Red River Radio invites you to take an exciting journey to the Imperial Cities, May 12 – May 22, 2014. Join us on this trip to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. The trip features a visit to the amazing Hradcany Castle in Prague, a river cruise down the beautiful Danube River, a tour of Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years, and finally a trip to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," truly one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Airs Monday, April 21 at 8 p.m. Should you ever meet Donny McCaslin, you'll encounter an imposingly tall fellow who's one of the nicest guys you'll shake hands with — and who wields a sax like few others. His band has gone electro-funk with fuzz-dub bass, analog synths and hard grooves. One of his newer tunes is called "Stadium Jazz," which is a little tongue-in-cheek and with a little bit of the grand vision implied. They played a side stage in the morning. The audience didn't know what hit 'em.
Airs Monday, April 21 at 11 a.m. Coming up on the next broadcast concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony, music director Manfred Honeck welcomes clarinetist Michael Rusinek for a concert featuring the Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto along with Echo of Peace by Herbert Willi, the Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky and Mason Bates’ Mothership.
Airs Sunday, April 20 at 6 p.m. Unable to speak until age four and diagnosed autistic in the 1950s, Temple Grandin went on to defy expectations, becoming a renowned author, activist and expert in humane livestock design. Honing her ability to see and think differently, this self-described “anthropologist on Mars” has brought enlightenment to her field and a new understanding of autism to the world. David D’Arcy hosts this journey into a truly Independent Mind.
Airs Sunday, April 20 at 10 a.m. The English chorale tradition comes alive during this Easter special featuring the Cathedral Choir of Christ's Church Oxford with a rich selection of chorale works from across the centuries.
Airs Saturday, April 19 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Richard Strauss’s elegant romance Arabella. Philippe Auguin conducts a cast full of debuting artists. Swedish soprano Malin Byström, who made a notable Met debut in Gounod’s Faust two seasons ago, sings the role of the levelheaded, yet idealistic Arabella. German baritone Michael Volle, a leading exponent of dramatic baritone roles in Europe, has made his Met debut this season as Arabella's suitor Mandryka. Also new to the Met this season are soprano Juliane Banse, who sings the role of Arabella's sister Zdenka, tenor Roberto Saccà as Matteo, and bass-baritone Martin Winkler as Count Waldner. Arabella will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
Airs Friday, April 18 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some classic tracks from Van Morrison, Victoria Williams, and Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers plus something new from Devendra Banhart and something exotic from Huun Huur Tu and on Blues at the Bottom, Buddy Flett, Henry Gray, and Carol Fran drive it on home. In our concert set this week we four tracks from an NPR Tiny Desk concert with Lord Huron and then we travel to Austin for a SXSW concert at Momo's with Sarah Jaffe. Our Final hour is a kick up your heels set guaranteed to get your feets-a-movin'.
Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is Love in the Time of Cholera. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.
The signs came early that Abhina Aher was different.
Born a boy biologically and given the male name Abhijit, Aher grew up in a middle-class neighborhood of Mumbai, India. The son of a single mother who nurtured a love of dance, Aher would watch enthralled as she performed.
"I used to wear the clothes that my mother used to wear — her jewelry, her makeup," Aher, now 37, recalls. "That is something which used to extremely fascinate me."
Few mixtures in American life are more emotionally combustible than the one formed by the combination of politics and race.
That helps explain why Democrats, in general, and President Obama, in particular, have tended to steer clear of overtly raising race as an issue to explain some of the opposition to Obama's presidency and agenda.
There seems to be a shift in recent days, however.
Top Democratic party officials have either directly or indirectly blamed race for some of the hostility to Obama, his policies, or both.