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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.

TCO's Operalogue
Tue, 02/05/2013 - 9:00pm
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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.

Binghamton Philharmonic
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.

Freakonomics Radio
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?
Community Conversation
Tue, 01/29/2013 - 7:00pm

 

We’ll talk about the latest changes being phased in as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and what changes take place in 2014. Crystal Sarakas hosts
NPR Special Coverage
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 10:00am
Pete Souza

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.

Pay
Off the Page
Tue, 01/22/2013 - 1:00pm
Tue, 01/22/2013 - 7:00pm

We all like to get paid for our work, but how do you determine if you're being properly compensated? Professor Kevin Hallock, chair of the Department of Economics at Cornell University, covers both the economic and personal dimensions in a new book called simply Pay. Dr. Hallock welcomes questions from listeners about this crucial but personal subject.

Freakonomics Radio
Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 01/24/2013 - 7:00pm

Is a college diploma really worth the paper it’s printed on?  In this episode, Stephen Dubner breaks down the costs and benefits of going to college.

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