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Piano Jazz Rising Stars
Fri, 08/17/2012 - 10:00pm

As a child, Julian Lage was quickly recognized as a guitar prodigy. He recorded with David Grisman and toured with Gary Burton before he was old enough to drive. Since then he has evolved into a composer with a deep understanding of the scope of American music, expressed on his acclaimed 2011 album, Gladwell. Lage solos on his "Etude #1" and "Alone Together," and joins Jon Weber for "Just Friends." 

Off the Page
Tue, 08/21/2012 - 1:00pm
Tue, 08/21/2012 - 7:00pm

“Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale” has quickly become a major work for understanding the search for natural gas beneath New York and Pennsylvania.  Journalist Tom Wilber spoke with all sides in the ongoing controversy and joins Bill Jaker to respond to listeners’ questions and comments.  

 

Photo by James Pitarresi

A Prairie Home Companion
Sat, 08/11/2012 - 6:00pm
Sun, 08/12/2012 - 2:00pm

THIS WEEKEND ON APHC — August 11th, 2012 – America's Pastime

This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a baseball memorabilia show with Sam Bush singing a song for the great Ozzie Smith, "Casey at the Bat," Dusty and Lefty drive cows out into right field, and talk of The Curse of the Bambino. Plus, Guy Noir encounters a distraught Red Sox fan, Dave Frishberg with a song called "The Catbird Seat," and Pat Donohue with "Opening Day." And in Lake Wobegon, Garrison tells the story of the day Babe Ruth came to town.

The TED Hour
Thu, 08/09/2012 - 1:00pm
Thu, 08/09/2012 - 7:00pm

Being happy is perhaps the most universal human yearning. But this simple goal often eludes us. Suppose we can understand happiness. Then how do we find it? Three TED speakers offer some big ideas for achieving happiness: limiting our choices, facing our regrets, and embracing our diversity. 

 

Segment A: Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

 Segment B: We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, writer Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.

 Segment C: Author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness. Then host Alison Stewart speaks with Howard Moskowitz, whose spaghetti sauce experiments are the focus of Gladwell's TEDTalk. They discuss the progress made in understanding everyday experiences through the science of preference.

 photo: Foxtongue via flickr

TED Radio Hour
Thu, 08/16/2012 - 1:00pm
Thu, 08/16/2012 - 7:00pm

A cornucopia of TEDT alks about food: growing it, cooking it, consuming it -- and making sure there's enough for everyone. Feast on stories about saving seeds to protect the future of food, the daily miracle of feeding a city, and what's in kids' lunches. For dessert, hear a chef's tale of the best fish he ever ate.

Community Conversation
Tue, 08/14/2012 - 7:00pm

Freedom of speech is a cherished part of our Constitution. Do we really understand what the First Amendment is about?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 9:00pm

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater brings you music in performance, sweet and hot, every week. With her fine, friendly voice, Grammy and Tony Award-winning host Dee Dee Bridgewater introduces sets from locales like Kennedy Center Jazz in Washington DC, festivals from North Sea to Monterey, and top clubs like Jazz Standard in New York.

JazzSet's recordings capture the legends, today's top bands, and promising new talent. Occasionally, JazzSet dips into the archives and Dee Dee shares a moment that's too good not to share. Hear Jazzset every friday at 9pm, beginning August 3rd.


 

Piano Jazz Rising Stars
Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:00pm

Twenty-something pianist, composer, and educator Taylor Eigsti has been on the jazz scene for over a decade, and has lately set his sights on bringing jazz to a whole new audience. On this program Eigsti blends the old and new with solo renditions of “I Hear a Rhapsody,” Coldplay’s “Daylight,” and his original, “Magnolia.” (Photo Credit: Bill Douthart)


 

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:00pm

Piano Jazz Rising Stars, hosted by pianist Jon Weber,is a 13 week series highlighting the jazz legends of tomorrow, and follows the winning combination of talk and music heard on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz for over 30 years. Each week host Jon Weber sits down with one of the leading young performers on the jazz scene today. Guests include pianist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Julian Lage, alto saxophonist/vocalist Grace Kelly, vocalist Sachal Vasandani, and this year's Thelonious Monk Competition winner, pianist Kris Bowers.

Beginning Friday August 3rd at 10pm.

Off the Page
Tue, 08/07/2012 - 1:00pm
Tue, 08/07/2012 - 7:00pm

The trickster and thief who beguiles honest people into parting with money and goods is a character who keeps turning up in American society. In her new book, The Mark Inside, Amy Reading of Ithaca reviews the history of confidence men, including the revenge tale of J. Frank Norfleet, a Texas rancher who fought back with a cunning reverse swindle.

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