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LA and NYC: two new progressive mayors; two cities with a shrinking middle class and a vast low-wage service sector, and with an effective labor-liberal political alliance. So why are the agendas of the two cities’ mayors, Bill de Blasio and Eric Garcetti, shaping up so differently? Analysis from HAROLD MEYERSON – he writes a column for the Washington Post op-ed page; he’s editor-at-large of The American Prospect, and he wrote about LA and NYC for the LA Times op-ed page.
Also: We’re still thinking about PETE SEEGER, who died last week. We’ll talk about Pete with PETER DREIER – he says (in The Nation), “Every day, every minute, someone in the world is singing a Pete Seeger song.” Peter’s new book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century—of course Pete is one of them.
We’ll listen to my 1981 interview with Pete Seeger about the day he led half a million people singing “Give Peace a Chance” at the Vietnam Moratorium in 1969–Plus: “The Ballad of Pete Seeger”–the 2-hour Pacifica special, featuring Tim Robbins with Pete. We’ll speak with the writer/producer MARK TORRES. “The Ballad of Pete Seeger” is our featured thank-you gift in the KPFK fund drive: please call and pledge during the show: 818-985-5735.