Rag Radio: Our Classic Interview with Bernie Sanders Plus Blues Singer Leeann Atherton Live

We interviewed Bernie just before he announced he was running; Leeann is an Austin music icon.


We feature Thorne Dreyer’s classic 2015 interview with Bernie Sanders, and iconic Austin singer-songwriter Leeann Atherton joins us in studio for conversation and performance.

Leeann Atherton, who can belt out a song like few others, moves from blues to gospel to southern rock and more. A fixture in the progressive and countercultural communities, she has built up a big, raucus, following for her Friday night gigs at Austin landmark venue, Maria’s Taco Xpress, and for her own Full-Moon Barn Dances. In the words of Margaret Moser, famed Austin Chronicle music columnist: “When it comes to barn-burning vocalists from Austin… they don’t come any hotter than Leeann Atherton. She’s got southern fireball pipes that don’t quit and an indefatigable spirit.”

After visiting with Leeann, we reprise Thorne Dreyer’s lively interview with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. The interview was recorded and broadcast live just over a year ago, on March 27, 2015, just before Sanders officially announced that he was running for president. We nudged Bernie to make his announcement on our show, but he just chuckled. Sure sounded like a candidate!

Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP in Austin, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica’s KPFT HD-3 90.1-FM, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA — and is a featured podcast at VT. All Rag Radio podcasts can be found at the Internet Archive. Contact: ragradio@koop.org



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