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Listen to this story...Record producer Joe Boyd was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He first became involved in music promoting blues artists while a student at Harvard University, and in 1964 made his first visit to Britain, returning the following year to establish an overseas office of Elektra Records. He was eventually to settle in London.He became best-known for his workrem_fables_of_the_reconstruction_cover.jpg with British folk and folk rock artists, including the Incredible String Band, Martin Carthy, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Fairport Convention and Richard Thompson. Some of these were produced by his own production company, Witchseason. He also co-founded London’s UFO Club and worked with UFO regulars Pink Floyd (producing their first single Arnold Layne) and the Soft Machine. Boyd returned to the States in the 1970s, assembling footage for the eponymous film documentary on Jimi Hendrix (1973) and producing records by Maria Muldaur and Kate and Anna McGarrigle among others. He went on to found his own Hannibal label (now a part of Rykodisc) which released records by the likes of Richard Thompson and various discs of so-called world music. Boyd also produced R.E.M.‘s third album Fables of the Reconstruction (1985), and records by Billy Bragg and 10,000 Maniacs. Boyd has written a book about the music of the 1960s called “White Bicycles”, published in May 2006 by Serpents Tail Press in the UK.[Via Wikipedia]


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Listen to this story... The new Super Tuesday in Presidential Primaries. Nearly two-dozen states including Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are considering holding their primary elections on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008. But is this a good thing? We’ll hear about two alternative plans from KAY STIMSON, a spokeswoman for the National Association of Secretaries of State, talks about her organization’s plan for four super regional primaries and ROBERT RITICHIE the executive director of Fair Vote-Center for Voting and Democracy who details “America’s Plan” which would put the smaller states first, and finally JON DELANO the Money and Political Editor for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh talks about the pros and cons for Pennsylvanians if we adopt an earlier primary.

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Listen to this story... Yesterday, as the war in Iraq enters its fourth year, the President warned Americans against the temptation to “pack up and go home.” We talk about the worsening situation for our troops and the Iraqi people with MATTHEW WARSHAW, whose company conducted a public opinion poll in Iraq, BOBBY GHOSH, Time Baghdad correspondent and former Democratic congressman TOM ANDREWS who is calling for a withdrawal from Iraq.

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