Thu, 06/23/2011 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

1224 Cornwall Ave.
The Crystal Ballroom of the Leopold
98225 Bellingham

The Chuckanut Radio Hour is a radio variety show that began in January 2007 and is regularly broadcast on KMRE LP 102.3 FM & KVOS TV. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour features a guest author and includes guest musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, Cascadia Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, an episode of "The Bellingham Bean" serial radio comedy, and some groaner jokes by hosts Chuck & Dee Robinson and announcer Rich Donelly.

You may listen to the programs on KMRE-LP 102.3 FM in rotation each Saturday evening at 6pm and each Sunday evening at 9pm. You may listen to KMRE online at the times the show plays or...anytime. The KVOS TV recording plays in the month following the live production. The Chuckanut Radio Hour's first guest was Erik Larson and has since included William Dietrich, Elizabeth George, J.A. Jance, Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others.

The Chuckanut Radio Hour is thrilled to welcome back its very first author guest, Erik Larson.  Nationally-known for his bestselling books, The Devil in the White City, Isaac's Storm, and Thunderstruck, for which he appeared on our radio hour debut, Erik will share his new book, In the Garden of Beasts. Publisher's Weekly had this to say about the book: "In this mesmerizing portrait of the Nazi capital, Larson plumbs a far more diabolical urban cauldron than in his bestselling The Devil in the White City...a vivid, atmospheric panorama of the Third Reich and its leaders, including murderous Nazi factional infighting, through the accretion of small crimes and petty thuggery."

Musical guests for this show will be a group composed of three well-known local performers—Lydia McCauley, Nancy Rumbel, & Phil Heaven. Lydia McCauley performs original and traditional music inspired by her travels around the globe. She is a passionate singer, composer and pianist whose music style ranges from Folk to New Age to Pop. Independent from the start, Lydia’s recordings have made their way onto some prestigious worldwide radio playlists that feature Norah Jones, Enya, Diana Krall, Loreena McKennitt, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, and Sting.  Now that’s good company.  Nancy Rumbel is a professional composer, recording artist, performer and teacher. Her primary instruments are oboe, English horn, double wooden ocarinas, clay ocarinas and keyboards. She is well known for her work for the past 25 years with the Grammy award-winning duo Tingstad & Rumbel. In the late 70s/early 80s she toured and recorded extensively with the Paul Winter Consort.  Phil Heaven began playing Suzuki Method violin at age four, but has been playing viola since high school.  He plays regularly with the popular klezmer band Millie & the Mentshn and has played with Lydia McCauley in a group called Geoffrey's Nephew. Phil is also the sound engineer for the Chuckanut Radio Hour.

Tickets are $5 and are available at Village Books or at Purchase a copy of In the Garden of Beasts at the store before the event and receive a free event ticket.

Co-sponsored by the Leopold Residence


In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307408846
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - May 10th, 2011

Thunderstruck Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400080670
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Broadway Books - September 25th, 2007

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725609
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004