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by rieladmin on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

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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