Desert Oracle Radio is a weekly road trip through the weird American desert from the publisher of Desert Oracle, the pocket-sized field guide published in Joshua Tree, California. Hear tales of mysterious lights, missing tourists, lost mines, venomous creatures, weird history and weirder people. Hosted by editor Ken Layne and featuring a cast of intriguing mystics, oddballs, scientists and artists, Desert Oracle Radio is your soundtrack for a desert night. The program is broadcast on Friday nights at 10 p.m. on KCDZ 107.7 FM in the Mojave high desert, with field reports from around and across the desert lands, and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).
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The double standard
Nov 19
Rating:   10
All Hail High Weirdness

When I found this podcast I felt that same jolt of excitement and recognition that all weirdos feel when we have found that one other person at the party who is equally as out there as we are.Desert Oracle is the hole in time and space that transports me to the arid, spooky openness of the Mojave while sitting in my damp, gloomy Pennsylvania living room. As desert lover and would be Westerner, it’s the sustenance I need to make it through the cold depressing Eastern winters and “hot dog mouth” summers. Whether ranting and raving about bumbling tourists, extrapolating on a recent encounter with some minor critter of the desert on a walk, or probing the potential realities that lurk in the infinite space dust we see scattered across the night sky, Desert Oracle checks all the thoughtful weirdo boxes. I have recommended this podcast to my fellow Eastern rock climbing desert rats and other choice weirdos and they are all hooked (insert desert meth lab joke here.)Can’t wait to catch next week’s episode live on KCDZ as I cruise into J-Tree to contribute to the much lamented over tourism. I hate tourists too, but you know what they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.Sending my warm regards to Yucca Man,Desert Cat

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Hdgggggggg
Nov 15
Rating:   10
Mostly great

I love the episodes that discuss the desert, the solitude, nature, and the weirdness we find in the high desert. Not so into the Jeremy Corbell hoaky wannabe alien weirdos. I like the alien talk a little, but it can get to be too much. I often listen to this podcast while staring at my Joshua trees.

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chX1951
Nov 10
Rating:   2
Lousy mix

Recently background music is way too loud. Tell your audio op to back it off. The podcast has become unlistenable.

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Bonnie85260
Nov 7
Rating:   10
It’s a Mystery

It’s a mystery to me why I’m obsessed with this podcast. But I am. Maybe it’s the interviews and the storytelling about the high desert. They are riveting. Maybe it’s the characters who call into the show. Maybe it’s the quirky yet fun vibe it leaves me feeling. It’s like the UFOs that are discussed - I can’t believe what I’m hearing, yet I'm totally intrigued. Love it! Love Host Ken!

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SusaQ7
Nov 4
Rating:   10
Love the Desert

Have property in Morongo Valley and can’t wait to move there. Looking at wonder valley too. Hope to meet everyone and join in the search for the unimaginable space folks ;) SusaQ

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CactusCapri
Oct 11
Rating:   10
So Retro

Great podcast with a retro feel. Ken’s voice and presentation style are stellar! Love the desert, love this podcast! So interesting and quirky. It’s the only podcast I can get my husband to listen to!

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Jon~a~thon
Sep 14
Rating:   10
It's the best one.

This is the best podcast. It's the best one. 5 stars.

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GrindermanJJ
Aug 23
Rating:   10
Pod Majic!

A modern version of all the weirdness of AM radio. Edward Abbey meets Burroughs delivered via lightning bolt into the desert sand.

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beelzebucky
Jul 20
Rating:   10
Incredible stuff!

He’s like Joe Frank meets Willliam Burroughs making a podcast in the middle of the Mojave. So great!

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hello-mathew
Jul 14
Rating:   10
Fantastic weird zine becomes fantastic weird podcast

Love it.

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2skraeling
Jul 13
Rating:   10
Desert Oracle

Bar none, best word out there on the high, dry land.

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Plato Bronzebeard
Jun 30
Rating:   8
Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

There are so many reasons I love this podcast, but I gotta get som'n off my chest first. What's up w frequent guest-huckster Brendan Maze? There's no way he's for real. If he is, he's a Grade-A super villain created in some dark lab who's primary purpose is to separate human beings from their cash... at any cost. I can only hope our chain's are being pulled before the entire Mojave water table is sucked dry.The good stuff: When I'm not in the desert I wish I was there, so when I hit the 9-5 grind I pop in the Oracle and Ken's voice guides me into the day with tales of cosmic high desert strangeness. I wait eagerly for each new episode like a bloodhound waits for a begging’ strips bag to crackle open. If it’s not there, i stub my tow, get cut off in traffic and generally have a crappy day. Thank you Ken for all you do! And please keep it going before Brendan Maze turns the Joshua Tree into a parking lot.

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Plato Bronzebeard
May 15
Rating:   8
Get rid of Brendan Maze

A bedazzling gem of a show with one unnerving achilles heel; frequent guest and shameless huckster Brendan Maze. His creep-tastic car-salesman tongue placed upon every angle of conversation gives one the feeling he would sell his dead mothers ashes as fertilizer as long as there's a profit. A true wolf in sheep’s clothing, he poses as The Great Altruist of the Desert, but in reality he’s currently running pumps down into Joshua Tree Park’s incomprehensibly ancient springs to brand the water. ‘Mojave Mirage’, ‘we’re trying to expand the ‘brand’ of the desert,’ he says. But what about the limited resources of water in the desert already you say? No worries, he’s going to have drones fly 55-Gallon tanks of water and dump them into the various dried up aquifers all around the desert. Never mind that heavy lift drones are outrageously expensive and you’d need thousands of them, and never mind the fact that in the desert sun you’d lose 80-90% of the water to evaporation anyway. Ken, if you have an atom of energy left, swat this fly away.

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Shipwreck Thompson
Apr 26
Rating:   10
Wheat Chex Hangover

This show pairs well with a stomach pounder or a mind melter. Slip into your skelebones and don’t step on the poppies.

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JPthr33
Mar 30
Rating:   10
Twice a Paradox

This programme is both a sojourn in the desert and a hike into the charcoal soul of America’s beloved west. References to drives in the desert on well-traveled roads stir memories and strange recollections of my past life in California.Desert Oracle is a sage future-telling, nestled in a nook of Artemisia Absinthium, and a stark truth-telling, needling one’s neck atop a pillow of piñon pine.TL;DR:it’s real good. Thanks for the hard work.

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Evo Terra
Feb 16
Rating:   10
This is weird storytelling at its best!

Just binged three most recent episodes of @Desert_Oracle by master orator @KenLayne. I haven’t been this excited about a podcast find in ages. So weird and wonderful. Like a wiretap into my amygdala. For good or for ill.

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nvironmntcarol
Feb 2
Rating:   10
Hands down one of my favourite podcasts or radio broadcasts ever.

Nuff said. Also aliens are real.

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Southernheathen
Jan 31
Rating:   10
excellent by far the best find in the net

close your eyes and imagine William Burroughs posting from the desert, but making sence and with an amazing production value.......love the show

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Big_Booty_Judi
Jan 18
Rating:   10
Amazing.

Extremely, Extremely my thing. Ken—go on Trillbilly Workers Party!

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mysterymach
Jan 6
Rating:   10
Probably The Best, Ever.

I have listened to hundreds of old radio series and podcasts in my time- and most of them go down easy and are as forgettable as a fast food burger. This one is just something ELSE. I lived in JT so it has particular resonance, but I promise it doesn’t matter. I have literally cried and laughed while listening to this one. “High Desert Death” in which he states, “what a nightmare world. What a nightmare. I’d sure like to wake up from it. I’d sure like to get some rest and wake up - without the dread”….christ that got me. He comments on the larger dystopian America we now live in in a way that all can relate to and will wrench your guts out. Then the f*&ker will say something hilarious and you nearly can’t keep track. This guy is a genius. We need Desert Oracle tshirts up in here. Wanna banner my car, Ken? You freaking rule. Please don’t stop.

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