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eTown is an exciting weekly radio broadcast/podcast heard from coast to coast on NPR, public and commercial stations. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. eTown's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.
 
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The seasoned and the new meet this week on eTown: veteran songwriter, guitarist, and singer extraordinaire Darrell Scott shares the stage with our other musical guest, the bright, young, up-and-coming Canadian singer-songwriter Kaia Kater. Plus we’ll share an eChievement Award story about a woman who has helped hundreds of women transitioning from …
 
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital President and C.E.O., Pamela Dunley, shares the latest COVID-related information from the Hospital. She explains how medical professionals and administrative staff share critical information and cautions those suffering from serious depression and/or anxiety to get professional help. LowDown Food Critic, Slappy Sal, gives…
 
For more than 4 decades, Elmhurst's own Joe O'Neil has been 'The Man with the Tickets' in the Chicago Bulls Organization. His recent appearance in "The Last Dance" has reignited local interest in the 6 Bulls Championships with the great Michael Jordan. Joe will share a few stories not heard in the popular docu-series. Dr. Anthony Fartchi shares his…
 
Two intriguing singer-songwriters from the great Northwest join us this week: gifted, ethereal Damien Jurado returns to eTown; and talented Laura Gibson of Oregon is with us as well. Our eChievement Award story features the founder of a nonprofit that provides medically tailored meals to critically ill people, providing ease, care, much needed nutr…
 
The high energy, Grammy-winning bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters returns to eTown this week in this “back by popular demand” re-airing. Also with us: California native Molly Tuttle. After performing from a very young age as a member of her family’s band, The Tuttles, Molly has moved to Nashville and launched her own solo career. She’s won …
 
This week’s program showcases the exceptionally talented musical husband and wife duo Over the Rhine, as they celebrate over 30 years of touring together. We’re also joined by gifted singer-songwriter David Huckfelt (member of the exceptional band called The Pines), who shares tunes from his solo album project. Nick also sits down for a conversatio…
 
We continue with the second half of this special two-part program with more music from (and an in-depth conversation with) North Carolina-based bluegrass quartet Chatham County Line. We’ll also hear more from legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Anders Osborne. In addition, eTown is visited by The McIntosh County Shouters, known for their movi…
 
With more guests than usual, this unforgettable encore eTown show will be spread over two weeks. This week, noted New Orleans resident (originally born in Sweden) and performer extraordinaire Anders Osborne returns to the eTown stage after several years absence, to share his soulful vocals, rich songwriting, and tasteful guitar work; plus he and Ni…
 
In this week’s back-by-popular-demand re-broadcast, popular young bluegrass artist Billy Strings joins us (whether he’s performing as a solo artist or with his band, the reaction to Billy tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!”). Also with us, the instrumental group known as the Jon Stickley Trio. Plus, Nick chat…
 
In this week’s re-airing, Nick and Helen and the eTown crew head to Athens, Georgia for a special installment of our “eTown On the Road” series. We’ll be coming to you from the legendary Georgia Theater, joined by local musical duo Cicada Rhythm, as well as our longtime eTown friend, singer-songwriter extraordinaire JJ Grey. Plus, Nick talks with a…
 
This week’s eTown repeat airing features two dynamic musical talents: the famously raw and wonderful singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve Earle) as well as Emily Gimble, a talented pianist, vocalist, and songwriter who shares stories about growing up as a member of one of the most famous musical families in America (she’s third gener…
 
This week, it’s part two of a special “eTown on the Road,” as we return to the iconic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, continuing with our musical guests from last week: The Wood Brothers, Fruition, and Steep Canyon Rangers. Nick will also share some fascinating historic facts about holding concerts at Red Rocks, a tradition which started all the w…
 
This week’s show is part one of a two-part special “eTown at Red Rocks,” as we return to the legendary Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre for an hour of live music with Boulder-born, Nashville-based American folk trio The Wood Brothers, consisting of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. We’re also joined by Portla…
 
Joining us for this week’s popular re-airing is singer/songwriter extraordinaire Citizen Cope known for his unique and exquisite fusion of blues, soul, and hip-hop. We also welcome Portland-based singer/songwriter Anna Tivel, who is widely recognized for her lyrics-driven folk and Americana style. Plus, Nick talks with this week’s eChievement Award…
 
This week’s encore episode features Denver-based, internationally renowned, multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble DeVotchKa. Also joining us is talented, up-and-coming folk rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Kyle Emerson. Plus, our award story focuses on a woman who’s found a way to help both senior citizens and young children interact, resulting…
 
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital President and C.E.O., Pamela Dunley, shares the latest COVID-related updates from the Hospital. She also explains some significant recognition recently bestowed upon the Institution. PK and Elmhurst History Museum Director, Dave Oberg, tell the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps' stay in Elmhurst in an encore episod…
 
Joining us musically for this encore broadcast and their eTown debut is the beloved indie-folk duo known as The Mountain Goats. In addition, talented singer-songwriter Joe Sampson, whose intimate, emotive songs have led to collaborations with Nathaniel Rateliff and others, comes for his first visit to eTown, as well. Plus, we’ll share an inspiring …
 
For part two of a two part show, we’re joined by eTown veteran Aoife O’Donovan of the Grammy Award-winning band “I’m With Her.” Aoife returns to eTown for a very special performance with collaborator Jeremy Kittel, who co-produced and arranged Aoife’s first new studio recording in four years. Aoife and Jeremy are also joined by a string quartet. Al…
 
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital President and C.E.O., Pamela Dunley, shares the latest COVID-related updates from our community's primary medical facility. She gives a few tips on keeping your glasses from fogging while wearing a mask and explains how Hospital staff keeps waiting areas safe. Clever Ken gives 'Mort Mollitor' some tips to rid his yard of …
 
Dr. Connie Mixon, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Elmhurst College, discusses the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on urban areas. Dr. Mixon explains how Urban Studies is really an interdisciplinary field studying many aspects of the differences in urban, suburban and rural areas. PK and Elmhurst…
 
In this week’s two part airing, we’re joined by eTown veteran Aoife O’Donovan of the Grammy Award-winning band “I’m With Her.” Aoife returns to eTown for a very special performance with collaborator Jeremy Kittel, who co-produced and arranged Aoife’s first new studio recording in four years. Aoife and Jeremy are also joined by members of a string q…
 
Both of our artists in this week’s re-airing are prolific in their own right. Joining us for the first time is psychedelic folk-rock songwriter and producer Jonathan Wilson. He’s an amazing musician in his own right (besides touring on his own, he spent two years on the road as part of Roger Waters’ touring band), plus he’s a sought after producer …
 
Erin Jason, Business Development Coordinator for the City of Elmhurst, shares the latest COVID-related updates from the Elmhurst business community. She explains how some outdoor space is being designated for restaurant seating and fitness classes. There are many positive developments, despite the economic slowdown. PK and Elmhurst History Museum D…
 
Dr. Avraham Baranes, an economist and assistant professor at Elmhurst College, makes his second appearance on the LowDown and shares his latest take on key economic issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. PK and Elmhurst History Museum Director, Dave Oberg, tell the story of Elmhurst's fastest resident, Fred Lorenzen, in an encore edition of One P…
 
This encore broadcast brings an eclectic hour of music and conversation this week as bluegrass-jam band Greensky Bluegrass returns to the show along with Texas genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash. We’ll also hear from about a couple who has been introducing tennis to inner-city youth since the 1970s as a vehicle for inspiring a lifelong affin…
 
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Chief Nursing Officer, Jean Lydon, and Medical Staff President and ER Physician, Dr. Michelle Meziere, give an insider's look at the Hospital's operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both ladies share how safe they feel while at the Hospital and encourage folks to continue seeking routine medical care during the pandemic…
 
Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley and 7th Ward Alderman Mark Mulliner discuss plans for a different sort of 'parade' this Memorial Day. Elmhurst will honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country with a Memorial Day Convoy on Monday, May 25th, 2020. Clever Ken helps Julie 'Billman' with her gas problem...in her lawnmower.…
 
This week’s show features Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson, as he makes his first visit to eTown. Patrick grew up in Montreal and has some of the art-music sensibilities that remind us of Rufus Wainwright or Gregory Alan Isakov. Also joining us is another Canadian singer-songwriter and eTown veteran, Basia Bulat. This is her second eTown, …
 
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital President and C.E.O., Pamela Dunley, shares the latest COVID-related update from the Hospital. She also shares some exciting news about a recently approved drug now available to certain COVID patients at EMH. PK and Elmhurst History Museum Director, Dave Oberg, wax poetic about an old Elmhurst institution, the Elm Roller …
 
In this week’s back-by-popular-demand re-airing, eTown welcomes the incredibly gifted singer-songwriter and piano virtuoso Beth Hart to the solar-powered stage at eTown Hall. Plus, our longtime friend John McEuen, iconic American musician and founding member of the beloved Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, returns to the show. We’ll also hear a motivating eC…
 
Elmhurst Walk-in Assistance Network Executive Director, Jackie Crnkovich, discusses EWAN's efforts to help folks struggling financially in Elmhurst. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, need has never been higher during her tenure with the organization. PK and Elmhurst History Museum Executive Director, Dave Oberg, tell of Elmhurst's own 'Golden Boy'…
 
In this week’s re-airing, we welcome back long-time friend and musical virtuoso Sarah Jarosz to the eTown airwaves to share from her latest collection of songs. Sarah continues to skyrocket in her career, all while doing things her own way. We’ll learn more about what’s happening in her world these days, during her conversation with eTown host Nick…
 
Elmhurst Hospital President and CEO, Pamela Dunley, is joined by two of her colleagues to convey the latest information as the Hospital prepares to begin elective surgery next week. Dr. Daniel Sullivan, the Hospital's V.P. of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer explains the safety precautions Hospital staff take to ensure patient safety. Pedi…
 
DuPage County Board member and Health and Human Services Committee Chair, Peter DiCianni, shares some County data on the COVID crisis. He sheds some light on the importance of antibody testing and cautions against being too quick to lift some of the current restrictions. Our beloved Robbie sets Rick straight about local 'cougar' sightings on an enc…
 
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital President and CEO, Pamela Dunley, updates listeners on the current operations of the Hospital, as it continues to treat COVID-19 patients and looks forward to resuming elective surgeries in early May. PK and Elmhurst History Museum Executive Director, Dave Oberg, tell the story of the famed Russian princess, Anastasia, wh…
 
This week on the eTown airwaves, we welcome neo-soul and modern R&B artist Allen Stone. Also with us for her second visit to eTown is Nashville-based American country and rock singer/songwriter Nikki Lane. Nick also has a conversation with Marc Barasch, founder of the Green World Campaign, who discusses how a regenerative agricultural revolution co…
 
Earth Day is a huge deal for eTown. We taped our first show on Earth Day in 1991, launching our program with a commitment to both entertain and inform by featuring great live music, plus interviews with artists while presenting the views of experts, scientists, authors, and policy makers about the state of our environment and how we can each try to…
 
Pamela Dunley, President and CEO of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital gives a COVID-19 Update, where trends seem to be improving, ever so slightly. She expresses her appreciation to the Elmhurst Fire Department for recently showing support for the Hospital's staff by lining the employees' walkway into work. PK and Elmhurst History Museum Director, Dave Ob…
 
Dr. John DeVries of the DeVries Animal Hospital discusses how the COVID-19 virus is affecting pet care. He reveals a few precautions you should take and discusses those dog owners out walking a bit more than usual. PK and Elmhurst History Museum Director Dave Oberg's discussion of Carl Sandburg is back by popular demand in the latest episode of "On…
 
For this week’s encore broadcast, we’re joined by Shook Twins, the Portland-based indie-folk duo (and twin sisters) known for their incredible harmonies, as well as the wide range of instruments they play. Also with us is longtime friend of the show, gifted songwriter and player extraordinaire Danny Barnes (a past winner of The Steve Martin Prize f…
 
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