Wed March 5, 2014

Six collegiate rowing teams train in Natchitoches this month

Hundreds of collegiate rowers from six states will spend their week-long spring break in Natchitoches, training on Cane River Lake from dawn to dusk. 

The head crew coach at Northwestern State, Jason Stelly, says Natchitoches is a haven for collegiate teams.

“We have 33 miles of dammed up river, so there’s almost no boat traffic. No current. It’s protected by the wind, just the way the course is set," Stelly said.

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Tue March 4, 2014

SFA cancer research lab focuses attention on giant salvinia

Dr. Shiyou Li is research professor and director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Crops at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Credit Stephen F. Austin State University

This winter’s hard freezes are helpful in fighting the spread of the invasive aquatic weed giant salvinia that continues to choke area waterways. 

Researchers at Stephen F. Austin State University are working on a new control. Turns out, a compound found in the plant could be lethal to itself. That compound was discovered in an SFA pharmaceutical research lab that investigates anti-cancer agents found in native and invasive plants, according to Steve Bullard, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

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Tue March 4, 2014

History Matters: Sarah Knox Taylor died young and in love

Commentator Gary Borders has a portrait of Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of Zachary Taylor, who was a career military officer during her lifetime and later became president. Sarah Knox Taylor is buried near St. Francisville, La., at Locust Grove State Historic Site.

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Mon March 3, 2014
New Orleans Jazz Festival

New Orleans Jazz Festival: Vocal Jazz

John Boutte - Jazz Fest 2013
Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Airs Monday, March 3 at 8 p.m.  Join us this week for the first program from the New Orleans Jazz Festival showcasing highlights from the 2013 festival. Tonight John Boutte treats us to some vocal jazz.


Mon March 3, 2014
San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas

Airs Monday, March 4 at 11 a.m. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the podium this week for another concert by the San Francisco Symphony. He'll be joined by pianist Yuja Wang for a performance of the Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Rachmaninoff. To open the concert maestro Thomas will lead them in a Pavane by Faure and we'll also hear the Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52 by Jean Sibelius.