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Central Standard

Seg. 1: School Boards 101. Seg. 2: Pop Music As American Literature

Segment 1: School boards matter. Here's why.

Even if you don't have kids, school board elections can have a profound impact on the community. We look at how schools are governed, what school board members actually do, and where to find information about candidates.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:56: Two local music critics team up to examine pop music.

Pop music helps us understand the political moment. But are those lessons always fully understood? In this conversation, we look at trends in pop music over the past few decades and how both the lyrics and the sound can be argued as examples of American literature.

  • Danny Alexander, JCCC instructor and associate editor of Rock & Rap Confidential
  • David Cantwell, pop and country music critic, contributor to New Yorker and Rolling Stone Country
Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.