Main: International Workers’ Day

Yes­ter­day was May 1st — May Day — which in addi­tion to mark­ing the Celtic fes­ti­val of Beltane, is also known as Inter­na­tion­al Work­ers’ Day, a cel­e­bra­tion of the inter­na­tion­al labour move­ment. It is often marked by orga­nized street demon­stra­tions and march­es by work­ing peo­ple and their labour unions through­out much of the world. May 1 is a nation­al hol­i­day in more than 80 coun­tries, and is also cel­e­brat­ed unof­fi­cial­ly in many oth­er coun­tries. Today’s pro­gramme cel­e­brates the work­ing peo­ple of the world with a col­lec­tion of folk songs from the labour move­ment, work songs and songs of protest, par­tic­u­lar­ly from Britain and the Unit­ed States.

Wal­ter Crane’s illus­tra­tion shown above, from 1895, cel­e­brates both the tra­di­tion­al May Day and the labour move­ment. Inter­na­tion­al Work­ers’ Day is the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 1886 Hay­mar­ket affair in Chica­go, which occurred after an unknown per­son threw a dyna­mite bomb at police as they dis­persed a pub­lic assem­bly dur­ing a gen­er­al strike for the eight-hour work­day. In response, the Chica­go police fired on the work­ers killing dozens of demon­stra­tors and sev­er­al of their own offi­cers.

For more about Inter­na­tion­al Work­ers’ Day, see this Wikipedia arti­cle.

The Black Mass

Then at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 UK time), please join us for the first of our new series of chill­ing land­mark radio dra­mas by some of lit­er­a­ture’s most famous authors — The Black Mass - pro­duced by Erik Bauers­feld and John Whit­ing at KPFA in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia and pre­sent­ed by kind per­mis­sion of Erik Bauers­feld and Bay Area Radio Dra­ma. (See sep­a­rate arti­cle.)

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:
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