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#206#207#208#209 Episode #210 - American Icons
(A look at some of the national mythologies, and realities, in the Land of the Free)

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Sun 4 July 2004  Gore Vidal, Eric Schlosser
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2 In commemoration of America's annual celebration of the Declaration of Independence which is marked as the birth of the nation. This week we feature two serious but fun talks about America, past and present. Its leaders, and its wars, its calls to patriotism, and its true state religion, the creed of the free market - and some of the realities of how that creed is practiced today.
In our first hour, we'll hear from American historian and novelist Gore Vidal, with a talk he originally gave last Memorial day. But since most of our holidays and patriotic songs seem to have to do with war, this talk seemed appropriate for this holiday as well. And in our second hour we're going to hear from Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation speaking on Reefer Madness : Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market.
Thanks to the LA Sound Posse and WBAI Arts Department.
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