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Podcast: Accordion Time
Episode #17-12 | airing 3-22-17

When I was a kid I was dragged to many family events. Often these occasions included a Polka Band. I hated it. As I grew older and wiser I realized the folly of my ways and today I am a ...

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Victim or the Crime

Introduction - "Victim or the Crime" It is human to feel like a victim when suffering arrives.  Traditional ballads almost always place such emotion within a dualistic worldview.  There is good and evil - and a clear, if thin, line between. ...

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CD cover for Bev Grant's
"It's Personal"

Bev Grant Gets Personal

You can trace the start of Bev Grant's socially conscious songwriting to the turbulent era of the late 1960s. The anti-war and civil rights movements helped galvanize her as an activist and artist. Her involvement in the burgeoning women’s liberation ...

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Podcast: Old-Time Music 101
Episode #17-10 | airing 3-08-17

This week we begin an occasional feature focusing on a distinctive style of folk music. This week we will highlight Old-Time Music with selections from the Golden Age of the music through today's finest players. We'll hear Gid Tanner & ...

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Podcast: Ireland in America
Episode #17-11 | airing 3-15-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we celebrate St. Patricks Day with a show devoted to American performers of Irish Music. Inspiration for the program is the recording Ireland-Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840 released in conjunction with ...

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Podcast: Black History Month, More Than The Blues, pt 2
Episode #17-08 | airing 3-01-17

This week we conclude our feature honoring Black History Month with some more recent songs and tunes. We'll hear Duke Ellington and Count Basie along with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Martin, Bogan and Armstrong, Irma Thomas, Kim & Reggie Harris ...

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Video of the Week

"This American Life" did a terrific program on the election that aired on October 28th (check it out in their archive) ... it ended with "Seriously," a terrific song written by Sara Bareilles ("Waitress") and sung by Leslie Odom Jr. ("Hamilton") that puts to verse what must be going through President Obama's mind as he ponders the election (and its result).