Wed
Oct 18 2006
06:33 am

Open Source with Christopher Lydon, a nationally syndicated public radio show out of Cambridge Massachusetts, had an in-depth look at the Tennessee Senate race last night.

The panelists were KNS political columnist Tom Humphrey, political patriarch John Jay Hooker, blogger Rob Huddleston, and yours truly. It was fascinating listening to Tom and John Jay Hooker, two walking, talking encyclopedias of Tennessee history and politics. I managed to get a word in edgewise here and there.

You can listen here.

(R. Neal at 25:50, 41:10, 48:20. Don't miss the amazing John Jay Hooker soliloquy at 46:10. He's mad at the whole process and everybody involved in it, and it's hard to argue with his reasoning. But it is what it is and here we are.)

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JustJohnny's picture

"...of the money, by the

"...of the money, by the money..."; so help me SunTrust*.

I love it.

*me

Tess's picture

Thanks for the head's up

I enjoyed the forum, and you did good, but as you say, I'm sure it was hard to get a word in edgewise.  John Jay is an eloquent speaker, who does tend to run on, but he is interesting.  And, you did good for the home team! I got the feeling that you were the only dem on there.  In Humphrey's discussion about the differences among the three regions of Tennessee, the accents displayed by the panel says it all.  John Jay has that Old South, Nashville accent, and Tom has the mountain accent, and you have a nice Knoxville accent.  Cool!

Jim Smith's picture

Very interesting

I caught the show last night on XM. It was nice to hear a national broadcast not try to simplify and pigeonhole the complexities of Tennessee politics, though Chris Lydon couldn't resist injecting a few cliches in his descriptions of geography.

Socialist With A Gold Card's picture

Chris Lydon couldn't resist

Chris Lydon couldn't resist injecting a few cliches in his descriptions of geography.

Yeah, I thought the repeated "Beale Street Blues vs. Dolly Parton" meme was more than a little condescending. He did manage to ask some intelligent questions about the reasons for historic loyalties in each of the three Grand Divisions though, and he followed up with intelligent questions for all the panelists.

Randy, I thought you did very well on this program. Your insight into the election was cogent, well-articulated, and intelligently reasoned. If I'd been on the air with Hooker, I'd have been reduced to stammering and mumbling something about admiring his chutzpah or something equally stupid. The man's a legend; although he has become a gadfly shadow of his former self, he's just as fiery as ever.

--Socialist With A Gold Card


"I'm a socialist with a gold card. I firmly believe we need a revolution; I'm just concerned that I won't be able to get good moisturizer afterwards." --Brett Butler

 

Bbeanster's picture

Open Sores??

Eeeeuuuugh.

Yankees talk funny.

And it wasn't the barn dance in Knoxville it was the Midday Merry-go-round.

Number9's picture

Eeeeuuuugh. Yankees talk

Eeeeuuuugh.

Yankees talk funny.

Did you think Christopher Lydon sounds a little like Garrison Keillor?

R. Neal's picture

And don't forget, in East

And don't forget, in East Tennessee we're all hillbillys.

tennesseevaluesauthority's picture

Barn Dance vs. Midday Merry-Go-Round

Off topic, but what the hey. For what it's worth, Knoxville was home to the live Tennessee Barn Dance on WNOX on Saturday evenings. Archie Campbell was one of the hosts of the show for a time. For a while, the show was broadcast live from the old Lyric Theatre (opera house) on Gay Street (now the First Tennessee Bank tower).

But, yeah, the Midday Merry-Go-Round is usually supposed to be the show of noteworthy recognition when talking about musical history around here.

Carry on. 

son of one member's picture

MIDDAY MERRY-GO-ROUND

NICE TO SEE SOMEONE STILL REMEMBERS, THE GREATEST SHOW OF THE ERA. DAD WAS ONE OF THE REGULARS, HIS NAME IS LEONARD DABNEY HE WAS THERE WITH THE LIKES OF ARCHIE(GRANDPAW)CAMPBELL,KITT WELLS, SMILEING EDDID HILL, JUMPING BILL CARLIE,AND CHET ADKINS. DAD AND CHET SHARED A ROOM TOGETHER,DAD SAID HE AND CHET USE TO SNEEK IN AND OUT OF THE ROOM CAUSE HALF THE TIME THEY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE RENT. DAD BECAME A MINSTER AND WAS MINSTER AT THE SAME CHURCH FOR 37 YEARS, HE PAST AWAY MAY 13 2006. RECIVED HIS REWARD FOR HIS TIME OF SERVICE WITH THE LORD..

LIKE YOU SAID TALK TO ANY OLD TIMER AND THEY WILL KNOW THIS SHOW AND THE PEOPLE THAT MADE IT WHAT IT WAS.

JOHNNY (LENORD'S SON)

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