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First Voices Indigenous Radio

Guest Bin­nie Klein hosts A Minia­ture World,” a music and inter­view show at WPKN 89.5 FM in Bridge­port, CT. WPKN streams at wpkn​.org. (WPKN is the for­mer home of First Voic­es Radio and a long­time, trea­sured affil­i­ate). Bin­nie main­tains a pri­vate prac­tice in psy­chother­a­py in New Haven, CT, and has been a Lec­tur­er in the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty. She also is an author and pub­lish­es in many pub­li­ca­tions. Bin­nie’s lat­est cre­ative project is an indie music col­lab­o­ra­tion, In These Trees and Tar­tie.” While sort­ing through sub­mis­sions for her radio show,Binnie was par­tic­u­lar­ly cap­ti­vat­ed by an Aus­tralian singer-song­writer who per­forms as Tar­tie (Natasha Ander­son). Tar­tie, based in Mel­bourne, is known for her dream-pop sen­si­bil­i­ty. Con­ti­nents apart, sep­a­rat­ed by time zones and a pan­dem­ic, Tar­tie and Bin­nie began to explore col­lab­o­ra­tive pos­si­bil­i­ties. Tar­tie’s musi­cal take on Bin­nie’s lyrics of mem­o­ry, loss, betray­al, and ulti­mate lib­er­a­tion was just the right fit. The two women share a pas­sion for nature and sur­vival of the plan­et. Ablaze” is the most recent release for In These Trees and Tar­tie,” a poignant protest against our heart­less treat­ment of the earth, par­tic­u­lar­ly res­o­nant in these times of increas­ing­ly destruc­tive envi­ron­men­tal events. Jen­nifer Kreis­berg (Tus­caro­ra) from Ulali pro­vides back-up vocals. Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse says: Once in a while I am com­pelled after hear­ing a song about how we for­get about out impact on Earth with our ratio­nal jus­ti­fi­ca­tions of mak­ing our world, our civ­i­liza­tion bet­ter by ignor­ing the nat­ur­al bal­ance, and con­tin­ue in our nar­cis­sis­tic ideas often because we as humans caused the tragedies we lament in song. These songs need to be med­i­cine songs, heal­ing songs, ancient tried and true songs not look­ing for pop­u­lar­i­ty but for respect­ing the place Earth has in heart for humanity.”