This program features music by the Rice Workers Choir of Novi Di Modena, songs sung by women workers who organized to achieve the first 8-hour day. Also discussed are the rising costs of food, Mothers' Day as part of the Peace Movement, and Christian fundmentalism in the US military. Hear the whole show, hosted by Bill Resnick, by clicking the arrow above. Or hear individual pieces going to their links below.
In these first four segments, you can hear the music of Novi Di Modena and a discussion of their music by Italian scholar Clarissa Clo.
Frann Michel as the Well-read Red shows how Mothers' Day began a century ago as an action for peace, and how that association is being revived by Code Pink. To read her commentary, complete with many links to things you can do and read, go to Frann's Kboo blog.
Jane D'Arista talks with Bill Resnick about what makes food so much more expensive everywhere. As with oil and finance, it has a lot to do with deregulation. D'Arista is Director of Programs at the Financial Markets Center.
Music and labor history: women rice workers and their songs. In this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, Clarissa Clo relates the history of women's labor in the rice fields of Italy, their contribution to the rights of labor, and compares their songs with the music made by slaves in the South of the US.