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Mystery of the Desert

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Second season premiere: These strange experiences upon the deserts should be studied with an open heart and an open mind, because these events contain a code. Episode #036.

Desert-oracle-radio-itunes_small Second season premiere: These strange experiences upon the deserts should be studied with an open heart and an open mind, because these events contain a code. Episode #036.

Lost Cities of the Desert Giants

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Strange and unusual tales from Death Valley, where the Mojave meets the Great Basin and mysterious subterranean cities of gold were supposedly found by various explorers.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Shoshone legends speak of UFOs flying out of the Panamint Mountains—one of several strange and unusual tales from Death Valley, where the Mojave meets the Great Basin and mysterious subterranean cities of gold were supposedly found by various explorers. 

Welcome To Dirt-Pile City

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

The aftermath of the Great Hi-Desert Deluge of Autumn 2018. In fact, officials at Joshua Tree Town Hall are considering renaming the village "Dirt-Pile City." Plus: Skeletons on the sand in an abandoned and unmarked Phoenix cemetery for Latino ranch workers.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small We are still digging out from the Great Hi-Desert Deluge of Autumn 2018. In fact, officials at Joshua Tree Town Hall are considering renaming the village "Dirt-Pile City," in honor of the scenic and massive dirt piles piled alongside every road. Also: Skeletons on the sand in an abandoned and unmarked Phoenix cemetery for Latino ranch workers.

Welcome To Dirt-Pile City

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

The aftermath of the Great Hi-Desert Deluge of Autumn 2018. In fact, officials at Joshua Tree Town Hall are considering renaming the village "Dirt-Pile City." Plus: Skeletons on the sand in an abandoned and unmarked Phoenix cemetery for Latino ranch workers.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small We are still digging out from the Great Hi-Desert Deluge of Autumn 2018. In fact, officials at Joshua Tree Town Hall are considering renaming the village "Dirt-Pile City," in honor of the scenic and massive dirt piles piled alongside every road. Also: Skeletons on the sand in an abandoned and unmarked Phoenix cemetery for Latino ranch workers.

Culmination of the Pleiades

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Many wonders over the desert skies—both known and unknown—give reason to be out on cool autumn nights, celebrating rituals.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Campfire stories and astronomical delights. There are many wonders over the desert skies—both known and unknown—giving reason to be out on cool autumn nights.

Of Fire and Monsters

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

When there’s trouble on the edge of civilization—where the wilderness meets what mankind makes—well, here we encounter fierce things both natural and supernatural.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small When there’s trouble on the edge of civilization—where the wilderness meets what mankind makes—well, here we encounter fierce things both natural and supernatural. Guest: rock writer Jason P. Woodbury on the accidental monuments of exurban Arizona.

Shutdowns & Date Shakes

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Welcome to the Shutdown. Chaos in the national parks. No toilets in Joshua Tree. Trouble abounds. Guest: Food writer/editor Katherine Spiers of Smart Mouth, on the desert date shake.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Welcome to the Shutdown. Chaos in the national parks. No toilets in Joshua Tree. Trouble abounds. Guest: Food writer/editor Katherine Spiers of Smart Mouth, on the desert date shake. PLUS: More air-traffic radio from the UFO invasion of Edwards Air Force Base, 1965.

Travel Options for the Collapse

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

What happens when a civilization collapses? You can't go camping in Joshua Tree, that's what.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small What happens when a civilization collapses? You can't go camping in Joshua Tree, that's what.

Death Valley Days

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Two weird trips to Death Valley: 1849 and 1949. Giants, aliens, underground cities of gold!

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Two weird trips to Death Valley: 1849 and 1949. Giants, aliens, underground cities of gold! At least that's what the miners claimed.

An Estimate of the Situation

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Bloodshed on the desert highway.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small It's an old story in the desert: Boy loses girl, boy lures girls to a lonesome desert crossroads at night, boy kills girl, sheriff's deputies kill boy, etc.

UFOs and the Jungian Desert

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

What's going on over the desert? Why is everybody going nuts about UFOs again, anyway?

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small What's going on over the desert? Why is everybody going nuts about UFOs again, anyway?

Wildflowers!

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

The superbloom is upon us, as is the superbloom mob. St. Minerva help us all!

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small The superbloom is upon us, as is the superbloom mob. Instagram mobs. Trampled lillies. St. Minerva help us all!

The Goofball Factor

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Every weird story that you almost want to believe is required, by cosmic law, to have a Goofball Factor.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Every weird story that you almost want to believe is required, by cosmic law, to have a Goofball Factor.

High Weirdness

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Author Erik Davis takes us on a weird, wild ride through the gnostic/network experiences of Philip K. Dick and Robert Anton Wilson in the early 1970s, subject of his new book "High Weirdness." Hosted by Ken Layne.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Author Erik Davis takes us on a weird, wild ride through the gnostic/network experiences of Philip K. Dick and Robert Anton Wilson in the early 1970s, subject of his new book "High Weirdness." Hosted by Ken Layne.

The Invisible Friend

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:01

When times are strange, shall we gather in the desert? Well that depends. It depends if you're bringing the Invisible Friend.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small When times are strange, shall we gather in the desert? Well that depends. It depends if you're bringing the Invisible Friend.

Battlefield Earth

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Well you'll never guess who joined us all the way from Whitesburg, Kentucky, to talk about the particular desert landscape of SE New Mexico and East Texas. But we will tell you anyway: Tarence Ray from Trillbilly Workers Party. Oh and we're dealing with the matters at hand, as best we can. Fitting new soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Well you'll never guess who joined us all the way from Whitesburg, Kentucky, to talk about the particular desert landscape of SE New Mexico and East Texas. But we will tell you anyway: Tarence Ray from Trillbilly Workers Party. Oh and we're dealing with the matters at hand, as best we can. Fitting new soundscapes by RedBlueBlackSilver.

Tales From Wonder Valley

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 01:00:00

Tonight we bring you strange & terrible tales from Wonder Valley, California: the very edge of Southern California civilization, last outpost of humanity before the vast Mojave Wilderness. It’s a one-hour show recorded at the Wonder Valley Community Center.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Tonight we bring you strange & terrible tales from Wonder Valley, California: the very edge of Southern California civilization, last outpost of humanity before the vast Mojave Wilderness. It’s a one-hour show recorded at the Wonder Valley Community Center.

Ode to the Old Gods

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

A weird new episode for our weird new decade, featuring some real talk (real strange talk) from George Van Tassel out at Giant Rock, 62 years ago—from the dawn of the UFO contactee movement in the Southern California desert.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small A weird new episode for our weird new decade, featuring some real talk (real strange talk) from George Van Tassel out at Giant Rock, 62 years ago—from the dawn of the UFO contactee movement in the Southern California desert.

Primal Surprise

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Let’s go rambling with Ambrose Bierce on this new episode of Desert Oracle Radio. We shall get a few travel tips, too, in case we want to stop off in Arizona for a few weeks.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Let’s go rambling with Ambrose Bierce on this new episode of Desert Oracle Radio. We shall get a few travel tips, too, in case we want to stop off in Arizona for a few weeks.

Bless Us, St. Minerva

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Have you heard the Good News about St. Minerva, patron goddess of the desert wilderness? Maybe she is Minerva Hamilton Hoyt, mother of Joshua Tree National Park. And maybe she's something more, like the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and war.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Have you heard the Good News about St. Minerva, patron goddess of the desert wilderness? Maybe she is Minerva Hamilton Hoyt, mother of Joshua Tree National Park. And maybe she's something more, like the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and war.

These Enchanted Lands

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Are places such as Sedona, Arizona, truly "magical"? Is the desert enchanted? Well it can't be proven one way or another, but from Moses to Jesus to Mohammad to Mary Hunter Austin, a lot of intense and intelligent people have found it to be the case.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Are places such as Sedona, Arizona, truly "magical"? Is the desert enchanted? Well it can't be proven one way or another, but from Moses to Jesus to Mohammad to Mary Hunter Austin, a lot of intense and intelligent people have found it to be the case.

No Face Masks On Mars

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:01

There will be no coughing on the spaceship. The quarantine lasts for many months. If everyone's healthy, well then the spaceship may be allowed to land at the Martian colony. Them's the rules.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small There will be no coughing on the spaceship. The quarantine lasts for many months. If everyone's healthy, well then the spaceship may be allowed to land at the Martian colony. Them's the rules.

From a P.O. Box

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

A tarnished brass key, a small locked box, a sequence of magical numbers, a charmless old block building in the desert. It is here that we visit in the night, keeping our distance, looking for sustenance. It is here we receive your offerings of words and other treasure.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small

A tarnished brass key, a small locked box, a sequence of magical numbers, a charmless old block building in the desert. It is here that we visit in the night, keeping our distance, looking for sustenance. It is here we receive your offerings of words and other treasure.

Look, all we mean is, tonight is all letters from you, letters from our listening community, letters and their replies.

Back to the Barrooms

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

We’ve about had it with the cabin fever and now we’ve got the ramblin’ fever. So let’s pour a couple of drinks and enjoy some saloon time on this fine desert night, with Episode #089, “Back to the Barrooms.” Maybe get a beer back, too. And six more for the road. Our Phoenix friend Jason P. Woodbury of Aquarium Drunkard joins us at the bar.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small We’ve about had it with the cabin fever and now we’ve got the ramblin’ fever. So let’s pour a couple of drinks and enjoy some saloon time on this fine desert night, with Episode #089, “Back to the Barrooms.” Maybe get a beer back, too. And six more for the road. Our Phoenix friend Jason P. Woodbury of Aquarium Drunkard joins us at the bar.

Campfire Nightmares

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 01:00:00

Remember campfires? We sure do. Standing around a campfire telling stories and socializing used to be a big part of the Desert Oracle "workflow," as they say over in corporate. And it will be again. But while we ride the storm out, here's our most recent Campfire Stories night, from January 2020, with a brand-new RedBlueBlackSilver soundtrack and some other weird stuff. And it's an hourlong special episode, too. Life ain't always empty.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Remember campfires? We sure do. Standing around a campfire telling stories and socializing used to be a big part of the Desert Oracle "workflow," as they say over in corporate. And it will be again. But while we ride the storm out, here's our most recent Campfire Stories night, from January 2020, with a brand-new RedBlueBlackSilver soundtrack and some other weird stuff. And it's an hourlong special episode, too. Life ain't always empty.

Wizards & Critters

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

When it’s Snakesgiving Time in the Mojave, everybody’s just a little more careful. Goes well with these weird new times, being careful. So please make an effort to not run over any tortoises or coyotes or bobcats or gopher snakes when you’re racing through the re-opened national park.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small When it’s Snakesgiving Time in the Mojave, everybody’s just a little more careful. Goes well with these weird new times, being careful. So please make an effort to not run over any tortoises or coyotes or bobcats or gopher snakes when you’re racing through the re-opened national park.

The Ranger's Life

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

What does it mean to be a ranger? It means you are married to the mission, a soldier for your planetary home, armed with a moral compass and a Smokey Bear hat—a park-ranger style, by the way, that was introduced by the first generation of national park rangers, the Buffalo Soldiers black Calvary regiment, who began duty as Yosemite’s park rangers in 1899.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small What does it mean to be a ranger? It means you are married to the mission, a soldier for your planetary home, armed with a moral compass and a Smokey Bear hat—a park-ranger style, by the way, that was introduced by the first generation of national park rangers, the Buffalo Soldiers black Calvary regiment, who began duty as Yosemite’s park rangers in 1899.

If It's Broke, Fix It

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Fifty years ago, there was a radical plan to completely remake a county sheriff’s department in an iconic western town. It almost worked, they almost won. The job still needs to be done.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Fifty years ago, there was a radical plan to completely remake a county sheriff’s department in an iconic western town. It almost worked, they almost won. The job still needs to be done.

Omen of the Raven

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Well here we are, still alive, July in the American Desert. Good enough, we guess. When the Mojave is cooking that's when we start figuring out a way to escape to Iceland, somewhere with cool summertime weather and maybe a place that has kicked the Coronavirus.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Well here we are, still alive, July in the American Desert. Good enough, we guess. When the Mojave is cooking that's when we start figuring out a way to escape to Iceland, somewhere with cool summertime weather and maybe a place that has kicked the Coronavirus.

This is the Border Radio

From Desert Oracle | Part of the Desert Oracle Radio series | 28:00

Thanks to the Time Loop we all seem to be stuck in, our 99th episode is here . . . . directly following our 100th. The border used to be a lot of fun, back before the prison walls went up around our country. And guess what, now we can't leave. PLUS: Jason P. Woodbury joins us with the wild tale of Arizona's own Giant Sand.

Desert-oracle-radio-prx_small Thanks to the Time Loop we all seem to be stuck in, our 99th episode is here . . . . directly following our 100th. The border used to be a lot of fun, back before the prison walls went up around our country. And guess what, now we can't leave. PLUS: Jason P. Woodbury joins us with the wild tale of Arizona's own Giant Sand.