Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson

Host of "UnFictional"

Bob Carlson is the Co-Producer of "Bent By Nature." He is also the producer, host and sound designer of UnFictional, an award-winning radio program and podcast featuring first-person storytelling and highly produced personal documentaries. Before that, he spent over 20 years as the production director and a producer at KCRW: mixing live music performances, recording interviews, DJing, and making radio dramas. In his early days at KCRW, Bob worked with legendary radio producer Joe Frank, and he was the main mix engineer for Deirdre O’Donoghue’s "SNAP!" live performances beginning in 1988.

Bob Carlson on KCRW

Pioneering LA poet Michelle T. Clinton stopped by “SNAP!” in 1984 to perform a sequence of groundbreaking poems, including “Did She Bleed,” “High Blood/Pressure,” and “I Wanna Be Black.”

Bent By Nature archives: Poet Michelle T. Clinton (1984)

Pioneering LA poet Michelle T. Clinton stopped by “SNAP!” in 1984 to perform a sequence of groundbreaking poems, including “Did She Bleed,” “High Blood/Pressure,” and “I Wanna Be Black.”

from Bent by Nature

South Africa’s Malopoets synthesized tribal influences with jazz and poetry, consciously sidestepping slick and Westernized “Afropop” sounds. Founding vocalist Patrick Sefolosha joined Deirdre to discuss the circumstances around his exile, his view on the “beginning of the end” of apartheid, and the paradox of joyful music arising from desperate circumstances.

Bent By Nature archives: Malopoets’ Patrick Sefolosha (1985)

South Africa’s Malopoets synthesized tribal influences with jazz and poetry, consciously sidestepping slick and Westernized “Afropop” sounds. Founding vocalist Patrick Sefolosha joined Deirdre to discuss the circumstances around his exile, his view on the “beginning of the end” of apartheid, and the paradox of joyful music arising from desperate circumstances.

from Bent by Nature

The King Crimson founder and guitar icon joins Deirdre before a live audience to discuss the intention behind his Guitar Craft program, the unavoidable perils of leading a musical…

Bent By Nature archives: Robert Fripp (1988)

The King Crimson founder and guitar icon joins Deirdre before a live audience to discuss the intention behind his Guitar Craft program, the unavoidable perils of leading a musical…

from Bent by Nature

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