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Showing Us the Unseen - into 2018 #1251 30 December
Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, who brought the ideas of his uncle to the world of marketing -- of things and ideas to manipulate the masses. Bacon and eggs? He suggested the bacon.
This week Sedge says Au Revoir to 2017 and Bon Jour to 2018 with three astonishing thinkers who show us the world through their particular frames:
ADAM PHILLIPS --- The psychoanalyst examines not the oft-written about nature of madness, rather what it is to be sane. His book, from England, is called Sanity. "I'm interested in how the culture of consumer capitalism depends on the idea that we can't bear frustration, so that every time we feel a bit restless or bored or irritable, we eat, say, or we shop. It's only in an initial state of privation that you can begin to have thoughts about what it is you might want, to really imagine or picture it."
ADAM CURTIS - His documentaries for the BBC, from the four-part The Century of the Self, opening us to Freud's ideas of our animal behavor as channeled by his nephew, Edward Bernays. Bernays' ideas formed the basis of modern public relations, advertising, and utltimately, the bullying advertising of politicians. His The Power of Nightmares traces two visitors to the US who later developed polarized views of America, that need each other, the Islamist and the Neo-Con.
ELI PARISER -- His phrase, "filter bubble," now rolls off our lips in discourse about the bizarre politics of the past couple of years. The information silos, filter bubbles, and corporate influence in the world of news and information is creating harm. How to protect ourselves when these silos will soon be actual objects in our homes as amazon, facebook, google, att, comcast, verizon et al seek to control our access to information and shape how we think about the world as corporate policy.
Mike Greensill at the piano.
Happier New Year and Best wishes for the return of Net Neutrality.
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
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 Capella Collusion (dedicated to the 747) Show 1254 20 Jan
Today, SEDGE THOMSON presents A CAPELLA COLLUSION
Great singers, some who might be joined in by a bit of instrumentation, but essentially pure voice.
From England, THE KING'S SINGERS - who bring their gift for nuance to the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and the 16th century greats.
From Tuva - two singing groups of throat singers, one male, CHIRGILCHIN, one female, "The Daughters of Tuva" - TYVA KYZA. They each sing of romance and horses and wind-swept steppes. There will be Russian spoken and translated.
From Louisiana - THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS who sing of the women's life
From San Francisco - CHANTICLEER who sing from Peter Schickele's comic mini-masterpiece, "Go for Broke," the story of a loterry winner and his new-found pals.
And we dedicate today's show to the Boeing 747, the elegant piece of flying architecture which carried so many of us to and from radio shows, vacations, business trips, family visits. The last domestic airline 747 was retired to the desert a couple of weeks ago. The 747 is still used by some international airlines, cargo lines, and as Air Force 1.
The 787 is a magnificent plane. Will it be as storied and romantic as the vision of the 747 with its loft-space upper deck? Who knows. A tribute to human ingenuity and the laws of physics.
And for more about KEPLER'S DREAM, available for streaming starting 26 January.