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Nov. 16 – Protest Songs (607)

“There is the idea that a pop star has no right to voice their opinion.
But I was a person before I was a pop star,
and I’m due my opinion as much as anyone.”

–  Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)

For as long as there have been wars and civil injustices, there are have been artists giving voice to the powerless. Protest songs have been a well-documented and crucial part of our social dialogue and cultural fabric since as far back as the 1381 English Peasant Revolt. Since then, protest songs have taken many forms: Irish Rebel Songs, Algerian Rai, field hollers, Anti-apartheid anthems, Vietnam folk and rock music, 1960s civil rights ballads and Post-9/11 laments, to name a few. Even today, we have artists such as Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Jay-Z, Kayne West and Jeff Mangum visiting Occupy Wall Street sites across the country.

But protest songs have an inconsistent history. Some have been effective agents for change. Others have been labeled propaganda, fascist/socialists/hippie tripe, utopian or a reason for treason. Some have incited violence and hatred (Dixie Chicks, anyone?). And many others – well well-intentioned – have just been bad music.

It’s our semiannual Social Justice Awareness Week (SJAW) here again at KUST, and Great River Radio will be taking a listen to protest songs throughout history. What makes an effective protest song? Can a song be a protest song without deliberately saying as much? We’ll look into this when we play protest songs from some of our favorite artists (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tom Waits Arcade Fire, R.E.M., Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Mangum, Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, U2, Bright Eyes, The Staple Singers and Steve Earle). We’ll also play a few songs that might surprise you as protest songs. And finally, we’ll have a candid discussion about the current state of protest songs.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for another informative and entertaining SJAW show from Great River Radio.

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Playlist
This Land Is Your Land- Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Sweet Honey In The Rock
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live-Bruce Springsteen
Ohio-Crosby Stills Nash  & Young
Let’s Impeach The President-Neil Young
When The President Talks To God-Bright Eyes
If I Had A Rocket Launcher-Bruce Cockburn
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution-Tracy Chapman
Final Straw-REM
Sunday Bloody Sunday-U2
Masters of War-The Staples Singers
Rich Man’s War-Steve Earle
Day After Tomorrow-Tom Waits
We Are The Many-Makana
Suburban War-Arcade Fire
Yell Fire!-Michael Franti & Spearhead
We Stand As One-Joseph Arthur

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March 30 – Women. World. Music.


As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”
As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!
– James Oppenheim

In March of 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City took the lives of 146 women garment workers who were unable to escape the building because managers had locked the doors to the stairs and exits.  The tragedy, one of the worst industrial accidents in U.S. history, lead to new safety standards, legislation and unions which advocated on behalf of workers, and women’s rights.  A few days before the fire, International Women’s Day had been celebrated in a few European countries where more than a million women and men attended IWD rallies to campaign for women’s rights to work, vote, be educated and elected.  The Triangle disaster made International Womens’ Day a truly global phenomenon. James Oppenheim’s poem became a rallying cry for the women’s movement.

This year, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of IWD and today on Great River Radio we join the party by taking a global tour of music by women, covering our favorite artists from Africa, the Caribbean, the British Isles, Scandinavia, continental Europe, Canada and Australia.  You’ll hear great songs by Miriam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo, Lykke Li, Ane Brun,  PJ Harvey, Feist, Portishead and even the Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic.

Help GRR celebrate the achievements of women during the last 100 years with song today!

Join us at 4:15 p.m. (CST) today for Great River Radio.

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Tsiaro-Tarika Sammy
Pata Pata-Miriam Makeba
Battu-Angelique Kidjo
Veinte Anos-Buena Vista Social Club
Samba Da Bencao-Bebel Gilberto
Unissons Nous-Amadou & Miriam
Paper Planes-M.I.A.
Sprawl II-Arcade Fire
The Treehouse Song-Ane Brun
When I Grow Up-First Aid Kit
Rich Kids Blues-Lykke Li
And Now-jj
Venus As A Boy-Bjork
This Is The Life-Amy McDonald
Hold On-KT Tunstall
Sour Times-Portishead
Good Fortune-PJ Harvey
Just Like A Woman-Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico
Polegna E Todora-Ensemble of The Bulgarian Republic
I Feel It All-Feist
Breathe-Sia

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