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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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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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Etown is one of the best!

By werttyuioophfdasfhkl - Oct 06 2019
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Every etown show is a celebration of good work and good music!

Love it, thank you Forresters

By GoMuresan - Oct 15 2018
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I love both the music and the concern for the community that etown delivers.

iTunes Ratings

102 Ratings
Average Ratings
88
7
2
5
0

Etown is one of the best!

By werttyuioophfdasfhkl - Oct 06 2019
Read more
Every etown show is a celebration of good work and good music!

Love it, thank you Forresters

By GoMuresan - Oct 15 2018
Read more
I love both the music and the concern for the community that etown delivers.
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eTown

Latest release on Jan 22, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Hiss Golden Messenger / Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen / Dr. Kenneth Lacovara

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This week on the eTown airwaves we’re joined by Americana/folk band Hiss Golden Messenger, whose sound is deeply influenced by country, soul, blues, and rock. We’re very excited to have them on the show for the first time. Also with us are accomplished songwriters Chris Hillman (The Byrds) and Herb Pedersen. Rounding things out, we have a conversation with […]

Aug 08 2018

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Rank #2: Bob Weir / John Fullbright (Pt. 1)

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Be sure to tune in to eTown this week for part one of a special two-part broadcast featuring the legendary singer/songwriter and Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, plus Americana artist John Fullbright. While we’ve been lucky to have both artists with us in previous years, this marks the first time we’ve been able to host Weir at eTown […]

Sep 12 2018

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Rank #3: Billy Strings / Jon Stickley Trio / Arif Khan (Depave)

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In this week’s back-by-popular-demand re-airing, we’re joined by popular young bluegrass artist Billy Strings (@bstrings1). 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 is the progressive instrumental group, the Jon Stickley Trio (@jonstickleytrio).

Plus, we’ll have a conversation with our eChievement Award winner of the week who’s founded a group that’s transforming abandoned paved places into urban gardens, parks and more.

Watch videos at: www.etown.org

Jul 10 2019

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Rank #4: Gregory Alan Isakov / Rayland Baxter / Dara Schoenwald (Volunteer Cleanup)

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This week, we’re joined on the airwaves by one of our good friends (not to mention one of our favorite songwriters out there), Gregory Alan Isakov (@GregoryAIsakov). This is Gregory’s sixth time on the show (his first all the way back in 2008) and he shares tunes from his critically acclaimed new record ‘Evening Machines.’ Also with us: Alt-country/American singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter (@RaylandisHere), a truly one-of-a-kind performer and individual (don’t miss his interview w/Nick).

Plus we’ll hear from Dara Schoenwald, who along with her husband, founded Volunteer Cleanup, a website that connects potential volunteers with organized shoreline cleanups all over their state.

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Feb 06 2019

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Rank #5: eTown Archive – Steve Martin w/ The Steep Canyon Rangers (2012)

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This week we’re sending birthday love out to the legendary, actor, comedian, author, and musician Steve Martin. Steve has always included his banjo playing in his comedy routines throughout his career and has been focused more on playing music since the early 2000s. He often collaborates with fellow bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers, who […]

Aug 11 2018

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Rank #6: Tyler Childers / The Suitcase Junket / Chad Bernstein (Guitars Over Guns)

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This week on the eTown airwaves we’re joined by Americana/country singer/songwriter Tyler Childers. Tyler fuses gritty original song lyrics with the folk, bluegrass and rock influences of his Appalachian upbringing.

Also with us is “one-man-band” The Suitcase Junket, with his one of a kind sound created from an array of instruments all played at once.

Rounding things out, we have a conversation with eChievement Award winner Chad Bernstein, founder of Guitars Over Guns, an organization that provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music and arts education as an alternative to the negative and harmful influences that typically dominate their environments.

Oct 23 2019

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Rank #7: Willie Nelson / Kacey Musgraves

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This special encore broadcast is from our “eTown on the Road” series. Visiting with us is legendary outlaw country artist Willie Nelson, who features great songs from the stage at Denver’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater. Willie has a candid conversation with Nick (direct from Willie’s tour bus!).

Also on the show is first-time eTown visitor Kacey Musgraves, who’s been on an astronomical trajectory as one of country music’s rapidly rising stars since winning Album of the Year at the Grammy’s in 2018 for her breakout ‘Golden Hour’.

Watch videos at:  www.etown.org

Sep 11 2019

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Rank #8: Greensky Bluegrass / Israel Nash / Christine Beck (U.S. National Junior Tennis League)

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It’s an eclectic hour of music and conversation this week as bluegrass/jam band Greensky Bluegrass (@campgreensky) returns to the show along with Texas genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash (@israelnash).

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 affinity for learning.

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Apr 24 2019

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Rank #9: Rising Appalachia / Ramy Essam / Joseph Teipel

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This week, we welcome Rising Appalachia (@RisingApp), led by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith. It’s worth tuning in just for those incredible sibling harmonies alone;

but you’ll also be moved by our other musician guest, Egyptian rock musician Ramy Essam(@RamyEssam), known as “The Singer of the Egyptian Revolution.” And the finale collaboration between Nick, Helen, and our musical guests this week is one of the most inspiring ever done on eTown.

We round things out with an eChievement Award story about a man who’s helping folks in low-income neighbourhoods obtain healthy food by creating their own gardens.

Watch videos at etown.org

Jul 03 2019

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Rank #10: eTown Archive - John Prine (1996)

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This week we're looking back on a special show from all the way back in 1996 featuring legendary singer/songwriter John Prine (@JohnPrineMusic). John turns 72 this week and is still at it on tour! His most recent release and his 20th album to date, 'The Tree of Forgiveness', has drawn rave reviews from across the musical world and is an example that Prine continues to find new places to take his songwriting. If you haven't already done so, do yourself a favor and give it a listen. In the meantime, wherever you are tuning in today, kick back and enjoy the timeless songwriting of John Prine.

Oct 13 2018

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Rank #11: eTown Archive – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings (1999)

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Join us in the eTown Archive this week as we revisit a special show from 1999 featuring two of our favorite artists out there – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings!

Sep 30 2018

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Rank #12: eTown in Boone, NC: Mandolin Orange / Josh Ritter / Ali Casparian (Bounty and Soul Food Rescue)

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This week, it’s a special ‘eTown on the Road’ show! We’re joined by gifted singer/songwriter Josh Ritter (@joshritter) and Americana/bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange (@Mandolin_Orange). The show takes place at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts in Boone, North Carolina.

We partnered with Appalachian State University’s Energy Summit, An Appalachian Summer Festival (@AppalachianArts), and 88.7 WNCW (@WNCW) for this eclectic event of music and conversation.

Along with our musical guests, we were also joined by Ali Casparian of Bounty and Soul Food Rescue, an organization that is creating healthier communities by providing fresh healthy food, nutrition literacy, and health & wellness resources. Plus Lee Ball, Chief Sustainability Officer at Appalachian State, talks with Nick about the Energy Summit purpose and goals.

Learn more about / Donate to Bounty and Soul Food Rescue at www.bountyandsoul.org

Watch full videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Nov 07 2018

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Rank #13: Tyminski / Angel Snow / Henry Red Cloud (Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center)

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This week’s encore eTown broadcast features multi-instrumentalist and vocalist extraordinaire Tyminski (@tyminskimusic)(you may remember him as a member of Union Station; he’s also familiar to many as the singing voice for George Clooney’s on-screen character in ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and as lead vocalist on Avicii’s international pop hit “Hey Brother”).

We’re also joined by talented up-and-coming indie-folk singer/songwriter Angel Snow (@ImAngelSnow).

Rounding things out, our eChievement Award story this week features Native American Henry Red Cloud, who discusses how he’s brought solar power, green technology and employment to reservations throughout the country.

Learn more about / Donate to Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center at lakotasolarenterprises.com

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #14: eTown’s Holiday Special

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Back by popular demand – eTown’s holiday special! Join us as we delve deep into the eTown archives to share some of the best holiday music we’ve heard on the show over the years. There’s a little something for everyone under eTown’s musical tree this week so let’s celebrate the holidays together!

As a nonprofit organization, eTown relies on the financial support of our listeners and community. Please consider making a donation at any level to help us expand eTown's impact. Donate at www.eTown.org

Dec 19 2018

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Rank #15: Jack Johnson / The Weather Station / Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral)

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This week brings a special encore broadcast featuring renowned singer/songwriter and avid environmental activist Jack Johnson. Jack shares some of his recent music as well as a few old favorites. Canadian The Weather Station (folk artist Tamara Lindeman) joins us as well. And we’ll hear from enviro-filmmaker Jeff Orlowski who discusses his latest film, Chasing Coral, which documents the pressing danger […]

Oct 03 2018

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Rank #16: Noam Pikelny / The Lee Boys / Jonathan Rose

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In this week’s “back by popular demand”  broadcast/podcast, Punch Brothers’ band member and banjo impresario Noam Pikelny (@NoamPikelny) shares some of his original songs from his latest CD as a solo artist.

Also with us is the Miami-based “sacred steel” band The Lee Boys (@TheLeeBoys ), who bring their powerhouse, gospel-influenced sound to eTown’s solar-powered stage.

And Nick has a conversation with a New York-based entrepreneur, environmentalist, and author about his latest book, The Well-Tempered City, which covers the benefits of repurposing old buildings into sustainable structures.

Watch videos from this episode at www.etown.org

Jun 12 2019

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Rank #17: Loreena McKennitt / Greg Laswell / Sue Lee (Sock It To ’em Sock Campaign)

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We’re joined this week by Celtic/world musician Loreena McKennitt. McKennitt’s ‘eclectic Celtic’ music has received critical acclaim world-wide, and gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in 15 countries across four continents. Also with us is folk-pop singer/songwriter Greg Laswell. Plus a conversation with eChievement Award winner Sue Lee, founder of the Sock It To ’em Sock Campaign […]

Sep 05 2018

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Rank #18: The War & Treaty / Haley Heynderickx / Hippie Jack Stoddart

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We welcome two exciting musical ‘first timers’ to eTown this week. The husband-and-wife duo The War & Treaty (@warandtreaty) share their rockin’ and uplifting blend of Americana, soul, rock and gospel, guaranteed to get you up and moving.

Contrast that with the tender, gentle sound of up-and-coming folk singer/songwriter Haley Heynderickx (@hhhendrixx) (whom you may have heard recently on NPR’s Tiny Desk Series).

And we feature the incredibly inspiring story of Hippie Jack Stoddart, a man who, with his wife, has spent the last several years leading a grassroots effort to collect food and clothing for those in need in rural Tennessee; you’ll love how this powerful yet humble couple use the power of music to make it all happen.

Learn more about / Donate to Jammin' at Hippie Jacks at jamminathippiejacks.com

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Dec 12 2018

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Rank #19: John Moreland / Phoebe Hunt / Susan Burton (A New Way Of Life Re-Entry Project)

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This week, we continue our long tradition of featuring great musical artists with Oklahoma roots as we welcome an incredibly gifted Americana artist, John Moreland (@JohnMorelandOK), to the eTown stage. Also with us is up-and-coming singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Phoebe Hunt (@Phoebe_Hunt).

Plus, Nick sits down for a conversation with Susan Burton (@SusanBurtonLA), founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project (@ANewWayofLife1), to learn how her organization provides housing and support to formerly incarcerated women for successful community re-entry, family reunification, and individual healing. Learn more about Susan's work at ANewWayofLife.org.

Watch videos from this show at www.eTown.org

Oct 10 2018

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Rank #20: Patty Griffin / John Smith / Award: Jordan Kassalow (VisionSpring)

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Veteran singer/songwriter Patty Griffin returns to the eTown stage after a long absence, and talented Brit John Smith brings his brilliant songwriting and gifted singing and playing to share during his first visit to eTown.

Plus, we’ll hear a truly awesome eChievement Award story about the founder of an organization that provides glasses (and a new lease on life) for thousands of people around the world who’ve been misdiagnosed as blind.

Watch videos at: eTown

Dec 04 2019

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