Tune in for the Best of NPR... Thursday afternoon at 1pm. We'll hear some touching and funny stories from 2012... favorites of NPR reporters and listeners. Hear about the Unified Muppet Theory of personality types... the ancient origins of the phrase "the dog ate my homework"... and Alec Baldwin on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
Tue, 02/12/2013 - 9:00pm
President Barak Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, the first address of his second term. The President is expected to expand on his proposals for new immigration and gun laws as well as budget and tax policy. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will give the Republican response.
NPR will present live anchored coverage starting at 9pm. Melissa Block will host. She'll be joined in the studio by NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson and Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving. Our special coverage will augmented with reporting and reaction from NPR correspondents Tamara Keith on the hill as well as policy reporter including David Welna on the federal budget, Julie Rovner on health, Tom Bowman on defense, and Elizabeth Shogren on climate, as well as analysis of the speeches from NPR correspondents and outside contributors.
Black History Month Special
Thu, 02/07/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 02/07/2013 - 7:00pm
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Let Freedom Sing chronicles the idealistic artists, uncompromising personalities and powerful music of the era, and looks at how these forces combined to turn abolitionism from a scorned fringe movement into a nation-changing force. This one-hour special will be hosted by Noah Adams.
"Any good crusade requires singing," reformers like to say, and in the 19th century, no cause was more righteous than the decades-long crusade to abolish slavery. An original WGBH-Classical New England production hosted by Noah Adams, Let Freedom Sing will profile such powerful figures as Henry Russell, the barnstorming Anglo-Jewish pianist and singer dubbed the master of "chutzpah and huzzah;" the Milford, New Hampshire-based Hutchinson Family Singers, remembered as America's first protest singers; and abolitionist leader and newspaper publisher William Lloyd Garrison, whose "Song of the Abolitionist" (set to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne") literally set the tone for the entire movement. Garrison believed strongly in setting stanzas to familiar melodies—for poetry, he held, was "naturally and instinctively on the side of liberty."
And the program will explain how "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" evolved from a patriotic ditty penned in a half-hour by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith to a stirring anthem of equality famously sung by Marian Anderson in 1939 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial…and reprised by Aretha Franklin on the West Lawn of the US Capitol for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009.
Tue, 02/05/2013 - 9:00pm
Find out all the answers as Maestro John Mario Di Costanzo unravels the twists and turns of the story and the fiery music of Verdi's Il Trovatore! Enjoy an up-close and personal preview of the show as cast members perform excerpts and talk about themselves and their upcoming roles.
Off the Page
Tue, 02/05/2013 - 1:00pm
Tue, 02/05/2013 - 7:00pm
Two guests whose family crises moved them to write books about their experiences appear together for the hour. Martha Stettinius is author of Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir, her journal of her late mother’s memory loss and decline. Dave Elder of Vestal wrote Expecting the Broken Brain to Do Mental Pushups: A Personal Journey to Understanding Schizophrenia and Depression about his mother’s illness.
Commonweatlh Club of California
Tue, 01/29/2013 - 1:00pm
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San Antonio Mayor JULIAN CASTRO electrified the audience during his keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, reminding them that "The American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay!" Castro's rise was encouraged and inspired by his Mexican-American single mother, a political activist. Mayor Castro has prioritized creating economic and educational opportunities for his constituents, knowing it can change the course of your life, as both Mayor Castro and his twin brother, Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro, went to Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
Mon, 01/28/2013 - 9:00pm
Jose-Luis Novo leads a concert recorded at the Anderson Center, including the Symphony No. 3, by Brahms, Binghamton University composer, Paul Goldstaub’s I Am Prospero, and Weber’s Clarniet Concerto No. 2, featuring soloist, Pascual Martínez Forteza. Recorded January 20th 2013.
Thu, 01/31/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 01/31/2013 - 7:00pm
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We've all heard our share of poignant and loving eulogies, but what if the deceased was (gulp) a real jerk? Ancient wisdom tells us not to speak ill of the dead, but in this very chatty age, which includes online obituaries, what happens to a person's reputation once they're no longer around to defend themselves?
NPR Special Coverage
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 10:00am
SPECIAL COVERAGE, 10am - 2pm ET
NPR will provide special coverage of the Inauguration from 10am ET - 2pm ET. Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish will HOST the special from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, where the Inaugural ceremony will take place. They'll be joined there by White House Correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley.
SPECIAL COVERAGE, 2pm-4pm ET onWSQX
Neal Conan will host and take listener calls.