Friday, August 28, 2009

Music and Memories

**Updated to include links to the interviews with Billy Bragg and Kerry Candaele ***

Both of those things are happening right now, as I'm writing this. Ted Kennedy's memorial is being shown live on TV as I'm getting ready for tonight's radio program.

Although Teddy is in all of our hearts and thoughts tonight, his life is not the subject of tonight's show.

Instead, the remembrance will be for those who suffered four years ago today, as Katrina struck New Orleans.

I'll be joined in the first hour of tonight's show by investigative journalist Greg Palast, author of the New York Times bestsellers Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. His film, Big Easy to Big Empty: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans, is released this week only, in a free download version at where you can read his investigative reports, including today's post, Economic Hit Men and the Next Drowning of New Orleans -Hurricane Bush Four Years Later.

The celebration comes in the second hour, as we take a look at one of the most amazing pieces of music in history: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. We'll start the hour with a conversation with Kerry Candaele, producer/director/writer of the film Following the Ninth, and the producer of a concert taking place tomorrow night in Santa Monica, CA... Beethoven Bragg.

That will be followed by a conversation with Billy Bragg himself, in which he'll talk about what led him to rework the lyrics to "Ode to Joy" along with his earlier foray into working on another legend's music.

It's a special interview... I hope you'll listen.

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