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Podcast: Wasn't That A Mighty Storm
Episode #17-38 | airing 09-20-17

It's amazing how lives can change in just a very short time. The two recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma destroyed vast areas on the mainland US and in the Caribbean. For this week's show, I've collected some music appropriate to ...

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Steve Biko Tribute (1992), by Willie Bester

The wind will blow it higher: Biko

"The man is dead, the man is dead" This week marks the 40th anniversary of the death of South African anti-apartheid activist Bantu Stephen Biko. Biko, a leader in the Black Consciousness Movement, died in the custody of South African security ...

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Podcast: Welcome Autumn
Episode #17-37 | airing 09-13-17

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. In the Northeast, the trees become a fire on the mountain. It fades all too quickly. This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine I'll share some of my favorite Autumn music, ...

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The McIntosh County Shouters are among the last practitioners of the "shout" or "ring shout." Associated with burial rituals in West Africa, it persisted during and after slavery in the United States. Here, they are performing in New York City. 1987, Photograph by Jack Vartoogian

Podcast: All Blues
Episode #17-36 | airing 09-06-17

I receive lots of Blues CDs from artists and I use very few of them on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine. This week we catch up with some of the best recent releases. We'll hear music from Kim Simmonds, Sherman ...

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Podcast: Celebration of Labor
Episode #17-35 | airing 8-30-17

In honor of Labor Day, I've collected some rare and better known songs about the labor struggle. Today many of us take for granted the great strides made by the labor movement, improving the lives of all workers. We'll hear ...

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Podcast: Sing Out! Some Great Singalongs
Episode #17-34 | airing 8-23-17

When I was a kid my family loved to sing. My Sister had a lovely soprano voice and my Dad sang all these out dated silly songs that at the time embarrassed me. Now I'd give anything to hear him ...

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Video of the Week

The great Irish singer, songwriter and activist Tommy Sands sent along a video to a powerful, new song that he says came to him by "mail and telepathy, from friends from across the sea ... still dreaming of what yet can be." What our "racist in chief" and his often selfish and always ignorant followers seem to not get, is that what makes America great is the stew of many flavors that comprise our citizenry, and our society's ability to forge strength from the distillation of the different strengths and experiences we bring together. We may be stuck with the stain of Trump's presidency for a while ... but it's time to rise up in song and to find the better angels of our nature.