Become a Patron of West Coast Live!
Lift Every Voice Show 1253 13 January 2018
This week, SEDGE THOMSON presents Lift Every Voice -- Reflections on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What he has to say is as timely today, this week, and this past year, as in 1968.
THE PERSUASIONS -- the sublime acapella group started on street corners in Philly, championed by Frank Zappa who took them to Carnegie Hall with The Mothers of Invention. The Persuasions will break your heart, and when one singer tells us toward the end of the show about tire irons, and his friendship with Dr King, you might well think of so-called presidential tweets as the tire irons of today's media streets.
TAYLOR BRANCH - his magisterial three-volume biography of Dr King tells of his life and the context of the wider America of the day, of LBJ, the Vietnam war, and non-violence. We hear of the struggles for Dr King against a mocking press, and of the soaring narratives that inspired a movement. It's important to hear these voices, because they tell us who we are, and what values we have and are in danger of losing.
We'll hear an excerpt from the speech Dr King gave, his last, the night before his assasination. It's what we need to hear now, in this country, which unlike, as Dr King says, China or Russia, where we have the right to demand our rights. His view from the mountaintop in Memphis in 1968 reaches to January 2018.
A New Start Show 1252 06 January 2018
Sedge presents A New Start --
PAULO COEHLO - The author of the Alchemist, and dozens of books and stories than tell of adventures and explorations that lead to our inner selves
RICHARD N BOLLES - What Color is Your Parachute and its cousins offered sage, droll, and effewctive advice on hopw to reinevent oneself, find work that could satisfy and make our lives worthwhile. On the NY Times best seller list for years. Richard Bolles died at 90 in March, 2017.
ERIC SCHLOSSER - Who's got a bigger button? Well, that asinine exchange leads me to wonder what do we know about Command and Control of nuclear weapons. It's a football, a briefcase, and the president carries a "biscuit," a card with identifying cards. Was the current president allowed to have a biscuit?
JACOB NEEDLEMAN - And in a time when we need values, American Soul - about the wisdom and influences of the Iroquois Consiitution, George Washington and Frederick Douglass on our better American selves.
Plus COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD, MIKE MARSHALL, DAROL ANGER and MIKE GREENSILL jam with the music of WOODY GUTHRIE