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JoAnn Mar

Board Op/Announcer; Producer and Co-Host, Folk Music & Beyond

JoAnn Mar is a veteran radio announcer, producer and host of Folk Music & Beyond, heard every Saturday from 3 to 5 pm.  In her spare time, she is a radio documentary producer/journalist. Her news reports and features have aired on NPR, Voice of America, The Charles Osgood File, Pacifica Radio and AARP's series Prime Time Radio. Topics covered include prisons, end-of-life, women's issues, the plight of immigrants and public education.

In 2006, Mar received the prestigious George Polk award for investigative reporting on prison privatization.  More recently, she was the recipient of a 2007 media fellowship from the Open Society Institute and produced the in-depth, award-winning documentary "Prisons In Crisis: A State Of Emergency In California."

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JoAnn Mar

Dealing with death is not easy. But some in the Bay Area are opening the conversation by stepping on stage and telling their stories of loss and mortality to an audience.

  YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes Redwood City Attorney Catherine Raye-Wong, Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law, to discuss  Planning for and Managing a Small Estate.  Questions for Jeff or Catherine?  Please call us, toll free, at  (866) 798-8255.

Minds Over Matter 6/30/19

Jun 30, 2019

Everyone's favorite panel game quiz show!

Join us today at 3 pm (PDT) on Folk Music & Beyond for a sneak peek at next week's San Francisco Free Folk Festival.  We'll feature some of the festival headliners on our show--Aki Kumar, aka "The Only Bombay Blues Man", the a Capella trio Yes M'am, and ballad singer-guitarist Kray Van Kirk. 

If you missed today's show, it's archived on KALW's Local Music Player for one week following the broadcast:  https://www.kalw.org/programs/folk-music-beyond

Career consultant Marty Nemko talks with listeners about work issues, from finding the perfect job to networking.

KALW On-Air Folk Festival Returns Saturday Apr. 13th

IF YOU MISSED THE FESTIVAL, YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE FIVE HOURS VIA KALW'S LOCAL MUSIC PLAYER FOR ONE WEEK FOLLOWING THE BROADCAST.  https://www.kalw.org/local-music-player-0

Join us on Saturday April 13th from 3:00 to 8:00 pm for five hours of continuous live music, featuring some of the Bay Area’s top talent.  The Folk Festival is presented by KALW’s music hosts JoAnn Mar, Kevin Vance, and Peter Thompson.  Here’s the line-up:

In Studio: Frankie Gavin

Feb 16, 2019

The renowned Irish fiddler makes a special guest appearance today at 3 p.m. on KALW's Folk Music & Beyond. Gavin holds the Guinness Book of World Records for fastest fiddling and will demonstrate some of his fiddle mastery for us in KALW's studio. 

Live music this Saturday (2/9) 3 p.m. on KALW’s Folk Music & Beyond features two masters of the Irish uilleann pipes, Todd Denman and Tim Hill. They’ll perform some tunes and talk about the 2019 West Coast Tionól, a big gathering of pipers on February 15–17, 2019 (Presidents’ Day weekend). The weekend will be hosted by the San Francisco Pipers’ Club, celebrating its 40th anniversary with workshops and sessions.

February 1st marks the beginning of spring, known as Imbolc among the Pagan Celts.  Join us TODAY this Saturday (2/2) at 3 pm (PST) on KALW’s Folk Music & Beyond for our celebration of Brigid, a patron saint of Ireland and a Celtic goddess, keeper of the flame who healed the sick and fed the poor.  Our guest and guide will be Brigid expert and amateur Irish history scholar Jo Coffey. 

Join us this Saturday (1/19) at 3 p.m. for music and conversation with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, two members of the iconic trio.  

Future-proofing your career.  Future-robust careers for 2019 and beyond, better ways to train, and to succeed on the job.

Special guest is tax specialist David Hellman.  

Join us this Saturday 3 p.m. (PST) on Folk Music & Beyond for our deep dive into music from Wales, part of the United Kingdom that is often overshadowed by its Celtic cousins Ireland and Scotland. 

For Asians, Latinos, and other ethnic minorities, the end of life presents unique challenges. Language barriers and cultural traditions can often inhibit access to hospice, pain management, and comfort care.

In-Studio Folk Festival

Oct 11, 2018

Five hours of continuous performances live in the KALW studios on Saturday October 13 from 3 to 8 pm, showcasing some of the Bay Area's top acoustic music talent. Hosted by JoAnn Mar, Kevin Vance, and Peter Thompson, with sound by Tony Ferro and Phil Hartman.

JoAnn Mar

There's an increased use of live music at Bay Area’s major hospitals and hospices to bring healing and comfort to people who are near death.

JoAnn Mar

 

Death is an uncomfortable subject for many people.  The way we die is one of the most important conversations Americans are not having.  But during the last five years, a movement to break the silence has been growing.

We’re fundraising today 3 pm on “Folk Music & Beyond."  Featured will be Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser.  If you like what you hear,  go to the "donate" box on the homepage or call in at 800-525-9917.

On June 9, 2016, physician aid-in-dying became legal in California.

Most Americans are unprepared for the worst to happen—an accident or an unexpected illness that leaves them brain dead, but still alive.  That's what happened to Terri Schiavo, a young woman who became comatose after suffering a heart attack in 1990.  

JoAnn Mar

The average life span has nearly doubled during the last century.  But while people are living longer, they're now facing health challenges that were less prevalent before—severe chronic illness, cancer, lung disease, dementia, and Alzheimer's—debilitating conditions that often cause great pain and suffering. 

 

I thought my family had all the pieces in place, until the crisis happened and that’s when I realized how woefully unprepared we were. My 91-year-old father had fallen in the early morning hours and was unable to get up from the bathroom floor.

This Saturday 3 pm, songs in remembrance of war victims over the last century.  We'll hear two classic songs by the late Leonard Cohen, as well as music by British vocalists June Tabor, Billy Bragg, and Richard Thompson, Serbian cellist Vedran Smailovic, and a reading by Garrison Keillor.   Opening the program will be live music by British balladeer John Roberts and New England folk singer Debra Cowan.

Join us this Saturday at 3 pm for music and conversation with Alasdair Fraser, one of the finest Scottish fiddlers in the world.  Fraser's lyrical and expressive style of fiddle playing sets him apart from many of his contemporaries.  We'll hear musical highlights from his long career as a solo performer and as leader of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers.

On the Sep. 27, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talked apprenticeships and did Workovers on callers. I also offered some tips from Google HR head Laszlo Bock's book, Work Rules.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard every Sunday from 11 am to noon on KALW.

5 stages of live music.  44 singing and instrument workshops.  36 dance classes.  All part of the San Francisco Free Folk Festival June 21st & 22nd.  "Folk Music & Beyond" will preview festival highlights this Saturday 3 pm and feature live performance by two of the headliners--The Rowan Brothers and Celtic singer Amelia Hogan.

Ya Elah, the women's vocal ensemble, returns to KALW with a new line-up of singers and musicians.   Their spiritual songs combine the rhythms and melodies of Balkan and Middle Eastern music with sacred and liturgical texts.  Our other guests include two great acoustic guitarists--Steve Baughman and Nina Gerber (who has accompanied the late Kate Wolf, as well as Dave Alvin, Nanci Griffith, and Peter Rowan).

We'll paint the KALW airwaves green this Saturday 3 pm on Folk Music & Beyond--a celebration of  St. Patrick's a day early with lots of Irish music plus an encore broadcast with the late Liam Clancy, founding member of the renowned Clancy Brothers.  Liam Clancy and his brothers are credited with popularizing Irish traditional music and introducing it to American audiences in the 1960's.  Clancy recalled those wild times, dodging souvenir-hunting fans, and hanging out with poet Maya Angelou.

Bay Area Celtic harper and multi-instrumentalist Chris Caswell passed away last month.  This Saturday at 3 pm, Folk Music & Beyond presents a retrospective of Chris' solo work and his collaborations with Scottish bard Robin Williamson and local musician Danny Carnahan.  Plus excerpts from Chris' live performances on KALW.

"Folk Music & Beyond" pays tribute to Joni Mitchell, who turns 70 later this year.  Our special guest this Saturday (1/19) at 3 pm will be Dina Maccabbee, music director of "Under Cover Presents:  Joni Mitchell's Blue", a masterful mashup of Bay Area musicians who each cover a different song from the album, infusing it with their distinctive sound and personality.

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