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Today, SEDGE THOMSON, presents “Invictus.”


MAYA ANGELOU, poet and author, is joined by GUY JOHNSON, her son born when she was 17. 

She talks about how motherhood shaped her, how she raised her son in American society with her own knowledge and poetry, and the importance of red beans and rice. 


It’s vital we retain a sense of what integrity and love means in the raising of children and protection of ourselves in our current political climate and twittering egomania. 


DR. ANGELOU at 76, and her son, offer that.          


It's Sedge's flâneur files.  He finds eclipses, the art collection of Charles 1st, and a king’s malevolence, and a 16th century shade of teal oil paint connected. 

Insights abound. 


With the piano genius himself, MIKE GREENSILL, and Rubber Souldiers.  

This week, SEDGE THOMSON welcomes LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO, the renowned a capella group who has inspired and performed with Paul Simon and Michael Jackson.

And two extended conversations with author and tenor sax man JAMES McBRIDE, whose memoir and fiction is hilarious, moving, profound.  He has thoughts on his mixed race upbringing. His new book, Five Carat Soul, continues his insight on race, identity, and human failings and virtues.  

As he says today, politicians are just people, and what matters, in the end, is your decency and whether you did some good today.  He also wrote The Good Lord Bird, The Color of Water, and Song Yet Sung.  And he joins the T SISTERS and MIKE GREENSILL for a jazz piece.

On a personal note, Mike, our friend, pianist and colleague, who often brought in his "special guest," the chanteuse WESLA WHITFIELD, to sing, sent out a letter from her last week, titled,
Time to leave the room:


Dear Friends and Fans
     I want to thank you for all the love and devotion you've given me over the years. I've had a wonderful time making music for you but it's become time to leave the room. I'm very comfortable at home with Michael and I am well looked after by the sterling hospice folks. I decided not to have any major interventions to try and cure what is a very large tumor and a severe infection.
     I've had a great life and the thought of all you lovely people who have listened to my singing brings me great peace....
     Much Love
P.S.  I probably won't be able to answer all your well wishes, but you can write to Mike and he'll read them to me.....
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P.P.S.  From Mike  - Please no visitors at this time....
    Wesla sings "In My Life" from her HighNote CD of the same name.

They were the first guests on my first West Coast Weekend show in 1985, and dear friends who performed at many occassions for our show, for you and our crew.


Today, Sedge presents a memory of WESLA WHITFIELD, the acclaimed cabaret singer who died this past week at 70.  She visited West Coast Live regularly, sometimes as the "surprise guest" of her musical partner since 1981 and husband since 1986, MIKE GREENSILL,  our colleague here at West Coast Live and pianist through the years. Here is Wesla's obituary in the New York Times

NIKKI GIOVANNI - the outspoken earthy poet and professor takes us through her analysis of Star Trek, black society and mothers, and her observations about sexuality.  We've not aired this coversation since its first broadcast in February 1994.  The audience roars with laughter throughtout.

CLARENCE MAJOR - Out of UC Davis, the linguist, novelist, painter and poet, discusses from Juba to Jive, the history of black slang, its origins and what language tells us about the fluidity of human thought.  Join us for our Gumbo YaYa.

BROWNIE McGHEE - from 1915 to Feb 16, 1996, Brownie made the blues his travelling companion, along with Sonny Terry.  The two kept the blues alive and introduced them to a wide audience.  He shares the stage to watch Alvin Youngblood Hart and Virgil Thrasher perform two of his classic blues songs.



This week, SEDGE interviews, and listens, for his flâneur files, to three great story tellers, whose adventuresome and curious lives are driven by passions, or obsessions.  Whatever you call that energy, things happen!

GORDON "ZOLA" EDGAR, purveyor of cheese in San Francisco, author of Cheesemonger, Life on the Wedge brings us tales of Comte and Cheddar, as in Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America's Most Iconic Cheese.  Who knew Cheddar has a heart? And will Gorgonzola be his next amore?

LEONARD PITT, the international mime based in Berkeley tells how he went from Detroit to Paris as a young man, and how an unexpected influence in your life can change your direction in a moment.  His books and stories, perfomances of movement and images come alive in his memoir My Brain is on Fire.

RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT, legendary troubador and cowboy (learned first in Madison Square Garden) unsppols his stories with song.  Grammy-awards mean less perhaps than his local oysters, the pleasure of flying, driving with Woody Guthrie and inspiring Bruce Springsteen.

With the bon vivant, foodie of the north bay, Mike Greensill.