Category Archives: England

Sir William Blackstone (1723.07.10)

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SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/10:  The famous English jurist Sir William Blackstone born on this date in 1723 is remembered for his “Commentaries on the Laws of England”, an attempt to provide a culturally wide-ranging review of English law.  No need to pass the bar, or be in a bar, as you are invited and simply need to tune in the Blackstone birthday on Crosscurrents, 7/10 at 8 am.

American Blues and British Rock —Big Bill Broonzy (1893.06.26)

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BIG BILL BROONZY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/26:    The versatile American blues singer and prolific songwriter, a mentor to many British rock icons, Big Bill Broonzy was born on this date in 1893.  The legend of Bill Broonzy from slick urban boogie to acoustic folk blues are yours to enjoy on Crosscurrents, 6/26 at 8 am.

         Playlist may include:  Eric Clapton;  Keith Richards;  Pete Townshend;  Ray Davies;  John Mayall;  Peter Green;  Savoy Brown;  and of course… the man himself Bill Broonzy.

John Maynard Keynes (1883.06.05)

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His genius as a prodigy of intellect expressed itself in many other spheres of activity,  John Maynard Lord Keynes, was born on this date in 1883.  So influential was John Maynard Keynes in the middle third of the twentieth century that an entire school of modern thought bears his name.  Keynes’ best-known work, ‘The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money’, was published in 1936, and became a benchmark for future economic thought. It also secured his position as Britain’s most influential economist, and with the advent of World War Two, he again worked for the treasury. In 1942, he was made a member of the house of lords.

Sir David Attenborough (1926.05.08)

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ATTENBOROUGH ON CROSSCURRENTS, 5/8:  Famed natural historian and English broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough was born on this date in 1926.   Sir David’s life has been devoted to preserving the diversity of our world’s wildlife and his birthday will be celebrated with music (and no leopards) on Crosscurrents, 5/8 at 8 am.

Playlist may include:  Just Can’t Go To Sleep;  Flowers on the Wall;  Puff, The Magic Dragon;  Snake Oil;  Gone, Gone, Gone;  Happy Feet;  Express Yourself;  Wild Wild Life;  and… other Attenborough inspired tunes.

JAMES HERRIOT (1916.10.03)

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JAMES HERRIOT ON CROSSCURRENTS, 10/3:  “All Creatures Great And Small” tells the story of his time in rural England as a veterinary surgeon, James Herriot (aka J. Alf Wright) was born on this date in 1916.  Gavin and Wyatt have joined the author-veterinary on a hill overlooking the Yorkshire dales.  We hope you can join your presenter John on the radio as he oversees the Herriot birthday on Crosscurrents, 10/3 at 8 am.