This program, "The Singing Newspaper," is a collection of topical songs presented by host Alan Lomax as a sampling of headlines.
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Theme of topicality: Begins with ballads. High cost of living "A Dollar Ain't a Dollar Anymore." The story of the "Golden Vanity" is still good even though 300 years old. Sam Hall was a bad actor, a real plug ugly. We get his exact words as he walked up the gibbet. Josh White sings "Hard Times" ("Great Goddamighty, Folks is Feeling Bad), an expose' about conditions in the South of the US.
Alan explains that a good story is perennially new. He introduces the show with T. Texas Tyler telling the story of the deck of cards, as it was supposed to have occurred among World War II soldiers. Alan adds that this story actually, possibly originated in India and occurs in many languages. In the folk world a good story is always new. Johnny Mercer sings his World War II hit, "Accentuate the Positive," "the sermon for today."
Singing Newspaper, part 1
[A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore], [Golden Vanity], [Hard Times], [Sam Hall]