Episode #1311

Woody Guthrie & Andrew Bird

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Woody Guthrie, at left with guitar, and Pete Seeger, with banjo Woody Guthrie, at left with guitar, and Pete Seeger, with banjo (Courtesy of The Woody Guthrie Archives. Used by permission.)

Kurt Andersen speaks with Pete Seeger, Sharon Jones, and others about why "This Land is Your Land" endures, as part of our American Icons series. Later in the hour, writer Anne Lamott and musician Andrew Bird let us in on their creative processes. Hint: one involves holing yourself up in a barn in the middle of nowhere.

American Icons: This Land is Your Land

This is the national anthem we actually know the words to. Americans sing it at school; Bruce Springsteen sang it at President Obama's inauguration. Yet Woody Guthrie's song was once branded anti-American, even Communist. Pete Seeger tells Kurt Andersen how Guthrie ...

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Anne Lamott: Beyond Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott started out as a novelist, but it was her best-selling 1994 nonfiction work Bird by Bird: Some Instruction on Writing and Life that catapulted her to fame. The book became a touchstone to writers and non-writers looking for practical advice on the hard work of creativity ...

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Biophony: Music of the Wild

Biologist Bernie Krause believes animals communicate with each other on their own frequency, and when you put all those frequencies together, they interact in a way not unlike a symphony orchestra. He calls it “biophony.” “I was sitting here listening to these sounds ...

Listener Challenge: Name that Sound

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Andrew Bird: One-Man Band

Many artists wonder if the distractions of the modern world compromise their creative process. Songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird decided to put that theory to the test. Early in his career, after the breakup of a band, Bird holed up by himself on a farm in western Illinois ...

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esthermiriam from DC

Kurt asked the right question of the Israeli musician, but accepted an answer that evaded the issue: 20% of Israeli *citizens* are not Jewish.
Most of necessity speak Hebrew, and would certainly know that these lyrics, like those of the national anthem, exclude them. It's more of a challenge to deal with the anthem, but here was a chance to be inclusive --denying the song is political in context is just faux naive.

Mar. 18 2012 11:59 AM
faye from london

I look really do look forward to the weekly podcast. It enriches my life immensely. Thank you:-).

Will most definitely be buying One-Man Band.

Mar. 16 2012 06:59 PM
David from Studio 360

Fair enough, Garrett. For each individual segment that's being rebroadcast, we do note the date of the original airing, but not for the entire program. We'll test this out. Thanks for the suggestion.

Mar. 16 2012 01:35 PM
Garrett Wollman

When the show consists entirely of reruns like this one, please make sure that the description in the podcast feed says so, so that listeners can avoid downloading programs they have already heard.

Mar. 15 2012 10:26 PM

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