As America endures the worst economic crisis since the
Great Depression, the hardships our grandparents and great grandparents
lived through are suddenly relevant again. In this hour of To the Best
of Our Knowledge, stories from the Great Depression advice
from the generation that survived the old hard times. Also, celebrating
the WPA. And, Woody Guthrie's unpublished love songs.
We start with a depression story from Linda Nelson.
Quaker author and educator Parker Palmer talks with Anne Strainchamps
about the two different things we mean by the word depression: a downturn
in the economy and an illness of the psyche. Palmer's most recent book
is "A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life."
And we hear a depression story from 98 year old Nicholas J. Miller.
Marianne Kellman tells us her Depression story,
then Nick Taylor, author of "American Made: the Enduring
Legacy of the WPA," tells Jim Fleming about the controversial centerpiece
of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. The WPR built 650 thousand miles of
highways and employed 8 and a half million people. Also, the current
economic crisis has Americans talking across the generations to share
memories and get some advice, including Steve Paulson who had
this conversation with his mother Lisa Paulson after she sent
him a two page list of "Frugal Ways." You can read her list
Kirsten Downey is an award-winning journalist
and author of "The Woman Behind the New Deal." She tells Jim
Fleming about Frances Perkins, sworn in as Secretary of Labor under
Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. Also, Jonatha Brooke is a singer
and songwriter who was invited by Woody Guthrie's daughter to visit
her famous father's archives and use some of his unpublished material.
The result is an album called "The Works." Jonatha Brooke
talks with Steve Paulson about the experience of working on Woody's
music and sings a couple of the songs.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 09-04-05-B.
Books & CDs:
- Music used in the "Brother
Can You Spare a Dime?" Mix: all songs found on the CD "Brother
Can You Spare a Dime?," produced by Morton Dennis Wax for "Brother
Can You Spare a Dime? Day" organized by the National Coalition
for the Homeless and the Harburg Foundation. (Dime 93). Performers
heard, in order:
-Al Jolson, 1939
-Phil Harris and Orchestra, 1933
-Bing Crosby with the Lenny Hayton Orchestra, 1932
-Abbey Lincoln, 1991
-The Weavers, 1963
-Odetta and Dr. John, 1992
-Tom Waits, 1992
-Dave Brubeck, 1954
- -"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"/Deane Janis;
with Hal Kemp's Orchestra from the CD "Brother Can You Spare a
Dime? American Songs During the Great Depression" (New World Records)
-"Trouble in Mind"/Barbara Dane from the
CD "Folk Song America: A 20th Century Revival, Vol. II"
(Smithsonian Collection of Records)
- "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues"/Chris
Thomas King from the CD "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" (soundtrack
from a film by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
-"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow"/Norman
Blake from the CD "Oh Brother Where Art Thou"
-"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow"/John Hartford
from the CD "Oh Brother Where Art Thou"
-"I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister"/Dan
Zanes from the CD "Catch That Train" (Festival Five Records)
-"Philadelphia Lawyer"/Willie Nelson from
the CD "A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly"
-"I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore"/Woody
Guthrie from the CD "Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, vol.
3" (Smithsonian Folkways)
-"The Sweetest Angel"and "Madonna
on the Curb"/Jonatha Brooke recorded live in studio also
available on the CD "The Works"/Jonatha Brooke (bdr)
-"Railroad Blues"/Woody Guthrie from the
CD "Hard Travelin': the Asch Recordings, vol. 3" (Smithsonian
-final sting: "Brother Can You Spare a Dime"/Tom
Waits from the CD "Brother CanYou Spare a Dime" (Dime 93)
Distribution dates: week of 04/05/2009
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