Every now and then an album comes out that immediately goes into high rotation on my personal playlist. Such was the case when I heard the eponymous debut from Ben Folds Five. The poppy melodies and three-part harmonies won me over on my very first listen. When they came to play LA for the first time, they made their Los Angeles radio debut on the air with me at fm101.9. The date was October 18, 1995 Sadly, that radio station went off the air in February of 1997, a victim of the Telecommunications Act of [...]
Another ground-breaking GOP debate for the books last night. Nicole recaps and more with Julianna Forlano. We end the week with a Flashback Friday musical blast from Nicole's radio past. Today, in honor of Ben Folds joining the Sanders campaign, we'll listen back to Ben Folds Five's first Los Angeles radio appearance, with Nicole from Oct. 1995.
It's Friday! After Nicole deals with the unfortunate news that US participation in the war in Afghanistan will not end during the Obama administration, we get on with the business of segueing into the weekend. Julianna Forlano brings the laughs. For our Flashback Friday segment, Nicole digs into her music radio archives for Ben Folds Fives' first LA radio appearance, 20 years ago this week, on 10-18-95!
Today, Nicole talks with Bayan Rahman, Kurdistan's Representative to the US to learn more about the Kurdish people, their challenges and their relationship with the US & their Middle Eastern neighbors. Plus, we check in with Sandra Manis from Athens, Greece, who takes issue with how the US media is portraying their debt crisis. We end the week with a Flashback Friday session from Ben Folds Five from 1995.
I was a bit worried that there might not be enough news to talk about with Congress going on a 5 1/2 week recess but, then again, it's not like they do anything when they're in session. But the drama that unfolded yesterday as they all attempted to leave DC was the perfect snapshot to illustrate the comedy of errors that the 113th Congress is. Adding to the absurdity of it all was Boehner's contention that President Obama, against whom the Speaker is filing a lawsuit over his use of executive orders, should use his executive powers to do something [...]