Thomas Paine was a working class
Englishman without many prospects when he landed in America in 1774. Two
years later his pamphlet "Common Sense" laid the foundation
for the Declaration of Independence and transformed American politics.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, why politicians ever
since, from FDR to Ronald Reagan, have tried to reclaim Paine's legacy.
Harvey Kaye talks with Steve
Paulson about visionary founding father Thomas Paine. Kaye's book is
"Thomas Paine and the Promise of America." Kaye asserts that
Paine made the case for a new egalitarian kind of government. Also,
Charles Monroe-Kane prepared a profile of singer/songwriter Neko
Case, a country singer who's haunted by the American Dream. Her
latest solo album is called "The Tigers Have Spoken."
Ron Powers is the author
of "Mark Twain: A Life." He tells Jim Fleming that Samuel
Clemens was an energetic and passionate man who traveled the world and
created a new American idiom. He had an eye for detail, a keen ear for
dialogue, and no use for the pomposities of the old world.
Studs Terkel has come out
with a new book at the age of 93. It's a collection of interviews with
some of his favorite musicians including Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan,
Mahalia Jackson, and Janis Joplin. Studs talks with Steve Paulson about
the power of music, we hear examples of some of his favorites, and excerpts
from some of his classic interviews. His book is called "And They
All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey."
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 05-00-00-A.
- Harvey J. Kaye, Thomas
Paine and the Promise of America (Hill and Wang)
- Ron Powers, Mark Twain:
a life (Free Press)
- Studs Terkel, And They
All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey (The New Press)
- After Harvey Kaye:
Fairport Convention w/ "Here's to Tom Paine"
on "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?"
Green Linnet Records
- Neko Case:
"Outro with Bees"
"Deep Red Bells"
"I Wish I Was the Moon"
All on "Blacklisted" (Mint Records) "Train from Kansas
"This Little Light of Mine"
All on "The Tiger Has Spoken" (Anti Records)
- Neko's website:
- Neko Case and the New Pornographers
- Tim Eriksen w/ "The Cumberland
and the Merrimac"
on "Every Sound Below"
- After Ron Powers:
Tommy Flanagan w/ "I'm Old Fashioned"
on "Jazz Poet"
- Studs Terkel:
--Mahalia Jackson w/ "Move on Up a Little Higher"
--Enrico Caruso w/ "L'Africana - O Paradiso"
on "The Legendary Enrico Caruso" (RCA)
--Big Bill Broonzy w/ "Trouble in Mind"
on "Trouble in Mind" (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
--Bob Dylan w/ "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall"
--Kenny Brown w/ "Boxcar Blues"
on Big Bad Love soundtrack (Nonesuch)
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