Bonus Episode: The Historical Context of Robert Griner, Plus, the Landmark Copyright Case of 1971.
Written by Miles Shattuck on September 3, 2017
What can we learn about ourselves by researching our family history?
Communications manager, historian, and musician Robert Griner explains how a label from a bottle of Irish Creme liquor sent him on a journey to discover his family history. Robert explains how genealogical research has become quite easy in recent years and how doing this kind of research can strengthen our sense of place in the world and broaden our perspective of our own historical context.
We don’t stop at genealogy. I throw the kitchen sink at Robert, asking him questions that cover everything from the early days of technology to what he calls “the wonder killer”. Robert also gives us his take on the JFK assassination, agism in the workplace, and posthumous appreciation before telling us about his music projects Bloco Alegria and The Afterglow.
How to research your genealogy
JFK assassination theory
First experience with technology
Agism in the workplace
What is “the wonder killer”?
Making music with software vs. in-person
George Harrison and the concept of “subconscious plagiarism”
Maybe I’m Crazy by Monarchy
Get Down Moses by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann
My Sweet Lord by George Harrison (excerpt)
He’s So Fine by The Chiffons (excerpt)
Background music by Lee Rosevere.
Recorded at KPSU Portland’s College Radio on June 8, 2017.