Special Programs: Upcoming Community and Cultural Programs

Red River Radio offers a wide variety of programming, from classical, jazz and blues to news, public affairs, entertainment and information programming. We will also present specials for various holidays, cultural events, and documentaries on important issues of the day. Bookmark this page for information about these various specials. This page will be updated weekly. If an item you heard was removed and you'd like more information contact Bill Beckett at wbeckett@lsus.edu


  Here is what is coming up on Red River Radio.

  The following is a list of past specials you may have heard.



Sun July 7, 2013
Louisiana Public Square

Louisiana Public Square: STEM Status - Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in Louisiana

Airs Sunday, July 7 at 6 p.m. How can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions?
     Occupations in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are projected to grow by nearly 10% over the next five years. Experts estimate Louisiana alone will have 69,000 STEM job vacancies by 2018. But who will fill these positions?
     Nationwide, more than 300,000 jobs are currently being left vacant because employers can’t find individuals skilled enough in STEM. In Louisiana, 40% of eighth-graders report never designing a science project. Only 3% of high-school seniors take advance college placement tests in science. While male students have shown a recent increased interest in STEM, Louisiana females’ interest has been decreasing since 2008.
     So, how can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions? Are Louisiana’s educators adequately prepared to teach STEM courses? And how can students be encouraged to pursue STEM careers? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “STEM Status: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in Louisiana.”

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Sat July 6, 2013
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago: André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire

Renee Fleming as Blance DuBois

Airs Saturday, July 6 at 12 noon.  This week on the Lyric Opera of Chicago, an unusual and non-traditional production of André Previn's operatic adaptation of the Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire. Staring in this production are Renee Fleming as Blance DuBois and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Stanley Kowalski with Susannah Philips as Stella Kowalski and Anthony Dean Griffey as Harold “Mitch” Mitchell. The cast and crew are directed by Brad Dalton and the Lyric Opera Orchestra is conducted by Evan Rogister.


Fri July 5, 2013
Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley: Grace Around the World

Airs Friday, July 5 at 11 p.m.  A look into the life and music of singer and songwriter Jeff Buckley.The tragic, but brilliant life of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley is detailed in this new radio special celebrating his landmark album, Grace.   He tragically drowned in 1997 while recording his follow-up, but his stature as an artist has grown since then from cult status to worldwide mainstream acceptance.

■ Interviews: His mother, Mary Guibert, Brenda Kahn, guitarist Michael Tighe, author David Browne, tour manager Gene Bowen, and director Laurie Trombley.  Jeff Buckley interview source: 10/23/94 -  Courtesy of WBCN-FM Boston and CBS Radio. 
■ Music: Rare, live Jeff Buckley performances taken from the CD/DVD release Grace Around the World.


Fri July 5, 2013
Got Blues If You Want It!

The Rolling Stones: Got Blues If You Want It!

Airs Friday, July 5 at 9 p.m. As the Rolling Stones mark their 50th anniversary this year, we join the celebration with a public radio special from award-winning producer Paul Ingles. It's called "Got Blues If You Want It! A Rolling Stones Special". The program is exclusively devoted to an exploration of the blues and rhythm & blues roots of The Rolling Stones. Top-notch music writers, musicians and fans provide context for a cavalcade of the Stones' blues classics - both their covers of songs by their heroes and their own bluesy takes on their original rock 'n' roll. Read the full description.

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Thu July 4, 2013
A Capitol Fourth

A Capitol Fourth

Airs Thursday, July 4 at 9 p.m. This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR's Korva Coleman, the event features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists.      In celebration of America's 236th birthday, the show is capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" complete with live cannon fire provided by The United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now an A Capitol Fourth tradition. Also participating in the event are The Choral Arts Society of Washington, along with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Band, members of the Armed Forces carrying the state and territorial flags and the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.