Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture reporter. The interviews and performances he hosts air on KLCC as local inserts during programs including The Takeaway, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and The World . Previously, he spent seventeen years at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, where he was music director and host of the daily music show Open Air. He is a nationally published author and photographer with three books to his credit, ranging from nature spirituality to major league baseball. He also works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, regularly contributing words and photographs to the project “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” He is an accomplished lyricist as well, with credits ranging from international recording artists Gypsy Soul to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. He has served on the board of the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and is a founding board member of Cerro Gordo Land Conservancy. 

Ways to Connect

Sadie and Bessie Delany were civil rights pioneers: two African-American sisters born in the late 1800s, who each lived to be over 100 years old. Their story is captured in the play Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, which will be given a staged reading by Minority Voices Theatre at Lane Community College’s Downtown Center in Eugene on Sunday, June 25th.

When Anice Thigpen came out as gay in a racist, homophobic family in the south, she lost custody of her children and much more. Decades later, she’s transformed her pain via her original chamber opera The Woman of Salt. Its world premiere will be Friday, June 23rd at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. She speaks to KLCC’s Eric Alan about healing through opera. 

On the Banks of the Tigris: the Hidden Story of Iraqi Music is an award-winning documentary that follows the journey of exiled Iraqi musician Majid Shokor, as he discovers unexpected cultural roots to the music he loved as a child.

Eugene Poetry Slam’s season finale on June 10th  at Tsunami Books will focus on love and sex. Author Wendy Strgar will be a featured guest, with her new book Sex that Works distilled from her blog “Making Love Sustainable.” She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about creating positive intimacy with courage, awareness and gratitude.

Highway 20 runs over three thousand miles, from Boston to Newport Oregon—a road Sal Strom and Lynn Moyers have just traversed in entirety. 

Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty has extended the language of the instrument in contexts of jazz, rock and beyond. His first American appearance was at the Monterey Jazz Festival fifty years ago—an appearance that launched his recording career, which has ranged from his groundbreaking solo CDs for Atlantic Records, to collaborations from Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola and Stanley Clarke, among many others.

Photo by Danielle Knapp

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon, is the next topic in the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring among the Dispossessed, is a book by Dr. Patricia Kullberg, reflecting on her experience in medical practice for the homeless and urban poor in Portland.  She’ll read at the UO bookstore on Wednesday evening, May 24th with book sales to benefit White Bird Clinic. She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the health costs of poverty, and the need for empathy as well as universal care. 

Ten years ago, Mason Williams was the featured performer for the first event at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Now he returns as a guest at the theater’s 10th anniversary gala on Saturday, May 20th. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about his career, including the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his instrumental hit “Classical Gas,” his art projects and a new movie he’s in with Tom Hanks and others. 

Socio-Political comedian W. Kamau Bell is the host of the show United Shades of America on CNN, the author of the new book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, the host of three podcasts, and star of the stand-up special and comedy album Semi-Prominent Negro. He’ll bring his stand-up comedy show to the Hult Center in Eugene on Friday, May 19th; he speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan from the CNN studios. 

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