We preview the upcoming Egyptian elections now that the field of candidates has been narrowed down to two, then discuss the power of music in this political campaign. Finally, we explore India's rash of farmer suicides with documentary filmmaker Micha X. Peled.
We all know that music has the power to bring people together, but Chicago musician and composer Michael Miles really delivers on that promise. He performs with artists in the Middle East on what he calls “musical diplomacy tours."Michael also works with kids.
This last year has produced a surprising amount of manmade and natural disasters: the Gulf Coast oil spill, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the U.S. federal budget, to name a few. Catastrophe has always been fodder for musical creativity, but few have proven as tuneful as Chernobyl.
On Global Notes, our weekly look at the world of music, Jerome and Radio M host Tony Sarabia sample some of the artists coming to the Old Town School of Folk Music on Saturday for the Acoustic Africa concert.