Episode 37. No More Slavery Chains

Episode 37. No More Slavery Chains



Paul Robeson

I woke up this morning intending to produce an episode on French Glamour. Because I had been keeping my head in the sand over the past several days, I was not aware how the situation in Minneapolis had escalated since the last time I had checked in. I quickly realized that I could not in good conscience proceed as if this catastrophe wasn’t happening. On the other hand, I defer to those on the front lines to speak of their own experience and truth. I offer solidarity with those who rage and mourn, and a program of protest songs ranging over the course of the early twentieth century to the present day. We hear from a wide range of singers, from Donny Hathaway, Micki Grant, Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, to Joan Baez, Nina Simone, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Paul Robeson, and Marlene Dietrich. If you don’t want to hear a political program, for goddess’s sake, keep away, but if you do want to be infuriated, engaged, and uplifted, please listen in.


Keedron Bryant: I Just Wanna Live

Abel Meeropol: Strange Fruit. Billie Holiday [live 1959 television performance]

Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam [live at Carnegie Hall 1964]

Woody Guthrie: Pastures of Plenty. Odetta

Micki Grant in a still from the Stage Three telecast

Marc Blitzstein: Joe Worker (The Cradle Will Rock). Micki Grant [from CBS-TV broadcast of Stage Three, November 1964]

Joe Hill: The Preacher and the Slave [Pie in the Sky]. Pete Seeger

Earl Robinson, Alfred Hayes: Joe Hill. Paul Robeson [1949 live performance for Scottish miners]

Earl Robinson, John Latouche: Ballad for Americans. Paul Robeson; Nathanael Shilkret, Victor Symphony Orchestra, American People’s Chorus

Earl Robinson and Paul Robeson during the recording of the Ballad for Americans

Bob Dylan, Hans Bradtke (German words): Die Antwort weiss ganz allein der Wind [Blowin’ in the Wind]. Marlene Dietrich; Burt Bacharach

Stephen Stills: For What It’s Worth. Cher

Neil Young: Ohio. Crosby, Still, Nash & Young

Prince: Baltimore. Prince, featuring Eryn Allen Kane

Jonas Myrin, Jay Landers, John Shanks, Barbra Streisand: Don’t Lie to Me. Barbra Streisand

Joan Baez: Nasty Man

Paul Simon: Bridge over Troubled Water. Aretha Frankllin

Nina Simone, Weldon Irvine: To Be Young, Gifted and Black. Donny Hathaway

Micki Grant: So Little Time (Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope). Micki Grant

Traditional Spiritual: No More Slavery Chains for Me. Shirley Verrett; Leonard De Paur

Martin Luther King, Jr.: We Shall Overcome Sermon

Pete Seeger: We Shall Overcome. Mahalia Jackson

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