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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

What Makes the World Go Round?

Of course, the answer to the headline is Love. But perhaps a better headline for this week should be: What makes the world Public Radio go round? Answer: you. Oh sure, some funding from our great underwriters as well as from some other sources helps too. But the bottom line is that you, our listeners, help make this World of Richmond Public Radio go round. You're the gravitational pull that keeps us spinning. Because without your invenstment, the spinning would stop.

Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America and to All the Ships at Sea!

This week's headline picture almost says it all. I mean, look--there's the radio tower, the signal and the words FM (we'll get to the band in a moment). And this theme about covers the depth of this week's World Music Show (4/18). Well, ok, really, that image is pretty much a catch-all. It could stand for anything. But it looks good, doesn't it? And as for the headline, well that's a reference to radio reporter/commentator Walter Winchell (his actual radio opening was: "Good evening, Mr. and Mrs.

Weird, Wooley & Wild

What a weird, wooley and wild show I've got lined up for you on this week's World Music Show (4/4). Maybe it's the fact that we just passed one of my favorite non-holidays, April Fools Day. Or perhaps, the reasoning behind this week's line up is that perhaps Spring is finally showing it's springy head. In any event, the tunes, genres, cultures and styles are quite unique. 

Locals Only

As a surfer/skater kid who grew up in Southern California, I used to see that sign quite a lot when I would travel from my Valley home to surf spots along various parts of the Pacific Coast Highway. However, before you think I've changed format, this week's World Music Show (3/21), has nothing to do with California, or surf music. Instead, it has a lot to do with local World Music. Wait, you say, there's World Music here in RVA? Yes, yes there is. And we'll explore as much as we can--at least for the first hour.

Hmmm, What's This World Music All About?

Suppose you're new to this genre called "World Music." Or perhaps you're a seasoned listener. Or maybe you're listening tastes fall somewhere in between. Either way, I want to say this: don't fear music. Because whether you're a newbie or a grizzled veteran of global music, this week's World Music Show (3/14) has something for everyone. It's two hours of beats from around the world, sprinkled with bits of background as well some (hopefully) humor.

Sounds Lost & Found

Talk about some lost and found sound! On this week's World Music Show (2/28), we'll hear some recent--not even released yet--music as well as some found or rather discovered prison music from the city of Zomba and we'll take some Asian and African travels to unearth some global dance music. And that's just the tip of the musical iceburg, if there was such a thing.

It's Not Complicated

The era of "new music" continues. You see, over the past few weeks, I've been lucky enough to feature some brand-spanking new music. And for this week's World Music Show (9/21), the trend continues. But don't worry, enjoying all this newness won't be complicated, which of course leads me to talk about the first bit of new music we'll hear.

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