Wednesday at 11:30 pm

From Ark to Microchip

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The provocative “From Ark to Microchip” mixes commentary, dramatic re-enactment, original music, historic voices, audio art and sound effects in a pan-historical, pan-cultural milieu. Programs in The From Ark to Microchip series have received a Golden Reel Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, an Audio Works Special Selection, a Peabody Award (as part of Lost & Found Sounds) and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Featured Ark luminaries—

  • Charles Darwin, Philip K. Dick, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Diamanda Galas, Elvis Presley, Mary Shelley, Erik Satie, Sun Ra, Emanuel Swedenborg, Harry S. Truman, Orson Welles, among others

Featured Ark performers—

  • Thomas Aber, Tony Allard, Liz Amsbry, Cliff Baldwin, Black Crack Revue, Hafiza Capehart, Don Cherry, Patrick Clancy, William Easton, Betse Ellis, Rich Fish, Rhondda Francis, Rodney Franks, Chuck Haddix, Michael Henry, Ed Herrmann, Kristin Miltner, Charlie Morrow, newEar, Bruce Prince-Joseph, Warren Rosser, Yoshiko Sato, Joey Skidmore, Raymond Starzmann, Gerald Trimble, Jeffrey Ruckman, Ellen Zweig, among others
Upcoming episodes

Elvis: A Space Odyssey August 3, 2016 | 11:30 pm

"… Elvis as a cultural icon, a transcendental outside-time entity with mythological and sociological ramifications… 'altered slightly' with mixing in of Olmec chants.” --Brian McTavish, The Kansas City Star

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Dawn of the Elvisians August 10, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Dancing on the coat tails of an esoteric stream of religious healers, Gnostic agencies and dancingsaviors, Elvis Presley is omnipresent in his voice and its intoned physicality. With original music by Gerald Trimble, singer Rhondda Francis, and reportage by Laura Spencer (Arts Reporter).

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Parker’s Planet 1: Yardbird in the Space Age August 17, 2016 | 11:30 pm

A totally new, inspirational way of thinking—a fresh, freedom-loving and articulate voice, as diaphanous as mist and as hard as nails—came shimmering up the river from twilit New Orleans.

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Parker’s Planet 2 August 24, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Featuring Chuck Haddix (author of "Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker") and Dick Wright.

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Parker’s Planet 3 August 31, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Featuring the voices of Joey Skidmore (director, "Kiki Meets The Vampires"), Margaret LaPique (LA’s KJLH-FM), Jay Mandeville, and Rodney Franks (Denver jazz radio host).

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Recent episodes

Laika or Not? July 27, 2016 | 11:30 pm

The space dog Laika, of humble origin, blessed with only a Christian name, bred and housebroken on the amber steppes of Mother Russia, was a simple unpretentious canine that would soon be world famous for her daring exploits and globe‐spanning heartbeat telecasts.

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Big Scary UFO Show July 20, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Curious acausal time-links connect the Children’s Crusade of 1212 AD Europe, a Killer Clown infestation in 1970s Kansas City, and the 1897 airship flap in Aurora, Texas.

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Dreamland Diaries: The Day After Roswell July 13, 2016 | 11:30 pm

More eruptions of the irrational, detrimental robots from the inner Earth, and Col. Philip Corso himself telling the story of how he parceled crash wreckage from Roswell to the defense-industry who back-engineered the mangled spacecraft creating integrated circuits for computers, fiber optics, and other optical-digital technologies.

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Dreamland Diaries: Space Alien Parade July 6, 2016 | 11:30 pm

A paradoxical 1997 journey to Roswell, New Mexico for the 50th anniversary of the saucer crash—complete with Space Alien parade, in-person interview with Glenn Dennis (who saw the crash debris), and music by Star Trek composer Michael Henry.

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Star Seed June 29, 2016 | 11:30 pm

A vintage Stella Music Box plays a star-field disk (created by Daniel Warneke), myth-scientists stretch time, and a priestess of Hathor make cosmic music. With Jay Mandeville, Rhondda Francis, Chuck Haddix and Thomas Aber.

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In Praise of the Midland Sun June 22, 2016 | 11:30 pm

We are the children of the Midwest Sun; Its light has weight, measured in musical tones. Composer Ed Herrmann transforms solar energy into radiant sound.

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International Radio Solstice June 15, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Artists take over the world satellite network—for a half-hour it is subverted to promote peace through music-making. Features Abbey Lincoln, Don Cherry, Charlie Morrow, and Alvin Curran.

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New Ring Around Saturn: The Legacy of Sun Ra June 8, 2016 | 11:30 pm

The cosmo-jazz story of Sun Ra from his mythical origin in Egypt through his spiritual quest with Fletcher Henderson in 1950s Chicago. Featured commentary by Chuck Haddix (author Kansas City Jazz) and Patrick Neas (Radio Bach host).

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Seeds from the Sun June 1, 2016 | 11:30 pm

Sun Ra’s music and poetry performed by Gamelan Sekkar Jaya, Art Hoyle, Eugene Chadbourne, The Residents, Georgio Gaslini, MC5, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, and BCR.

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Solar Flare: Sun Ra Riffs The KC Blues May 25, 2016 | 11:30 pm

If jazz is happiness, as Sun Ra says, then the blues is a vehicle for transformation—the pathway to rise above the unenlightened savagery of the terrestrial sphere. Sun Ra & the Cosmo-Myth Arkestra re-energize the KC jump-blues in their Midwest gigs at rib joints, lofts, dance halls and theaters in the 1980s. With Chuck Haddix, author of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop.

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Dwight Frizzell

Dwight Frizzell is an internationally recognized artist whose interdisciplinary work combines video, performance, installation, music, audio art and writing. He has been producing the “From Ark to Microchip” series with Jay Mandeville since 1984.

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Jay Mandeville, host of "From Ark to Microchip," is a poet, essayist, editor, voice actor, and erstwhile
jazz crooner, is a native Kansas Citian, and currently resituated in
Independence, Missouri.

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