anti-body, be an antibody.

And don’t forget, “my poetry’s deep, I never fell.”


(Or, A Critical Race Theory Analysis of Infection Endemicity Using Purposive Sampling)

[Straight up, shit is real]

…and any day
could be your last when you’re essential;
working-class hands
keep the beat, instrumental;
more than instruments
our intellect is influential;
are we still in this together
come November and the rent’s due?

Lookin’ for a Change,
found a quarter in the cushion;
kickin’ it with Curtis,
told me Keep on Pushin’;
Brown Babies need food,
I’ma keep on cookin’;
they keep on shootin’,
I’ma keep on lookin’

And they shootin’

No bandanas
on the face of the Shook,
Ones in a pocket,
wallet Commonly mistook;
Nina said Please
but our pleas are overlooked;
hotels shutting down,
DCs overbooked.

Cruisin’ in a six…
to buy food for the fam;
pulled down by the river,
so we kneel next to Sam;
brown liquor on the pave,
ICE Cube in the hands
Of a lady named America,
Working on her tan.

It’s Alright if we Hussle
and keep working the mop;
true sign of a Boss;
so much Sauce
gets dripped in a stop
made from the same fruit
that the poplars drop.

Now on the count of three
look out for the one time;
the Math don’t lie,
it’s not happening one time;
it’s a cold, Cold World,
but it’s hot in the Sunshine;
got N-95 problems 
who they got on the frontlines?

Keep your hands on the dash;
keep your mouth shut,
and don’t move too fast;
don’t reach for your phone,
don’t remove your mask;
they said they got calls
you took 1200 cash.

And They shootin’




This week: Rochester, NY - 12-11-2004

Ani DiFranco with Todd Sickafoose on bass. Recorded at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY on December 11, 2004. Ani and Todd deliver incredible versions of Names, Dates and Times, Sunday Morning and In The Margins. The highlight of the show, no doubt is the encore of Woody Guthrie's Do Re Mi with Dan Bern providing some excellent harmonica work. 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: in conversation : terence higgins

Terence Higgins takes a cruise through New Orleans music history and invites you along for the ride. He shares conversations with Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Ivan Neville from Dumpstaphunk. They share their stories about the legends of New Orleans, such as Art Poppa Funk Neville, Ellis Marsalis and Dr. John. Featuring great New Orleans music from the likes of Fats Domino, Dave Bartholemewand The Meters.
1. Ellis Marsalis, Magnolia Triangle
2. Cannoball Adderly Sextet, Mozart-in with Ellis Marsalis
3. Dave Bartholemew, The Monkey speaks his mind Live 
4. Fats Domino, I'm walking to New Orleans
5. Roger Lewis call
6. Fats Domino, Let the Four Winds Blow.
7. Roger Lewis call continued
8. Art Neville with the Neville Brothers, Sitting in Limbo
9. Ivan Neville Call
10. The Meters, Hey Pocky A Way
11. Ivan Neville call continued
12. Lee Dorsey, Yes We Can Can with Allen Toussaint
13. Ivan Neville call continued
14. Dr. John, Right Place Wrong Time
15. Dr. John, Quitters Never Win 
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 one of Ani's Letters from an American broadcasts 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.