IN THE MARGIN OF THE OTHER is a free form radio show I began producing in November 1988 on WMBR, MIT’s all volunteer radio station.  It’s taken various forms as I’ve adapted to what the rest of life and work require.  Inspired by my college economics prof’s adage “everything happens in the margin,” I find that this “secret world” I’ve maintained consistently over so many years has evolved into a rich and unexpected source for many of my ideas and approaches in my more public work.

I’m lucky to have Richard H. Lawrence maintaining my archive in his woodshop in Albion, ME, spinning show cassettes according the seasons.  He and Sama also grow fruit and vegetables and other interesting things.

More recently, I’ve begun editing and uploading selected programs at the request of various friends and colleagues who want to listen. With nearly 2000 hours accumulated, perhaps I will eventually create a stream! You can listen some shorter clips on this site and if you’re really voracious, get in touch with me and I can share a link for downloading a bunch of full programs.  You’ll let me know you’re listening, right?


This is Localore (March 2013)
This is Localore on Vimeo


Finding America trailer (May 2015)
Localore Finding America on Vimeo


HAPPINESS PROJECT: I’ve been noticing over the last year or so what seems to be movement afoot of people who are bringing music to storytelling in new ways. I tend to find it as I’m perusing WMBR‘s stacks prepping for my radio show, and maybe you’re on to it, too.  I’m loving these new approaches and thought I’d share/attach the latest, Charles Spearin’s “Happiness Project,” which is a collection of some of his Toronto neighbors who frequent his front porch in the summertime.  He says, “I wanted to see if I could blur the line between speaking and singing and write music based on these “accidental melodies.”

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ARRIVING IS LEAVING (AGAIN) is a moment of spontaneity on a familiar theme captured In the Margin.

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BETWEEN HERE AND GONE is a 15:42 audio essay produced to accompany an application to the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship program. I pulled this out the other night for a listening session, and am posting it here for your listening pleasure.

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IN THE MARGIN OF THE OTHER.  I’ve produced about 1800 hours of live, free-form radio on WMBR-FM (community/student radio station at MIT) over the last 19 years. Here’s a sample 90-minute show from May 2, 2007….John Cage to Chavela Vargas to to King Crimson to Miles Davis to Lord Buckley to Mice People, Ann Azema, Caroline Bergvall and, hopefully, some magic in between.

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