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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).

    Area 51's Mysterious Petroglyph: Pahranagat Man

    Area 51's Mysterious Petroglyph: Pahranagat Man

    Now that it's good & hot outside, let's wander the high desert boulder-strewn hills of Nevada's Lincoln County. Home to Pahranagat Man, a very specific rock-art figure that fits right in with what this land would become in the 20th Century: Area 51, dreamland for the believers in the E.T. mythology. Hosted by Ken Layne, with soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver.

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    The Time of the Roadrunner

    The Time of the Roadrunner

    In wintertime, in springtime, and in the magic months of late Autumn, the desert is the finest place in the world. But now we are coming to the other part — the “Bad Place,” as they say in the Bible. A time for weeping and a time for gnashing of teeth.

    While the humans hide in their air-conditioned mechanical prisons, the roadrunners are having the times of their lives. They love the heat of summer, because there's a feast of lizards and snakes in the daytime, and the usual desperate bunnies and rats at night. Soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver, hosted & written by Ken Layne. Find out more at DesertOracle.com, the Voice of the Desert.

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    • 28 min
    Some New Kind of Kick

    Some New Kind of Kick

    Tonight we are joined by Kid Congo Powers, legendary guitarist from the Golden Age of The Cramps, The Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and his longtime band Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds. We talk about his new home in the Tucson desert, his 14-minute desert-groove "He Walked In" from 2021, and the importance of Magick & Alchemy. ALSO: Desert Oracle Radio live in Wonder Valley, with Ken Layne and RedBlueBlackSilver.

    You can pre-order Kid Congo Powers' new memoir, Some New Kind of Kick, which is due out in October.

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    Real-Estate Scoundrels & Flying Black Triangles

    Real-Estate Scoundrels & Flying Black Triangles

    We are back with a new episode, all about the wonders of the High Desert, and the various aerial portents we call Wonders in the Sky. PLUS: If you're near Wonder Valley tonight, come on by The Palms on Amboy Road, where we are doing a rare live event with RedBlueBlackSilver, 10 p.m. on the outdoor stage, under the stars and whatever else might pass overhead.

    Thanks to everybody who supports this show on Patreon!

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    That It Will Never Come Again

    That It Will Never Come Again

    We are meditating upon some various facts and figures here in the Mojave High Desert this week, from the warm weather in Twentynine Palms to which apostle was crucified upside down and is now remembered with an immense phallic monument to the Egyptian sun god, Ra.

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    • 28 min
    Last Blast of Winter

    Last Blast of Winter

    Happy Earth Day, people of Earth. Here's an episode about the desert in winter, appropriate for our spring blast of rain and snow and cold, cold temperatures. This was recorded live at the Whistle Stop in San Diego, near the end of our November-December 2021 tour. Soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
627 Ratings

627 Ratings

💕brener ,

I listen with both ears

Not just one.

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Dune

Ride the wings of rah over the desert as you you meet the neurons that connect the still night air with the chaos of the coyote howl. I live in an insane giant metropolis and this sends me to a place where i ought to be.

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Ahh So Nice

All components are refreshing: sound quality, artistic presentation, topics, flow of ideas, the whole shebang. Also lovely coyote hoots. Cheers

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