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The New Yorker Radio Hour: The State of the Union Songbook Live

Saturday April 13 2024 • 2:42am - 2:42am ET

Jeremy Pope performs in composer Michael Friedman's State of the Union Songbook live in The Greene Space

The campaign playing out in the political world may seem like theatre — part drama, part comedy — but Michael Friedman wants to make it a musical.

Friedman, who wrote the music and lyrics to “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” has been following the primaries, interviewing voters, and making songs out of the transcripts. The result is a series of musical snapshots that capture how people are thinking about politics in 2016.

The New Yorker Radio Hour presented a selection of Friedman’s work – including a world premieres – live in The Greene Space with performances by Kristolyn Lloyd and Jeremy Pope. Hosted by The New Yorker’s Sarah Larson.

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