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Studs Terkel discusses the WPA Arts Project

BROADCAST: Sep. 14, 1989 | DURATION: 00:53:59

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The influence of the WPA on the music of the 1930's. The heroic sounds heard in song, movies, and theater. He provides Bing Crosby's version of Yip Harburg's "Brother Can You Spare a Dime". As well as the Almanac Singers performing "Roll the Union On". Both Moll's Song and the final scene of Blitzstein's, "The Cradle Will Rock" are performed. Terkel provides a host of other songs which highlight the music of the 1930's. Extensive discussion on "The Cradle Will Rock" with its producer John Houseman. Hiram Sherman also talks about the Federal theater and the benefits of no commercial standards.