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Song Windows on History on “Culture of Protest” (Thursday, November 29)

Of his next broadcast, host Richard Flacks writes, “These last couple of weeks I’ve been noticing a lot of media attention to various personages and episodes in American history and I realized that many of these matters have been sung about, before they were televised. And songs, I often think, can be provocative windows on history. So here’s what we have in store for this week’s show:

•Music for Abe Lincoln (a propos the movie)
•Woody Guthrie on the dust bowl (a propos the new Ken Burns documentary)
•Henry Wallace for President songs (a propos the Oliver Stone documentary series on the ‘might have been’ history of postwar America.
•Charlie King song based on the words of Dorothy Day the revolutionary pacifist being promoted for sainthood by the New York cardinal.
•Phil Ochs’ great song marking the JFK assassination (on the 49th anniversary)
•Bob Dylan’s musical response to the Cuban Missile Crisis (on its 50th).

Hope you’ll tune in, or let me know if you want a way to hear an archived version.”

“Culture of Protest” airs on Thursdays in the fall from 6-7pm.