KING GEORGE III ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/4: The British monarch presiding over the loss of the American Revolution, King George III was born on this day in 1738. Including a playlist of some of unusual British 60’s mod musicians, America’s last monarch has a birthday party to which you are welcome is celebrated on Crosscurrents, 6/4 at 8 am.
HOME GROWN: George III became heir to the throne on the death of his father in 1751, succeeding his grandfather, George II, in 1760. He was the third Hanoverian monarch and the first one to be born in England and to use English as his first language.
BUSY MAN: George III was devoted to his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. They had 15 children, 13 of whom reached adulthood.
GEORGE, THE SCIENCE GUY: George III was the first king to study science as part of his education (he had his own astronomical observatory), and examples of his collection of scientific instruments can now be seen in the Science Museum.
WIN SOME, LOSE SOME: The American War of Independence ran from 1775 to 1783 and resulted in Britain’s loss of many its colonies in North America. France was eager to retaliate against Great Britain following their defeat during the Seven Years’ War.
HE LIKED A GOOD RIDE: In 1760 George III commissioned the Gold State Coach is an enclosed, eight horse-drawn carriage still used by the British Royal Family today.
FOLLOW THE MONEY: George III’s accession in 1760 marked a significant change in royal finances. In 1760, it was decided that the whole cost of the Civil List (judges and embassadors etc.) should be provided by Parliament, in return for the surrender of the hereditary revenues by the King from the Crown Estate for the duration of his reign.
ROYAL REAL ESTATE KING: George III bought Buckingham House (now known as Buckingham Palace) in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte to use as a comfortable family home close to St James’s Palace, where many court functions were held. Buckingham House became known as the Queen’s House.
PAPER BACK WRITER: One of the most cultured of monarchs, George III started a new royal collection of books (65,000 of his books were later given to the British Museum, as the nucleus of a national library) and opened his library to scholars.
DUKE OF DIRT: During his reign, George III acquired the nickname ‘Farmer George’, in part due to his agricultural interests and in part as a playful pun.
HOSPITALIZATION; After serious bouts of illness in 1788-89 and again in 1801, George became permanently deranged in 1810. He was mentally unfit to rule in the last decade of his reign; his eldest son – the later George IV – acted as Prince Regent from 1811. Some medical historians have said that George III’s mental instability was caused by a hereditary physical disorder called porphyria.
PLATO ON CROSSCURRENTS, 5/21: Founder of the institute of higher learning, The Academy, a writer on politics, metaphysics, and epistemology, the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato was born around about, according to some historical calculations, on this date in the year 428. The philosophy of our show will be musicology as we celebrate Plato’s scholarship on Crosscurrents, 5/21 at 8 am.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” ― Plato
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” ― Plato
“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”― Plato
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato
“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” ― Plato, The Republic
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” ― Plato, The Republic
“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” ― Plato
“One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” ― Plato
“good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws” ― Plato
“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.” ― Plato
“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.” ― Plato
“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.” ― Plato, The Republic
“There is truth in wine and children” ― Plato, Symposium / Phaedrus
“The measure of a man is what he does with power.
Those who tell the stories rule society.” ― Plato
“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. ” ― Plato
“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings” ― Plato
“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” ― Plato
Courage is knowing what not to fear.” ― Plato
“Whe men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.” ― Plato
“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” ― Plato
“You should not honor men more than truth.” ― Plato
The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ― Plato, The Republic
“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”
“Necessity is the mother of invention.” ― Plato
“A house that has a library in it has a soul.” ― Plato
“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.” ― Plato
“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” ― Plato
Founded by the French Mississippi Company in honor of Philippe II, France’s Duke of Orléans, the city of New Orleans was established on this date in 1718. Let the good times roll with music by artists from NOLA on Crosscurrents, 5/7 at 8 am.
NEW ORLEANS ON CROSSCURRENTS, 5/7 at 8 am ( http://www.krnn.org )
The seven astronauts tasked with piloting the first manned space program, was announced by NASA on this date in 1959. The countdown has begun and you are invited to join us at the launch pad gantry for blast off on Crosscurrents, 4/9 at 8 am. MERCURY SEVEN ON CROSSCURRENTS, Monday, April 9th ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )
A champion of the Constitution whose tenure as Chief Justice oversaw landmark decisions protecting individual rights and equality, Earl Warren was born on this date in 1891. Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the honorable radio, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for a musical-law-review birthday party for Justice Warren on Crosscurrents, 3/19 at 8 am.
Chief Justice Earl Warren on Crosscurrents, 3/19: radio link: http://www.krnn.org
KELLOGG ON CROSSCURRENTS, 2/26: Medical doctor and health-food innovator whose creation of dry breakfast cereals was responsible for the formation of the flaked-cereal industry, John Harvey Kellogg was born on this date in 1852. You are invited to settle down with a bowl of your favorite flakes for a Kellogg birthday and breakfast tunes on Crosscurrents, 2/26 at 8 am. ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )
Corn flakes were not really tasty because of its poor taste and hence, John’s brother Will tried to introduce some sugar into the mix. John did not agree and hence, Will separately started selling the cereals by adding sugar. It was Will Kellogg who actually set up the business and formed the Kellogg company. John sued his brother and lost the case.
As John Kellogg thought, the corn flakes did not really suppress the urge for “self-exploration” and those who still enjoy corn flakes think that the addition of sugar was really a good idea as at least corn flakes became palatable.
COPERNICUS ON CROSSCURRENTS, 2/19: A mathematician and astronomer who formulated a planetary model in which the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our solar system, Nicolaus Copernicus was born on this date in 1473. Copernicus may be looking to the sky though we hope you will be listening to the radio for the Copernicus birthday on Crosscurrents, 2/19 at 8 am.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN ON CROSSCURRENTS, 2/12: The 16th president of the United States, whose Gettysburg Address stands as one of the most legendary bits of oratory in American history, Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809. You are honestly invited to honest Abe Lincoln’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 2/12 at 8 am. ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )
THOMAS PAINE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 1/29: An English American writer and political theorist whose works paved the way for the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine was born on this date in 1737. Few people have spoken to all the ages, to all people and nations, and apparently to some dogs, and you can join the Paine birthday on Crosscurrents, 1/29 at 8 am. ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )
Thomas Paine as quoted:
“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
― Thomas Paine, A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. ”
― Thomas Paine, The American Crisis
“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
― Thomas Paine, An American Crisis
“But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime. ~~ Thomas Paine, Virginia Papers
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. ~~~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense