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This extraordinary era of Zimmy Glasnost–the Scorsese documentary, the Chronicles book, the jolly cowboy outfits–continues apace with Bob Dylan’s forthcoming program on XM Radio, The Theme Time Radio Hour, which will premiere in May. You can click here to listen to an engaging preview of Bob-as-DJ; the music is old-timey and the vibe is pitched around 1958, in a bulletnose Studebaker Commander headin’ west on I-94 from Fargo to Billings at 1:30 a.m. with the wipers goin’. Bob hams it up with aplomb and offers his own insights, such as “We forget how much Elvis wanted to be Dean [Martin].”

The theme of the preview program is… weather! Bob, in fun-fact mode, informs us that the windiest city in America is not Chicago but Dodge City, Kansas!

(NOTE: The XM site will prompt you to enter a username and a password. For the former, enter press1 [that’s the numeral “1” after “press”] and for the latter, enter xmr0ck5! [The exclamation point is part of the password, and the “0” is the numeral, not the letter “o,” while the “5” is the numeral, and not the letter “s.”] The audio will take a little while to load on your media player, but it’s worth it.)

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