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We belatedly mark the death (March 9) of Peter Bergman--a founding member of The Firesign Theatre--by playing a large portion of the group's 1970 classic, "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers." Masters of irony, parody, travesty, and sound effects, Firesign created radio dramas satirizing a nation unable to tell reality from the nonsense on TV--nonsense concocted by prostitute politicians and corporate greedheads. The perfect program for Election Day 2012.
"New World Notes" is produced under the auspices (Latin for "Freedom of Information Act") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.
The plot (such as it is): Flipping TV channels late at night, retired actor George Leroy Tirebiter finds dreck galore plus two old movies starring him, playing simultaneously on two different channels. These are "Parallel Hell" (on GIs fighting the Korean War) and "High School Madness" (featuring all-American teenagers Porgy and Mudhead)....
For written commentary, photos & other graphics, videos, great links, and an archive of past installments, please see this show's Web site: http://newworldnotes.blogspot.com. Permanent link to the entry for this installment: http://newworldnotes.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-firesign-theatre.html .
SERIES OVERVIEW -- Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for. "Date recorded," below, = date of first scheduled broadcast
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