What a cast of hilarious looney tunes SCTV bred!: Eugene Levy as the host, and Catherine O’Hara, Joe Flaherty, John Candy, Andrea Martin, and Dave Thomas as the eager high school contest students.

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Summer’s End

One of the great songs that John Prine wrote in the last part of his career. Like the lyrics of Paul Simon, Prine’s lyrics tells you just enough about the story to intrigue you, but open enough to let you complete it with your own experience.

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The Atomic Cafe–Part 2!

Last week we brought you Part 1 of an interview with Jayne Loader, one of the directors of the classic 1982 film documentary called The Atomic Cafe, a darkly comic and horrifying collage of government propaganda clips and popular culture surrounding the development and deployment of US nuclear weapons. In Part 1 we talked about the dropping of the A-bomb and the lies that were told about it. This week, Jayne talks about how she and her co-directors obtained the material and the impact the cold war and nuclear weapons had on American culture from duck and cover drills in schools to the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Here now is Part 2 of my interview with Jayne Loader director of The Atomic Cafe.

Click on the triangle or mp3 link above to hear the interview as broadcast on the Arts Express radio program this week on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the nation.

Part 1 is here:

The Atomic Cafe: It’s The Bomb!

Forget about Oppenheimer. The year 1982 saw the release of one of the darkest, most horrific and yes, funniest documentaries ever made. I’m talking about film The Atomic Café which was a head-spinning stew of actual atomic age propaganda of the 1940s fifties and beyond, crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. The film exposed the vast propaganda machine that the US state uses to deceive and market its insane atomic policies. Now it’s in re-release, and I think more relevant than ever, and I was very happy to be speaking today with one of the original directors of The Atomic Café, Jayne Loader.

Click on the triangle or mp3 link above to hear Part One of my interview with Jayne Loader as broadcast today on the Arts Express radio show heard on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the nation.

Part Two is here:

The Weight

Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Robbie Robertson on vocals on one of the great songs of all time IMO. This live version is from the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Big controversy on who wrote the song himself and whether Robbie was a shithead. Yeah, he probably was, but no matter now.

RIP Robbie Robertson

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