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KPFA GD marathon results

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

The 2017 KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon raised more than $30,000 for listener-sponsored, independent radio! Thank you!

Innumerable kindnesses transpired all over the globe in service of this cause. This link will take you to a long list of people who contributed to the Marathon. Our thanks to all of them, and hooray for all of us!

Here is the playlist.

Dead to the World 8/10/16

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Dark Star->
St Stephen
Dead & Company 7/30/16 Shoreline Amphitheater

Don’t Let GoJerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 7 (11/8/76 Sophie’s, Palo Alto CA)

It’s Just Happening
When the Zombies Come
Emily Yates live in the KPFA studio

China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
Morning Dew->
Casey Jones
Dead & Company 7/29/16 Toyota Amphitheater, Wheatland CA

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers – Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 6 (7/5/73)

She Said She Said – The Beatles, Revolver

Bill Walton interview on KPFA 6/29

Sunday, June 26th, 2016


Bill Walton came to KPFA on June 20 for an interview about his wonderful new book, Back from the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light, and Throwing It Down.

Y’all know he’s a big ol’ Deadhead, right?

The interview airs this Wednesday, June 29, on KPFA’s Dead to the World. The show starts at 8pm Pacific time and streams live at

Great thanks to our chief engineer, Michael Yoshida, for his help with this.


Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Link to today’s playlist.

Dead to the World 12/23/15

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Help on the Way->
Franklins’s Tower
– Dead & Company 11/7/15 Madison Square Garden, NYC
Interview with Dennis McNally
Excerpt from Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews
Mountains of the Moon – Grateful Dead, Fillmore East 2-11-69
Farewell Franklins – Circles Round the Sun, Interludes for the Dead
Playing in the Band – Grateful Dead, Live at the Cow Palace New Year’s Eve 1976
He’s Gone – Dead & Company 11/7/15 Madison Square Garden, NYC

Changes at Dead to the World

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

I have retired from regular hosting of of Dead to the World (Wednesdays 8-10pm on KPFA 94.1 fm Berkeley).

I sent this letter to the management on October 28:

Dear colleagues –

I need to step down as the primary host of Dead to the World. I have a book and a CD coming out in November, and I need to focus my attention on those two projects.

As I have been working on the record and book all year, I have been less and less engaged with my KPFA program. I don’t feel I am able to do justice to the gig, as I have less and less time to prepare for it. My musical career is on the rise everywhere but in the Bay Area, so I am on the road more than half the time these days. My travel is only going to increase in the near future.

Tim Lynch, my cohost, is fully engaged and delivering a first-rate show every time he takes the reins. I have discussed this with him and he seems willing to take on more of the work. I hope you will allow him to continue as the lead host. I will host DTTW occasionally – maybe once a month, more or less.

I will, of course, do the marathon (with Tim’s help) next February and every winter for the foreseeable future.

I will continue to serve on the LSB until my term ends, and I will continue to support professionalism among the staff and community.

This is an entirely positive development. I’m on the road a lot these days, pursuing my own musical adventures. Because of the increasing demands on my time and attention, I don’t think I’ve been doing a very good job on DTTW. Tim has been covering for my absences for several years, and I made him the official cohost a while back because he was doing it more than half the time anyway. I wouldn’t hand the show over to just anybody! He’s great on the air, and deeply committed to music and to KPFA.

I needed to do this for a number of reasons. I feel my identity has been confused here in northern California: I have always seen myself as a musician with a radio show, as opposed to a DJ with a guitar, and this move allows me to be clearer about who I am.

So from here on out, if you have an event or a record you want to get on the air, please contact Tim. I’m out of that business.

Dead to the World 9/30/15

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

In-studio interview with Steve Adams, bassist of ALO
There Was a TimeALO, Tangle of Time
Only AlwaysNicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Loved Wild Lost
Luxury LinerBrokedown in Bakersfield Live!
The TicketALO, Tangle of Time
Bird Song->
Cumberland Blues
Billy & the Kids 8/15/15 Peach Festival, Scranton PA
Playing in the BandGrateful Dead 9/15/72 Boston Music Hall

In-studio interview with Matt Reynolds
I’ll Take the BlameMatt Reynolds, Been Long Gone
The Mighty RiverMatt Reynolds live in the KPFA studio
FriendsMatt Reynolds, Been Long Gone

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Jerry Garcia Band, On Broadway: Act 1 (10/28/87)
Feel Like a Stranger (with Bob Weir)Billy & the Kids 8/15/15 Peach Festival, Scranton PA

Dead to the World 9/23/15

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Hosts: Tim Lynch and David Gans
Fund-raiser special! Call 1-800-439-5732 or go online at to support KPFA!!

Man of Constant Sorrow 2 – Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Tony Rice, The Pizza Tapes (Extra Large Edition)
Tangled Up in Blue – Jerry Garcia Band, On Broadway: Act 1 (10/28/87)
Let It Grow (6/24/85) – Grateful Dead, 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story
Black Muddy RiverBest of the Grateful Dead
TerrapinRailroad Earth 9/18/15 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO
Deal – Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 15 (4/22/78)
Little Sadie – Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Tony Rice, The Pizza Tapes (Extra Large Edition)
Dancing in the Street (4/15/70) – Grateful Dead, 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story

Dead to the World 9/9/15

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Starfinder Stanley (in the studio) and guests (on the phone) talk about the legacy of Owsley Stanley and the work of the Owsley Stanley Foundation, with (of course) many audio illustrations!

Guests: Hawk, John Meyer, Jeffrey Norman, Dennis “Wiz” Leonard, Ron Wickersham

Morning DewGrateful Dead, Dick’s Picks vol 26 (4/27/69)
Catfish John – Old and in the Way, Live at the Boarding House
Mason’s Children – Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 6 (12/20/69)
Mental Revenge – Gram Parsons with the Flying Burrito Bros, Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969
Jack Straw – Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 11 (11/17/72)
Improvisation – Dauno Martinez

Dead to the World 8/12/15

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Hell in a Bucket->
Wang Dang Doodle
The Music Never Stopped->
Easy Answers->
The Music Never Stopped
– Grateful Dead 6/5/93 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ

Run for the RosesJerry Garcia Band, On Broadway: Act 1 (10/28/87)
Estimated Prophet->
Eyes of the World
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 15 (4/22/78)

Brokedown PalaceWatkins Family Hour
Stealin’ – Clover, Clover and Fourty-Niner
Saddle in the RainJohn Prine, Common Sense
Spend Our Last DimeAmy Helm, Didn’t It Rain

Dead to the World 7/22/15

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
Estimated Prophet
Built to Last
Samson and Delilah
Mountains of the Moon
Throwing Stones
– Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby, Jeff Chimenti and Trey Anastasio 7/5/15 Soldier Field, Chicago

The three Chicago “Fare Thee Well” shows will be released in November on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.

Broken Wings Heal
Mysterious Wonder
Razor Wire
Cry Wolf
Hello Cruel World
Everything Can Change
Day By Day
Caroline Aiken w/ Edo Castro (bass) live in the KPFA performance studio

Dead to the World 7/15/15

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Lazy Lightnin->
– Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 15

Interview with Jeff Pehrson
If Dreams
No One Thinks I’m Crazy Any More
Red-Winged Blackbird
Box Set Duo Trio, One Night Live

Interview with Rabbit Quinn
Lost Children
October Girl
– Rabbit Quinn, Lost Children

Interview and in-studio performance by Teja Gerken
11:11 pm
Shebeg Shemore
Planxty Bongwater

Fare Thee Well 7/5/15 Soldier Field, Chicago

Bright As You CanMike and Ruthy Band, Bright As You Can

Dead to the World 6/24/15

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Phone interview with Cameron Sears, executive director of the Rex Foundation

Pre-recorded interview with David Browne, author of So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead
US Blues – Grateful Dead 5/12/74 Reno NV
Groove #1 – Grateful Dead, Blues for Allah (2004 remaster)
Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead, In the Dark
The Music Never Stopped – Grateful Dead 5/3/77 Palladium, NYC

Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved live in the KPFA performance studio:
This House of Mine
Going Out of Her Mind
Astronauts and Fishermen/The Kesh
Sing a Song for Us
Dark Hollow/Tonight (I Think I’m Gonna Go Downtown)/San Antonio Rose
My Memory
Money Isn’t Everything
Pigs for Pets

Dead to the World 5/27/15

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Interview with Melody Walker of Front Country
Gospel Train – Front Country, Sake of the Sound
MartinezMelody Walker, Gold Rush Goddess

The Other OneVoodoo Dead 5/3/15 New Orleans

Out with the Old
Devil in My Ear
Radio City
Still In Love with You
Blue LIne
New Dress
Wash Your Hands
Color Me Gone
Maurice Tani and 77 El Deora live in the KPFA Performance Studio

Believe It or NotMaurice Tani and 77 El Deora (unreleased)

Dead to the World 5/6/15

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

FUND DRIVE TIME! Please call 1-800-439-5732 or visit to make a contribution. Listener-sponsored radio relies on your support!

Mississippi Halfstep->
Feel Like a Stranger
Easy to Love You
West LA Fadeaway
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Victim or the Crime->
Foolish Heart
Grateful Dead 5/6/90 CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson CA

Cream Puff WarThe Best of the Grateful Dead

China Cat Sunflower->
Hey Pocky Way
Voodoo Dead 5/1/15 Republic, New Orleans

Steve Kimock, Bill Kreutzmann, Keller Williams, Jeff Chimenti, Dave Schools. Thanks to Charlie Miller for the house mix, the recording, and the quick delivery!

They Love Each OtherAnela Lauren, Harpin’ on the Dead
Sing a Song for UsMatt Lax and Nearly Beloved, This House of Mine
Brother Can you Spare a Dime – Jorma Kaukonen, Ain’t In No Hurry
Film at ElevenDavid Nelson Band, Once in a Blue Moon