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Just Mercy / The Death of Tin Pan Alley

January 20, 201559 min
Part A: Noticing there was disparity between the rich and poor in legal protection, Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative. He was a young and gifted lawyer wanting to help those trapped within the dark corners of the legal system, the wrongly condemned and poor. In his book, Just Mercy, he recounts the pursuit of true justice in one of his earliest cases, that of Walter McMillian, who insisted he was innocent of the murder charge for which was being tried. Part B: The Great American Songbook is the canon for great twentieth-century composers from 1920 to about 1950. However, in the early fifties this river of great songs shifted as pop-culture music took over and eventually gave [...]

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