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April 03, 2008

Singing Revolution

Produced by
Denise Schreiner

Singing Revolution

There are songs that change the course of history. Artur Talvik still feels moved when he hears the song that helped give his country its freedom. He's an Estonian filmmaker who grew up under the iron thumb of the Soviet Union. He used to attend huge song festivals, where Estonians would sing "My Homeland is My Love." That song helped remind them of their dream of freedom, and it gave them courage when, in 1991, Artur and other Estonians stood down Soviet tanks.

William Buckley remembered

When William F. Buckley died on February 27, newspapers around the world published obituaries - not just about the man, but about the conservative movement he led for so many years. But the erudite opinionator and founder of the National Review was quite a different person to his friends. Bruce Levingston met William Buckley for the first time when he was a 23-year-old piano prodigy. Buckley called him out of the blue and asked if he wanted to go sailing. Bruce talks to Dick Gordon about the friendship he came to cherish, and what the two men taught one another about arguments, music, and support.

Music

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue In D Minor, BWV 903: Fugue  performed by Maria Tip; No. 30 in E Major, Opus 109: Vivace ma non troppo; Adaggio espressivo performed by Richard Goode; Gymnopedie #1 performed by Bruce Levingston

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