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.
Marie Racine Montilla is a violin player and teacher. She’s spent the past three years working in Venezuela’s highly successful classical music education program called El Sistema. Also: The elections are past, and newly elected officials are preparing to get to work. Ann Zellmer’s story is a kind of worst case scenario of what can happen after the election.And: Reflections on beauty pageants.
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.