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A Self Defense World View and the Music of Overton Berry

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
05/10/2007

Self-defense is not just a skill, it's a world view. Today on the Beat, Seattle-based novelist Nicola Griffith shares the personal experiences that led her to see life as an attack waiting to happen. We also hear reflections from Seattle blues and funk legend Overton Berry.

07:00 - Sound Reflections
In music, the ending is just the beginning. Few of us dare to go past a stopping point, but Seattle funk legend and keyboardist Overton Berry discovered that when it was time to finish he was just getting started. Today, Overton talks with Amanda Wilde and opens our ears to the sound of transformative endings.

20:00 - Living Self Defense
Self-defense is not just a skill, it's a world view. When you put on a seatbelt, when you choose an outfit, when you speak your beliefs, you are defending the life you choose. Seattle-based novelist Nicola Griffith bases her life and those of her fictional characters in the new book, Always on that philosophy. Today, she shares the personal experiences that led her to see life as an attack waiting to happen.

34:00 - Sounds Familiar: 'Powerhouse'
Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, joins us with the little-known history of songs we didn't know we knew so well.

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