It’s the end of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign!
On today’s show – If people could really say what they’re thinking, what’s the first thing you think you would hear? This week we’ll listen to the lyrics that President Barack Obama might have been thinking but couldn’t’ say. All this while we take in live, in-studio, music from the lovely Crissi Cochrane.
And later in the show, we take a look at This Political Life – as we catch up with Dr. David Jackson from the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green State University on the eve of what is arguably one of America’s most historic elections.
For Remembrance Day – I couldn’t make this show and forget the unforgettable, as we pay our respects; spoken-word style, to the serving and fallen soldiers around the world…
It’s life, music, talk – all grown up – click on the show link above to go to the show!
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Singer/Songwriter Crissi Cochrane originally hails from Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She recorded her first album in Chicago in the summer of 2010 called Darling, Darling, somewhere along the line she passed through here – Windsor and Detroit… eventually calling us her new home. Her latest album Little Sway– (2014) helped in part to sway listeners to vote Crissi to be among the Top 10 Best New Artists nationwide in CBC’s 2014 Searchlight contest. Her song “Pretty Words” has gone viral on Spotify with more than 8 million listens now. She is currently working on a new full-length album for release next year in 2017…
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This Political Life: on the Eve of the American Election Finale with Dr. David Jackson
About Dr. David Jackson
Professor Jackson has a BA in political science from the University of Detroit, a Masters in political science from Bowling Green State University, and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University. His research focuses on entertainment and politics (and really, this election has been more about shock-jock entertainment than politics) – Professor Jackson joined us from the traditional swing state of Ohio, from out of the department of Political Science at Bowling Green State University the morning before the big day. Click the play link at the top of this page to hear our conversation.
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For Remembrance Day: Paying Our Respects – Spoken Word Style
I wrote this piece from an inside, resistance perspective during times of war… I came up with the idea when reading Diary of a Young Girl – by Anne Frank. There was an entry she made acknowledging the work of the resistance movement in Holland.
So I did a little research and came across the names and accomplishments of those involved in the resistance movement. This poem is written from the perspective of an American Soldier – born in Germany, whose father was of Jewish descent. Upon the rise of Adolf Hitler, the Bachenheimer family fled to the United States. Theodore would eventually become a renowned paratrooper and make his way back to the war zone as part of the underground resistance. This poem explores the minutes before his death – and as he lay dying I imagined that everything had made sense to him – he becomes us – and sees himself in us – and in the people, he was so desperately trying to save – both then and now.
Tune in to hear this original piece written from the imagined perspective of real American Paratrooper, Theodore Bachenheimer, who was killed while helping the underground resistance in Holland during WWII. Parental discretion is advised…
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The Computer that Saw Tomorrow – in 1952
Its name was Univac. A mainframe marvel – a sci-fi wonder in its day… A computer to predict the future. It was an autumn night in 1952 – much like this one, CBS’ Charles Collingwood was assigned to Univac to tell the world of its presidential prediction… It would be the first election that a computer predicted the next president – it’s prediction so unanticipated that the media stalled releasing the unlikely calculation – and so what did Univac say?
“It’s awfully early, but I’ll go out on a limb … The chances are now 00 to 1 in favor of the election of Eisenhower.”
– Univac was right! Today such a computer task is unsurprising… but can you imagine 1952?
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