New World Notes - The Firesign Theatre
This week on New World Notes: radio program #244, November 6, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst belatedly marks the death (on March 9) of Peter Bergman--a founding member of The Firesign Theatre--by playing a large portion of the group's 1970 classic LP, Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers.
Masters of irony, parody, travesty, and sound effects, Firesign created surrealistic radio dramas. The first performance of the Los Angeles-based quartet was in 1966. In our show's selection--and everywhere else--they satirized a nation unable to tell reality from the nonsense on TV--nonsense concocted by corporate greedheads and prostitute politicians.
The perfect program for Election Day 2012!
There's even a politician, and an election, in the portion we broadcast. In a show-within-a-show, George Leroy Tirebiter is running for either Dogkiller or People's Commissioner. Or are they the same office? And does it matter?
Here's the plot (such as it is): Flipping TV channels late at night, retired actor George Leroy Tirebiter finds dreck galore plus two old movies starring him, playing simultaneously on two different channels. These are Parallel Hell (a war movie set in Korea) and HighSchool Madness (featuring all-American teenagers Porgy and Mudhead)...
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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.
Coming soon (Tuesday air debut dates shown)
November 13 -- Noam Chomsky: Three Short Talks
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