“America’s protest folksinger goes to work for the federal government” 

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.  In 30 days Guthrie wrote 26 songs about the Columbia River Gorge.  And then, just as abruptly as it began, this odd-couple story came to an end.  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 folksinger” to write songs about the promise of dams in the Pacific Northwest.