A Place To Disappear – Youth, Circa 1969 – (Part 2) – Past Daily Reference Room

Alienated - always.

Alienation – the constant.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – CBC Radio: Searching Part 2 – 1969 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Continuing with the second episode of this 13 part radio series from the CBC in Canada, which originally aired in 1969. The problems of growing up never really changed very much – still haven’t.

This second episode deals with communication breakdowns between generations – the age-old problem of a lack of understanding, and an unwillingness to try.

In 1969 it was no different than it is today. Even though the circumstances, the pressures and the potential dangers are different than before, the core issue hasn’t changed – there is still that lack of understanding and an impatience on both sides to appreciate what each is going through.

So this episode, much the same as the opening episode, deals with issues of being a teenager in an alienating world. It’s all done through the voices of the participants themselves and the world as viewed from their eyes.

There is also the somewhat quaint and precious music that pops in every so often – and the thundering, detached voice of the CBC announcer. But it’s a good snapshot of what a generation was going through, while stuck in the middle of it.

Here is Episode 2 of Searching from CBC Radio in 1969.

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