Airs Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. Part One of Two: Banjoist Bela Fleck performs alongside exceptional African musicians such as Toumani Diabate, Vusi Mahlasela, D'Gary, Anania Ngoliga and others. Recorded at the Trustees Theater during the Savannah Music Festival.
Particles: Nuclear Power After Fukushima Airs Monday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. A one-year anniversary special examining the future of nuclear power after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Among many stories, Alex Chadwick conducts an interview with a deputy director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about behind-the-scenes goings-on during the early hours and days post-Fukushima — and next steps for nuclear plants in the United States.
Airs Monday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. The sleepy town of Marlboro, Vermont has a population just under 980 people, but it bursts into life each summer when the world’s leading musicians come together to play music and learn from each other in the Marlboro Music Festival. The festival prides itself on fostering a true sense of community among artists and invites them to spend up to seven weeks to rehearse, exchange ideas and share meals. The result: a festival that showcases nearly 240 works each summer.
Airs Monday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m. Blues: A hour of the sacred and the secular at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2011, featuring the harmonica of Charlie Musselwhite, the blazing guitar of Alvin 'Youngblood' Heart, Ruthie Foster's blues and gospel and many others (Robert Cray, Mahalia Jackson Tribute).
Airs Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 a.m. The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Wagner’s Siegfried, the third installment in Wagner’s epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Jay Hunter Morris stars as the title character, a hero so brave that he literally does not know the meaning of the word “fear.” The celebrated cast of Wagnerians includes Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde; Bryn Terfel as the Wanderer; and Gerhard Siegel as Mime. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance, which is part of a complete Ring cycle presented in a new production by Robert Lepage. Siegfried will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.