The New Deal Today: Explained Through a Podcast Script

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  • Introduction
    • Hello and welcome to Episode One of my new podcast, “Academics with Amy”! I’m your host, Amy, coming to you live from my humble abode. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about quarantine and an exciting proposal to help all of us stick this situation out. Some might even say it’s like a contemporary New Deal.
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  • Topic 1: Quarantine 
    • Okay, here we go. I want to say that this is my first time doing this so you guys will have to bear with me and my excitement! So, we are going to jump right into our first topic of the day which is how pop culture is dealing with quarantine. 
    • I don’t know about you, but being cooped up in my house is kind of draining. Something that I’ve noticed is that a lot of artists and celebrities have been coming together and live streaming or holding online events where they would just have a good time, almost restoring the humanity in us. I think having this source of entertainment during an unprecedented time like this is needed. I really find that music helps me out a lot especially in a time like this. According to Dan DiPiero, “music, however inadvertently, resonates with listeners in a particular, affective way” and is something that creates an environment that can help bring people peace in times of stress and uncertainty. 1
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  • Topic 2: “New Deal” Plan
    • That actually brings me to my suggestion for how we can rehabilitate those who provide a source of normality for us. A Los Angeles Times article states, “As our troubles worsen, as stress morphs into anxiety and depression, we may desperately need the mixture of the real and the fantastic, the sober and the silly, that only the arts can bring us.”2 This is what inspired my proposal for a program called “The Creators for the Public” or the “CFP”. This program would be meant to give compensation to artists who give some sort of entertainment to the public by means of at-home performances, art shows, etc. It will reduce the fear that “a generation of artists would be lost and a fatal blow would be dealt to American culture,” a common belief that was going around before the New Deal programs during the Great Depression.3 This will give a source of stability for those who have lost revenue for not being able to have these events live. 
    • Artists have said to have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars during this pandemic. The majority of musicians don’t have rights to their own music, which means that they can’t make much money when they release new music. Much of what they make is through live events, things that people can physically experience and enjoy which currently cannot happen. Painters and many other creators during this time are also having their work mainly be disregarded in exchange for necessities. These people give us their hard work and time and should be paid for continuing to do so when they could easily choose not to.
    • I feel that this program would help the public begin to regain its confidence in America and its ability to maintain stability during crisis situations. It would also help to keep the people who give us this stability afloat and allow them to continue giving us what we can cope with. This is similar to how the “WPA would improve the quality of life for most citizens” and be a “‘satisfactory American Way of Life.’”4 The CFP would serve as one of the many things in this country that make it a place of hope and greatness.
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  • Closing
    • Well, that’s was my little spiel, I hope you guys enjoyed it. I just want to thank you all for joining and listening in. Make sure to stay safe and check in on your loved ones. Also, remember that artists are people too and to quote Harry Hopkins, “‘Hell! They’ve got to eat just like other people,’” so support them!5 That’s all we have for today. Thanks again and I’ll see you in the next episode!
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  1. DiPiero, Dan. “TiK ToK: Post-Crash Party Pop, Compulsory Presentism and the 2008 Financial Collapse.” Sounding Out!, 21 Oct. 2019, https://soundstudiesblog.com/2019/10/21/tik-tok-post-crash-party-pop-compulsory-presentism-and-the-2008-financial-collapse/.
  2. Dickstein, Morris. “How song, dance and movies bailed us out of the Depression.” Los Angeles Times, 2009 April 1, https://www.latimes.com/la-oe-dickstein1-2009apr01-story.html.
  3. Park, Marlene, and Gerald Markowitz. “New Deal for Public Art.” Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy, edited by Harriet Senie and Sally Webster, 1992, p. 131.
  4. Bindas, Kenneth. All This Music Belongs to the Nation: The WPA’s Federal Music Project and American Society, 1995, p. 5.
  5. Park and Markowitz. “New Deal for Public Art.”

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