A Great Show . . And a Sad Affair in Boulder
By Helen ~ January 9, 2013
Man oh man, have we got a show for you this week!
First of all, remember when I told you to check out hot new singer/songwriter Elle King? Many of you did and reported back that you were blown away by her (as well you should be). Well, this week we’re featuring another up-and-coming artist I think you need to know about: Kate Earl.
Not long ago, single mom, Kate, was living in tiny Chugiak, Alaska, working shifts at her parent’s small town gas station and dreaming of a life as a professional musician. That dream became a reality when she bravely packed up her little son and moved to Los Angeles, where she quickly won over a ton of influential music industry folks and established musicians. This set her on a musical path that is the stuff movie scripts are made of: Discovered as the killer singer and songwriter she is, quickly supported by LA movers and shakers (including amazing musicians like Brett Dennen and others) in making her CD that she’s now touring behind. We are so happy to have her with us, along with her colleagues Taylor Johnson and Julia Wilde. I know you are going to love her work. In my opinion, this gal is going places. Fast. And rightfully so.
As if that’s not enough, guess who’s back with us after way too many years? California jam rockers (and all around GREAT guys) ALO. The band formed in The Sunshine State during the late 90′s in college (Jack Johnson was also starting in that scene at the same time). Since that time, they’ve skyrocketed to stardom and have toured the world over many times. Their sound and their stage presence all just project FUN. So great to have them back.
Author and animal activist Terry Tempest Williams also joins us to receive her special lifetime
E-Chievement Award recognition. Terry is an old friend who is very special to me and to Nick; she’s incredible – she’s done SO much in her life to increase public awareness over the years about pressing environmental and social issues, yet she’s one of the humblest people you’ll ever meet. (And funny! Tune in to see what I mean.)
This is a classic eTown I know you will really enjoy.
OK, I’ve described a bunch of goodness and light; now on to something a lot darker: The shooting of a majestic elk in a upper scale neighborhood right in the heart of old downtown Boulder.
How could this happen? That two police officers, one on duty and one off (oh, gotta mention that the latter was supposed to be on-duty that night but he called in sick) would use a firearm in a quiet neighborhood of families with children, kill a defenseless wild animal that was doing absolutely no harm to anyone, photograph themselves with their ‘trophy’ and then plan to haul the carcass away to skin and process the meat, is truly incomprehensible.
Isn’t there supposed to be an IQ test or something when you become a police person? At the very least shouldn’t they have been up on the punishment for killing wildlife without a permit? Hello? PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR CRIME?? Sudden attack of dumbness? These are the guys we’re supposed to trust to carry guns and supposedly protect us? This scares me, the complete lack of good sense and good judgment. And the illegal aspect of it all floors me. Total disregard for the law by the law enforcers, figure that one out.
Also, shouldn’t there be some way to test for a person’s moral make-up before being admitted to the force? I want Dudley Do-Right, NOT some idiot who would think up such a thing to do and think it was okay.
Now some people have said, hey, c’mon, it’s only a wild animal, it’s not starving or abused children, THAT’S who you should be crying out indignantly about. Well, yes, we all should. And many frequently do. That’s not the point. The point is, we are all part of the whole. We are part of the natural system around us. And we should be upset and dismayed at this kind of behavior, this sort of terrible waste and insensitive murder of another being. I would argue that expressing outrage at such an act is ultimately part of what makes us human, what makes us a civilized society. And I salute those who are out there doing so, on behalf of all of us. I thank them.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this. In the meantime, back to goodness and light:
I hope you enjoy these videos from this week’s show; and I hope you tune in to be with us.