On the Radio

Week of March 6, 2016

Tom Morello at Occupy Wall Street 2011

Protest Music

March 6, 2016

Music and social change go hand in hand. We explore the secret history of protest music. Songs and social movements you might have missed -- from the early days of rock and roll to the non-violent hip hop message of FM Supreme.

  1. The Soundtracks of the Vietnam War

    Vietnam was the last American war that had a collective soundtrack, but some of its songs may surprise you. We talk with Doug Bradley and Craig Werner about "We Gotta Get Out of this Place," a collection of interviews with Vietnam vets about the music that shaped their war experience.

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  2. Blind Alfred Reed's Early Protest Song

    Music historian Henry Sapoznik tells the story of Blind Alfred Reed and one of the early American protest songs.

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  3. Sam Phillips: In Search of Revolutionary Music

    Music writer Peter Guralnick tells us how the legendary Sam Phillips created rock and roll as a musical protest.

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  4. Industrial Music: The Ultimate Protest Music?

    S. Alexander Reed gives us a crash course on what may be the ultimate protest music -- industrial music.

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  5. FM Supreme, Humanitarian Rap Artist

    Jessica Disu (FM Supreme) talks about using hiphop as a positive force to deliver messages of peace and non-violence.

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The Cook and the Book

March 6, 2016
(was 10.10.2014)

Chefs and writers explore the language of food on the plate and on the page. We meet novelists who cook, chefs who write, and a poet of pies.  It's an hour of deliciousness in words and food.

  1. Writing Restaurants with Michelle Wildgen

    In her novel "Bread and Butter," Michelle Wildgen takes us behind the scenes at two upscale restaurants owned by brothers.  Sibling rivalry has never been so delicious. 

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  2. Sweetness #9 with Stephan Eirik Clark

    A darkly comic debut novel explores the secretive world of industrial flavor manufacturers.  Stephan Eirik Clark skewers the food industry, flavor science, and the American way of life.

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  3. Pie Poetry with Kate Lebo

    Kate Lebo is The Pie Poet.  She runs a pastry academy and writer's studio called The Pie School, She's published poetry about pies and a pie cookbook.

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  4. The Novelist and the Cook - Alice Waters and Michelle Wildgen

    Novelist Michelle Wildgen shares a conversation about food, art, and the creative imagination with chef and food activist Alice Waters, founder of the legendary Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse.

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  5. Thug Kitchen and the Politics of Food Writing

    Thug Kitchen is a wildly popular, foul-mouthed vegan food blog.  The formerly anonymous writers have just come out with a cookbook and revealed their identities.  Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway are a white couple from L.A.   Now they're fielding questions about the racial politics of the way they write about food.

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  6. Dangerous Idea: Capitalism Creates Psychopaths

    Jon Ronson believes capitalism favors psychopaths and is creating more of them.  

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  7. On Our Minds: Computers are Making Us Smarter! (Really)

    Wired columnist and tech writer Clive Thompson unpacks his optimistic take on computer technology -- it's making us, and our kids, smarter. 

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