Hear in the Gorge
About This Show
Gorge Owned presents Hear in the Gorge, a podcast that will change your sense of place.
This audio companion to the popular Sense of Place lecture series captures some of the most gripping and moving narratives that we’ve ever heard about the Columbia River Gorge.
Most Recent Episode
Woody Guthrie & the Columbia River Songs: Hear in the Gorge, episode #3
7 days ago
When folksinger Woody Guthrie strolled into the Bonneville Power Administration in 1941, he played a song or two on his guitar, filled out some paperwork, and was hired by the federal government to write songs about dams on the Columbia River. And then, just as abruptly as it began, this odd-couple story came to an end. The folk singer’s 30 days at BPA is considered one of the single most productive bursts in his fruitful songwriting career. We track down the man who rediscovered this complicated history and get to the heart of what caused the federal government to hire a “scruffy radical folksinger” and why he chose to come to the Pacific Northwest.
Music and archival audio: Woody Guthrie - Library of Congress Recording Sessions, March 1940 with Alan Lomax. Woody Guthrie, Columbia River Collection - released 1988 by Smithsonian Folkways.