Election Day 2009: KPFK Wed. 11/4

One year ago, Barack Obama was elected president. Yesterday, Republicans won some off-term elections – are voters telling us something?  JOHN NICHOLS comments; he’s Washington correspondent for The Nation, and writes “The Beat” blog at TheNation.com.

The wildly popular “TIJUANA SOUND” of the 1960s, marketed by Herb Alpert, caricatured Tijuana as a sleepy Mexican border town. The real Tijuana, however, was an emerging industrial city with its own versions of the blues, rock & roll and jazz.  JOSH KUN explains: he directs the Popular Music Project  at the Annenberg School at USC; his installation “Last Exit USA” is at Steve Turner Contemporary, 6026 Wilshire Blvd.  PLAYLIST: Herb Alpert, “Tijuana Bull,” “All My Loving”;  Los Tijuana Five, “Suenos de California”;  Los TJs, “El Twist Despacio”; Los Tigres del Norte, “La Granja,” “El Otro Mexico.”

Also: DOROTHEA LANGE photographed  “Migrant Mother,” the icon of the Great Depression–an eloquent portrait of a survivor.  Lange went on to photograph Japanese Americans during their internment in WWII; those photos were banned.
NYU historian LINDA GORDON calls Lange “a photographer of demcocracy, and for democracy” — Linda’s new book is Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits.