Kresta in the Afternoon – January 19, 2011 – Hour 1

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    First Topic - Supreme Court lets stand DC gay marriage law

    The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a law authorizing homosexual marriage in Washington, DC rejecting a challenge from traditional marriage groups. The top US court without comment turned down a petition from a group of residents seeking to put gay marriage to a city-wide referendum. The high court decision, a blow to traditional marriage, came as another high profile case on the legal status of same-sex marriage in California, churned through the US legal system. We talk with Bill May of Catholics for the Common Good.

    Second Topic – Scythian

    Rousing and raucous, Scythian plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Take a pair of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. Their high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music has one goal in mind: to get people on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks. Their latest release is Cake for Dinner, an interactive, educational musical project for children. We talk to band members Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka.

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