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Obama’s Mother, the amazing Ann Dunham: she married a black man – Barack Obama Sr. — when she was 18, and then she worked with poor women in the third world for more than a decade. JANNY SCOTT of the NY Times tells that story – her book is A SINGULAR WOMAN.
Also: When pop music meets politics – DORIAN LYNSKEY talks about 7 decades of protest songs. He writes about music for The Guardian; his book is 33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs from Billie Holliday to Green Day. PLAYLIST: Nina Simone, “Mississippi Goddam,” Live 1964; James Brown, “Say it Loud,” 1968; Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five: “The Message,” 1979; Green Day, “American Idiot,” 2004.
Plus: Seth Walsh committed suicide when he was 13 after enduring years of harassment at school in Tehachapi because he was gay. The federal Office of Civil Rights recently negotiated a sweeping settlement with the Tehachapi schools. And the ACLU-SC launched The Seth Walsh Project to stop harassment of other gay kids. JAMES GILLIAM explains – he’s Director of the Project.