To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Politics has such a bad reputation it's a wonder anyone
would run for office. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
we'll hear from a few people who are out to transform the way we
do politics. Also activist Si Kahn talks about the art of the political
song. And we'll look back at one of history's most remarkable politicians,
Journalist Micah Sifry
is the author of "Spoiling for a Fight." He tells Jim
Fleming how the United States became largely a two party state,
and what benefits a third party can provide. Also, singer-songwriter-community
organizer Si Kahn tells Steve Paulson the hallmarks of
a good political song, and talks about the role music has played
in various social causes, including the Civil Rights movement.
Humorist Dave Barry takes on the political
system in his book "Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltline."
Barry went on the campaign trail with some of the lesser known
presidential candidates and describes some of the humiliation
they encounter. Also, Harry Boyte is co-founder of the
Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota.
He tells Steve Paulson about his work teaching children the tools
of social activism. We hear about some kindergartners who got
their own swing and some inner-city children who protested a brothel
near their school.
Anne Strainchamps talks with Edmund Morris about
Theodore Roosevelt. The second volume in Morris's biography
of TR is called "Theodore Rex." Morris says TR was a
force of nature - man of towering intellect, boundless physical
energy and firm convictions whose greatest achievement as President
was his commitment to conservation.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-10-13-A.
- Dave Barry, Dave
Barry Hits Below the Beltway: A Vicious and Unprovoked Attack
on Our Most Cherished Political Institutions (Random House)
- Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex (Random House)
- Micah Sifrey, Spoiling for a Fight:
Third Party Politics in America (Taylor and Francis)
- After Micah Sifry: Si Kahn
w/ "Talking Politician" on "New Wood" CD Rounder
Records In Si Kahn interview: Si Kahn w/ "Blue Ribbon for
the Boys at the Bar" on "New Wood" CD Rounder Records
- Fannie Lou Hamer w/ "Tell It on the Mountain"
on "Voices of the Civil Rights Movement" CD Smithsonian
- "We Shall Overcome" on "Voices of
the Civil Rights Movement" CD Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
- Pete Seeger w/ "Which Side Are You On?"
on "If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle"
CD Smithsonian Folkways
- :29 Music Option: Greg Cahill & Don Stiernberg
w/ "Redwing" on "Blue Skies" CD Turquoise
- After Dave Barry: Capitol Steps w/ Superfranticunproductivenothinglegislation"
on "Sixteen Scandals" CD Sourcebooks MediaFusion
- After Harry Boyte: "Tell Me When" on
"Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster" CD Verve
- After Edmund Morris: Oscar Brand w/ "Roosevelt
the Cry" on "Presidential Campaign Songs" CD Smithsonian
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