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May 24, 2008

 

American Popular Song and World War II: Part 2

We'll hear music from Louis Jordan, Kitty Kallen with Jimmy Dorsey, Sam Donahue's Navy band, and much more.

May 24, 2008

 

American Popular Song and World War II: Part 1

In honor of the holiday weekend, we're posting both parts of last year's "American Popular Song and World War II".

May 5, 2008

 

“Indiana Can Help Choose a President”: Robert Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary

RFK Boomhower book(Note: an extended audio file version includes an interview with Ray Boomhower and clips of Robert Kennedy speaking during the 1968 campaign)

“Indiana can help choose a president.” Those words, which may have a surprising relevance this year, were used by Senator Robert Kennedy to open speeches when he launched his campaign for the presidency in Indiana. In his new book, Robert Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary, Ray Boomhower provides the inside stories of how the New York senator scored an unlikely victory in the heart of the Midwest.

May 3, 2008

 

Jazz Impressions of Eurasia

Jazz Impressions Of Brubeck

Music inspired by the Brubeck Quartet's international tours during the height of the Cold War.

March 23, 2008

 

Jazz and Religion: The Church of John Coltrane

That church dedicated to the saxophonist in San Francisco? Not so weird, when you think about it.

November 17, 2007

 

Norman Mailer Advertisements For Myself

Advertisements for Norman Mailer On the Way Out

Reading Norman Mailer while at sea--literally and existentially.

November 17, 2007

 

Archival Suggestions: Jazz Goes to the Cold War and Jivin’ With the DJs

ArmstrongThis week on Night Lights it’s “Jazz Goes to the Cold War,” a program about the U.S. State Department’s sponsorship of international jazz tours during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1956, as both the Cold War and the civil-rights movement heated up, the American government asked Dizzy Gillespie to assemble a new big band to promote the image of American freedom around the globe. Gillespie obliged, although he made it clear…

November 12, 2007

 

Willis Conover 1969

Conover’s Coming Over: Willis Conover and Jazz at the VOA

Working for decades as a broadcaster for the Voice of America, Willis Conover was perhaps the most influential and widely-heard jazz DJ of the 20th century.

October 26, 2007

 

Raintree County dust jacket

The Riddle of Raintree County: How a Young Indiana Author Gave His Life for the Great American Novel

Ross Lockridge Jr.'s 1948 novel had just topped the bestseller charts when the author committed suicide.

October 24, 2007

 

Before Colbert, There Was Dizzy: Gillespie’s 1964 Run for the Presidency

Dizzy for PresidentMedia pundits a-twitter about deadpan satirist Stephen Colbert’s leap into the 2008 primaries need only look to the jazz world for a precedent: trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s historic 1964 challenge to incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson and Republican nominee Barry Goldwater. And while the jury is still out on whether…

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