I Hear America Singing

The view of one’s life’s work has taken on different meanings in societies and eras across the world. From servant and slavery systems of old, to the industrial revolution, to labor unions and the gig economy, our idea of work is ever-changing.
As in all aspects of our culture, music has been a part of work every step of the way. Today, both the advent of remote-work and the emerging question of universal basic income are creating new paradigms and discussions about the meaning of work. Join Cantus for I Hear America Singing, a joyful examination of the role work has played in our lives in years past and how work might evolve into the future.


John Birge
John Birge is host of APM’s Composers Datebook, as well as the holiday specials Giving Thanks and Welcome Christmas with VocalEssence. He is also morning drive host on YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio.


One hour

Show Clock

Due to the length of the music pieces, this special will be one, 59:00 min segement. There is no internal break.

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Playlist Available: August 14, 2023
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Program rundown available: August 14, 2023
Date content will be uploaded: August 14, 2023


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August 15, 2023 - September 30, 2023

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