Bygone Binghamton: Remembering People and Places of the Past is a new and encyclopedic two-volume review of the tremendous (IBM, EJ, the Arlington Hotel), the temporary (“Masty Huba”, Kiddieland) and the trivial (Slab Bubble Gum) of the Triple Cities in the 20th century. Principal author Jack Edward Shay and collaborators Betty Casey and Tom Townsend tell about everything that could be packed into 1,313 pages.
Tue, 02/26/2013 - 1:00pm
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A music documentary which tells the story of blind African American gospel singers who strongly influenced the course of American music from sacred to rock and beyond.
Read more about the project, the musicians and their stories, and the presenters on this program here.
Sat, 02/23/2013 - 1:00pm
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The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bizet’s Carmen. Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who made an acclaimed Met debut as Carmen in 2010, sings her first Met Saturday matinee broadcast of her signature role. Rising Italian conductor Michele Mariotti, who also leads this season’s new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, conducts a cast that includes Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff and Russian soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who make their Met debuts this season as Don José and Micaëla, respectively. Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov returns to the role of Escamillo, the swaggering toreador, for the first time since the Met’s 2004-05 season.
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 7:00pm
Milestone conversations with Maya Angelou and lauded African Americans who tell the stories of a culture through the entertainment industry, award-winning music, opportunities for philanthropy and the pursuit of peace. Join a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Nobel Prize winning group of voices with the poetic, historical commentary of Maya Angelou. Guests include Oprah Winfrey, Kofi Annan, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Taylor and Alicia Keys.
Tue, 02/26/2013 - 7:00pm
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In the 19th century, thousands of slaves escaped to free states and to Canada using a network of secret routes and safe houses. More than 800 fugitive slaves passed through Elmira, a major stop along the Underground Railroad. Take a look at this part of our local history.
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 7:00pm
SEGMENT 1: In this documentary "Justice Denied", we explore how federal courts enforced fugitive slave laws. Historians, actors and legal scholars re-create the famous case of a young escaped slave who was sent back by a Boston judge, provoking America's largest abolitionist protest.
SEGMENT 2: Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln historian Eric Foner chronicles the Dred Scott decision (often derided as the Supreme Court's worst ruling), which held that black people have "no rights" and aggravated tensions between north and south, setting the stage for the bloody Civil War.
This American Life
Sun, 02/17/2013 - 12:00pm
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 7:00pm
We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances. We found so many incredible and surprising stories, this show is a two-parter; Part One airs this week, Part Two is next week.
Sat, 02/16/2013 - 1:00pm
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer’s new production moves the opera’s tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of Las Vegas circa 1960. Serbian baritone Željko Lučić sings the title character, here a world-weary comedian. German soprano Diana Damrau is Gilda, Rigoletto’s innocent daughter. And Polish tenor Piotr Beczala sings the Duke, portrayed as an amoral lounge singer. Slovakian bass Štefan Kocán is the assassin-for-hire Sparafucile, and Belarussian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova makes her network broadcast debut as his seductive sister, Maddalena. Italian conductor Michele Mariotti, who made his Met debut earlier this season, conducts his first company performances of the Verdi masterwork.
Off the Page
Tue, 02/19/2013 - 1:00pm
Tue, 02/19/2013 - 7:00pm
The model for planning and preservation of our environment may be found not in wilderness or parkland but in cemeteries from the 19th century. In his new book, Arcadian America, Dr. Aaron Sachs, associate professor of history and American studies at Cornell University, looks back and within to tell about landscape and mortality from both his personal perspective and through the writing and actions of some of the major figures in our history.
Thu, 02/14/2013 - 1:00pm
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.