Jay Smooth started this show and also this site, a long time ago.

The 11/16/19 Episode (w/ Carla Murphy)

On this week’s show Jay and Shawn Setaro spoke with ace writer/reporter Carla Murphy about her recent piece in Dissent Magazine on “Why We Need A Working Class Media,” and reflected on the passing of Noel Ignatiev.And in the mix Jay came through with new treats from DJ Shadow, Little Brother and Little Simz, plus rare live treats from Nina Simone!

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Underground Railroad Mix: AOC Edition 5/31/19

This is Jay’s mix from the May 31st, 2019 edition of the Railroad, featuring Open Mike Eagle, Maya Angelou, Reef the Lost Cauze, Pharoahe Monch and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropping jewels on climate change.

The Back to Brooklyn Mix

This is one of our classic mixes from 2015, archived by our old friends at Wax Poetics magazine:

“Wax Poetics contributing editor Andrew Mason aka DJ Monk-One spent [many years] spinning on Jay Smooth’s influential radio program, Underground Railroad. The WBAI show was founded in 1991 and focused on hip-hop and the jazz (and soul) cuts that were the building blocks for the sonic art. It was a New York staple and a must for any beatdigger that was trying to learn more about the roots of hip-hop. In fact, it was half the story about how the Wax Poetics founders met Monk-One in the late ’90s during his tenure with the groundbreaking show. Not long after, Wax Poetics was founded with the same mission of exploring the roots of hip-hop.”

Classic DJ Sets: DJ Avee (1996)

In the mid 90s we were blessed to have two incredible DJs in the Railroad’s starting lineup, DJ Spinna and DJ Avee. I’ve lost a lot of those tapes over the years, but luckily some folks took better care of their archives, so we still have some treats from that era.

Special Transmission for Aretha

This was a special edition of our “Secret Transmissions” after the passing of the GOAT, Aretha Franklin.

Secret Transmission 9/17/18

After I ended my radio show in July of 2018, I did a series of “Secret Transmissions” for my friends and longtime radio fam, to keep in touch and keep that vibe going until our next chapter began. This was one of those, up until now only available to a select few!