The State of the Union Songbook: “Utopia”

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The composer Michael Friedman has been travelling the country this year to interview voters and turn their thoughts on the state of the nation into song. (“The New Yorker Radio Hour” has been premièring his work—watch the composer’s live début of “The State of the Union Songbook” at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, at New York Public Radio.) Friedman’s “Utopia” was created from an interview with a porn actor who is gay and very left-wing—but is so pessimistic about our political system that he leans toward supporting Donald Trump. “The despair and the anger in this interview is about as intense as any . . . I’ve done,” Friedman told The New Yorker’s Sarah Larson.