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by Habibullah Saleem



This week: Toronto, ON 11/27/2002

Recorded live November 27th, 2002 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON. Solo Ani at its best right here, and it's all coming to you from a seated position as Ani had just broken her foot a few weeks prior. The shows from this tour are so good! Ani's p[laying seems to have a little extra something behind it when she's seated. Rock, Paper, Scissors shows up early in the set and is followed by a particularly good Marrow where her playing is very clean and deliberate, before heading into As Is which always delivers. Phase, Swim, and Shy (cut) are all outstanding before we take a Rain Check! The Two Little Girls is as smoking hot as the Second Intermission that follows is delicate and subtle. Evolve is one of those tunes that sounds just as good solo as it does with a full band and she rocks it before capping the night off with a set-closing Serpentine. She indulges us with one last number and it's an encore Names + Dates + Times that she absolutely crushes!  New bootlegs featured every week, airing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at 9pm CDT and Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 4am CDT.

Find featured bootlegs archived here.



The Show On The Road Podcast with Z. Lupetin:  Ani DiFranco Episode

The Show On The Road features interviews and exclusive acoustic performances with songwriters, bandleaders and musicians from around the world. Hosted by Dustbowl Revival's Z. Lupetin, each episode features an in-depth and playfully creative conversation about the real day to day lives of artists and their inspirations.  In this episode, Z. Lupetin talks with the Righteous Babe herself.  From his reflections on the conversation:  Many things have been said about the music Ani DiFranco has created for the last thirty years since she burst on the scene with her fiery self-titled LP in 1990. With her shaved head on the cover, fearlessly bisexual love songs, dexterous guitar work and hold-no-prisoners lyrics sparing no one from her poetic magnifying glass, DiFranco’s persona became almost synonymous with a rejuvenated women’s movement that blossomed in the late-1990’s Lilith Fair moment. And yet she was always a bit more committed to the cause than some of her more pop-leaning contemporaries, who faded away as soon as their hits subsided.  What became increasingly clear during our conversation was that DiFranco wants to make music for everyone. She prides herself on her quirky, multi-generational fanbase — with grandparents and kids, dads and sons, daughters and aunties alike singing along to favorites like “Both Hands,” “Untouchable Face,” and covers like Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” at packed shows across three continents.

This conversation will air Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm and 5pm CDT. 

Selected conversations produced by Righteous Babe can be found on Ani's Patreon.

Full archive of past conversation here

WOODY'S VOICE: A Partnership with the Woody Guthrie Center

Woody's Voice

Episodes are narrated by the Righteous Babe herself, Ani DiFranco, and curated by the Executive Director and Programs Manager of the Woody Guthrie Center as a way of sharing Woody’s perspective and his continued influence on arts and society.  Catch it on Sundays at 12 pm and 4 pm Central.

Find selected Woody's Voice episodes archived here.

In celebration of one year of our partnership with the Woody Guthrie Center, Righteous Babe Radio has created an archive of all past aired Woody's Voice Episodes.

Full archive of past episodes here



Self Love Saturday Logo
Self Love Sunday with Jocelyn Mackenzie is a show that explores what it means to love ourselves in new ways and the impact self love has on our communities. We'll hear music that expresses the spirit of self love, talk with musicians, makers, and activists about how self love informs their creative process, and learn tips and tools about how to integrate self love into our daily lives for the highest and greatest good of all.
Logo Artwork by Tracy Lewis

EPISODE 3: Death, Embodiment, and Time Travel 
• Tall Tall Trees – Expectations
• Wendy Eisenberg – Hurt People
• Interview with Ashley Frith, Part 1 
      Underscore – Jocelyn Mackenzie – Primate (arr. Sam McCormally)
• Ashley Frith performing Kate Moore – Whoever You Are Come Forth
• Interview with Ashley Frith, Part 2
      Underscore – Ludovica Burtone – Blazing Sun
• Mama Rose – Flood
• Craig Werth – Things That Bring Hope
• Denai Moore – Bring You Shame
• Interview with Jenny Owen Youngs, Part 1 
      Underscore – Jenny Owen Youngs – Vampire Weeknight, Instrumental
• Jenny Owen Youngs – Dungeons and Dragons
• Interview with Jenny Owen YoungsPart 2
      Underscores – Jenny Owen Youngs – Gravitron and Follow You, Instrumentals
• Jenny Owen Youngs Remixing Jocelyn Mackenzie – Little Islands
Listen every Sunday at 10 AM + 7 PM C (11 AM + 8 PM EST)



Letters from an American

Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of American history.  Her newsletter explores what it means, and what it has meant, to be an American. These were the same questions a famous observer asked in a book of letters he published in 1782, the year before the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur called his book “Letters from an American Farmer.” We will broadcast a recording of the daily letters at 6 pm, 11 pm and 8 am the following day CST. 

You can find the Letters and more about our Resident Professor here:

Hear a sample Letters from an American broadcast below.



Alright, Alright Logo

Recorded inside the artist owned World Famous Tipitina's, The Alright, Alright Broadcast is a one-on-one interview program featuring artists, musicians, performers, promoters, venue owners, on-air personalities, production, crew members, and more of the individuals that make our culture and entertainers so uniquely captivating.  Produced by Tipitina's TV.  We Love 'Em Tonight.  Catch it at 2 am and 10 am central Tuesdays and Thursdays


Putumayo World Music Hour

Hosted by former KFOG personality Rosalie Howarth, the Putumayo World Music Hour (PWMH) is an internationally syndicated radio show that takes listeners on a weekly journey through the music of many different cultures. The program is heard on more than 100 commercial and non-commercial stations around the world. PWMH playlists include a blend of music from well-known artists and exceptional, underexposed international artists.  The one-hour radio program also features interviews with world-class music makers such as Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Taj Mahal who eagerly support and have been influenced by world music. Airing new episodes Monday and Saturday at 10am CST and Wednesday morning at 4am CST.






Acoustic Cafe
Acoustic Café is a two hour weekly radio show, and an independent media production of RDR Radio, LLC. The program is produced and hosted by Rob Reinhart, who started the show in 1995.  Each week, listeners around the globe tune in to Acoustic Café to hear the latest from today’s great songwriting talents. It’s hard to put a definitive label on Acoustic Café’s music selections. After all, a good song is a good song… any individual set of music could contain a bit of country, rock, blues, folk, pop… and more!  In addition to classic songwriters (oh, you know who they are…), Acoustic Café wants to bring as many newer talents to the table as possible. Hear this week’s program by clicking here! Also, you can hear a few year’s worth of our interviews and performances by visiting our archives here.  Airing Fridays at 10am CST

We are looking at RBR Radio as an open source opportunity. We hope to integrate podcasts from like-minded souls around the world into the fabric of RBR Radio. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas as to what it is you would really like to have discussed and represented musically on this your radio station. Please send submissions and ideas to The RBR content management staff will review all submissions and ideas presented.