Bruce Cockburn: Rumours of Glory, Parts 1-9

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If I Had a Rocket Launcher: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (1/9)

TheRealNews on May 28, 2019

Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn speaks with host Paul Jay about his memoir Rumours of Glory, and how growing up in Cold War-era Canada affected his understanding of community.

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The Trouble With Normal: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (2/9)

Songwriter Bruce Cockburn speaks with host Paul Jay about whether his music is ‘anti-American,’ and about his early spiritual influences.

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Gavin’s Woodpile: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (3/9)

Songwriter Bruce Cockburn talks about writing the song Gavin’s Woodpile and the impact of mercury poisoning on First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario.

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The Charity of Night: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (4/9)

Bruce Cockburn explains why he refers to himself as an ‘artist-correspondent,’ and describes how his relationship to God and the church has changed since he started writing music.

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Open: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (5/9)

Songwriter Bruce Cockburn discusses his experience visiting Guatemalan refugee camps and the inspiration behind his political and spiritual songwriting.

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Tokyo: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (6/9)

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Pacing the Cage: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (7/9)

Songwriter Bruce Cockburn explains the origins of the song Pacing the Cage, “a lament about being stuck.”

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If a Tree Falls: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (8/9)

Bruce Cockburn and Paul Jay discuss the existential threat of climate change, and how the song False River was written in protest of pipeline development in Canada.

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Call It Democracy: RAI with Bruce Cockburn (9/9)

Humanity will not be able to address climate change without also examining the reasons our democracy is flawed, says singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn.

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From the archives:

David Swanson: We Can’t Save the Climate Without Ending War

Chris Hedges: The Issue Before Us is Death

What Price a Livable Planet? by Paul Street

I don’t like the phrase “Climate Change.” It’s too mild. Try Climate Catastrophe. by Paul Street

As the World Burns: Hurtling Towards an Unlivable Planet by Paul Street

Bruce Cockburn: Night Train (music video)

Bruce Cockburn: Call It Democracy (music video; lyrics)

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