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Empathy Now! The journey of recovery through music

Natalie Grainger

After two weeks of music inspired by controlled substances, take time for a detox. In this episode of Sound Currents, explore music reflecting on recovery and healing with guest Ben Stevenson.

Note: this episode includes a discussion about drugs and drug use which may not be suitable for all listeners.

If you or someone you know needs assistance with substance abuse, you can call the Missouri crisis line at 1-888-761-4357 and the Kansas crisis line at 1-866-210-1303.

Ben Stevenson - composer and libtrettist

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

by Ben Stevenson
Mark Weiser with New Opera West; Maria Dominique Lopez, Jon Lee Keenan and Luis Reyes

Zeher (Poison)
by Reena Esmail
Brooklyn Rider

by Judith Weir
William Howard - piano

by Caroline Shaw
Brooklyn Rider

Whispered Funk
by Stacy Busch
Stacy Busch

Exercise in Self-pity
by Stacy Busch
Stacy Busch

Sascha Groschang is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
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