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.



Mon September 2, 2013
San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony

Violinist Joshua Bell

Airs Monday, September 2 at 11 a.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony maestro Vasily Petrenko will be joined on stage by violinist Joshua Bell for a stellar performance of Glazunov's Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82. The concert will open with the Festive Overture by Shostakovich and concludes with Elgar's Symphony No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 55.


Sun September 1, 2013
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Resolved, The U.S. has no dog in the fight in Syria.

Airs Sunday, September 1 at 7 p.m.  There are no good options and many reasons not to intervene in Syria: Assad's powerful allies, the public's aversion to another war, and wariness over an opposition army that includes Islamic extremists. Holding back means ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis, where the number dead have topped 100,000. Discovery of Assad’s use of chemical weapons prompted President Obama to approve the delivery of small arms and ammunition to rebel forces. But does this call for more assertive policy from the administration, or would direct intervention hurt our strategic interests?

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Sun September 1, 2013
America Abroad

America Abroad: Syria and the Responsibility to Protect

Airs Sunday, September 1 at 6 p.m. This episode of America Abroad explores how the US and the international community have responded to humanitarian crises around the globe since after the Cold War, from Rwanda and Bosnia to Libya and Syria. At the heart of the program is this fundamental question: what does it take – and what should it take – for world powers to intervene to save lives?


Sat August 31, 2013
Barbershop: Made in the USA

Barbershop: Made in the USA


Airs Saturday, August 31 at 3 p.m. "Barbershop: Made in the USA" is a program that explores the roots of a truly American art form--barbershop harmony.  While we've all heard barbershop quartets like the Buffalo Bills or seen the Dapper Dans at Disney World, few of us know how it came to be or what gives it such a special place in American music history and it was almost lost as an art form but is experiencing a resurgence.   A cappella music is sweeping college campuses now across the country and indeed across the world and barbershop is sort of the "martial arts" of a cappella music.  It's truly like nothing else---fun to hear and a lot of fun to sing. I'm a relative new comer to barbershop music having sung it for only about eight years now, but it has really provided me with an opportunity to perform for many people in many places and watch faces light up when you ring a chord the way no other music seems to touch people.  I hope you'll enjoy the show.


Sat August 31, 2013
Santa Fe Chamber Music

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Violinist Ida Kavafian

Airs Saturday, August 31 at 2 p.m.  On this week's concert from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival features violinist Ida Kavafian with violist Steven Tenenbom and cellist Peter Wiley in Beethoven's String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9 No. 3 and the violinist Arnold Steinhardt joins the trio for a performance of Kreisler's String Quartet in A Minor.