No, R.E.M.'s not involved in this episode in any shape, form or fashion. But there is passion here in abundance.
Today's episode (direct download here) includes:
James Brown, "Gut Bucket"
Ciaran Flynn, "In Dreams"
A Brokeheart Pro, "Dark Red and Loud"
Braquet, "No Excuses"
Dance on Evidence, "Weather Changes"
And you'll hear something else: I've decided to get daring and read a (short) piece of original fiction. A monologue, really. It's titled "Ripple," but it isn't about the Grateful Dead song (though that may just be the finest piece of music ever recorded).
The James Brown and Braquet tracks come via the Podsafe Music Network. The Dance on Evidence track was found at GarageBand.com. The others came from the artists' MySpace profiles.