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New World Notes News
Volume 3, Number 36 -- September 3, 2009
This week in New World Notes, radio program #131, September 7:
A re-run of last year's show, with updated preface. I'm taking the day off. Featuring (in order of appearance)
David Rovics, The Day the Minimum Wage Workers Went on Strike. A classic celebration of the working class and of strength in solidarity . . . with some very nice banjo picking.
Mad Agnes, Katie. A witty and sharp critique of bourgeois life from the perspective of the long-suffering--and admirable--cleaning lady.
The Foremen, Workin' on an MBA. Comic satire of the cushy life, & boundless self-pity, of the men in the gray flannel suits--set to a tune that recalls a Mississippi chain gang.
Utah Phillips, Moose Turd Pie. Spoken, w/ a little guitar. Utah recalls (with only the slightest hint of exaggeration) the worst job he ever held.
Anne Feeney, Business News / Hallelujah, I'm a Bum! A beautiful rendition of an 1890's song about unemployment (yep: that "18" is correct!); a fine homage to Simon & Garfunkel's 1965 classic, "Silent Night / 6 o'Clock News"; and a good song on its own terms.
John McCutcheon, Doing Our Job. McCutcheon applies Cal Ripken Jr.'s modest remarks upon breaking a major-league record to America's working people generally. A long-overdue celebration of the best of American working-class values.
Base (Workers & Farmers): We Work for all. . . . We feed all.
Level 2 (Corporate fatcats): We eat for you.
Level 3 (Soldiers): We shoot at you.
Level 4 (Clergy): We fool you.
Level 5 (Kings, Presidents, etc.): We Rule you.
Top (Moneybag): Capitalism. Click to enlarge.
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- September 14--Food (2): The Big Boys Muscle In
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Lunch: Rockefeller Center (Photo by Charles C. Ebbetts, 1932)