Only one more week before we announce the winner of our Three-Minute Fiction contest, our contest where listeners send in original stories of under 600 words. Our judge, the novelist Brad Meltzer, asked for stories that revolve around a U.S. president who could be fictional or real. Brad will join us next weekend to reveal the winner of Round 9 of Three-Minute Fiction. Until then, take a listen to some excerpts of our favorite stories so far.
In the late 1990s, Beth Orton set the music world buzzing with her singular sound: part folk, part electronica. But six years ago, she found herself at a life-changing juncture: pregnant with her first child — and dropped from her record label.
His story begins a decade ago in Brooklyn, where he grew up fighting in New York's public housing before discovering another kind of power. After three felony convictions and time served at Rikers Island, Lemon Andersen didn't have many places to turn except to his words. Now he's a Tony Award winner with a rave-reviewed one-man show called County of Kings.
He spoke with weekends on All Things Considered guest host Jacki Lyden about his life and the new independent documentary film about it, called simply, Lemon.
There are 11 gubernatorial races this fall, and one of the most competitive is in the swing state of New Hampshire.
There, Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassanare vying to replace a popular Democrat who opted not to seek a fifth term. Both political parties and outside advocacy groups are pushing hard in a race where neither candidate enjoys a clear edge.
Airs Saturday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. Fiesta! is a new, original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to your listeners. The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series. He invites listeners to enjoy and learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music. On this weeks program we'll hear Jose Francisco Vazque's Romanza No. 2 & Romanza No. 3 with cellist Ignacio Mariscal and pianist Carlos Alberto Pecero. Then Eduardo Fernandez plays Dionisio Aguado's Introduction and Rondo Op. 2 No. 2 in A Minor. Next we'll hear Manuel Ponce's Romantic Sketches with pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and finally we'll feature violinist Rachel Barton Pine in the Violin Concerto in F- Sharp minor by Jose White.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney places a prayer note during a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem in July. Israel is one of the few foreign countries where residents have a clear preference for Romney over President Obama.
Credit Charles Dharapak / AP
Israelis view the American presidential election much the way they tend to view most issues: What does it mean for Israel?
And by a wide margin, Israelis seem to believe that Republican candidate Mitt Romney would be more attentive to Israel's interests than President Obama.
The Peace Index Poll, commissioned by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute, found that Romney was favored 2-to-1 by Israelis back in August.
Airs, Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. The Mozart Festival is recorded in Mozart's hometown of Salzburg, Austria and includes performances by some of the world's leading soloists and orchestras, backstage clips with performers, and location-recorded features touring the Mozarteum Foundation's priceless collections, including Mozart's original manuscripts and personal possessions. On This Weeks program we'll hear Pablo Heras-Casado who leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Overture to Idomeneo; Violinist Carolin Widmann joins conductor Louis Langrée and the Camerata Salzburg in the Allegro from Mozart's Violin Concerto in G; Soprano Mojca Erdmann will join conductor David Afkham and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg in Mozart's Aria, “Vedrai carino” from Don Giovanni; János Czifra Kapellmeister of the Salzburg Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra will be featured in the Kyrie from Mozart's Mass in C; and Louis Langrée returns to lead the Camerata Salzburg in Mozart's Symphony in C, KV 338.
Airs Saturday, October 27 at 12:00 noon. Red River Radio is pleased to bring back the Cleveland Orchestra for another superb season of broadcast concerts from the orchestra's home at Severance Hall in Cleveland and from concerts performed around the country and the world. On this week's concert we'll hear conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi who will be joined by soprano Megan Miller, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Eric Cutler, and bass Iain Paterson along with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in d, Op. 125 “Choral.” The concert opens with Ligeti's Atmospheres followed by Wagner's Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin.