Grammy Award-winning banjo player Alison Brown sets aside some time for Excursions to discuss public radio and to play some new songs with her band, the Alison Brown Quartet.
Brown, who is also a Harvard graduate and a co-founder of the Nashville independent record label Compass Records, is known for her instrumental banjo songs, which stray from the typical bluegrass genre associated with the instrument.
Karan Singh began making music as a teenager and is a constant writer both of songs and prose. His new album, Last Year's Ghosts, was recorded in Nashville, and Singh feels that it more than his previous releases captures a sound he had been chasing for many years. Karan Singh visited the WYSO studios to perform live and spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about his writing process.
Gary Shteyngart is one of the funniest writers around. His new novel takes a hilarious and frightening look at our near future as avid consumers living in the greatest debtor nation on the planet. Gary came out to WYSO eight years ago to talk about his first book. Then he blogged about his visit. Here's what he wrote back then: