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The physicist who pioneered work in electrical science, inventing the “voltaic pile” battery, Alessandro Volta was born on this date in 1745. If it was not for Volta’s battery and electric current, we would only have “unplugged music.” Our playlist includes some favorite unplugged rock tunes to celebrate. You can use Volta’s electrical current to tune in his playlist on Crosscurrents, 2/18 at 8 am. or…listen to the live on air web stream: http://www.ktoo.org/krnn
You might notice that Gavin and Wyatt are hiding behind Alessandro Volta. It appears that they have joined the inventor in his electric lab. Apparently nobody told the dogs that Volta is know for his battery, and not his biscuit.
It has been said that country music is the best because at its essence is…. three cords and the truth. If that is so, then we have lots of truth tomorrow. It is hoped that the show will recognize those folks who have seen the difficult side of social partnership. Many of have been there as we suffer through another Valentine’s Day.
You are invited to join us on the day before Valentine’s Day as we recognize that roses and romance can turn into lies and leaving. It will be time for reparation and redress with country tunes on Crosscurrents, 2/13 at 8 am. (Alaska time)
With over 1000 patents for his innovations, Thomas Edison was born on this date in 1847. You are invited to a record rock hop honoring Thomas Edison inventor of the phonograph (and thereby all record hop dances) on Crosscurrents, 2/11 at 8 am.
If you fancy 1950’s and 1960’s sock hop music and enjoy reflecting on the innovations of Thomas Edison on his birthday, then we have a show for you. Among the craziness will include:
Telephone – Hello Baby, LaBamba, That’ll Be The Day
Motion Picture – SiIhoettes, I Only Have Eyes For You
Car Battery – Rocket 88, Speedo
Microphone – Wall Of Sound
Phonograph – At The Hop, Land Of 1,000 Dances, Let’s Dance
Wizard of Menlo Park – Duke Of Earl
World of Innovations – What A Wonderful World
A civil rights activist whose defiance compelled the Supreme Court to declare that discrimination in public transportation is legally invalid, Rosa Parks was born on this date in 1913. You are invited to salute Rosa Parks on her birthday during Crosscurrents, 1/04 at 8 am.
I hope that the radio show is good enough for the fine memory of Rosa Parks. You can let me know by commenting after you listen. http://www.krnn.org
Ms. Parks was not the first African-American woman to be arrested for refusing to yield her seat on a Montgomery bus.
Nine months before Parks was jailed, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was the first Montgomery bus passenger to be arrested for refusing to give up her seat for a white passenger. (Parks was involved in raising defense funds for Colvin.) Three other African-American women—Aurelia Browder, Mary Louise Smith and Susie McDonald—also ran afoul of the bus segregation law prior to Parks. The four were plaintiffs in the Browder v. Gayle case that resulted in the Supreme Court ruling bus segregation unconstitutional.
Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist before her arrest. Parks was a long-time member of the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which she joined in 1943.
Ms. Parks was not sitting in a whites-only section. Parks was sitting in the front row of a middle section of the bus open to African Americans if seats were vacant. After the “whites-only” section filled on subsequent stops and a white man was left standing, the driver demanded that Parks and three others in the row leave their seats. While the other three eventually moved, Parks did not.
Rosa Parks quotes
* You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
* Each person must live their life as a model for others.
* The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
* Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
* I believe there is only one race – the human race.
* Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
* What really matters is not whether we have problems, but how we go through them. We must keep going on to make it through whatever we are facing.
* As long as people use tactics to oppress or restrict other people from being free, there is work to be done.
A socially conscious performer, director, and writer, best known as Hawkeye in the tv show M*A*S*H, Scientific American Frontiers, and his current podcast “Clear and Vivid,” Alan Alda was born on this date in 1936. A diverse playlist will celebrate the equally varied endeavors of Alan Alda on Crosscurrents, 1/28 at 8 am.
The plan is for the show on Monday to include some edited segments of interviews with Alan Alda in between the tunes designed to celebrate his birthday. Of course, we hope that teechnology and my editing skills allow us to produce the show in the desigtned manner.
ALAN ALDA SHOW EDIT SHEET
Discussing MASH success
00:01 One of the reason the show works….
…..they really were in a situation that could drive you crazy. 01:03
01:03 The thing that was essential…
…..ah, the truth and the audience got that and appreciated it. 02:07
00:00 I did worry about controversy….
…thinly vailed one tion to politicians. 1:00
How MASH tackled war
We had very funny comedy.
03:17 All kinds, burlesque, satire…
…recognition. that the war was acid. 03:35
….not about the Vietnam war. 04:21
Describes the approach to Scientific American Frontiers
It happens in front of them
02 46 And I have to use my acting skills…
……and they are great teachers. 03:53
All we have is now.
Near death experience.
53:04. Well ten years ago…
….I’m really glad to be alive. 54:22
I am hopeful for communication
So much communication over text. Are we hopeless?
16:18. I see some hope…
It was the only way I could talk to you. The door was closed. 17:14
J.C.FREMONT ON KRNN1/21: An explorer of America’s west, a contentious soldier, and the first presidential candidate of the Republican Party, John C. Fremont was born on this date in 1813. You are invited to discover the Fremont birthday on Crosscurrents,1/21 at 8 am.
The author of eccentric physician, Dr. Dolitttle, who learned to dialogue with animals, Hugh Lofting was born on this date 1886. Even without talking to animals, you can listen to KRNN for an indie animal band playlist on Crosscurrents, 1/14 at 8 am.
Hugh Lofting Quotes:
“Some people you will always have about you whom you can trust, and no man these days can boast of more than that. Remember them; forget the others.” ― Hugh Lofting
His love for animals began as a boy while living on the island of Corfu, he gained international stature as a wildlife conservationist, Gerald Durrell was born on this day in 1925. “Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo” to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 1/07 at 8 am. GERALD DURRELL ON KRNN, 1/07:
QUOTES AND SUCH:
There is no first world and third world. There is only one world, for all of us to live and delight in.
A house is not a home until it has a dog.
In conservation, the motto should always be ‘never say die’.
“The uncivilized behavior of some human beings in a zoo has to be seen to be believed.”
“In my experience it is always the most innocent-looking creatures that can cause you the worst damage.”
A famous British football manager who led Manchester United to 30 domestic and international championships, Alex Ferguson was born on this date in 1941. Sir Alex’s Manchester playlist to which you are invited will be heard, not at Old Trafford’s pitch, rather at KRNN’s Crosscurrents, 12/31 at 8 am.
Love him or hate him, one thing is irrefutable, namely that Fergie was brilliant when it came to turning a phrase. He was always prepared to give the media a witty remark or cutting aside. His comments could irritate those on the receiving end. Sir Alex is now retired. We celebrate his birthday with a retrospective os some of his best quotes….
No.1 “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football – Bloody hell !!!” 2009, and Fergie is almost lost for words after United’s incredible last-gasp turnaround over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
No.2 “It’s getting tickly now – squeaky-bum time, I call it.”Fergie introduced one of football’s now classic lines back in 2003 when battling it out at the end of the season with Arsenal.
No.3 “Sometimes you have a noisy neighbour. You cannot do anything about that. They will always be noisy. You just have to get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder.” 2009, and one of Fergie’s most famous line’s is directed towards the new buying-power of Manchester City.
No.4 “My greatest challenge is not what is happening right at this moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f***ing perch. And you can print that.” Sir Alex Ferguson on overhauling Liverpool’s record number of title victories.
No.5 “If I’d tried it 100 times or a million times, it wouldn’t happen again. If it did, I would carry on playing.” 2003, Fergie talk’s about the on the natorious kicked boot that hit David Beckham and cut open his eyebrow.
No.6 “Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in your own field. It’s a fact. Right? And it never really works out that way.” 2010 – Fergie contemplates the rationale for Wayne Rooney’s request for a transfer.
No.7 “Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success”
No.8 “You cannot lead by following.”
No.9 ..you learn more from defeats than you do from victories”
No.10 “I never had a problem reaching a decision based on imperfect information. That’s just the way the world works.”
No.11 “If you need one person to change your destiny, then you have not built a very solid organisation.”
No.12 “Don’t lie, don’t steal and always be early.”
No.13 “If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself.”
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE CHRISMAS TRUCE OF 1914?
A popular Christmas story
In the summer of 1914, thousands of young men from all over the British Empire signed up to fight in the First World War.
They went to war thinking the fighting would not last long and they would be home by Christmas, but by December, it was pretty clear that was not going to happen.
The war had reached a bloody stalemate. All along the Western Front, the opposing troops were dug into trenches with just a few yards of no man’s land between them.
But on Christmas Eve, something extraordinary happened – the soldiers on both sides just stopped fighting. And even more incredibly, as these photographs show, German and British troops left their trenches to spend Christmas together.
The Christmas Truce of 1914 is often celebrated as a symbolic moment of peace in an otherwise devastatingly violent war. We may like to believe that for just one day, all across the front, men from both sides emerged from the trenches and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts and play football. But first-hand testimonies help us get closer to what really happened.
Along the Western Front, a scattered series of small-scale ceasefires did happen between some German and British forces. But this brief festive reprieve was far from a mass event. Where it didn’t occur, 25 December 1914 was a day of war like any other. Where it did, accounts suggest that men sang carols and in some cases left their trenches and met in No Man’s Land.
However, the motivations for such events were complex – practical as much as ‘magical’ – and this wasn’t the first unofficial truce to take place. Instead, it was to be one of the last.
Call for peace
The arrival of December 1914 was proof, if any were needed, that the war would not be ‘over by Christmas’. For the men at the front, months of tough fighting were to be followed by a festive period away from home.
Back in Britain, German battleships shelled the coastal towns of Whitby, Hartlepool and Scarborough, killing 122 and injuring 450 civilian men, women and children. On the Western Front, fierce fighting took place in the Ypres Salient, leading to the deaths of many soldiers. It was the recovery and burial of these casualties which gave rise to the practical need for a cessation of fighting at certain areas of the front, like Ploegsteert Wood, which the British soldiers called ‘Plugstreet’.
On 7 December, Pope Benedict XV had proposed a wider official ‘Truce of God’ in which all hostilities would cease over the Christmas period. The authorities rejected the idea but were keen to maintain morale and bring at least some festive cheer to those at the front.
Throughout the month, 460,000 parcels and 2.5 million letters were sent to British soldiers in France. King George V sent a card to every soldier, and his daughter, Princess Mary, lent her name to a fund which sent a small brass box of gifts, including tobacco or writing sets, to serving soldiers. General Haig even records in his diary for 24 December: “Tomorrow being Xmas day, I ordered no reliefs to be carried out, and troops to be given as easy a time as possible”.
‘Live and let live’: unofficial truces
One of the soldiers sticks a board in the air. As soon as this board goes up all firing ceases…
By November 1914, it had become clear that the war was not going to be over quickly. As autumn turned to winter, the last of Britain’s professional soldiers, exhausted after months of vicious fighting, settled into the routine of life in the trenches of northern France.
They naturally began to think of enemy soldiers – sometimes a few feet away – doing the same. As a result of this proximity a ‘live and let live’ attitude developed in certain areas of the trench system.
Reciprocal periods of ‘quiet time’ emerged when soldiers tacitly agreed not to shoot at each other. Between battles and out of boredom, soldiers began to banter, even barter for cigarettes, between opposite sides. Informal truces were also agreed and used as an opportunity to recover wounded soldiers, bury the dead and shore up damaged trenches. In many ways, for the last of the professional soldiers, this was all part of the etiquette of war.
However, the High Command feared the longer-term impact of such activity and issued strict orders that officers should be vigilant against this kind of contact – regarding it as treason.
Yet this early on in the war, and across such a large front, these truces were simply a practicality – and certainly not unique to Christmas.
Christmas Eve: Silent Night
By Christmas Eve itself, the damp weather gave way to the cold and a festive frost settled on certain places at the front. As the main night of celebration in Germany, candles and trees went up along parts of the German line.
And as darkness fell, the entrenched German and British soldiers engaged in a carol sing-off.
Presents, kick-abouts and funerals
Along parts of the front, some men responded to the events of Christmas Eve by tentatively emerging from their trenches into No Man’s Land on Christmas Day. Where it happened, enemy soldiers did indeed meet and spend Christmas together.
Spontaneously, they exchanged gifts and took photos – but it was importantly an opportunity to leave the damp of the trenches and tend to the dead and wounded of No Man’s Land. There wasn’t a single organised football match between German and British sides. There may have been small-scale kick-abouts – but these were just one of many different activities men took the time to enjoy.
Meanwhile, in other places along the front, like Yser, bloody battles took place over the Christmas period and those that dared to come above the parapet were met not by gifts but gunfire. Belgian, Indian and French troops who witnessed episodes of fraternisation were at best puzzled and at worst very angry that British troops were being friendly towards the Germans.
The Generals’ reaction
General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien – commander of British 2nd Army Corps Expeditionary Force – issued strict warnings to his senior officers about preventing fraternisation with enemy soldiers.
Reports and photographs of these small-scale unofficial ceasefires reached the papers back home – and the military authorities.
High Command was angry – they feared that men would now question the war, and even mutiny, as a result of fraternising with the enemy that they were meant to defeat. Stricter orders were issued to end such activity – with harsh punishment for any man caught refusing to fight.
The London Rifle Brigade’s War Diary for 2 January 1915 recorded that “informal truces with the enemy were to cease and any officer or [non-commissioned officer] found to having initiated one would be tried by Court Martial.”
As the war continued, brutal developments on the battlefield changed the character of war in 1915. The enemy were further demonised and fraternisation made even less likely.
The small truces of 1914 never happened again. Yet despite the best efforts of the authorities, the story was out there – in the media and in the popular imagination. A story that has been re-told and re-shaped many times in the decades that followed.