“This podcast is a rare find. Ken Layne, with his gravelly, baritone voice (I would listen to him read the phone book) reports on the magical, otherworldly Mojave Desert with an approach that is equal parts subversive humor, anthropological storytelling, madcap poetry, and ecological revelation. The soundtrack is tantalizing and sets the scene perfectly, ranging from Western tumbleweed / surf rock all the way to atmospheric ambient sound. Desert Oracle Radio is consistently mesmerizing.”
— Inside Podcasting
Ken Layne is creator and host of Desert Oracle Radio, the cult-hit broadcast/podcast that airs on more than a dozen terrestrial stations. Since 2017, he has performed Desert Oracle Campfire Stories at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, along with occasional live broadcasts of his late-night radio program around the Southwest. A new live version of the show premiered to sold-out audiences in Twentynine Palms in July, and it is this trippy mix of sound, vision & performance that’s going on the road.
Layne is publisher and editor of Desert Oracle, the pocket-sized field guide to the mysterious American deserts, and author of the hardcover Desert Oracle Vol. 1, published in December 2020 by MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, with the paperback coming in December 2021 from Picador. His fiction appears in the desert-crime collection Palm Springs Noir, newly published by Akashic Books, and he is the author of the Mojave Desert utopian novel Dignity.