Tom Waits: KPFK Wed. 7-22

TOM WAITS is the brilliant singer/songwriter with the growly voice and the haunting music.  Barney Hoskyns will talk about his life and music — he’s written the first bio, titled Lowside of the Road.  Playlist: “Jersey Girl,” “16 Shells from a 30 ought six,”  “I’m Big in Japan,” “Get Behind the Mule.”

Plus: Your Minnesota Moment; David Carr, the great New York Times columnist, talks about his days as a drug addict in Minneapolis.  His book, Night of the Gun, is out now in paperback.  (originally broadcast 9/10/08)

Also: Official government websites turn out to provide a treasure trove of insights into the uses of power and the possibilities of citizen political action — that’s what Elizabeth Losh says.  Her new book is Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes.  Liz blogs about electronic bureaucracy and institutional subversion on the Internet HERE.