Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds jam and drink (really) hot tea

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds pared down their 8-piece band to fit into our wee little Green Rom set, but the resulting acoustic performance is not any less amazing. Super vocals, lovely harmonies, great guitar and a handful of killer harmonica solos make this a show worth watching again and again. You will also learn things about the bald eagle during Sarah’s “field sounds” game. The interview starts at 8:19. (Special thanks to the band for making an extra stop on their Upstate NY tour.)

Set List:

“Sugar” (starts at 0:17)
“Don’t Be Jealous (It’s Just Me and the Fellas)” (starts at 4:05)
“Mama Knows” (starts at 15:58)


Hosted by Sarah Gager
Produced and Edited by Shane Johnson and Teresa Peltier
Special thanks to Brian Frey

"Stayin' Alive: The 1970S and the Last Days of The Working Class" By Jeff Cowie


History doesn’t always fit into a neat decimal system, but it’s a common exercise in mental shorthand to think of “the Gay 90s”, “the Roaring 20s” or “the Nifty 50s”.  The generalization can have the effect of sterotyping a span of time, and like all stereotyping it can unfairly miss a lot of subtlety and complexity.  The decade of the 1960s (which somehow never received a distinctive nickname) is usually considered a time when America and the world careened from social stability to generalized rebellion and from optimism to anxiety about the future.  That future came very quickly, as described in the book “Stayin’ Alive: the 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class”.
The author is Dr. Jefferson Cowie, associate professor of history in Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In his blog, Cowie indicates that “Stayin’ Alive” has been recognized as one of the best books of 2010. “Stayin’ Alive” offers no simplistic division of decades but rather is a broad study of the times with precise concentration on the conditions of labor in America in the 70s. “This book is actually about what happens in the middle of that decade.”

The Binghamton Community Orchestra presents "Carnivale!"


Guest conductor Timothy Perry speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton Community Orchestra Mardi Gras-themed concert, Carnivale! The program includes Robert Schumann’s “Carnivale”, Gabriel Faure’s “Two Dances from Masques et Bergamasques”, Paul Jeanjean’s “Variations Brilliante sur ‘Le Carnival de Venise'”,  Ferde Grofe’s “Mardi Gras from Mississippi Suite”,  Darius Milhauld’s introduction and coda from “Le Boeuf sur let Toit”, and  Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture

Photograph courtesy heatherbroster via Flickr

A new musical, "Color Blind" opens this month


Actor David Melendez, music director and composer Ken Martinak, and stage director Michael Susko speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the new musical Color Blind, with book by Frack You author Laura Cunningham. What happens when an excellent student applies to an Ivy League, but refuses to fill in the “race” space on the application?


Photograph Courtesy sushiesque via Flickr

Know Theatre presents "Mass Appeal"


Director Bernie Sheredy and actor Tim Gleason speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Know Theatre’s production of Mass Appeal.  A well-loved priest has his peace disturbed by a young seminarian who asks uncomfortable questions.  Despite their differences, they form an uneasy alliance against organizational autocracy and congregational apathy.

Photography courtesy James Ogley via Flickr


Paleo-Artist John Gurche

John Gurche’s award winning work has appeared on the covers of National Geographic, Discover and Natural History Magazines and his work can be seen at the Smithsonian, the Field Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History, among others. His work on the reconstruction of human ancestors has been featured in television documentaries by National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and the BBC. He is well known for his work on the film “Jurassic Park” and for his paintings for the 1989 dinosaur stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents a dance show: "The 7 Deadly Sins"


Choreographer JoEllen Kuhlman and dancer Brenden Gregory speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Theatre Department’s dance show, The 7 Deadly Sins. The show employs various styles of dance and various body types to explore the Seven Deadly Sins with a variety of musical styles.


Photograph Courtesy JanetR3 via Flickr