Poster for the Fight For Freedom Committee – the antidote to America First.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Fight For Freedom Committee – Oct. 10, 1941
As a counter-movement to the much publicized, isolationist and German-leaning America First Committee, the Fight For Freedom Committee was organized to end America’s neutrality in the War and to involve us militarily in the fighting then-currently going on.
Viewing America’s involvement as a measure to prevent an eventual invasion and takeover by Fascism, Fight For Freedom organized a series of rallies and nationwide addresses to make the case for our entering the war and to counter the charges by America First that the U.S. was being goaded into the war by Big Business and Colonial interests.
This address, given by Louisville Courier-Journal Editor Herbert Agar to an audience in Washington on October 10, 1941, stresses the emergency that was taking place and that America could ill-afford to stand by while democracies were falling under the influence of Nazism.
Less than two months later, it wouldn’t make much difference – we were in it whether we liked it or not.
Fighting along the Eastern Front – And reports of the first snow.
Click link here for Audio Player: News for October 9, 1941
News for this October 9th in 1941 was centered mostly around the Eastern front with fierce fighting between Russian armies and the Germans. Both sides were claiming advances with the German army aiming its sights on Moscow. It was also reported the first snows were falling, which meant the dreaded Russian Winter was just around the corner.
In other news – it was reported that Turkey was in violation of a British trade agreement and were rumored to be selling massive quantities of Chrome to Germany. Official complaints were lodged and denied in Ankara.
From London it was reported overnight German raids were light and sparse, with bombings concentrated primarily on the Southeast of England. It was also reported a storm of criticism was brewing over Parliamentary debate on whether or not members of The Oxford Group could claim exemption from Military service. The group sought the exemptions based on religious grounds, but many in Parliament argued the group was more along the lines of the YMCA and not a church. It seemed many felt the time spent on debating the issue could have been better spent on dealing with the more pressing issues of the War.
In Washington, results of the Oxford Group debate were being carefully monitored as the same claims for exemption were being sought by members in the U.S., and what London decided on would probably be the same for Capitol Hill. On the War Production front, it was learned companies engaged in manufacturing military equipment were deriving huge profits as the result. Further evidence War was good for business.
All that, and much more from NBC’s News Of The World for October 9, 1941.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Los conciertos de Radio 3 – Niños mutantes -15_05_12
Anyone who has done any radio surfing on the Internet will find there are literally hundreds of stations all over the world who devote a goodly chunk of their daily programming to live music. The Classical stations are legendary. But in equal number are all the Pop and Rock outlets who are also doing their fair share in getting the live music message across on a daily basis.
One of those Radio networks is Radio Nacional Espana in Madrid who run, among a wide range of other things, a daily program devoted to live local (and some international) bands and solo artists. Los Conciertos de Radio 3 is a treasure trove of new music and gives a good idea of what’s going on in the rest of the world, that we hear very little about.
Tonight it’s one of the more popular Indie/Alternative bands to come out of Spain. Niños Mutantes have been around since 1994 and have eight albums and a dozen ep’s to their credit, and this session, recorded on May 15th of this year coincided with the release of their latest album, Nàufragos.
Okay – they don’t sing in English. That should not scare you off. Music is the universal language and the notes are what’s important. If you’re fluent in Spanish, great – if not, listen to the music.
It’s worth it.
Cesar Chavez – The relentless struggle for dignity and a decent wage.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Cesar Chavez – May 17 1968
As a reminder today of just who Cesar Chavez was and what he stood for, here is an interview with Chavez from May 17, 1968, at the height of the Grape Boycott and the struggle for recognition the Migrant Farm Worker had throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.