Award winning Takoma author Carolivia Herron hosts a weekly radio broadcast, Epic City, on Takoma Radio. The show features live conversations with local authors and artists and highlights a few songs that interconnect with the conversation.
Epic City, Tuesday, 4:00-5:00 on 94.3 AM
August 9, 2016 Patsy Mose Fletcher and African American Leisure Destinations
With guest Patsy Mose Fletcher and co-host/engineer Cardo Henderson. The juxtaposition between joy and grief, as described in Patsy’s book about how African Americans created leisure destinations near Washington, DC, was made more poignant because a cousin of Host Carolivia Herron was shot and killed at a local playground. This show shares the grief and the escape.
- Bruce Adolphe / Carolivia Herron, Who Do You Think You are?
- Simon and Garfunkel, Save the Life of My Child
- Kerry Joe Allen, Gonna Lay Down My Burdens
- Otis Redding, Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay
August 2, 2016 Nigerian American Tope Folarin
With guest Tope Folarin and engineer Susan Catler. Tope Folarin is the winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story “Miracle”. We discussed Tope’s amazing short stories and the uneven history of Nigerians in the United States. Mr. Folarin participates in the Pen/Faulkner Writers in Schools program.
- James Taylor, Terra Nova
- Fifth Dimension, Declaration of Independence
- King Sunny Ade, Sunny Ti De
- Eagles, New Kid In Town
July 26, 2016 The Unacceptables
With guest Louise Parker Kelley and engineer Susan Catler. We discussed what has been and may continue to be “unacceptable (nappy) hair,” “unacceptable (Black) race,” and “unacceptable (gay) sexual orientation. We featured a discussion of Louise Parker Kelley’s book, LGBT Baltimore, Arcadia Publishers.
- Peter, Paul and Mary, Blowing in the Wind
- Janis Ian, Society’s Child
- Nina Simone, Feeling Good
- Jr. Walker, What Does It Take?
July 19, 2016 Function At the Junction
With co-host Ruth Secular and engineer Susan Catler. We discussed the connections between cities and epics . . . what city IS the Epic City? You decide. An epic is a long narrative, describing the origin, nature or destiny of a people, depicting a hero or heroic ideal, and incorporating the cultural world view. The epic of Gilgamesh, shown here in a cuneiform tablet, is the oldest human story extant in writing.
- Shorty Long, Function at the Junction
- Frank Sinatra, Fly Me to the Moon
- Sweet Honey in the Rock, Do What the Spirit Say Do
July 16, 2016 GO GO to Hip Hop
With co-host Cardo Henderson. On the grand opening day of WOWD-LP, “Epic City” with Carolivia Herron and Cardo Henderson gave a preview of broadcasts to come. They started out with Chuck Brown, “I Feel Like Bustin’ Loose,” discussed how Carolivia became the Grandmother of Hip Hop, played “The Message” by Grand Master Flash, and ended with Cardo sharing contemporary DMV hip hop artists including Swipey and Zippy.
July 16, 2016
We will soon be posting recordings of the program.
About Takoma Radio
Epic City is broadcast on Takoma Radio WOWD-LP FM, a non-profit, all volunteer neighborhood-focused radio station.
Takoma Radio is a project of Historic Takoma Inc. Its mission is to offer local, non-commercial radio to the diverse, urban community neighborhoods in Northeast and Northwest Washington DC, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Programming focuses on individuals, groups, issues, stories, music and history that are overlooked or under-represented by other media.
Takoma Radio is supported by donations and grants.