Episode 10 – Live! from Coleus Earth Station

Picture of palm tree, mic, and coleus plant

Richard and his daughter Johanna co-host a radio show, broadcasting through plant signals. Adopting the monikers Diving for Pearls and Island Boy, Johanna and Richard discover the silver lining of our quarantine isolation and dependence on electronic communication.

In this podcast episode, Johanna—a visual, public, and performance artist—engages Richard in her fantasy about earth stations, in which the plants in our gardens or on our windowsills are little satellite dishes, sending signals across time and space. From Radio Free Whitney Street in Oakland, California, and Coleus Earth Station in the great city of Philadelphia, Diving for Pearls and Island Boy play some of their favorite tunes and offer reflections on planetary life.


Johanna Poethig: visual, public and performance artist: https://johannapoethig.com/

The “Quasi Extraterratropoizine”: https://johanna-poethig-studio.square.site/

Music credits:

“Uranus” by Johanna Poethig with Chris Brown (cbmuse.com)

“Lost Cities: The Landscape Speaks” (https://johannapoethig.com/performance-video/music-of-the-lost-cities/)

“Hello World” by Kathryn Poethig, performed with Scott Poethig and Johanna Poethig

“Phase 3” by Xylo-Ziko (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/)

“Kolderen Polka” by Tres Tristes Tangos (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tres_Tristes_Tangos)

“Swinging” by Tim Garland, licensed from AudioNetwork

Episode 7 – A fruity guy

Fruit brings Richard joy, especially papaya. But the fruit cup at Richard’s senior living residence leaves something to be desired. Richard must work on his son Scott—with deft negotiation and meticulous timing—to keep him in fruit.

The music in this podcast is Slow Strutt and Vernouillet by Blue Dot Sessions and Binasuan by Juan Silas Jr. and his Rondalla.

Blue Dot Sessions: https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/null

Episode 5 – Lockdown blues

When Richard stops answering the phone and getting out of bed for Zoom meetings, daughter Kerry finds a new way to reach our dad.

Music credits: The music in this piece is “Black Clouds Gone Bad” by Sore & Steal and “Take to the Skies” by Forget the Whale. Used under the Creative Commons license Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike.





Episode 1 – Interference

Photo of Richard and Margaret Poethig

Recording the podcast presents hilarious challenges for Margaret and Richard.

Music Credits: The music is “Horrible” from the album Mela 2 by the Mela Ensemble. https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Mela/Mela_two

Links to Richard’s websites:


Introducing the Keeping Dad Alive podcast

Photo of Richard and Margaret Poethig

Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, Margaret’s 95-year-old dad Richard was cheerfully riding it out in his senior living residence. But things change. This podcast captures the voice of a father and his five children, as they cherish their time together on earth.

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