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Desert Oracle Radio is a weekly road trip through the weird American desert from the publisher of Desert Oracle, the pocket-sized field guide published in Joshua Tree, California. Hear tales of mysterious lights, missing tourists, lost mines, venomous creatures, weird history and weirder people. Hosted by editor Ken Layne and featuring a cast of intriguing mystics, oddballs, scientists and artists, Desert Oracle Radio is your soundtrack for a desert night. The program is broadcast on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on KCDZ 107.7 FM in the Mojave high desert, with field reports from around and across the desert lands, and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Desert Oracle Radio is a weekly road trip through the weird American desert from the publisher of Desert Oracle, the pocket-sized field guide published in Joshua Tree, California. Hear tales of mysterious lights, missing tourists, lost mines, venomous creatures, weird history and weirder people. Hosted by editor Ken Layne and featuring a cast of intriguing mystics, oddballs, scientists and artists, Desert Oracle Radio is your soundtrack for a desert night. The program is broadcast on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on KCDZ 107.7 FM in the Mojave high desert, with field reports from around and across the desert lands, and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Location:

United States

Description:

Desert Oracle Radio is a weekly road trip through the weird American desert from the publisher of Desert Oracle, the pocket-sized field guide published in Joshua Tree, California. Hear tales of mysterious lights, missing tourists, lost mines, venomous creatures, weird history and weirder people. Hosted by editor Ken Layne and featuring a cast of intriguing mystics, oddballs, scientists and artists, Desert Oracle Radio is your soundtrack for a desert night. The program is broadcast on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on KCDZ 107.7 FM in the Mojave high desert, with field reports from around and across the desert lands, and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Language:

English

Contact:

7609207099


Episodes

Halloween Night, 2035 A.D.

10/16/2020
Hey are you going to the big ritual, down in the grove? It's Halloween Night. And while things were pretty bad for a while, lately it has been a little bit better, out here in the High Desert. Strange new sounds from our RedBlueBlackSilver, true crime stories from Joshua Tree, and well just a lot of uneasiness, which is appropriate for the season. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:28:00

In the Beginning Was Gaia

10/2/2020
You know what time it is: It looks like we sort of infuriated Good Ol' Mother Gaia to the point that Gaia is feeling the need to wipe us off the face of the Earth, the Earth being Gaia. We screwed up pretty good this time! Also: Your postcards and letters from around and across these desert lands. Speaking of such things, our new issue, #9, is out now. You can subscribe at our website — DesertOracle.com — or pick up a copy at fine shops in downtown Joshua Tree. New tracks by JT's own...

Duration:00:28:00

The Eighth Tower

9/25/2020
Is it UFO season in the desert again? People have sure been seeing a lot of strange things up here around Joshua Tree, and "military flares" is never a good enough answer for all the odd activity in the skies. Tonight we bring you a campfire story about a particular strange sight in the sky we experienced a few years ago, and as our special guest we have the interesting and engaging Michael Hacker, narrator of eight audiobooks by the late, great John Keel. This means we will be talking about...

Duration:00:28:00

Betwixt and Between

9/18/2020
In these last days of this cruel summer, as our wilderness burns, what we can we learn from the Other Life, the world of our pandemic dreams and universally traumatized collective consciousness? Sometimes, there are signposts in the rubble of the ongoing disaster. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:28:00

Message Deleted

9/11/2020
How are we doing out there? Pretty bad? Well nobody likes to hear "the ultraterrestrial entities told you so," but, the ultraterrestrial entities told you so. It was 27 years ago this month—at the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe—that 62 students witnessed a miracle. Of the biblical variety. Several strange, wise entities appeared in their bizarre vessel at the edge of the playground, hovering over the brush the way the White Goddess and the Queen of the Universe and the Virgin of Guadalupe...

Duration:00:28:00

Secrets of the Superspectrum

9/4/2020
Burrowed down through another Extreme Heat Event, we send this radio dispatch to you. The world has gone mad, why not join the fun? Join the revolution. Well what happened is we were talking about all the desert creatures coming out of their holes at night—literally, the rabbit holes, in the case of our many Mojave cottontails and jackrabbits—and then all the sudden we went down the rabbit hole, too. At least it's cooler down here! Fine new sounds by RedBlueBlackSilver. Support the show:...

Duration:00:28:00

Dark Psychic Force

8/28/2020
Remember last August, a year ago, when the national media found it very funny that presidential candidate Marianne Williamson mentioned the "dark psychic force" that had taken hold of America? Well, here we are. We had better make the best of it. How are you surviving in our New Time? We will talk about some of the ways to make it through, from spiritual revelations to forming little communities with your friends and family. Lots of fine new soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver, too. Support...

Duration:00:28:00

Mountain of the Stars

8/14/2020
We are back in the scorching hot radio studio with an all-new episode of the radio show that Palm Springs Life magazine named the "Best Freaky Radio Program." Sure, fine, we'll take it. Tonight, it's all about the mysterious place names of the desert southwest, in particular the 1.6-billion-year-old 30-mile-long slab of rock called Sierra Estrella. The Estrellas. Home of the "Estrella Lights." Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...

Duration:00:28:00

This is the Border Radio

7/24/2020
Thanks to the Time Loop we all seem to be stuck in, our 99th episode is here . . . . directly following our 100th. The border used to be a lot of fun, back before the prison walls went up around our country. And guess what, now we can't leave. PLUS: Jason P. Woodbury joins us with the wild tale of Arizona's own Giant Sand. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:28:00

Communiqué 100: The Voice of the Desert

7/18/2020
From our secure, undisclosed Mojave Desert radio studio, tonight we bring you our 100th episode, with strange tales of the Amboy Ghost Lights and an uncomfortable visit from Brendan Maze, local businessman. http://DesertOracle.com (c)(p) 2020 Desert Oracle Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:28:00

The Mystery Pig

7/10/2020
What is this weird creature that turned up dead in Yucca Valley, in the Mojave High Desert? Wildlife biologists are baffled, and so are we. What sort of cruel god would create such a useless (and dead) animal? Well probably the same one that's behind the coronavirus and police violence and million-dollar hospital bills. Makes the Trickster spirits seem absolutely benign in comparison. http://DesertOracle.com (c)(p) 2020 Desert Oracle Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998...

Duration:00:28:00

Omen of the Ravens

7/3/2020
Well here we are, still alive, July in the American Desert. Good enough, we guess. Lots of details about our July 17 live event at Pappy & Harriets, plus your letters, and some tales of ravens and omens and ... Iceland? Sure, any port in a storm. Support our program here: Patreon.com/DesertOracle Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:28:00

Those Mysterious Green Fireballs

6/19/2020
Did you hear about the mysterious, silent green fireballs flying low and bright in the skies over Australia last week? Ever seen one yourself? Ever thought they were just some sort of meteor, as that's what the Experts claimed? Well the experts are pulling your leg, they don't know either. Come back to 1947 New Mexico with us, as we visit the strange mystery of the Green Fireballs. And don't forget to throw us a few bucks on Patreon, it's how we keep the studio going, the electricity...

Duration:00:28:00

If It's Broke, Fix It

6/12/2020
Tonight we look back on a revolutionary campaign to completely remake the sheriff's department in an iconic western town. And while they lost the election, maybe they won the moral battle. Maybe they illuminated the way, for you. http://DesertOracle.com (c)(p) 2020 Desert Oracle Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:28:00

The Ranger's Life

5/29/2020
What does it mean to be a ranger? It means you are married to the mission, a soldier for your planetary home, armed with a moral compass and a Smokey Bear hat—a park-ranger style, by the way, that was introduced by the first generation of national park rangers, the Buffalo Soldiers black Calvary regiment, who began duty as Yosemite's park rangers in 1899. With new sounds by RedBlueBlackSilver and a historical look at the Civilian Conservation Corps that was created to serve America's...

Duration:00:28:00

Wizards and Critters

5/22/2020
When it's Snakesgiving Time in the Mojave, everybody's just a little more careful. Goes well with these weird new times, being careful. So please make an effort to not run over any tortoises or coyotes or bobcats or gopher snakes when you're racing through the re-opened national park. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:28:00

Campfire Nightmares

5/15/2020
Remember campfires? We sure do. Standing around a campfire telling stories and socializing used to be a big part of the Desert Oracle "workflow," as they say over in corporate. And it will be again. But while we ride the storm out, here's our most recent Campfire Stories night, from January 2020, with a brand-new RedBlueBlackSilver soundtrack and some other weird stuff. And it's an hourlong special episode, too. Life ain't always empty. Support the show:...

Duration:01:00:00

That Which Is But Isn't

5/8/2020
Are they trying to ram a space-alien story down your throat again? Yeah they are, it happens sometimes. Every couple years, for reasons even they can't agree upon. Let's take a last look at this "Pentagon UFO" business and move on, because if ever we needed to move on, that time has come. Plus: What happened over Farmington, New Mexico, in March of 1950? Whatever it was, everybody saw it. It, them, whatever it was, whatever they are. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998...

Duration:00:28:00

Back to the Barrooms

5/1/2020
We've about had it with the cabin fever and now we've got the ramblin' fever. So let's pour a couple of drinks and enjoy some saloon time on this fine desert night. Maybe get a beer back, too. And six more for the road. Our Phoenix friend Jason P. Woodbury joins us at the bar. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:28:00

From a P.O. Box

4/24/2020
A tarnished brass key, a small locked box, a sequence of magical numbers, a charmless old block building in the desert. It is here that we visit in the night, keeping our distance, looking for sustenance. It is here we receive your offerings of words and other treasure. Look, all we mean is, tonight is all letters from you, letters from our listening community, letters and their replies. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=26080998 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...

Duration:00:28:00