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 visit our archives for information on previous episodes.

“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 initially premiered at 4am, when thoughts drift and new connections become possible —and a time, in 2020, when many of us were 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.

Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Two
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The second episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features 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 Three
Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The third episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features 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 Four
Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The fourth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features 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 Five
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The fifth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features 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—Intermission
Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:00pm
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This intermission following the first five episodes of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features 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—Episode Six
Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The sixth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features 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 Seven
Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The seventh episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features 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 Eight
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The eighth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Nine
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The ninth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn from the multi-platinum selling band Barenaked Ladies.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Ten
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The tenth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and bassist and composer Christian McBride on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Eleven
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:00pm
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The eleventh and final episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation about love between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and the return of her first guest, writer Jonathan Cott on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.