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February 25, 1979 – CBS Radio – The World This Week – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
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February 25, 1979 – The Sino-Vietnam War – For A Change, Not In The Frying Pan – But Iran . . . A strange sigh of relief coming from Capitol Hill.

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February 25, 1979 – CBS Radio – The World This Week – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
With grossly inflated casualty and capture claims coming from both sides, the war between China and Vietnam was heating up, this week in February, 1979.
And with clucks of “this could be the start of World War 3” coming from Capitol Hill observers, one got the sense a sigh of relief was emanating from Washington that this was at least one war the U.S. wasn’t up to it’s eyeballs in, and not going to be in anytime in the near or distant future.
And with both sides playing hard-to-pin-down as to actual casualty reports, it was anyones guess how this was was going. But it was largely feared, at least by the Vietnamese, that a full-scale invasion of Vietnam from China was in the cards.
And the subject of the Sino-Vietnam War was forefront at The United Nations, as negotiations went into overdrive in an attempt to reach some settlement.
But our concerns were in other places, most notably in the Middle East, where the situation in Iran continued to spiral in ways that gave concern. The new regime was busy getting rid of remnants of the old regime and firing squads were working overtime, purging one batch of repression in favor of another.
Yassar Arafat flew into Tehran to open the PLO Embassy, which was formerly the Israeli Embassy. The inhabitants having vacated the premises during the first wave of flights out.
On the Domestic front – we were officially in a recession, and things weren’t getting any better with oil prices taking a big jump up. The coming sting at the pump would further add to domestic woes.
And so went that, and a lot of other news for the week that ended on this February 25th in 1979, as reported on CBS Radio’s The World This Week.

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Cost Of War – America Mobilizes, Rations, Sacrifices – December 21, 1941 December 21, 1941 – fourteen days since Pearl Harbor, America was mobilizing for the war that lay ahead. Every aspect and of American society was being enlisted in the war effort. And the economy, the cost of waging that war was of utmost importance.

The message had dramatically changed, even from a year earlier when neutrality was the message, despite all signs saying otherwise. Still, the mood of America at the time was not to get involved in the European conflict. Good enough to be sending food and supplies along with materials – but sending troops, fearing a repeat of the First World War, the one that concluded only twenty-five years earlier, was a memory no one wanted repeated.

But on this December 21st, the story had changed. We were now in it and events were moving quickly. Despite America’s increased war production in 1940, as part of the lend-lease program, we were not as well prepared as we had hoped. We were building bigger and faster planes and more modern ships, but we needed to build them faster in order to make up for losses brought on by engagements in the Pacific, as the Japanese war machine was busy capturing island after island with fears The Philippines were next.

And so this talk, given by John C. DeWilde, Research Associate of the Foreign Policy Association, was one of a flood of messages and addresses given by government and military officials, preparing America for the job ahead. The entire country needed to be prepared to gear up and expect sacrifices – the need for war workers was huge, and the number of enlistments for military service was skyrocketing, even to the point of raising concern there would be a shortage of workers needed to tackle this Herculean effort of waging war.

This was what America was hearing, this December 21, 1941 as presented by NBC and The Foreign Policy Association.

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Election '48 – RIP GOP – Head Scratching And Haywire – Past Daily Weekend Reference Room. – Chicago University Roundtable – Republicans and the 1948 Election –

No one was more surprised by the outcome of the 1948 Presidential election than Republicans and Mainstream Media. Since the campaign started, it was almost assured that Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey would be a shoe-in to the White House. Even the “Liberal” media pundits were saying that, even if Truman did win election (it wasn’t a re-election as Truman assumed the Presidency after the death of FDR in 1945), it would be squeaker and Truman would be ineffective.

They were wrong – they were so wrong. Even in a post-election speech, Truman chided the media for having so little faith, citing and mocking veteran newscaster H.V. Kaltenborn‘s early conclusion that Truman was going down to defeat.

Sound familiar?

So the outcome was the now-famous (and familiar) soul-searching the Republican Party was to undertake to figure out what went wrong and if the Republican Party was even salvageable – in 1948.

Here is one of the radio programs devoted to the retrospective glance. The Chicago University of The Air conducted a roundtable discussion over what happened and what was in store for the future.

One of the participants in the discussion was Professor of Political Science at The University Of Chicago, Robert Horn. His assessment summed it up rather well.

Robert Horn (Dept. of Political Science – University of Chicago): “ I am a Republican and I am disturbed about the future of the Republican Party. After the shock of the election I am beginning to wonder, like millions of others, what the future holds for the Republican Party or whether it has any future. This year marked the fifth consecutive defeat for Republican Presidential candidates. This Presidential election was the closest one since 1916. But Governor Dewey in 1948 received fewer votes than he got in 1944, although more votes were cast this year than in 1944. And Republican Congressional candidates generally ran below Dewey this year. In fact, Governor Dewey received only 600,000 votes more than Herbert Hoover received in 1928. Although there are many more million potential and actual voters now than there were twenty years ago. Moreover, this fifth consecutive defeat means that the Republicans by 1952 will have been out of the White House for the longest time that either the Democrats or the Republicans have been out of power since the end of the Civil War. The Republicans can no longer claim to be the majority party of the country. Many people are saying, that unless the Republican Party changes, it will die.”

It’s a familiar meme in recent years – one that seems just as apropos now as it was in 1948.

Funny thing, history.

Here is that episode of University of Chicago Roundtable, as broadcast on December 12, 1948.

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When FM Radio Was Free-Form And L.A. Had Barbara Birdfeather – 1975 – Past Daily Weekend Pop Chronicles. Free-form radio was still very much alive and kicking in the 1970s. It was the place you made discoveries and it was safe-haven from the endless barrage of top-40 which was creeping on to FM.

One of the biggest practitioners of the form was Barbara Birdfeather. She was a lot of things to a lot of people. She was a dee-jay – but she was also a writer, journalist – the one who, like clockwork every year had published The Bedside Astrologer for Mademoiselle Magazine. I knew her as a Music Journalist – we were writing partners for a pile of magazines in the early 1970s. We interviewed hundreds of bands, published mountains of articles and all of that fed into her semi-regular radio stints for a number of different stations during the late 60s and early 70s, turning L.A. on to music they would either hear a lot of later, or never hear again. She was a champion of the up-and-coming bands and made friends with all of them. Her main interest was in the bands which didn’t crack the top-40, the bands that were just a little ahead of their time. Most of the time, when a band was coming in to L.A. for a gig or a press junket, Birdfeather would grab them for her show and spend a few hours with them, talking music, which they were always happy to do because Barbara Birdfeather had a reputation as the go-to person to support your band. She was a treasure trove of knowledge and had one of the best record collections on the West Coast most all of which were imports.

Birdfeather was an inspiration – she was always looking for what was new, what needed desperately to be heard. Her taste in music was eclectic but it was always excellent. I often wondered would have happened if Barbara Birdfeather became Music Director at one of the FM’s in L.A. – how that, in all likelihood could have changed a lot of musical tastes – certainly would have made things interesting.

I wasn’t aware I had this tape. The record company wanted a copy, so they got a cassette and I kept the reels – it is the only example of Barbara Birdfeather’s tenure at KPFK. It was the midnight to four slot and I always thought L.A. deserved much better – but no matter what time slot she got, she always made it hers.

I look back on the years we spent writing and interviewing together with a lot of fondness. She was one of a kind – and she made the best White Russian’s of anybody.

Sadly, she left us in 2009. We lost touch in the late 70s – people just get busy lives and rarely do they overlap. But I do regret not checking in every so often. I can blame the 24 hours days that came with Music Videos for that. Still, best of intentions and all . . .

Here’s a reminder that Radio in L.A. was a quilt of many patterns. It was vibrant and adventuresome and Barbara Birdfeather was right in the middle of it.

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Evelinn Trouble – Live In Lausanne – 2022 – Past Daily Soundbooth: Rock Without Borders. Evelinn Trouble – in concert during the 2022 Label Suisse Festival in Lausanne and captured for posterity by RTS in Lausanne.

Evelinn Trouble, Born to a jazz-singer mother, she learned her first standard as a toddler («Black Coffee») and was hooked on the power of songs. Tried to find her own voice in loud grunge and rock bands as a rebellious teenager, playing and living in the squats of her then-home-town Zurich. A city she left before reaching her twenties in order to lead a nomad’s-life revolving around her music. Changing European cities (& haircolor) like other people change socks, using her songwriting as an anchor in the restless moving around. In under a decade, Evelinn Trouble recorded and produced five albums and four EP’s, experimenting with different musical styles and forging a vast sonic universe with a loyal following. From industrial-driven rock to dreamy piano-ballads, from her psychedelic era to her days of hip-hop infused art-pop; no two releases in her catalog are alike. Trouble has always been a shape-shifter, a genre-fluid musician. And her fans are in for the ride. There’s just no way of telling which city or sound is next, but you always know when it’s Trouble. And maybe that’s the solace of it.

So, if you’ve never heard of Evelinn Trouble before or even heard vague references, here’s your opportunity to check out what other parts of the world are diving into and enjoying.
Armistice Day – Veteran's Day – President Roosevelt – November 11, 1941 Armistice Day 1941. Since Armistice Day was in remembrance of the end of World War 1, the “war to end all wars” – clearly, it would not be the last way, as was evidenced in Europe and what America was to become involved in a few weeks later. It would eventually become Veteran’s Day as the end of World War 1 was only the end of a chapter and not of war. So on this November 11th 1941, President Roosevelt addressed a gathering at The Tomb Of the Unknown at Arlington Cemetery:

President Roosevelt: “Among the great days of national remembrance, none is more deeply moving to Americans of our generation than the eleventh of November, the anniversary of the Armistice of 1918, the day sacred to the memory of those who gave their lives in the war which that day ended.

Our observance of this anniversary has a particular significance in the year 1941.

For we are able today as we were not always able in the past to measure our indebtedness to those who died.

A few years ago, even a few months, we questioned, some of us, the sacrifice they had made. Standing near the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Sergeant York of Tennessee on a recent day spoke to such questioners. “There are those in this country today,” said Sergeant York, “who ask me and other veterans of World War Number One, ‘What did it get you?'”

Today we know the answer- all of us. All who search their hearts in honesty and candor know it.

We know that these men died to save their country from a terrible danger of that day. We know, because we face that danger once again on this day.

“What did it get you?”

People who asked that question of Sergeant York and his comrades forgot the one essential fact which every man who looks can see today.

They forgot that the danger that threatened this country in 1917 was real—and that the sacrifice of those who died averted that danger.

Because the danger was overcome they were unable to remember that the danger had been present.

Because our armies were victorious they demanded why our armies had fought.

Because our freedom was secure they took the security of our freedom for granted and asked why those who died to save it should have died at all.

“What did it get you?”

“What was there in it for you?”

If our armies of 1917 and 1918 had lost there would not have been a man or woman in America who would have wondered why the war was fought. The reasons would have faced us everywhere. We would have known why liberty is worth defending as those alone whose liberty is lost can know it. We would have known why tyranny is worth defeating as only those whom tyrants rule can know.

But because the war had been won we forgot, some of us, that the war might have been lost.

Whatever we knew or thought we knew a few years or months ago, we know now that the danger of brutality and the danger of tyranny and slavery to freedom-loving peoples can be real and terrible.”

Here is that complete address as well as the rest of the ceremony, Armistice Day November 11, 1941

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Ceasefire Of Sorts – A Middle-East Agreement – The Real Energy Crunch – November 10, 1973 November 10, 1973 – A ceasefire in the Middle-East. After some four wars spread out over a quarter century, a tenuous agreement was reached between Egypt and Israel that put an end to military conflict, at least for the time being.

In an open tent on a dusty desert plain, at a marker showing that Cairo was 101 kilometers, or about 63 miles, distant, Maj. Gen. Aharon Yariv and Lieut. Gen. Mohammed Abdel Ghany el‐Gamasy signed the cease‐fire agreement, while the commander of the United Nations Emergency Force, Maj. Gen. Ensio Siilasvuo, presided at the head of the table.

A United Nations spokesman from Cairo, Rudolf Stadjuhar, described the atmosphere at the signing, which lasted an hour and five minutes, as “fair” and “correct.” The officers did not shake hands, he added.

In other news for this week, which ended on November 10th, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was busy in the Middle-East, re-establishing ties between the U.S. and Egypt which had been severed since the Six Day war of 1967. Kissinger was in Cairo setting up the Diplomatic mission which included installing a new Ambassador before leaving for Beijing for talks with the Chinese.

Meanwhile, back home – the Energy Crunch was becoming a real issue to the average American consumer. President Nixon attempted assurances by saying the current crisis didn’t mean Americans would be running out of gasoline or air travel would stop or heating oil would be gone during the upcoming winter months. He went on to add the Energy Crunch did not mean suffering for any American, but was going to require “some sacrifice” by all Americans. President Nixon went on to outline his plan which included using less heat, less gasoline, cutting down on highway speeds as well as cutting down on lighting at home and at work. Most felt it all seemed rather painless, but that it was almost most likely it was going to get worse before it got better.

And along with the continuing story of the Middle-East ceasefire, that was only a small sample of what went on this week, ending on November 10th 1973 as reported by The World This Week from CBS Radio.
Yo La Tengo – Live At National Sawdust – 2018 – Past Daily Soundbooth Yo La Tengo (YLT; Spanish for “I have it”) formed in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1984. Since 1992, the lineup has consisted of Ira Kaplan (guitars, piano, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, piano, vocals), and James McNew (bass, vocals). In 2015, original guitarist Dave Schramm rejoined the band and appears on their fourteenth album, Stuff Like That There.

Despite achieving limited mainstream success, Yo La Tengo has been called “the quintessential critics’ band” and maintains a strong cult following. Though they mostly play original material, the band performs a wide repertoire of cover songs both in live performance and on record.

Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley formed the band as a couple in 1984. They chose the name Yo La Tengo, Spanish for “I have it”. The name came from a baseball anecdote that occurred during the 1962 season, when New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and shortstop Elio Chacón found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, “I got it! I got it!” only to run into Chacón, a Venezuelan who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, “Yo la tengo! Yo la tengo!” instead. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacón backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish and had missed a team meeting that proposed using the words “Yo la tengo!” as a way to avoid outfield collisions. After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, “What the hell is a yellow tango?”

In 1986, Yo La Tengo released their first LP, Ride the Tiger on Coyote Records. Produced by former Mission of Burma bassist Clint Conley who also took over bass duties on three songs, the album “marked Yo La Tengo as a band with real potential” according to reviewer Mark Deming. Kaplan was credited as “naive guitar” on the sleeve, and in the liner notes for the 1993 reissue of the album on City Slang Records, went so far as to say “Dave’s guitar playing is inarguably the best thing about the record.”

Schramm and Lewis left the band after the album’s release, with Kaplan subsequently taking on the role of lead guitar and Stephan Wichnewski joining to play bass. The group’s next album New Wave Hot Dogs (1987) sold poorly, but, in the words of Mark Deming, “was a quantum leap over the sound of their debut.”

The release of President Yo La Tengo in 1989 did much to establish the band’s reputation among rock critics including Robert Christgau who praised the “mysterioso guitar hook” in the first song titled “Barnaby, Hardly Working”. Produced by Gene Holder of The dB’s, the album was the band’s last release on Coyote. Despite the positive reception of the album, sales were still poor and Wichnewski left the band not long after. Hubley and Kaplan carried on as a duo and began playing two-electric-guitar shows. Kaplan, though typically a pragmatist, started carrying a bug trapped in amber in his pocket for luck.

On August 28, 2015, Yo La Tengo released

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Microsoft Anti-Trust Settlement – Release of Colombian Drug Lords – Acquittal Of Princess Diana's Butler – November 2, 2002 November 2, 2002 – Microsoft, Colombian Drug-Lords, Princess Diana’s Butler – all names and events which took place this day 20 years ago. And since this is The BBC World Service, you get an opportunity to hear what was going on elsewhere in the world. In essence, a lot.

Starting with news that the Justice Department came to a resolution in the Microsoft Anti-Trust case. After two years of hearings, studies and wrangling, the DOJ approved the majority of an agreement by which Microsoft was ordered to reveal details of its operating systems in order to increase competition and level the playing field. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates registered approval of the deal and said it would be happy to comply with the ruling. Some three years earlier, it was revealed that Microsoft used its dominance in the market to create a monopoly, shutting out competition from other software developers

A judge in Colombia ordered the release of two of that country’s most notorious criminals the brothers Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuelo, described by the U.S. Justice Department as the “World’s biggest drug traffickers” from prison. The brothers were jailed in 1995 for running the Carli Cocaine Cartel, said to the biggest operation in the world, shipping tons of Cocaine to the U.S.and Europe. The judge ordered their release saying they served three-fifths of their jail term for good behavior. Colombian President Uribe was taken by surprise and immediately ordered a top-level investigation into the matter and demanded that the prosecuting Judge Pedro José Suarez be investigated for bribery will try and overturn the ruling.

And the collapse of the trial in London of the Butler to the late Princess Diana shocked leading Royal and legal commentators. The Butler, Paul Barrow, was cleared of stealing personal items from the Princess after it was revealed the Queen was aware of a conversation she had with Barrow in which he told her he was removing those personal items for safe keeping. The items were discovered during a raid on Barrow’s home and he was charged with stealing the items. The case fell apart after it was revealed that Queen Elizabeth said she recalled the Butler telling her that he was holding on to some of those personal items and didn’t wanting them falling into the wrong hands. When asked why she hadn’t come forth earlier, The Queen said she wasn’t aware of the trial and it was only when she spoke to Prince Charles that he indicated the trial was going on. Paul Barrow was prepared to go to prison rather than reveal his conversation with The Queen.

And that is just a small slice of this half-hour news rundown from The BBC World Service for November 2, 2002.

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JW Paris In Session – 2022 – Past Daily Soundbooth. JW Paris tonight. Something new and something worth a listen to more than once. JW Paris is a three piece who got together just prior to the Pandemic three years ago. And they’ve been racing to catch up ever since.

A blurb from a recent post from Gotobeat gives some biographical information on the band:

JW Paris are a London based alt-indie band who have recently signed a publishing deal with Anara Publishing, & supported the likes of Pretty Vicious, Slaves, The Amazons and Yonaka to name just a few. Their thrashy new sound has been developing from birth, with both Aaron (Vocal / Bass) and Danny (Vocal / Guitar) knowing each other like brothers, as their Dad’s were in the same band throughout the 90’s. This meant that their sound builds on influences ranging from Smashing Pumpkins, The Dandy Warhols, Nirvana, FIDLAR, Blur and Suede, which in turn gives them a raw anglo-american, alt-rock swagger with the vocal delivery, phrasing and harmonies that wouldn’t sound out of place in the brit-pop heyday. JW Paris have been described as a ‘Band to watch in 2019’ (Fred Perry Sub Culture) including coverage across zines like GigSlutz, RockShot and Some Might Say. All shouting about their songs as ‘organic al-indie singalongs’ (GigSlutz, 2019) and ‘Their riffs are incredibly catchy, a vehement angst ingrained in their sound’ (Indie Underground, 2019). JW Paris already have a string of great singles under their belt including ‘Darker Side of Paradise’, ‘Rapture’ and ‘Radio’, all mixed by Hugo Nicolson (Grammy award winner who has worked with Primal Scream, Radiohead and Bjork) and mastered by John Davis at Metropolis (U2/Noel Gallagher). These singles have seen coverage across Sky Sports, BT Sports and taken up as a Team GB 2019 sponsorship song.

They’re getting ready to head out on the road this month, so be on the lookout.
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