Can’t beat the recession? Write songs about it. Two recent college grads, Kyle Thompson-Westra and Ryan Stotland, have a band that performs songs about money, debt, the gold standard and all those economy celebrities. Listen in…it won’t cost a dime.
Wally Boot was 18 when he started working for the Steinway piano company. More than 50 years later, he’s still there. His hands are the last to touch the pianos before they’re shipped to the grandest concert halls in the world.
Dick Gordon talks to the father-daughter duo, Blair and Steve Hansen, about the ups and downs of tackling music as a family business. Also in this episode, we continue to follow the fate of one detainee at Guantanamo, Mr. Al Ghizzawi. His attorney, Candace Gorman, has the update.
In May 2008, the Sichuan quake rocked Central China - almost 70,000 people were killed, and millions were left homeless. Phil Kates had been following the news of the earthquake as the Philadelphia Orchestra made its way from Tokyo to Seoul to Beijing. He wasn’t sure what to do. He wrote in his journal - “what possible use could a violin player be to children suffering from the end of their world?”
Alison Donahue and Mike Wilhelm perform as the duo Cello Bella. They've discovered that Depression-era songs have a particular appeal for audiences today. The music is cheerful and hopeful and fun. And Alison and Mike aren't just reviving those old songs. They have used the music to turn themselves around as well.
Former White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater says debt talks are par for the course in the past decades. He served under Presidents Ronald Regan and George H. W. Bush. He says budget talks used to be held in secret, but a lot of the arguments are the same as they ever were. Politicians tend to go into a bubble and, he says, forget common sense. The American people can tell the difference.