U2 X-Radio: Elevation with John Kelly Episode Guides: 2021

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"Celebrating news and ideas from the worlds of science, medicine, faith, and the arts. Hosted by Irish broadcaster/writer John Kelly, this show features music and poetry; interviews with artists, activists, and thinkers; plus the occasional member of U2."

John Kelly, an Irish broadcaster and writer, hosts a weekly show on the channel, where he interviews a variety of guest, including the occasional member of U2. The show started with the launch of the station, and the first episode was July 5, 2020.

Below you will find the latest information about episodes of this program on U2 X-Radio on SiriusXM. Our full U2 X-Radio discography page is available if you are looking for news, scheduling information, and other information. Additional episode guides are available to the right.

  • Weekly Show
  • Airs initially on Sunday at 10:00 ET
  • Shows available on demand.
  • Repeats twice on Sunday, and throughout the week.

Elevation With John Kelly:

Episode: 27 Mica Paris
Initially Aired: 2021-01-03 10:00
John Kelly tweets "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday morning’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by Mica Paris." The show opens with "Struttin' on Sunday" by Aaron Neville.

Episode: 28 David Mitchell
Initially Aired: 2021-01-10 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On tomorrow morning’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the novelist David Mitchell." The show opens with "Goodbye Sunday" by Everything But the Girl.

Episode: 29 Kate Raworth
Initially Aired: 2021-01-17 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be discussing Doughnut Economics with the economist Kate Raworth and The Edge." The show opens with "Sunday" by Iggy Pop.

Episode: 30 Van Dyke Parks
Initially Aired: 2021-01-24 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On this morning’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the legendary Van Dyke Parks. His musical genius has elevated everyone from The Beach Boys to U2 to Albert Einstein." The show opened with "Groovin' (On a Sunday Afternoon)" by The Gaylettes.

Episode: 31 Eimear McBride
Initially Aired: 2021-01-31 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the writer Eimear McBride." The show opens with "Sunday in New York" by Shirley Horn.

Episode: 32 Ainissa Ramirez
Initially Aired: 2021-02-07 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the scientist and writer Ainissa Ramirez - author of The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another."

Episode: 33 Scott Kelly
Initially Aired: 2021-02-14 10:00
John Kelly tweets "Friends in the US and Canada. On tomorrow’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the astronaut Commander Scott Kelly - twin brother of Senator Mark Kelly." The show opens with a cover of "Everyday is Like Sunday" by Chrissie Hynde.

Episode: 34 Gavin Bryars
Initially Aired: 2021-02-21 10:00
John Kelly tweets "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the composer Gavin Bryars." The show opens with "A Sunday Kind of Love" by Dinah Washington.

Episode: 35 Pádraig Ó Tuama / The Edge
Initially Aired: 2021-02-28 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the theologian and poet Pádraig Ó Tuama. The Edge
will also be dropping by." The show opens with "Pleasant Valley Sunday (Demo)" by Carole King.

Episode: 36 Peter Hale and Jesse Goodman
Initially Aired: 2021-03-07 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On tomorrow’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by Peter Hale and Jesse Goodman from the Allen Ginsberg Estate, Peter was Allen’s editorial assistant and archivist". The show opens with "Blue Sunday" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Episode: 37 Gaia Vince
Initially Aired: 2021-03-14 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the science writer and broadcaster Gaia Vince".

Episode: 38 Donie O'Sullivan
Initially Aired: 2021-03-21 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On this morning’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by CNN reporter Donie Sullivan". The show opens with "Easy (Like Sunday Morning)" by Jimmy Lindsay.

Episode: 39 Gascia Ouzounian
Initially Aired: 2021-03-28 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio well be exploring sound and space with Associate Professor of Music at Oxford, Gascia Ouzounian." The show opens with "Summer Comes Sunday" by The Swinging Blue Jeans.

Episode: 40 Michelle Nijhuis
Initially Aired: 2021-04-04 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the writer Michelle Nijhuis - we’ll be talking about conservation and its sometimes very uncomfortable history." The show opens with "Sunday" by HNNY.

Episode: 41 Steve Cropper
Initially Aired: 2021-04-11 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION I’ll be joined by STAX legend, Steve Cropper." The show opens with "Sunday Sermon" by Booker T. & The M.G.'s.

Episode: 42 Deirdre O’Callaghan
Initially Aired: 2021-04-18 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by Deirdre O’Callaghan - the photographer behind The Drum Thing - portraits of iconic drummers, and Winter in America - set on LA’s Skid Row." The show opens with "Sunday Morning" by Ani DiFranco.

Episode: 43 Laolu Senbanjo
Initially Aired: 2021-04-25 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Friends in the US and Canada. On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by the Nigerian, Brooklyn based artist Laolu Senbanjo." The show opens with "Everyday Seems Like Sunday" by The Swan Silvertones.

Episode: 44 Kate Darling
Initially Aired: 2021-05-02 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On Sunday’s ELEVATION I’ll be joined by Dr. Kate Darling. We’ll be discussing robot technology and the many social and ethical issues that arise. Plus some very fine tunes." The show opens with "Sunday Coming" by Alton Ellis.

Episode: 45 Sarah Ruden
Initially Aired: 2021-05-09 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "Sarah Ruden is a translator of ancient literature. She’ll be my guest this Sunday morning on ELEVATION, talking about her new translation of The Gospels." The opening song is "Sunday and Sister Jones" by Roberta Flack.

Episode: 46 Joy Harjo
Initially Aired: 2021-05-16 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On Sunday’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo." The opening song is "Sunday, Monday or Always" by Mildred Bailey.

Episode: 47 Bono
Initially Aired: 2021-05-23 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio tomorrow morning I’ll be joined by Bono for a very special birthday tribute to Bob Dylan." The opening song is "I Contain Multitudes" by Bob Dylan. Bono contributes a reading of a poem he has written about Bob Dylan.

Episode: 48 Dr. Shadi Bartsch
Initially Aired: 2021-05-30 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio on Sunday morning I’ll be talking power, politics, propaganda and myth with Dr. Shadi Bartsch." The opening song is "Sunny Sunday" by Joni Mitchell.

Episode: 49 Michael Harding
Initially Aired: 2021-06-06 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio on Sunday morning I’ll be joined by writer, actor and former priest, the brilliant Michael Harding." The show opens with "Every Day Will Be Sunday" by the Zion Harmonizers.

Episode: 50 Arooj Aftab
Initially Aired: 2021-06-13 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio tomorrow morning I’ll be joined by the Pakistan born, Brooklyn based Arooj Aftab - her new album Vulture Prince is a thing of great beauty." The show opens with "Sunday Girl (French Version)" by Blondie.

Episode: 51 Jon M. Sweeney
Initially Aired: 2021-06-20 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio on Sunday morning we go into the mystic with Jon M. Sweeney and his new book on Thomas Merton - mystic, Trappist monk and bestselling author." The show opens with "A Sunday Kind of Love" by The Del-Vikings.

Episode: 52 Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Initially Aired: 2021-06-27 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio on Sunday morning I’ll be talking to theoretical physicist and feminist theorist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein. Plus some fine tunes."

Episode: 53 Martha Wainwright
Initially Aired: 2021-07-04 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On tomorrow morning’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio I’ll be joined by Martha Wainwright". Opening music for this episode was "Never On Sunday" by The Chordettes.

Episode: 54
Initially Aired: 2021-07-11 10:00
Opening music was "Sunday Best" by Bobby Gentry.

Episode: 55
Initially Aired: 2021-07-18 10:00
Opening music was "Sunday Coming" by Alton Ellis.

Episode: 56
Initially Aired: 2021-07-25 10:00

Episode: 57
Initially Aired: 2021-08-01 10:00

Episode: 58 John Parrington
Initially Aired: 2021-08-08 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On this morning’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio my guest is John Parrington, Associate Professor in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at Oxford."

Episode: 59 Rupert Thomson
Initially Aired: 2021-08-15 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On this morning’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio my guest is the novelist Rupert Thomson - his book The Insult was a big Bowie fave." Opening music this episode was "Struttin' on Sunday" by Aaron Neville.

Episode: 60 John Higgs
Initially Aired: 2021-08-22 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio on Sunday morning it’ll be all things William Blake. My guest is the writer John Higgs, author of this really wonderful book. [William Blake vs The World]" Opening music this episode is "Groovin'" by The Young Rascals. Adam Clayton reading "Little Boy Lost" and "Little Boy Found" with Sylvain Chauveau's "L'approche Du Nuage" in between.

Episode: 61 Jeremy Lent
Initially Aired: 2021-08-29 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio on Sunday morning my guest is the writer and integrator, Jeremy Lent". The opening music is "I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning" by Bill Monroe.

Episode: 62 Warren Ellis
Initially Aired: 2021-09-05 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio on Sunday morning my guest is musician, composer, author and gentleman - the mighty Warren Ellis." The opening song is "Sunday in Savannah" by Nina Simone.

Episode: 63 Nichola Raihani
Initially Aired: 2021-09-12 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio tomorrow morning my guest is Professor Nichola Raihani. Her book The Social Instinct - How Cooperation Shaped the World just published". The opening song is "Feelin' Kinda Sunday" - Nanci Sinatra / Frank Sinatra.

Episode: 64 Susanna Wallumrød
Initially Aired: 2021-09-19 10:00
John Kelly tweets, "On this morning’s ELEVATION on U2X-Radio my guest is the magical Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrød". The opening song is "Lazing on A Sunday Afternoon" by Queen.

Episode: 65 Robert Thurman
Initially Aired: 2021-09-26 10:00
John Kelly tweets, ""On ELEVATION on U2X-Radio on Sunday morning my guest is the great Buddhist scholar, Robert Thurman. Well be talking about his new book Wisdom Is Bliss - and much, much more. His podcasts have been a wonderful resource during lockdown."

Episode: 66
Initially Aired: 2021-10-03 10:00