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Radio Lab
Thu, 07/12/2012 - 1:00pm
Thu, 07/12/2012 - 7:00pm

Stochasticity  (a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness), may be at the very foundation of our lives. To understand just how big a role it plays, we look at chance and patterns in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body. And we meet two girls named Laura, whose unlikely meeting seems to defy pure chance


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Metropolitan Opera
Mon, 07/09/2012 - 9:00pm

Announcement of Winners and more details

New York, NY (March 18, 2012) – The Metropolitan Opera today announced the winners of the 2012 National Council Auditions. They are: Janai Brugger, soprano from Darien, IL; Anthony Clark Evans, baritone from Owensboro, KY; Matthew Grills, tenor from Newtown, CT; Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-soprano from Euclid, OH; and Andrey Nemzer, countertenor from Moscow, Russia. The winners were selected from nine finalists who performed arias with the MET Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis. Each winner receives a cash prize of $15,000, as well as invaluable career exposure: the audience for the auditions includes influential opera executives, artist managers, and music critics, and some of the biggest stars in opera received their first major recognition as National Council Winners.

The Grand Finals Concert was hosted by renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens, a 1996 National Council Auditions winner. During the judges’ deliberations, he gave a special performance of “Ella giammai m’amò,” King Philip’s aria from Verdi’s Don Carlo.

Hear the National Council Grand Finals Concert recorded RECORDED Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Off the Page
Tue, 07/10/2012 - 1:00pm
Tue, 07/10/2012 - 7:00pm

Roger K. Miller grew up in Binghamton in the 1950s and remembers the era and the
Square Deal Towns in his new memoir, The Chenango Kid. Miller tells Bill Jaker about
the Moon Block fire that wiped out his family’s domicile, classes at East Junior High,
movies at the Strand and Regus, kids’ adventures on both sides of the Viaduct and the
popular culture of the Decade That Never Ended.


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Thu, 07/05/2012 - 1:00pm
Thu, 07/05/2012 - 7:00pm

Ghosts, ghouls, shades from the past... in this episode of Radiolab, real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them, prod them, and fade out of existence. One man finds a way to put the beatdown on his personal bogey man, a dead monk spurs a king to build a perfect prayer machine, an unknown face launches a thousand dummies (actually, a whole lot more than that), and a skeptic goes on a one-way to journey to find out whether spirits exist.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 1:00pm

Read more and hear the program here

A timely one-hour special, hosted by NPR's Scott Simon, that tells stories of American democracy at the local level. We listen in as people wrestle with issues alongside -- and in opposition to -- their neighbors. Segments from Upstate New York, North Carolina, Texas, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Alaska.

From John Biewen and the Center for Documentary Studies.

Tune in Tuesday July 3rd at 1pm.

A Prairie Home Companion
Sat, 06/30/2012 - 6:00pm

Coming to you this week from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, veteran troubadour and storyteller Arlo Guthrie, close-harmonizing siblings The DiGiallonardo Sisters, and exquisite vocalist Heather Masse. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Mr. Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon. Two chances to hear Prairie Home Companion on WSKG radio- Saturday night at 6pm and Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

Innovation Trail
Wed, 06/27/2012 - 6:53am

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked vast reserves of natural gas once thought unreachable. This natural gas is touted as a cleaner fuel that can reduce carbon emissions. But new research is bringing that into question.

Gas Planet, a special hour of radio, explores whether unconventional natural gas drilling can help or hinder efforts to solve climate change.The program delves into the science behind methane as a greenhouse gas and talks to experts about the latest research.

Brought to you by the Allegheny Front in partnership with the Innovation Trail, Gas Planet looks at the impact of fracking from Pennsylvania to New York and beyond.Hear it on WSKG Radio at 7pm Wednesday 6/27.


More information, segment transcripts and program audio available here

Community Conversation
Tue, 07/03/2012 - 7:00pm

When we hear the term “hoarding,” we tend to picture a home crammed full of belongings and clutter. What lies behind the need to surround ourselves with stuff?


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Radio Lab
Thu, 06/28/2012 - 7:00pm

When Brains Attack!  Strange stories of brains that lead their owners astray, knock them off balance, and, sometimes, propel them to do amazing things. Radio Lab at 1pm and 7pm.

Innovation Conversation
Wed, 06/27/2012 - 1:00pm

Many upstate communities are anchored by universities. They draw in students and breathe life into the region. But they also create jobs, fresh ideas and new companies. The question is: How well is the upstate economy capitalizing on its academic institutions? Call 1-888-639-5613 to join in the conversation."Innovation Conversation: Higher Ed's Impact",  June 27 at 1pm.

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