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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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April 20 – Women (SJAW Week)

The Eternal Feminine
draws us upwards and on
Faust: Part 2 – Goethe

It’s Social Justice Awareness week here at KUST. Once a semester, we devote a week of programming to address social justice issues. In return, the station continues to receive funding. In past semesters Great River Radio has taken an in-depth look at clean water, workers’ rights and health care. Today, we will be addressing a topic that is long overdue – women’s rights.

Perhaps the biggest misnomer is that helping women move forward in our world comes at the expense of helping men. This is a false assumption. Helping women help themselves benefits all of society. Not convinced? Consider some of these statistics (from girleffect.org):

1)      70 percent of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth are girls
2)      One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15; 38 percent marry before age 18
3)      One-quarter to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before age 18
4)      Pregnancy is the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide
5)      Seventy-five percent of HIV-infected youth in Africa are girls

So what can happen when we focus on giving girls an opportunity to become educated?

1)      When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later, and has 2.2 fewer children
2)      Educated girls grow into educated women, who – research shows – have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children
3)      When girls and women earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man
4)      An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ future wages by 10 to 20 percent
5)      An extra year of secondary school boosts girls’ future wages by 15 to 25 percent

As the Great River Radio staff started digging through their collective music libraries and culling past playlists for music ideas, one thing became glaringly clear … There is a decided lack of Girl Power songs. So with the help of our staff and a few GRR devotees, we have gathered a group of tunes that will help us celebrate the critical role women’s health – physical, mental, financial, political, etc. – plays in all of our lives. Join us today to hear selections from Neko Case, The Wailin’ Jennys, Lesley Gore, Michelle Shocked, Aretha Franklin, Tracy Chapman, Billie Holiday, Sinead O’Connor, Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco, Leela James and many more. Let’s hear it for the girls!

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Brian & Dan

Playlist
Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves-Eurythmics/Aretha Franklin
Mother of Pearl-Nellie McKay
Fast Car-Tracy Chapman
Woman Gotta Move-Chastity Brown
Voices Carry-‘Til Tuesday
Peggy’s Kitchen Wall-Bruce Cockburn
You Don’t Own Me-Lesley Gore
It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World-Leela James
She-The Pretenders/Emmy Lou Harris
Pretty Girls-Neko Case
Modern Girl-Sleater-Kinney
I Know A Girl-Pieta Brown
Extraordinary Machine-Fiona Apple
When I Was A Boy-Dar Williams
Talk To Me Now-Ani DiFranco
Become You-Indigo Girls
Respect-Aretha Franklin
Prodigal Daughter-Michelle Shocked
Jump-Madonna
Four Women-Nina Simone
Are My Hands Clean?-Sweet Honey in the Rock
One Voice-The Wailin’ Jennys
No More-Billie Holiday
No Man’s Woman-Sinead O’Conner
We Are Together (Thina Simunye)-The Children of Agape

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