That Day in Lattimer

By Steve Carlson and Lynn Sutherland Jaskowiak One of the bloodiest days in American labor history occurred on the outskirts of Lattimer, Pennsylvania, on Friday, September 10th, 1897. Roughly 400 anthracite coal miners ( the vast majority of them foreign born eastern Europeans) had had enough of the darkened servitude…

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Thursday Music: Out Of The Dark – Joyann Parker

Twin Cities vocal powerhouse Joyann Parker is at Big Top Chatauqua in Bayfield this Saturday night. We have a family reunion and can’t go, but I sure wish we could. She’s got some pipes, for sure!

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Thursday Music: Burning Down The House – Talking Heads

This one goes out to GOP Governors across the south, from Greg Abbott to Ron De Santis to Tate Reeves to Brian Kemp. There’s a Covid fire burning your house down guys. Doesn’t matter how long you look away. It’s gonna burn.

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Thursday Music: Brothers In Arms- Dire Straits

A truly great anti-war song featuring a truly great guitarst, Mark Knopfler.

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Thursday Music: Slow Train Coming – Bob Dylan

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Thursday Music: Whitey On The Moon – Gil Scott Heron

Here’s one for Bezos and Branson. Enjoy!

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Thursday Music: You Can Have Him Jolene -Chapel Hart

Dolly Parton’s ” Jolene ” is one of the most iconic songs in the history of country music. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #217 on their list of of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. But apparently not everyone agrees with the song’s narrator who begs Jolene…

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Thursday Music: When The Fire Sets Us Free – Steve Carlson

Hey gang, below is my entry into National Public Radio’s annual song contest, aka ” Tiny Desk Contest”. The video is rare footage of an irascible and cantankerous recluse in his natural habitat performing a surprisingly tender song at serious odds with his public persona. So if you could find…

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Thursday Music: Coyote – Joni Mitchell

Here’s Joni Mitchell live, with Roger McGuinn and Bob Dylan, at Gordon Lightfoot’s home. What a line-up. What a party that must have been!

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Thursday Music: The Last Chance Texaco – Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones has a new book out, Last Chance Texaco. Here’s the song from which the title is taken, which was a track from her eponymous debut album released in 1979. Loved this record when it came out. Still do.

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