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New World Notes - Love and Death

04/23/2013 12:00 pm
04/23/2013 12:30 pm


This week on New World Notes: radio program #268, April 23, 2013, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst takes a cockeyed look at Love and Death--from 10 Downing Street to the mean streets of Steubenville, Ohio.

For Death, we look at the late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (d. April 8), her awful legacy--and how millions of Brits celebrated her passing by driving "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" nearly to the top of the pop charts. And we play parts of a memorial musical bashing of Thatcher by Chumbawamba--recorded in 2005 and released just now.

For Love, we read a great essay on the Steubenville rape case--and why gays should think twice before adopting the heterosexuals' institutions of sex, courtship, and marriage.

Listener Advisory: Adult themes and some graphic language in the show's second half.

I've edited and condensed Joanne Wypijewski's essay on Steubenville, "Primitive Heterosexuality." The uncut original is here:

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "table") of WWUH-FM, a community service of the University of Hartford.

You can listen to any installment of New World Notes online or else download it (as an mp3 audio file) for later listening. The show is archived at both A-Infos Radio Project and (from #90 onwards) the Internet Archive. Either link should get you a reverse-chronological listing of available installments. Or browse the show's Web site: Each installment has a page; each page has links to the recorded audio; and a handy table of contents will quickly find the installment you want.

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.

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