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Upcoming Episodes of  Songs of Freedom

on your cable television
Manhattan     Queens     Brooklyn     Bronx

Catch the webcast every other Saturday at 10:30pm
www.mnn.org next webcast,

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:30pm

Windows Media Player is required and is easily downloaded from the MNN site.

Look below to find viewing times and episodes for your borough.


Manhattan
alternate Saturdays at 10:30pm
Channel 34
  Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)      Channel 82 RCN      Channel 33 Verizon
and at www.mnn.org     C
ommunity Channel 1


Saturday, March 25, 2017

"For What It's Worth"   with Special Guests:  David Laibman and Gil Skillman

David Laibman and Gil Skillman know of whenst they speak about the economy of nations, particularly ours. They are economics professors. They are also damn fine guitar pickers too with a sharp political bent.  Here is a show that was recorded in 1998, but remains so relevant today. Enjoy the music and the performances.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Special Guests:  The Disabled In Action Singers

Tonight's show is a gem culled from the Songs of Freedom Television archives. It features The Disabled In Action Singers, a group of talented activists who sing about the rights and celebrate the triumphs of individuals in our society who carry on despite personal physical challenges. They appeared on Songs of Freedom Television with their musical director and my folk doctor, Eric Levine, in 1997. You can find out more about the DIA Singers and their inspiring work at their website.
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Special Guest: Clebert Ford

The late Clebert Ford was a Renaissance Man. He was an author, an actor, a musician, and an international performer, amongst other things. I interviewed him on Songs of Freedom TV in 2000. His life stories were captivating. He brought with him the 1991 film he appeared in that won an Oscar (The Lunch Date, winner - Best Short Subject), and shared a song that he wrote about race relations. A lot happened in the 28 minutes we were together. It was some terrific TV. I hope you watch it.
 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Special Guest: Chris Seymour

This is the fifth Songs of Freedom Television show ever made and it features the talented Chris Seymour. The show was recorded in 1996 at the old Manhattan Neighborhood studios on 23rd Street in Manhattan. Chris sings and writes about working people and the dignity of human struggle. It has been 21 years since this show was first seen, but the struggle continues. Tune in and don't tune out. 
In Solidarity ~ joel

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Queens

  NEW VIEWING TIMES FOR SONGS OF FREEDOM IN 2017 

Monday 4:00 pm      Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)  Channel 56      RCN 84      Verizon 36

and

Sunday 6:00 pm       Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)   Channel 79      RCN 85      Verizon 37

Be sure to tune in to QPTV for the best of Songs of Freedom Television.


Coming up on Songs of Freedom

 

Sunday, February 26  6pm  and  Monday, February 27  4pm

Special Guest:  Heather Lev, singing the music of Malvina Reynolds


Sunday, March 5  6pm  and  Monday, March 6  4pm

"Positively Bob Street"

with special guests Dennis Heller and Michael McHugh

 
Sunday, March 12  6pm  and  Monday, March 13   4pm

"It's the MacDougal Street Rent Party!"

with Eric Levine, Joel Landy, Anne Price, and Steve Suffet

recorded in Manhattan on September 9, 2003
 

Sunday, March 19  6pm  and  Monday, March 20  4pm

"Healthy Cigarettes:  The Clean Coal Story"
 

 
Sunday, March 26  6pm  and  Monday, March 27  4pm

Bev Grant and the Brooklyn Women's Chorus
 

Keep watching Songs of Freedom!  Tune in and don't tune out!

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Brooklyn

Every Wednesday at 11 PM
(an alternative to the evening news)

on Channels 35/68
also, Live Streaming at Brooklyn Free Speech Television, Channel 2


COMING UP!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Special Guest:  Eric Levine

I sometimes wonder what I will be remembered for. What will be my lasting and important contribution with the music that I make, performances that I organize and media efforts that I promote?  With every year that passes I perceive more and more that if I am making a difference in this world with my artistic endeavors the place that it will be most noticed is in the voices and faces that I have preserved and share with people like you. It is not about me at all.  That notion is both humbling and reassuring.

Tonight's show features Eric Levine in one of the many appearances he made on Songs of Freedom Television. Eric was more than a talented songwriter and guitarist. His humanity touched everything he did and everybody that he met. Eric died in 2008 but he will always be remembered as my brother.

This show is from June of 1997. It features his lengthy "tribute" to the CIA and another tribute to Jim Dixon, a blind man who sailed the seas and challenged notions of what individuals with disabilities could accomplish.
I always enjoyed swapping songs and stories with Eric. He is still making a difference in my life.
peace,

joel


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Special Guest:  Eric Levine

Reaching back further into the Songs of Freedom archives, here is a show featuring Eric Levine from October of 1996. Songs of Freedom had been playing on Manhattan Neighborhood Network since July of that year and Eric had been performing historical duties as the show's "Folk Doctor", introducing me to the music of legendary folk performers and people who would become future guests appearing on the program.

For more information about Eric, read last week's program information above. 
You can also visit 
this link at Sing Out magazine and their listing of his passing in 2008.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Low Budget"   with Eric Levine

Some of the best Songs of Freedom episodes were those when a couple of friends sat around swapping songs. Eric and I sat in for a session in this one, culled from the 1990s archives. It was a low budget production, but one high in energy and spirit.  Take a listen. I think you will enjoy it.  ~ joel
 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Pentagon Pie"  featuring Eric Levine

Among his other achievements and endeavors, Eric Levine was an active member of the War Resisters League, promoting the organization and the principles they stand for. This episode features Eric and the slicing of the United States tax budget - where it goes and who gets the lion's share. It is entertaining, educational, and provocative - everything an effective activist is all about.  Tune in and don't tune out!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Introducing the MacDougal Street Rent Party"

[The following text can be found at the MacDougal Street Rent Party tribute site. It was written by Steve Suffet.]

Based in five boroughs of New York City, MacDougal Street Rent Party comprised Joel Landy, Eric Levine, Anne Price, Steve Suffet, and Gina Tlamsa, or some permutation thereof, along with various friends, lovers, comrades, hangers-on, and unindicted coconspirators. When we performed in the New England states, Sandy Pliskin sometimes substituted for Eric. Among us, we logged more than 150 years experience on the folk music scene. Individually, in pairs, in trios, or all together, we performed in bars, clubs, coffee houses, schools, churches, camps, parks, retreats, county fairs, at demonstrations and rallies, on radio and television, aboard sloops and schooners, at festivals, even in jails. Our music encompassed ballads, blues, ragtime, children's songs, Gospel songs, Freedom songs, union songs, topical-political songs, prison songs, work songs, old time country, in fact a little bit of everything from many great traditions.

MacDougal Street Rent Party came together out of the Third Annual Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash in New York City in 2003, although three of us -- Joel, Anne, and Steve -- had performed under that name at the New England Folk Festival three months earlier. Despite five good years, we decided it was time to dissolve after Eric, who had been our musical director and gentle taskmaster, passed away in May 2008. What we thought would be our final performance as a group took place at the Eighth Annual Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash on July 13, 2008. However, on February 28, 2015, all five surviving members Joel, Anne, Steve, Gina, and Sandy  gave a reunion concert at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in New York City.

Tonight's show is a recording of the first appearance that MSRP made on Songs of Freedom in 2003.

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The Bronx

THURSDAY at 7:30 PM on CHANNEL 70

You can also watch online at www.bronxnet.org Channel 70
Shows coming up include:

 
Thursd
ay, March 16, 2017

"For What It's Worth"   with Special Guests:  David Laibman and Gil Skillman

David Laibman and Gil Skillman know of whenst they speak about the economy of nations, particularly ours. They are economics professors. They are also damn fine guitar pickers too with a sharp political bent.  Here is a show that was recorded in 1998, but remains so relevant today. Enjoy the music and the performances.


Thursd
ay, March 23, 2017

Special Guests:  The Disabled In Action Singers

Tonight's show is a gem culled from the Songs of Freedom Television archives. It features The Disabled In Action Singers, a group of talented activists who sing about the rights and celebrate the triumphs of individuals in our society who carry on despite personal physical challenges. They appeared on Songs of Freedom Television with their musical director and my folk doctor, Eric Levine, in 1997. You can find out more about the DIA Singers and their inspiring work at their website.
 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Special Guest: Clebert Ford

The late Clebert Ford was a Renaissance Man. He was an author, an actor, a musician, and an international performer, amongst other things. I interviewed him on Songs of Freedom TV in 2000. His life stories were captivating. He brought with him the 1991 film he appeared in that won an Oscar (The Lunch Date, winner - Best Short Subject), and shared a song that he wrote about race relations. A lot happened in the 28 minutes we were together. It was some terrific TV. I hope you watch it.
 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Special Guest: Chris Seymour

This is the fifth Songs of Freedom Television show ever made and it features the talented Chris Seymour. The show was recorded in 1996 at the old Manhattan Neighborhood studios on 23rd Street in Manhattan. Chris sings and writes about working people and the dignity of human struggle. It has been 21 years since this show was first seen, but the struggle continues. Tune in and don't tune out. 
In Solidarity ~ joel

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