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.
Musician Boston Fielder has music in his blood; his Uncle Baldy was one of Elvis’ first musical influences. Boston's band MuthaWit just released a new album called “Men & Women or la Revenge de Uncle Baldy.”Also: “Freddie Sez" is the unofficial mascot of the New York Yankees. At nearly every game, he bangs pots and pans and revs up the crowd. Freddy’s Yankee celebrity even helped him reconnect with his estranged son Cliff.
Tonight, PBS is broadcasting a documentary film, "When I Rise," about the extraordinary life of Barbara Smith Conrad. Barbara is a gifted black mezzo-soprano who, as a music student at the University of Texas, found herself in a civil rights storm when she was cast in a leading role opposite a white student.
Austin-based singer-songwriter Betty Soo has been making a name for herself in music circles. On her latest album, she performs with a number of other independent musicians in an ad-hoc group called Slide to Freedom.
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.