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Last on

Sun 20 Dec 2009 13:30 BBC Radio 4 FM only

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 06 October 2009

Broadcaster Stephen Evans explores the life and work of lyricist Yip Harburg, who became known as the 'social conscience' of Broadway, and discovers his contemporary relevance.

Harburg became famous for writing the lyrics to The Wizard of Oz and the anthem of the Great Depression era, Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? His strong socialist views led him to become a victim of the infamous Hollywood anti-communist blacklist in the 1950s.

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