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Lyric Opera of Chicago
Sat, 06/22/2013 - 12:00pm

This glorious masterwork stands with The Ring as the ultimate test for singers, chorus, and orchestra. At its heart, a song contest that will transform the society in which it takes place. Nürnberg’s ancient guild of mastersingers is looking for a work of art—a shining beacon of poetry and music. Only those who can pass the guild’s onerous test may enter. But the winner gets the ultimate prize—marriage to the peerless Eva.

Walther von Stolzing, the brilliant innovator, competes for art and for love; Beckmesser, the narrow-minded pedant, does everything to defeat him; Sachs, wisest of all the mastersingers, mentors the young genius, sometimes at the cost of his own happiness; and the people wait breathlessly to crown the victor.

In Wagner’s only foray into comedy, great art triumphs over all in one of the most joyous and overwhelming achievements in the history of music.

New production. Lyric coproducion with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and San Francisco Opera Association.
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Tue, 06/18/2013 - 1:00pm
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We take a  look back at some of WSKG’s coverage of fracking during the past year, including the program Deposit: at the Crossroads, which took a look at how we got to the point we're at in New York's debate over natural gas development and what's at stake.

Another portion includes interviews with Jon Campbell, reporter for Gannett; John Hanger, former head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection; Roger Downs, Albany representative for the Sierra Club; Tom West, oil and gas attorney; and Helen Slottje, co-founder of Community Environmental Defense Council.

Off the Page
Tue, 06/25/2013 - 1:00pm
Tue, 06/25/2013 - 7:00pm

By the final years of the 21st century, it looks as if all troubles have only gotten worse.In his dystopian first novel, The Seventh Traveler, Joseph N. Kirchner of Johnson City sets the action in familiar surroundings and in which only solitary wanderers bear a sense of morality.

Community Conversation
Tue, 06/18/2013 - 7:00pm

The prospect of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York has created a complex debate between two camps: one to support the growth of industries that may bring jobs to the region, the other eyeing the risk of environmental damage that could harm a community's long-term sustainability. Can there be balance? At what point is the risk not worth the reward, and who gets to decide?

Submit questions and/or comments in advance to or to @CrystalWSKG on Twitter.

The Writer's Almanac
Mon, 06/03/2013 - 8:35am
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Beginning with the Monday, June 3 episode, Billy Collins will be filling in for Garrison Keillor as the host of The Writer's Almanac. (In July, Garrison and the A Prairie Home Companion crew will be on a 30-day, 27-concert tour across the U.S.; and in August, Garrison will be hosting a Mediterranean cruise.)

Billy Collins was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003.

TED Radio Hour
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 1:00pm
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 7:00pm

Violence and brutality are grim realities of life. So why are some people violent, and others aren’t? Are some of us born that way, or can anyone be pushed into committing acts of cruelty? What would it take for an ordinary person to become violent? In this hour, TED speakers explore the sinister side of human nature, and whether we’re all capable of violence.  ( A Rebroadcast from the producers)

Alternative RAdio
Wed, 05/29/2013 - 1:00pm
Wed, 05/29/2013 - 7:00pm
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Jeremy Scahill is the award-winning National Security Correspondent for the Nation magazine and author of the best-sellers Blackwater and Dirty Wars. He has reported from war zones around the world. His work has sparked several congressional investigations. He is also the subject of the film Dirty Wars, an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.


For more information and to hear the program click here.


Rebroadcasts on WSQX at 1pm 5/30/13

Off the Page
Tue, 06/11/2013 - 1:00pm
Tue, 06/11/2013 - 7:00pm

Anne Serling’s remembrance of her father in As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling is both sweet and sad. The Tompkins County resident tells Bill Jaker about growing up under the wing of the acclaimed playwright and takes questions from listeners.

Community Conversation
Tue, 06/04/2013 - 7:00pm

Many cities and towns across the Southern Tier deal with urban blight and brownfields. Municipal planners have tried to address these issues to increase the long-term sustainability of the region. Join host Crystal Sarakas for a discussion on urban blight and brownfields.

Call or email with your questions: 1-888-359-9754 or

Fresh Air with Terry Gross
Mon, 05/27/2013 - 4:00pm

On the next Fresh Air --  poet and soldier BRIAN TURNER will read poems about his first-hand account of the Iraq War... and Maureen Corrigan shares a story of discovering a 1945 letter from the secretary of the Navy to her father, who’d been honorably discharged.  Also, we hear from legendary record producer QUINCY JONES, he was just inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.

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