Mon November 3, 2014
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 2014

Airs Monday, November 3 at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, you’ll hear two powerful Russian favorites. Favorite guest Yan Pascal Tortelier returns to Heinz Hall to conduct Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2,  and Russian wunderkind, Daniil Trifonov, performs the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2.  Jim Cunningham will host the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio Broadcast on Red River Radio.


Sun November 2, 2014
Louisiana Public Square

Louisiana Public Square: Louisiana's Congressional Priorities

Airs Sunday, November 2 at 6 p.m. In November, Louisiana voters head to the polls to decide who will represent them in Washington, D.C. This month, Louisiana Public Square explores what issues matter to the electorate and what the priorities should be for the state's next congressional delegation. Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief? Should more funds go towards coastal restoration or securing the Southern border? And what role should the state's delegation play in the future of the Affordable Care Act?

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Sat November 1, 2014
San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera: Jerome Kern's Showboat

Michael Todd Simpson (Gaylord Ravenal) and Heidi Stober (Magnolia Hawks)
Cory Weaver San Francisco Opera

Airs Saturday, November 1 at 12 noon. This week the San Francisco Opera conclude it's season with a stellar production of Jerome Kern's Showboat starring Heidi Stober as Magnolia Hawks and Michael Todd Simpson as Gaylord Ravenal, with Bill Irwin as Cap'n Andy Hawks, Patricia Racette as Julie La Verne, Angela Renée Simpson as Queenie, Harriet Harris as Parthy Ann Hawks, Kirsten Wyatt as Ellie Mae Chipley, Morris Robinson as Joe, and John Bolton as Frank Schultz. John Demain leads the San Francisco Opera Orchstra and Chorus and Dianne Nicolini will host.



Fri October 31, 2014
Cultural, Community, Information

Caravan: Roy Book Binder

Roy Bookbinder at Fur Peace Ranch

Airs Friday, October 31 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll start out moody and end up blusey with tracks from the Rolling Stones, Warren Wilken, Buddy Flett, Daniel Lanois, The Amboy Dukes and a touch of the Allman Brothers as well. Then in our concert hour, blues man and Reverend Gary Davis protégé Roy Book Binder takes the stage at the Fur Peace Ranch and this week in our final hour we look for secret poets.

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Fri October 31, 2014
The Two-Way

After Mass Protests, Hungary Gives Up On Internet Tax

Thousands of participants march across the Elisabeth bridge during a rally against the government's plan to tax Internet usage.
Attila Kisbenedek AFP/Getty Images

Days after some 100,000 people took to the streets in protest, Hungary's government has given up on plans to tax Internet usage.

As we reported, opponents said the tax was the government's attempt to "create a digital iron curtain around Hungary."

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Fri October 31, 2014
The Two-Way

Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

The commercial space ship, pictured here in an earlier test flight, crashed in the California Desert.
Photographer:Mark Greenberg Virgin Galactic

In what could be a major setback for commercial space tourism, a manned spaceship has crashed in California.

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was on a test flight this morning, with two pilots aboard. Minutes after its rocket fired, the company announced on twitter that spacecraft experienced an "anomaly."

Local authorities confirm that an aircraft has gone down. And the AP reports that one pilot has been killed.

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Fri October 31, 2014

In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

Richard Jenkins plays Henry, Olive's husband.
JoJo Whilden Courtesy of HBO

Olive Kitteridge, a new two-part, four-hour miniseries that runs on HBO Sunday and Monday, sounds like the kind of long-form dramas TV used to make back in the '70s and '80s when miniseries ruled. Like them, Olive Kitteridge covers an entire generation in the lives of its characters — a 25-year span — but otherwise, it couldn't be more different. Most of those sprawling classic miniseries were set against major historical events, and were as much about passionate romance and glamorous costumes as anything else.

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Fri October 31, 2014
Author Interviews

Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. The book, set in a North Carolina amusement park in 1973, is part horror novel and part supernatural thriller. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.

Originally broadcast May 28, 2013.

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Fri October 31, 2014

'The Merry Widow' Opera Resurfaces With Renee Fleming

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Fri October 31, 2014
The Two-Way

With Reports Of Doping, World Marathon Majors Postpones Awards Ceremony

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 1:54 pm

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women's Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

The World Marathon Majors has put its awards ceremony on hold because one of the sport's star athletes has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance.

The Majors, which was going to crown a champion on Sunday, wrote on its Facebook page that it was "disappointed to learn that Rita Jeptoo has apparently had an A test that proved positive for a banned substance under IAAF rules."

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