New World Notes - Things Fall Apart
This week on New World Notes: radio program #234, August 28, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst considers the possibility that our whole interdependent system is falling apart.
The economy ... American political democracy ... the climate ... the whole ecosystem--all seem to be collapsing at once. In a poem of 1920, W.B. Yeats noted, "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold." The show features a good routine on the very subject by George Carlin (early 1990s), music by James McMurtry (from "Ruins of the Realm"), Yeats's poem, and somewhat-humorous reflections by Kenneth Dowst.
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Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want--and what they're trying to make us settle for.