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Sunday, June 16, 2013   7:00 PM - 2:00 AM

June 16, Sunday 7pm-2am , Radio Bloomsday 2013: In Search of a Father

This year's broadcast includes a kaleidoscope of global artistic talent united by a passion for getting under the hood of the most influential novel of the twentieth century - James Joyce's Ulysses. 

Artists include Alec Baldwin, Aaron Beall, Charles Busch, Bob Dishy, Janet Coleman, Frank Delaney, Paul Dooley, Roma Downey, David Dozer, Michael Elias, Anne Enright, Jim Fletcher, Judy Graubart, Tony Hendra, Susanna Lindsay-Norris, Marc Maron, John McDonough, Paul Muldoon, Johnny O'Callaghan, Bob Odenkirk, Brian O'Doherty, Roger Norris, T. Ryder Smith, John Spinks, Amy Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Kate Valk, Derry Woodhouse and Zeroboy.

At 11pm, Caraid O'Brien will revisit her acclaimed Molly Bloom monologue as a dialogue that Molly Bloom has with herself performing together with Bernadette Quigley (In America, Law & Order).  Musicians appearing live on the broadcast include All Ireland button accordion champion, Martin O'Connell, fiddle player Marie-Louise Bowe, singer Eileen Ruby, Steven Antonelli, Ralph Martin, Johnny Coughlan, Brad Maestas and Keith Connolly.

In grateful collaboration with MNN, Manhattan's Public Access TV Station, Dublin's James Joyce Centre are producing an online global reading of Ulysses with 25 worldwide cities across 4 continents taking part, to celebrate Bloomsday. The event will also be live streamed on globalbloomsday.com, on James Joyce Centre's YouTube channel easily accessed for free by one and all locally and globally.

The video excerpt (from the Circe episode of "Ulysses") will happen under Caraid O'brien's direction around 1pm Sunday and gives our show broad international exposure and includes WBAI in the worldwide James Joyce celebration.

Radio Bloomsday is a seven hour nationwide live broadcast on the Pacifica Radio Network "where artists interpret James Joyce's Ulysses."  Coinciding with Father's Day, this year's program highlights the many different, sometimes tender and often difficult relationships between Fathers and their children seen throughout Ulysses. WBAI and the Pacifica Radio Network have been broadcasting marathon performances of James Joyce's Ulysses for over 30 years.  Since 2008, Radio Bloomsday has been directed by Caraid O'Brien in collaboration with Janet Coleman, WBAI's Arts Director.  KPFK in Los Angeles will also carry the broadcast.

Listen to an excerp from last year's broadcast featuring Alec Baldwin, below.

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