No holiday season is complete without Handel's stunning oratorio, and one of Boston's most cherished holiday traditions: Music Director Harry Christophers leads the Handel & Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally-acclaimed soloists in Handel's complete dramatic masterwork, in the acoustic splendor of Boston's Symphony Hall. Canadian superstars soprano Karina Gauvin and countertenor Daniel Taylor, British tenor extraordinaire James Gilchrist, and Boston's own premier baritone Sumner Thompson offer this season's unique rendition of this Boston tradition, hosted by longtime Boston broadcast voice Ron Della Chiesa.
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
Fri, 12/07/2012 - 7:00pm
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Piano Jazz Remembers Dave Brubeck, who passed away Wednesday December 5th 2012.
Jazz giant Dave Brubeck first rose to prominence in the 1950s while touring college campuses with his quartet, featuring alto sax player Paul Desmond. At age 92, Brubeck had only recently decided to stop touring internationally! On this 1997 session recorded before a live audience, Brubeck and McPartland perform duets on "Just You, Just Me," and Brubeck's standard, "In Your Own Sweet Way."
Wed, 12/05/2012 - 8:00pm
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Due to operational difficulties this program, originaly scheduled for Tuesday night, was not broadcast. Please tune in tonight (Wednesday) at 8.
Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.
Find the listing of music on the program HERE
Tue, 12/04/2012 - 8:00pm
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Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Tune in for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Tue, 12/04/2012 - 1:00pm
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HIV/AIDS is defined by people: their complex lives, their bravery, their fear, their sadness, their need, their laughter, their inconsistencies--basically, their rich humanity. LiveHopeLove looks at the universal problems faced by people with HIV/AIDS, through the specific lens of Jamaica, where almost no one is unaffected by the disease. What are the unique realities of this small island state that set its HIV/AIDS sufferers apart from those in the rest of the world? Poet and writer Kwame Dawes travels to Jamaica to explore the experience of people living with HIV/AIDS and to examine how the disease has shaped their lives. Dawes' poems, inspired by their stories, take this documentary into deep realms of the heart.
LiveHopeLove: HIV/AIDS in Jamaica is the second of two multimedia reporting initiatives undertaken by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting with support from the MAC AIDS Fund.
Visit LiveHopeLove.com to explore the interactive website with rich photography, the complete set of Kwame's poems, short video documentaries and musical interpretations of the poems.
The radio documentary is produced by Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and Jack Chance of Outer Voices, in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Thu, 12/06/2012 - 1:00pm
Thu, 12/06/2012 - 7:00pm
It's the fourth edition of the not so new, wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. This show is filled with fun and fresh renditions of great holiday music.
Thu, 11/29/2012 - 1:00pm
Thu, 11/29/2012 - 7:00pm
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Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways. In this documentary, American RadioWorks host Stephen Smith asks whether these innovations can help more people get access to higher education and bring down the cost of college without sacrificing learning.
Read more and hear the program again HERE
Off the Page
Tue, 11/27/2012 - 1:00pm
Tue, 11/27/2012 - 7:00pm
The author and host Bill Jaker will discuss the book and take your calls.
The author's sense of setting and her feeling for her characters is impeccable. An excerpt from "When You Live by a River" won the 2006 Narrative Prize from Narrative Magazine.
Mermer Blakeslee was born, raised and still lives in the Catskill region. ""When You Live by a River" is her third novel. She also writes poetry and is author of "A Conversation with Fear", a book about getting people beyond their comfort zone and girded to encounter life's scary challenges. The book was issued originally as "In the Yikes! Zone" and was inspired by her work as a ski instructor. She is a former member of the National Demonstration Team for the Professional Ski Instructors of America.
Read more here
Tue, 12/04/2012 - 7:00pm
December may be a month of parties and presents, but for many, it's also a month of depression. On this Community Conversation, Crystal Sarakas will talk with guests about seasonal affective disorder, about what causes depression and about what can be done to combat it.
Word of Mouth
Tue, 11/20/2012 - 1:00pm
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Host Virginia Prescott talks with food writer and cookbook author J.M. Hirsch who shares his tips on how to “pimp” your Thanksgiving dinner to make it impress without stress. Aso a conversation with book blogger and literary Twitterati Michele Filgate on the best reads to pack when planning a long weekend with family. And, every family has its secrets, but not all are as surprising as one revealed in a documentary made by NPR producer Steve Lickteig. His film explores why the identity of his real mother was kept from him for most of his life, not only by the parents who raised him, but by an entire community. Plus, how vegans and meat-lovers can break bread together at Thanksgiving...really.