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Labor Day / September Specials on WNMU-FM

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From Labor Day to Jewish High Holidays, the month of September gives us opportunities to celebrate and reflect. Take some time with Public Radio 90 to tune in for music of Woody Guthrie, work songs in Jazz and Popular Music, reflections on work with author Studs Terkel, along with specials that celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

A Tribute to Woody Guthrie (PRX)

Fri 9/4 3pm

A Tribute To Woody Guthrie' is one hour of a life and songs that celebrates the contributions Guthrie made in understanding the plight of the poor, the dispossessed and the hungry here in North America during the Great Depression of the 30's and beyond...His music examined the reason Fascism needed to be opposed by People all over the world, and his children's music celebrated family and a happy childhood. Woody Guthrie's contributions to roots music created many standard tunes for folk music, and oriented acousitic popular music upwards to refer to the oppression of the poor, the politics of hate and racism and the need for Freedom to defeat Fascism...Woody did these things authentically with a voice that still speaks to the heart and will never die.

Workin’: The Work Song in Jazz and Popular Music (PRX)

Sun 9/6 @3pm

Mon 9/7 @11pm

An hourlong program for the Labor Day holiday, with special guest jazz historian Ted Gioia (author of the book WORK SONGS). Featured artists include Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Nat Adderley, Louis Armstrong, and Cassandra Wilson.

Work ‘n Music – A Labor Day Weekend Special (PRX)

Mon  9/7 @3pm

From mining to manufacturing, housework to ranching, hear the factual history and realities of American labor, wages, employment, progress, quitting, firing, and hiring, surrounded by songs about the toughness, dangers, and joys of work

Working with Studs (prx)

Mon 9/7 10pm & Tue 9/8 5am

For many years, Transom editor, Sydney Lewis, worked side by side with Studs on his radio show and his books. For this remembrance, told in a seamless blend of doumentary and reminiscence, she brings together of crew of Stud's co-workers with their great stories along with wonderful previously-unheard tape of Studs himself.

Sounds Jewish: Rosh Hashanah (prx)

Fri Sept 18 @10am

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is bear, and the personal preparation time afforded us by this preceding Jewish month of Elul is waning. This week on "Sounds Jewish," music to improve oneself by – from Uzbekistan to Manhattan to Michigan -- whether you're gearing up for the Jewish High Holy Days or just putting your personal ducks in a row.

Birthday of the World-Rosh Hashanah (prx)

Fri Sept 18 @11am

Music and Liturgy for Rosh Hashanah, (The Jewish New Year) Sung by The Western Wind with Guest Cantors, Narrated by Leonard Nimoy

Musical Memories of the Holidays with Itzhak Perlman (prx)

Fri 9/18 @3pm

For Itzhak Perlman, the Jewish High Holidays – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – bring a flood of memories, many of them associated with music. In this one-hour special, the superstar violinist shares a wide variety of recordings that have special meaning for him, including several of his own performances. Ranging from classical gems to cantorial singing to raucous klezmer fiddling, the music will spark warm associations and an emotional response for all listeners.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement (prx)

Mon Sept 28 @10am

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the most important day in the Jewish calendar, arrives this week. Millions of Jews around the world will spend at least part of Yom Kippur at synagogue in worship. The metaphorical hope is to get oneself written into God’s Book of Life for the coming year. Sunday on “Sounds Jewish,” music from the Yom Kippur liturgy plus other relevant songs of sin and repentance.

Birthday of the World – Yom Kippur (prx)

Mon Sept 28 @11am

Sung by The Western Wind Narrated by Leonard Nimoy In this classic performance, Leonard Nimoy and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble join forces to explore the rich and profound musical and spiritual traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days.

Kurt lives in Marquette with his family and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He loves music, games, running, being near water, and a fine cold brew coffee.
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