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Jocelyn Mackenzie - Joyful Girl

Joyful Girl Cover Art

"Joyful Girl has always been my favorite Ani song, even more so after I started watching her perform it live when we were on tour together with my band Pearl and the Beard in 2012. The tune is so melancholy and the words are so hopeful, which is the perfect marriage of what it means to love ourselves – it's not easy, and it's not always intuitive, but this song gives me the feeling that making the effort to rise above my own self doubt is always worth it." - Jocelyn Mackenzie




Our feature conversation last week highlighted Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine. Among other things, Ms.  normalized the title of “Ms.” for women wanting to be defined in a way other than child (Miss) or married (Mrs.). In 1998, Ani took the opportunity to write to Ms., engaging more deeply in Ms. magazine's representation of Ani herself.

 An Excerpt from No Walls and the Recurring Dream, a memoir by Ani Di Franco

In 1998 I wrote an open letter to Ms. Magazine. At that time, I was summiting the apex of my notoriety and in the media.  I had graduated from an angry bisexual to a savvy entrepreneur.  No sooner had the media finally embraced me than I was having trouble with the way that they embraced me.  I quickly began missing my days of being scowled at from a great distance.  If I was touted one more time for my supposed business acumen, I was gonna scream.  It was like a bad running joke. I am an artist, dammit!  I also just happen to be a critic of capitalism.  When even Ms. Magazine put me in the same capitalism frame, I felt compelled to speak up… Read the full letter here.

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by Habibullah Saleem



This week: Zurich, Switzerland - 09-15-2003

Not many things are better than a solo Ani show from 2003, Just something so beautiful about hearing Ani and her guitar. So many great songs on the setlist this night, Here For Now, Anticipate, and If He tries Anything are all on point. Also getting a heavy dose of Educated Guess with Origami, Rian Check, and Bubble.

New bootlegs featured every week, airing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at 9pm CDT and Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 4am CDT.

Find featured bootlegs archived here.



This week: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Kamala Harris read by Ilana Glazer

Once upon a time, in Berkeley, California, there was a girl, who would shatter glass ceilings. Her name is Kamala Harris. Kamala is the daughter of immigrant parents from Jamaica and India who both became PhDs and taught their daughter about the importance of her heritage and her voice. Kamala would grow up and forge her own path- from the halls of her historically Black college to the halls of Congress and then onto the second highest office in the land.  Keep listening to hear from actor, comedian, and activist Ilana Glazer, who narrated the story of Vice President Kamala Harris. Ilana who tells us how she got into comedy and acting, and why it is so important to use her platform to encourage young people to vote and become involved in politics. She also gives ideas for how (and why) kids can get involved in politics and make a difference in the world even before they are old enough to vote.

Rebel Girls is a fairy tale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world. Based on the bestselling series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, each episode explores the lives of women from the books, encouraging young listeners to ask questions and explore their interests. Each episode is narrated by real-life women who are pioneers, creators, champions, and leaders.  For more, visit

The conversation will air Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm and 5pm CDT.

This week's conversation is about our Vice President Kamala Harris, who won her election to be Attorney General of California by less than a point. In light of the hundreds of voter suppression bills and the federal voter expansion For the People Act, we urge you to stay informed and to #votedammit in local and national elections.

"And if you think your vote doesn't matter
Then you're not paying attention
Yeah, everything they do, they do to
Keep you from their invention.
But we can do this if we try
Yeah, if we do this like it's do or die"

Selected conversations produced by Righteous Babe can be found on Ani's Patreon.

Full archive of past conversation here


Woody's Voice

Join the Woody Guthrie Center on Sunday at 12pm and again at 4pm CST 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 12pm CST on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Find selected Woody's Voice episodes archived here.


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 the daily letters at 6pm, 11pm and 8am the following day CST. 

You can find the Letters and more about our Resident Professor here:

Hear a sample Letters from an American broadcast below.


Alright, Alright Logo

Recorded inside the artist owned World Famous Tipitina's, The Alright, Alright Broadcast is a one-on-one interview program featuring artists, musicians, performers, promoters, venue owners, on-air personalities, production, crew members, and more of the individuals that make our culture and entertainers so uniquely captivating.  Produced by Tipitina's TV.  We Love 'Em Tonight.  Catch it at 2 am and 10 am central Tuesdays and Thursdays



Putumayo World Music Hour

Hosted by former KFOG personality Rosalie Howarth, the Putumayo World Music Hour (PWMH) is an internationally syndicated radio show that takes listeners on a weekly journey through the music of many different cultures. The program is heard on more than 100 commercial and non-commercial stations around the world. PWMH playlists include a blend of music from well-known artists and exceptional, underexposed international artists. The one-hour radio program also features interviews with world-class music makers such as Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Taj Mahal who eagerly support and have been influenced by world music. Airing new episodes Monday and Saturday at 10am CST and Wednesday morning at 4am CST.


Self Love Saturday LogoSelf Love Sunday with Jocelyn Mackenzie is a show that explores what it means to love ourselves in new ways and the impact that self love has on our communities. We'll hear music that expresses the spirit of self love, we'll talk with musicians and activists about how self love informs their creative process, and we'll learn tips and tools about how to integrate self love into our daily lives for the highest and greatest good of all.  Catch it at 10 am and 7 pm central every Sunday.
Episode 1: Community, Unity, and Change 
With LaFrae Sci and Emily Hope Price
LaFrae is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, educator, and composer. Bedrock to her artistry is the roots and the fruits of the blues from spirituals to afro futuristic soundscapes. As a composer, she writes for film, theater, and large and extended jazz and classical orchestras. She has shared her intentional creativity in 38 countries and her educational programming has been used globally. Frae-Frae is also the Executive Director/Dir of Artistic Programming at Willie Mae Future Sounds, a year round program that teaches afrofuturism, critical thinking and leadership, using music technology through the lens of the blues tradition to girls and gender non conforming youth in New York City.
IG: @fraefraedrum


Acoustic Cafe
Acoustic Café is a two hour weekly radio show, and an independent media production of RDR Radio, LLC. The program is produced and hosted by Rob Reinhart, who started the show in 1995.

Each week, listeners around the globe tune in to Acoustic Café to hear the latest from today’s great songwriting talents. It’s hard to put a definitive label on Acoustic Café’s music selections. After all, a good song is a good song… any individual set of music could contain a bit of country, rock, blues, folk, pop… and more!

In addition to classic songwriters (oh, you know who they are…), Acoustic Café wants to bring as many newer talents to the table as possible. That’s the best description we can conjure… now, hear this week’s program by clicking here! Also, you can hear a few year’s worth of our interviews and performances by visiting our archives here. Enjoy.
Airing Fridays at 10am CST

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.