Power Play Co-hosts Ross Hickman and Alexander Karbo explore stories about the power of music, the music of the powerful, music as a means to power, and what happens when music and power go head to head.
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Co-hosts Ross Hickman and Alexander Karbo explore stories about the power of music, the music of the powerful, music as a means to power, and what happens when music and power go head to head.

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Music on this Episode

- Parsival

- Valkeries

- Hungarian Dances 

- Hungarian Rhapsody 

- Nürnberg - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Overture (organ arr.) 

- Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major Eroica, Op. 55 - II. Marcia funebre Adagio assai

- Tannenbaum

- Swan Lake Op.20 - Act I Intro 

- U.S. guard drums - Water Music from the Handel Show by The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

- The Star Spangled Banner 

- Mendelson - Symphonie Nr. 3 a-moll, op. 56 ("Schottische")

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Nina Simone and Taking the Politics of Black Culture Seriously

In this episode, Ross and Karbo take a look at Nina Simone's participation in the 'politics' of her time—and not only the Civil Rights or Black Power movements but the broader politics of Black identity in the mid-century. How long until all Americans can take Simone's political voice seriously?

Calypso: Race, Land, and Politics through Journalistic Music

Karbo and Ross examine the political messages of Calypso music from Trinidad & Tobago. The popular genre has perhaps the most vivid and explicitly political words of the series. Calypsonians engage in history and identity with compelling frankness, fusing music, and journalism to speak truth to power. 

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