Today it's just me, Theresa, talking about freedom and independence with a little help from some musicians and the book, You Are Now Less Dumb by David McRaney. Why this show? Why this format? The 4th of July stirs up lots of thoughts and feelings for me so I seek to find some answers or get clearer on the narratives that drive these thoughts and feelings. We'll dive into the Declaration of Independence, some history, a cursory overview of narrative bias and the backfire effect which is basically a biased narrative problem, and how these biases may affect how we view our history and the current events unfolding in our world today. Oh our poor, little, infallible brains!

Here's the NPR playlist that I reference, and the following songs are played in an effort to expand the base of narratives that shape our understanding of history.

"Georgia Stockade Blues" by Sarah Martin, "Supper Time" by Ethel Waters, "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday, "Another Man Done Gone" and "Trouble So Hard" by Vera Hall, "Joanne Little" by Sweet Honey in the Rock, "Alabama" by John Coltrane, "Wade the Water to My Knees" by the McIntosh County Shouters, "Land of the Free" by Esperanza Spalding, "America" by Prince. Here's a Spotify playlist with the available songs.

Today’s show was produced, engineered and edited by me :) blame me!!

We also heard music from Shana Falana!

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