The Scramble: Metro-North, the "Globalization of Indifference," and Kurt Weill

Dec 2, 2013

Kurt Weill is a German composer who emigrated to the United States in 1935, at the age of 35, to escape persecution in Nazi-led Germany. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century.
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Metro-North has had a tough year. Yesterday's derailment in the Bronx follows the May derailment in Bridgeport that injured more than 70 people, the death of a rail worker repairing tracks in West Haven one week later, the July derailment of a freight train that occurred about 1,700 feet from Sunday's derailment, and a nearly two-week power outage in September that severely disrupted rail traffic.

Pope Francis is again speaking out, this time against the "globalization of injustice" that is unworthy of human dignity and inducing a "spiritual poverty" of significant proportion. 

We also talk with New Haven friend, author and musician Brian Francis Slattery about the influence of 20th century German composer Kurt Weill on American popular music and culture.

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  • Jim Cameron is a former journalist and commuter advocate who served 19 years on the Connecticut Metro-North Rail Commuter Council. He also writes the blog Talking Transportation.
  • Michael Sean Winters writes the award-winning blog Distinctly Catholic for The National Catholic Reporter
  • Brian Slattery  is a member of Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, an editor of The New Haven Review, and the author of sci-fi books.