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The playlist for Monday 8 April 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Names Like a Nation Falling" ~~

1 - Gil Scott Heron -- B Movie"
2 - Lafayette Afro Rock Band --"Darkest Light"
3 - Isaac Hayes -- "Walk on By"
4 - Winston Curtis -- "Be Thankful For What You Got"

Station Break

5 - Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra -- "El Machete"
6 - The Cinematic Orchestra -- "Burn Out"
7 - Cyro Baptista -- "Banquet of the Spirits"
8 - Ojos De Brujo -- "Cale Bari"

Station Break

9 - SoulJazz Orchestra - "Negus Negast"
10 - Gramatik -- "The Swing Of Justice"
11 - Parov Stelar -- "The Paris Swing Box"
12 - Groovejuice -- "Cafe Prague"
13 - Dzihan and Kamien -- "Stiff Jazz"
14 - Les Baxter -- "Tropicando"

Station Break

15 - Bernard Herrmann -- "Taxi Driver"
16 - Roma Amor -- "Le Coeur au Chaud"
17 - Francis Cabrel -- "La Fille Qui M'Accompagne"
18 - Bill Frisell -- "We Are Everywhere"
19 - Frances Livings -- "I'll Be Leaving Soon"
20 - Kate Bush -- "And So Is Love"
21 - Arcade Fire -- "My Body is a Cage"

Station Break

22 - Wankelmut -- "One Day"
23 - Vashti Bunyan -- Here Before"
24 - Klangkarussell -- "Eistee aus der Dose"
25 - The Abbasi Brothers - "Clouds Are Sleeping"
26 - Her Name is Calla -- "A Blood Promise"
27 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "The Gray Funnel Line"

Station Break

28 - Banco De Gaia -- "A Loop in Time"
29 - The Budos Band -- "Unbroken Unshaven"
30 - B Tribe -- "Hablando"
31 - Tosca -- "The Key"
32 - Sigur Rós -- "Olsen Olsen"

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(12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Knots like two dozen fists
swayed with want from the boy’s
kaffiyeh, that black and white scarf
with its useless hands clopping
against the wind in protest
against this boy and his somebody
lost, against their own swaying
in a dance the lost body has lost.
A boy. A somebody lost. A body bodied
in the lights of inauguration night
when every light in the city flared
with hope. Always losing, always
a boy left with a dozen weights,
small circles on strings pulling
his head down to the ground.
Downcast. Drop your bucket here
and make the city yours and all
that jive keeps him from running.
Escaping the pavement, where
bodies finally fall to rest.
The kaffiyeh keeps him from
bucking against the wind,
hurtling himself to the Grey-
hound or Amtrak or I-95
with a book bag and hitched finger.
His head shrouded in the black
and white, the knots keeping
his eyes down as he traverses
neighborhoods with names like 3rd
World, with names like a nation
falling. And the coffin-voiced
boy is who god tells us he will
save, and so those swinging knots
must be a kind of redemption,
a way to see the bullets that bury
you, constantly, as if death is
the disguise hiding your wings.

-- Reginald Dwayne Betts
"For the City that Nearly Broke Me"

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Voices and Soulappears on Black Kos Tuesday's Chile; poetry chosen and critiqued by Black Kos Poetry Editor Justice Putnam.

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(Cut Stones and Arch St Ceneri, France / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.    -- JP

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(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)

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(Can you help folks in need heat their homes and cook their food on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. Navajo has an important diary posted with all the particulars. Even a small amount can work towards building the minimum.

Could you please help?)

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So that explains it... !

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Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam

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... Or does it?

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(Holy Bible and 3 in 1 Oil Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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I took another small sip of water as the next questioner rose, this time by the stacks of French novels. She was cute; red hair, tall, maybe 5'9" or 5'10", well proportioned. Had to be another doctoral student in Comparative Literature at Cal; so even at 24 or 25, was too young for my wandering eye.

"You stated," she stated determinedly, "and I quote; 'Comedy, Poetry and Fiction are only effective and only become Art if there is a Truth behind the humor, the verse and the lie.'"

"Yes," I uttered to fill the small silence.

"In your writing; in your humor, verse and lies, are you telling a Truth about yourself?" she asked, "or are you telling a Truth about the Culture and Society as a whole?"

"Yes," I answered.

--Justice Putnam
"Conversations With The Audience"

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(Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

 -- Horace

"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley

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Rest in Peace Aaron Schwartz

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(Morning Fog And Surf, Muir Beach, California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots Radio.com on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by Netroots Radio, LatinoKos, and Black Kos community.

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