Daytime Station Support Program
Membership Campaign Program
Summer of Service Program
Friends since college, guitarist and vocalist Israel Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski are the essence of Portland's Blind Pilot. From the beginning, their minimalist folk-rock sound has revolved around simple melodies, sparse drumming and warm vocals. Their lyrical bent often calls to mind folk-rock contemporaries such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Fleet Foxes, The Shins and Iron and Wine. In 2008, after a West Coast bicycle tour, the two wrote their breakout album, 3 Rounds and a Sound, and solidified their reputation for hauntingly beautiful music.
Since Blind Pilot's critically praised debut, it's toured with The Decemberists, Langhorne Slim and Gomez, and written more lovely, sturdy songs. This year, the band expanded to six members, bringing Blind Pilot a bigger sound full of layered vocals and instrumentals. The hooks are just as catchy and the guitar riffs are just as sweet, and the overall sound is bigger and better than ever. Blind Pilot's new album is titled We Are the Tide.
By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.