This week on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour, host Joshua David Stein is talking the American diner as it relates to the typical coming of age storyline found in movies, such as American Graffiti. Chatting with consumer historian and blogger Jan Whitaker about this interesting topic, the two agree and note that the diner is a place where anything can happen considering the nonstop hours of operation and the eclectic customer base. The diner also points out social trends of the passing eras and has (though in dwindling numbers) stood the test of time. After the break, Joshua welcomes musical guest, Screamin’ Rebel Angels, a rock ‘n roll foursome hailing from Brooklyn, NY. Fronted by the dynamic soul-shouting, blues beltin’, sweet purring of vocalist/guitarist Laura Rebel Angel, paired with the blistering, stratospheric lead guitar of Brian “Bobo” Hack, the pounding and precise drums of Sean O’Connell and the driving rhythm and gallop of an upright bass, the group revels in the musical stylings of diners at their height. Invoking the primitive energy of early rock ‘n roll and rockabilly, and emotion of 1950s rhythm & blues and soul, they perform a few tunes live in studio. This program was brought to you by Visit Napa Valley.






“It’s mostly boys in these coming of age settings, not usually two girls unless they are maybe flirting with a boy in the next booth.” [5:05]


“The classic diner really was a working class, unpretentious, noisy, a little bit rough in service, and not much decor.” [5:55]


Jan Whitaker on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour