Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson

“Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features conversations between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and special guests on WESU Middletown 88.1FM. Each program is available to stream from WESU's show archives for two weeks following the initial broadcast. Please check our website for upcoming episode airdates.

“Since the early ‘80s, I’ve dreamed of...having a radio show in the middle of the night” said Laurie Anderson. “When time slows down, where the lines between sleeping and waking, between dreams and reality, are getting blurred, and when people’s defenses drop away, and logic just seems to be very limiting.”

“Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” brings listeners into intimate conversations between Anderson and her close friends and colleagues—artists, writers, and thinkers who share Anderson’s zeal to ask questions, explore, and understand the world. “Party in the Bardo” was created for this moment in time, when our global and local communities are grappling with the new reality of COVID-19. In Tibetan tradition, the “Bardo” is the in-between: a state of existence after death and before one’s next birth, when consciousness is not connected to a physical body. By design, each episode premiered on Friday at 4am, when thoughts drift and new connections become possible —and a time, in 2020, when many of us are awake and wondering at the moment we are living though. (For those who sleep well, “Party in the Bardo” also aired again the same day at 4pm.)

“Party in the Bardo” was created and hosted by Laurie Anderson as part of her 2019-2020 artist residence at Wesleyan University, and is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Philip J. '71 and Lynn Rauch Fund for Innovation, with support from Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and WESU Middletown 88.1 FM.

Image of Laurie Anderson by Ebru Yildiz.


2020
September August July June

2020

September

Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Seven
Friday, September 11, 2020 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The seventh episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and iconic singer and visual artist ANOHNI on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Seven
Friday, September 11, 2020 at 4:00am
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The seventh episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and iconic singer and visual artist ANOHNI on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.

August

Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Six
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The sixth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation about ecstatic music between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and writer, therapist, and pleasure activist Don Shewey on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Six
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 4:00am
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The sixth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation about ecstatic music between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and writer, therapist, and pleasure activist Don Shewey on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Intermission
Friday, August 14, 2020 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
This intermission following the first five episodes of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature two hours of long durational works curated by writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Intermission
Friday, August 14, 2020 at 4:00am
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
This intermission following the first five episodes of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature two hours of long durational works curated by writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.

July

Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Five
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The fifth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and artist Marina Abramović on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Five
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4:00am
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The fifth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and artist Marina Abramović on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Four
Friday, July 17, 2020 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The fourth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and musician and artist Arto Lindsay on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Four
Friday, July 17, 2020 at 4:00am
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The fourth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and musician and artist Arto Lindsay on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Three
Friday, July 3, 2020 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The third episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and poet Paul Muldoon on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Three
Friday, July 3, 2020 at 4:00am
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The third episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and poet Paul Muldoon on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.

June

Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Two
Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The second episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and composer and sound artist Bruce Odland on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Two
Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4:00am
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The second episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and composer and sound artist Bruce Odland on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode One
Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
Writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson premieres her new radio show, “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson,” featuring a conversation with writer Jonathan Cott, on WESU Middletown 88.1FM on her 73rd birthday.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode One
Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4:00am
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
Writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson premieres her new radio show, “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson,” featuring a conversation with writer Jonathan Cott, on WESU Middletown 88.1FM on her 73rd birthday.