Welcome to the third re-run in our Serenade Radio series of Steyn's Song of the Week. On a weekend of catastrophic global humiliation for a flailing and unserious superpower, this song of quintessentially American confidence and swagger may or may not be what's needed. From the Steyn archives, the writers John Kander and Fred Ebb, their star Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra's musical director Vincent Falcone join Mark to trace the history of a blockbuster song.
~If you missed today's audio edition of Steyn's Song of the Week on Serenade Radio in the UK, do treat yourself and catch one or other of the repeats:
It airs again on Monday morn at 5.30am London time - that's 9.30pm Sunday on the US and Canadian West Coast, so a kind of late-night vibe to it, but it's early Monday afternoon in Oz, so a mellow post-prandial feel to it.
Serenade has now added an additional rerun of the show on Thursday at 9pm UK time. Whichever you prefer, we hope you'll tune in. You can listen from anywhere on the planet right here.
~Thank you for your enthusiastic comments about this series. Michael Cavino, a New Jersey member of The Mark Steyn Club, writes:
These shows are really fantastic! I do hope to hear the 'New York, New York' episode as I missed part of that one when it aired. Thanks, Mark!
Your wish is our command, Michael. Just click here.
This airing of my Serenade Song of the Week is a special presentation of The Mark Steyn Club. We launched the Steyn Club over four years ago, and in this our fifth year I'm immensely heartened by all the longtime SteynOnline regulars - from Fargo to Fiji, Madrid to Malaysia, West Virginia to Witless Bay - who've signed up to be a part of it. Membership in The Mark Steyn Club also comes with non-musical benefits, including:
~Our latest audio adventure in Tales for Our Time, and its four-dozen thrilling predecessors;
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