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The playlist for Monday 25 November 13 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "If Socrates Drank His Portion of Hemlock Willingly" ~~

1 - Animal Collective -- "Leaf House"
2 - Wye Oak -- "Holy Holy"
3 - Massive Attack -- "Black Milk"
4 - The Rosebuds -- "Woods"
5 - Starflyer 59 -- "Red Tide"
6 - Woods -- "Rain On"
7 - Alcoholic Faith Mission -- "Escapism"

Station Break

8 -  Indian Handcrafts -- "Red Action"
9 - Odds -- "Breakthrough"
10 - The Napolean Collective -- "Purple Mountains"
11 - Blue Rodeo -- "Fools Like You"
12 - Nick Sherman --"Winterdark"
13 - Kate Rogers Band -- "Up Country"
14 - Hannah Georgas -- "Ode To Mom"
15 - Oh Susanna -- "Pueblo"

Station Break

16 - Richie Havens -- "There Is A Hole In the Future"
17 - Grateful Dead -- "Sugar Magnola"
18 - Van Morrison -- "Tupelo Honey"
19 - Jethro Tull -- "Cross Eyed Mary"
20 - Buffalo Springfield -- "I Am A Child"
21 - The Beach Boys -- "Please Let Me Wonder"
22 - The Clash -- "Charlie Don't Surf"
23 - Midnight Oil -- "Beds Are Burning"

Station Break

24 - Buffy Sainte Maire -- "My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're Dying"
25 - Cisco Houston -- "Deportee"
26 - Yatu -- "La Luna"
27 - Ojos de Brujo -- "Tiempo de Solea"
28 - Rodrigo y Gabriela -- "Orion"
29 - Iron and Wine -- "Resurrection Fern"

Station Break

30 - Robbie Robertson -- "The Sound is Fading"
31 - Tosca -- "Rosa"
32 - Kroke -- "The Sounds of a Vanishing World"
33 - Loop Guru -- "5 AM Sunrise"
34 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Lost in the Stars"
35 - Vangelis -- "Sirens Whispering"

Station Break

36 - Sacred Earth -- "Divine Mother"
37 - Ah Nee Mah -- "Firefall"
38 - Tinariwen -- "Ere Tasfata Adounia"
39 - Colour Haze -- "Aquamaria"

Who luvs ya, baby?

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(12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)

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If Socrates drank his portion of hemlock willingly,
if the Appalachians have endured unending ages of erosion,
if the wind can learn to read our minds
and moonlight moonlight as a master pickpocket,
surely we can contend with contentment as our commission.

Deer in a stubble field, small birds dreaming
unimaginable dreams in hollow trees,
even the icicles, darling, even the icicles shame us
with their stoicism, their radiant resolve.

Listen to me now: think of something you love
but not too dearly, so the night will steal from us
only what we can afford to lose.

-- Campbell McGrath
"Nox Borealis"

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Voices and Soul appears on Black Kos Tuesday's Chile; poetry chosen and critiqued by Black Kos Poetry Editor Justice Putnam.

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(Cut Stones and Arch St Ceneri, France / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.    -- JP

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(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)

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(Can you help folks in need heat their homes and cook their food on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. Navajo has an important diary posted with all the particulars. Even a small amount can work towards building the minimum.

Could you please help?)

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So that explains it... !

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Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam

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... Or does it?

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(Holy Bible and 3 in 1 Oil Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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I took another small sip of water as the next questioner rose, this time by the stacks of French novels. She was cute; red hair, tall, maybe 5'9" or 5'10", well proportioned. Had to be another doctoral student in Comparative Literature at Cal; so even at 24 or 25, was too young for my wandering eye.

"You stated," she stated determinedly, "and I quote; 'Comedy, Poetry and Fiction are only effective and only become Art if there is a Truth behind the humor, the verse and the lie.'"

"Yes," I uttered to fill the small silence.

"In your writing; in your humor, verse and lies, are you telling a Truth about yourself?" she asked, "or are you telling a Truth about the Culture and Society as a whole?"

"Yes," I answered.

--Justice Putnam
"Conversations With The Audience"

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(Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

 -- Horace

"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley

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Josephine

words and music by
Justice Putnam

Josephine
Josephine
I’m pleading
With Josephine

Taking the steps
Down to the sea
Somewhere along
The coast of Normandy

Where the white
Fossil sands
Churned turbulently

Where men rushed
Into battle
And died violently

Whose last
Dying breath
Was to plead with

Josephine
Josephine
I’m pleading
With Josephine

Could be
The grasslands
Of the Sioux

No matter
Which side
They were on
They were all
Thinking of you

Could be in
In the South Pacific
Or the Persian Gulf
An Indonesian jungle
Or an Arctic hut

Could be in a
Manhattan penthouse
Or a cold water den

We’ll all grasp
At that last
Bit of hope
In the end with

Josephine
Josephine
I’m pleading
With Josephine

Josephine
Take me
Home

(St Ceneri, France 1994)

© 2005 Justice Putnam
Fleur du Sel Musique
and Mechanisches-Strophe Verlagswesen

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Rest in Peace Aaron Schwartz

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(Morning Fog And Surf, Muir Beach, California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots Radio.com on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 08:50 PM PST.

Also republished by Netroots Radio, Black Kos community, LatinoKos, and Protest Music.

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