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.



Tue June 4, 2013
Newport & Savannah

Newport Jazz & Savannah Music Fest Special

Airs Tuesday, June 4 at 8 p.m.  Join Bill Beckett & Wally Derleth tonight at 8 pm for a "Best Of' special feature selected sets from the Newport Jazz Festival and the Savannah Music Festival with featured artists Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, Amina Figarova, Bob Seeley, Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal, Bela Fleck, Paco de Lucia and Regina Carter's Reverse Thread. Call in with your pledge and support all the variety you get on Red River Radio at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here: DONATE NOW!


Sun June 2, 2013
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Intelligence Squared US: America Doesn't Need a Strong Dollar Policy

Airs Sunday, June 2 at 6 p.m.  It’s often taken for granted that America needs a strong dollar.  When the value of the U.S. dollar is strong relative to other currencies, it becomes attractive to investors and allows Americans to buy foreign goods and services cheaply.  But in times of recession, are we better off with a weak dollar that stimulates U.S. manufacturing by making our goods cheaper and more competitive?  Or will the loss of purchasing power and currency manipulation abroad, offset the potential gains?


Sat June 1, 2013
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Donizetti's Don Pasquale (in Italian)

Scene from Don Pasquale

Airs Saturday, June 1 at 12 noon.  Join us this Saturday at noon for Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale featuring Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Don Pasquale; Marlis Petersen as Norina, René Barbera as Ernesto with Corey Crider as Malatesta.  Sir Thomas Allen directs and Stephen Lord conducts.


Fri May 31, 2013


Airs Friday, May 31 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we start with a few ramblin' notes from Joel Rafael and follow along with tracks by Ali Farke Toure and Ry Cooder, Red Bird, and Kris Delhorst, plus we'll feature double cuts from Mississippi John Hurt and Son House followed by a Tribute to Woody Guthrie. On our concert set, it's a double bill as well, featuring Fiona Apple and Sharon Van Etten, recorded live at SXSW. Then on Be Quite and Play The Music we confront the Paradox of Grace.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, May 31, 2013


Tue May 28, 2013
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: Miguel Zenón's Rayuela Quartet Live

Airs Tuesday, May 28 at 9 p.m.  It may be billed as a gig for the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, who is making his third Newport appearance in four years, but he would refuse complete credit. He teamed up with the French pianist Laurent Coq to co-write an album's worth of music inspired on the high-modernist Julio Cortázar novel Hopscotch — Rayuela, in the original Spanish. It calls for a cello and a trombone — Dana Leong plays both — and a drummer who can play tablas, so an obvious choice was Dan Weiss.

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