The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bizet’s Carmen. Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who made an acclaimed Met debut as Carmen in 2010, sings her first Met Saturday matinee broadcast of her signature role. Rising Italian conductor Michele Mariotti, who also leads this season’s new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, conducts a cast that includes Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff and Russian soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who make their Met debuts this season as Don José and Micaëla, respectively. Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov returns to the role of Escamillo, the swaggering toreador, for the first time since the Met’s 2004-05 season.
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 7:00pm
Milestone conversations with Maya Angelou and lauded African Americans who tell the stories of a culture through the entertainment industry, award-winning music, opportunities for philanthropy and the pursuit of peace. Join a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Nobel Prize winning group of voices with the poetic, historical commentary of Maya Angelou. Guests include Oprah Winfrey, Kofi Annan, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Taylor and Alicia Keys.
Tue, 02/26/2013 - 7:00pm
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In the 19th century, thousands of slaves escaped to free states and to Canada using a network of secret routes and safe houses. More than 800 fugitive slaves passed through Elmira, a major stop along the Underground Railroad. Take a look at this part of our local history.
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 7:00pm
SEGMENT 1: In this documentary "Justice Denied", we explore how federal courts enforced fugitive slave laws. Historians, actors and legal scholars re-create the famous case of a young escaped slave who was sent back by a Boston judge, provoking America's largest abolitionist protest.
SEGMENT 2: Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln historian Eric Foner chronicles the Dred Scott decision (often derided as the Supreme Court's worst ruling), which held that black people have "no rights" and aggravated tensions between north and south, setting the stage for the bloody Civil War.
This American Life
Sun, 02/17/2013 - 12:00pm
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 7:00pm
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
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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.