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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).

Desert Oracle Radi‪o‬ Ken Layne

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    • 4.9 • 483 Ratings

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).

    Out of Our Holes

    Out of Our Holes

    The middle of the country might be frozen solid all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, but here in the Great Mojave Wilderness the weather is fine, the skies are blue, and the first hints of so many little green something-or-others are now apparent on the desert sands.

    Will we finally come out of our holes? With new soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver.

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    • 28 min
    Alien Corpses of the Great Basin

    Alien Corpses of the Great Basin

    You ever drive the "Loneliest Road In America"? That's what they call U.S. 50, across the Great Basin Desert through the middle of Nevada. Not many people out there, not a lot going on. Just as we like it.

    The mystery visitors like it, too. They like the quiet, they need the wild mountains and desert valleys of the Basin and Range. And way back in 1952, so the story goes, 15 little alien friends were found dead in the wreckage of a glowing oval craft that smashed into the side of a copper mine. With all-new spacey soundscapes by our own RedBlueBlackSilver.

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    • 28 min
    Atmospheric River

    Atmospheric River

    There's a leak in the studio roof and the only way we know is because an atmospheric river is bearing down upon the American Southwest. So get a bucket or a cereal bowl or something and we'll all paddle to Hell together . . . . with new soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver to keep us company.

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    • 28 min
    Armada of the Dragoon Mountains

    Armada of the Dragoon Mountains

    Get in the truck, we're taking a night drive to the Dragoon Mountains in Cochise County, Arizona. Get ready for the weird times.

    New soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver as we cover some difficult terrain with the Apache leader Cochise, the strange granite of his stronghold, and the mystery craft seen on many nights around these mysterious 78-million-year-old mountain spires.

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    • 28 min
    The Local Angle

    The Local Angle

    Might be a nutty new year on the national news, but here in the desert we are just trying to get along and not got crushed. With guest Brendan Maze and new sounds by RedBlueBlackSilver.

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    • 28 min
    A Desert Christmas

    A Desert Christmas

    From a skeletal homesteader cabin on a cold Mojave night, it's the annual Desert Oracle Christmas Special. New Mexico writer Anna Merlin joins us to talk about the winter holidays in Santa Fe. New solstice sounds by RedBlueBlackSilver.

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
483 Ratings

483 Ratings

AndrewTatanka ,

Matt Welch brought me here

The only reason I know about this podcast is because of Matt Welch’s recommendation. This podcast is every bit as weird and wonderful as he said it would be. I love listening late in the evenings, though the experience would be much improved if I could relocate to the southwest USA. For now, I’ll listen from Baghdad.

picklesprocket ,

Completely transfixed while listening

This podcast is the audio version of my happy place. As a desert dweller myself, whenever I find myself longing to be alone in the middle of the Mojave all I have to do is put on my headphones and let Ken transport me there.

DumbSmoke ,

I LOVE this show

Just found it recently because of the host’s interview on Trill Billies podcast. Combines all the things I love: great writing, a unique voice, and lights in the sky. Can’t wait to go through the back catalog of episodes. I could listen to Ken Layne talk forever, until the earth is but a husk of molten dirt.

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