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The Year We Won the War: 1945

Afterglow marks this holiday weekend with a program that looks at 1945 with music from Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and others.

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1945: a year of fatigue, disbelief, and triumph.

Afterglow marks this holiday weekend with a program that looks at the tragic, triumphant, and ultimately uncertain year of 1945.

News clips, interviews with historian Jim Madison and American home-front civilians, and the music of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and others retell the story of 12 months that saw the death of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the discovery of the Nazi death camps, the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan, the end of a six-year-long conflict that had claimed 60 million lives–and the changes and expectations that Americans experienced in the aftermath.

1945: the year in movies

1945: the year in music

Watch a newsreel highlight film of the events of 1945:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZwLo9F1bj0

Watch Perry Como reprising one of 1945′s biggest hits, “Till the End of Time,” on an early television appearance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH_Zpl5WUWc

Music Heard On This Episode

I'm Beginning to See the Light
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 7 (Storyville, 2003)
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I'm Beginning to See the Light
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 7 (Storyville, 2003)

Notes: Joya Sherrill on vocals.

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Sentimental Journey
Doris Day/Les Brown — Songs That Got Us Through WWII V. 1 (Rhino/WEA, 1990)
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When the Lights Go On Again All Over the World
Vaughn Monroe — Songs That Got Us Through WWII V. 1 (Rhino/WEA, 1990)
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We'll Be Together Again
Doris Day/Les Brown — That Devilin' Tune V. 4 (Music and Arts, 2006)
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Laura
Woody Herman — Complete Columbia 1945-47 (Mosaic Records, 2004)
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Opus 1
Tommy Dorsey — Sentimental Gentleman of Swing (RCA, 2005)
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Blue Skies
Frank Sinatra/Louis Armstrong — That Devilin' Tune V. 4 (Music and Arts, 2006)
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I'll Buy That Dream
Kitty Kallen/Harry James — Bandstand Memories (Hindsight, 1994)
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Don't Fence Me In
Bing Crosby/Andrews Sisters — Bing: His Legendary Years 1931-1957 (MCA, 1994)
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My Guy's Come Back
Thelma Carpenter — Seems Like Old Times (Sepia, 2007)
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I Wonder
Louis Armstrong — That Devilin' Tune V. 4 (Music and Arts, 2006)
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Dizzy Atmosphere
Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie — That Devilin' Tune V. 4 (Music and Arts, 2006)
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It's Been a Long, Long Time
Bing Crosby — Bing! His Legendary Years 1931-1957 (MCA, 1994)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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