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.
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
US Consulate Chennai
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.