5th 2010
It’s the end, the end of the 70s; it’s the end, the end of the century

Posted under: American history, bad language, fluff

Check out these tidbits of twentieth-century American history, all found in that 20th century medium, radio:

  • First, Nina Totenberg interviewed retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens and NPR presented it in two parts yesterday (here and here.)  Listen to him dish on the 1932 World Series, originalism, his working philosophy, Antonin Scalia’s poor history of dire predictions, and the one decision he regrets in his years on the court he served for more than a third of a century.  He’s 90, but he doesn’t sound a day over 65. 
  • Next, don’t miss Dana Ivey’s reading of Grace Paley’s “Six Days: Some Rememberings,” a 17-minute memoir about her sentence to the Women’s House of Detention, a Greenwich Village women’s prison, for protesting the Vietnam War.  It’s the first story on this episode of Selected Shorts, “Humor Me.”
  • Finally, I’ll just let Joey and the boys have the last word on the last century:


5 Responses to “It’s the end, the end of the 70s; it’s the end, the end of the century”

  1. Janice on 05 Oct 2010 at 12:11 pm #


  2. Knitting Clio on 05 Oct 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Uh, the Ramones song is on video — remember that MTV started at the end of the twentieth century too.

  3. mandor on 05 Oct 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    I pretty much fell in love with Grace Paley at a reading of hers where she read (performed?). I’m almost afraid to listen to someone read her work because I hear her voice so clearly when I read it now!

  4. Caitlin on 05 Oct 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    I think the points that you and Amani made last week were hammered home by two youtube videos:



    I thought you might find them entertaining!

  5. Indyanna on 06 Oct 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Turn it up, turn it up, li’l bit higher, radio…

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