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Desert Oracle Radio is a weekly road trip through the weird American desert from the publisher of Desert Oracle, the pocket-sized field guide published in Joshua Tree, California. Hear tales of mysterious lights, missing tourists, lost mines, venomous creatures, weird history and weirder people. Hosted by editor Ken Layne and featuring a cast of intriguing mystics, oddballs, scientists and artists, Desert Oracle Radio is your soundtrack for a desert night. The program is broadcast on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on KCDZ 107.7 FM in the Mojave high desert, with field reports from around and across the desert lands, and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

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Desert Oracle Radio is a weekly road trip through the weird American desert from the publisher of Desert Oracle, the pocket-sized field guide published in Joshua Tree, California. Hear tales of mysterious lights, missing tourists, lost mines, venomous creatures, weird history and weirder people. Hosted by editor Ken Layne and featuring a cast of intriguing mystics, oddballs, scientists and artists, Desert Oracle Radio is your soundtrack for a desert night. The program is broadcast on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on KCDZ 107.7 FM in the Mojave high desert, with field reports from around and across the desert lands, and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

    The Eighth Tower

    The Eighth Tower

    Is it UFO season in the desert again? People have sure been seeing a lot of strange things up here around Joshua Tree, and "military flares" is never a good enough answer for all the odd activity in the skies.

    Tonight we bring you a campfire story about a particular strange sight in the sky we experienced a few years ago, and as our special guest we have the interesting and engaging Michael Hacker, narrator of eight audiobooks by the late, great John Keel. This means we will be talking about the superspectrum and VALIS and The Eighth Tower.

    You can find Michael Hacker's many paranormal-philosophy audiobook performances at Audible.com.

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    Betwixt and Between

    Betwixt and Between

    In these last days of this cruel summer, as our wilderness burns, what we can we learn from the Other Life, the world of our pandemic dreams and universally traumatized collective consciousness?

    Sometimes, there are signposts in the rubble of the ongoing disaster. 

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    Message Deleted

    Message Deleted

    How are we doing out there? Pretty bad? Well nobody likes to hear "the ultraterrestrial entities told you so," but, the ultraterrestrial entities told you so.

    It was 27 years ago this month—at the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe—that 62 students witnessed a miracle. Of the biblical variety. Several strange, wise entities appeared in their bizarre vessel at the edge of the playground, hovering over the brush the way the White Goddess and the Queen of the Universe and the Virgin of Guadalupe always appear, so often to the relatively pure eyes and hearts of the children.

    And they had a message. We did not heed the message.

    Strange new soundscapes from RedBlueBlackSilver tonight, a fitting musical environment for tonight's tales of environmental terror.

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    Secrets of the Superspectrum

    Secrets of the Superspectrum

    Burrowed down through another Extreme Heat Event, we send this radio dispatch to you. The world has gone mad, why not join the fun? Join the revolution.

    Well what happened is we were talking about all the desert creatures coming out of their holes at night—literally, the rabbit holes, in the case of our many Mojave cottontails and jackrabbits—and then all the sudden we went down the rabbit hole, too. At least it's cooler down here!

    Fine new sounds by RedBlueBlackSilver.

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    Dark Psychic Force

    Dark Psychic Force

    Remember last August, a year ago, when the national media found it very funny that presidential candidate Marianne Williamson mentioned the "dark psychic force" that had taken hold of America?

    Well, here we are. We had better make the best of it. How are you surviving in our New Time? We will talk about some of the ways to make it through, from spiritual revelations to forming little communities with your friends and family. Lots of fine new soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver, too.

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    Mountain of the Stars

    Mountain of the Stars

    We are back in the scorching hot radio studio with an all-new episode of the radio show that Palm Springs Life magazine named the "Best Freaky Radio Program." Sure, fine, we'll take it.

    Tonight, it's all about the mysterious place names of the desert southwest, in particular the 1.6-billion-year-old 30-mile-long slab of rock called Sierra Estrella. The Estrellas. Home of the "Estrella Lights."

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