The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? It's a radio show on KRSC-FM, 91.3 on your radio dial. Join your host, Jim Ford (me), as I play some of the greatest music from the history of rock & roll. Each week the focus is on a different philosophical topic--life, death, love, war, sin, the works--all the biggest questions in life. I talk a little bit about what great philosophers have had to say about the subject, but mainly I play the best rock music I can find. Alternative rock, classic rock, soul, blues, punk, rap, even a little country. Hear it all on The Meaning of Life. Every Sunday from 3-5 p.m. and again at midnight.

Philosophy meets rock and roll in a new show hosted by Dr. Jim Ford. Each week hear what rock music has to say about some of life's biggest questions. Two hours of the greatest music from the history of rock—alternative, classic rock, blues, soul, the works. Real college radio with a real college professor.

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Enlightenment through rock & roll.

Coming Soon:

Jan. 10, 2010: Resolutions

Highlights from 2009:

Aug. 9: God

Aug. 16: Knowledge and Wisdom (Back to School)

Highlights from 2008:

Jan. 6: Best New Music of 2007

Jan. 13: Life According to the Stones, Part One (the '60s)

Jan. 20: Life According to the Stones, Part Two (the 70s to today)

Feb. 3: Black History Month, Part One: Stax Records

Feb. 10: Black History Month, Part Two: 70s & 80s Soul

Feb. 24: "Best Music in a Motion Picture" (Annual Oscars Show)

Mar. 9: Time III

Apr. 6: R.E.M., Accelerate

Apr. 13: "Taxes, Work, Money"

Apr. 27: "The Self"

May 4: "Happiness"

May 11: Happy Graduation, RSU (Songs from 1994)


April 20: Earth Day

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Sample Playlists

Life Wasted (June 11th)

Loneliness (July 9th) Time (July 30th)

"Life Wasted" Pearl Jam

"Gone" Pearl Jam "Begin the Begin" R.E.M.

"Once in a Lifetime" Talking Heads

"Rear View Mirror" Pearl Jam "Until the End of the World" U2

"Strawberry Fields Forever" Beatles

"Red House" Jimi Hendrix "It's the End of the World..." R.E.M.

"Seeing Things" Black Crowes

"Deepest Blues are Black" Foo Fighters "Clocks" Coldplay

"Thought I Knew You" Matthew Sweet

"Electrical Storm" U2 "Day After Day" Pretenders

"The Thrill is Gone" B.B. King

"Twice as Hard" Black Crowes "Minute by Minute" Doobie Brothers

"Things Have Changed" Bob Dylan

"My Doorbell" White Stripes "Long Ago & Far Away" James Taylor

"Shooting Star" Dylan

"Come Monday" Jimmy Buffett "today" Smashing Pumpkins

"A Simple Twist of Fate" Dylan

"She's Gone" Hall & Oates "Again" Alice in Chains

"Lost Cause" Beck

"Tired of Being Alone" Al Green "Again" Lenny Kravitz

"Spirits in the Material World" Police

"Blue Moon Revisited" Cowboy Junkies "Good Times, Bad Times" Led Zeppelin

"The Real Me" Who

"Deacon Blues" Steely Dan "Time" Pink Floyd

"Magnificent Seven" Clash

"Black Coffee in Bed" Squeeze "Wiser Time" Black Crowes

"No Excuses" Alice In Chains

"Love Me" Little Willies "These Are Days" 10,000 Maniacs

"Give Me Novocain" Green Day

"It's Not You, It's Me" Little Willies "Twentysomething" Jamie Cullum

"Twenty Questions" Beastie Boys

"Come Away With Me" Norah Jones "Days of the Week" STP

"Wake Up Older" Julie Roberts

"Help Me" Johnny Cash "5:15" Who

"Dairy Queen" Indigo Girls

"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" Willie Nelson "All Those Yesterdays" Pearl Jam

"Voice Inside My Head" Dixie Chicks

"I Believe in Love" Dixie Chicks "My Back Pages" The Byrds

"If 6 Was 9" Jimi Hendrix

"The Things that I Used to Do" Guitar Slim "I'll Follow You Into the Dark" Death Cab for Cutie

"Change It" Stevie Ray Vaughn

"The Thrill is Gone" B.B. King "Forever Young" Bob Dylan

"Born Under a Bad Sign" Cream

"Nobody Knows You..." Eric Clapton "Come On Home" Indigo Girls

"Not in this life" Natalie Merchant

"Congratulations" Traveling Wilburys "I've Got to See You Again" Norah Jones

"Let it bleed" Rolling Stones

"Woman in Love" Tom Petty "So Far" Matthew Sweet

"Do the Evolution" Pearl Jam

"Handle With Care" Traveling Wilburys "Time Will Tell" Black Crowes

"Life Wasted (Reprise)" Pearl Jam

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" Beatles  
  "Up to Me" Bob Dylan  
  "Most of the Time" Bob Dylan  
  "Stop Draggin My Heart Around" Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks  
  "High & Dry" Radiohead  
  "Smoke" Ben Folds Five  
  "Landed" Ben Folds  
  "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" J.T.  
  "Interstate Love Song" STP  
  "You Had Me" Joss Stone  
  "Can't Stand Losing You" Police  

Listen to The Meaning of Life, every Sunday from 3-5 pm and again at midnight, only on KRSC, 91.3 FM-- "real college radio."

The Meaning of Life...

More Playlists

Work, Labor, Action (Sept. 3rd)

RS's Other 69 (November 5th) Pearl Jam (November 12th)

"Finest Worksong" R.E.M.

"Weight" The Band "Long Road"

"Nice Work" Frank Sinatra

"Ziggy Stardust" David Bowie "Alive"

"Maggie's Farm" Bob Dylan

"So Far Away" Carole King "Elderly Woman behind the counter..."

"Workingmans' Blues #2" Dylan

"God Save the Queen" Sex Pistols "Do the Evolution"

"Hard Days' Night" Beatles

"Break on Through" The Doors "World Wide Suicide"

"Uncle John's Band" Indigo Girls

"Breathe" Pink Floyd "Unemployable"

"Day Job" Gin Blossoms

"Redemption Song" Bob Marley "Love Boat Captain"

"Found a Job" Talking Heads

"Psalm (Love Supreme)" John Coltrane "State of Love and Trust"

"The River" Bruce Springsteen

"The Boxer" Simon & Garfunkel "RVM"

"This Woman's Work" Kate Bush

"Tired of Being Alone" Al Green "Gone"

"Workin' for a Living" Huey Lewis

"Sir Duke" Stevie Wonder "Life Wasted"

"If I Had a Million Dollars" Bare-Naked Ladies

"One" U2 "Thumbing My Way"

"Nobody Knows You..." Eric Clapton

"Crazy Love" Van Morrison "Oceans"

"Chain Gang" Sam Cooke

"Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Neil Young "Push Me, Pull Me"

"Back on the Chain Gang" The Pretenders

"Let's Go Crazy" Prince "All Those Yesterdays"

"Handy Man" James Taylor

"I've Been Loving You Too Long" Otis Redding "Evenflow"

"Twentysomething" Jamie Cullum

"Diamonds On the Souls..." Paul Simon "Black"

"Career Opportunities" The Clash

"I Never Loved a Man" Aretha Franklin "Spin the Black Circle"

"Unemployable" Pearl Jam

"Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash "Man of the Hour"

"I've Been Working" Van Morrison

"The Things that I Used to Do" Guitar Slim "4/20/02"

"Driver 8" R.E.M.

"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Elton John "Life Wasted (Reprise)"

"Crosstown Traffic" Jimi Hendrix

"Lost Highway" Hank Williams  

"Long Day is Over" Norah Jones

"Radio, Radio" Elvis Costello

The Meaning of Life airs every Sunday from 3-5 pm and again at midnight, only on KRSC, 91.3 FM-- "true alternative music."

Enlightenment through rock & roll.