Bill Beckett spoke with Gloria Gipson, Executive Director of the Theatre of the Performing Arts, along with project coordinator Larry Pierson, and special guest artist Donald Harrison, about the 13th Annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert which takes place Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Riverview Theatre in Downtown Shreveport. For more information, contact Theatre of the Performing Arts office at 318-525-0740 or 318-621-8914 or by email at

Airs Saturday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m.  A documentary exploring why we sing music at church and what it does for individuals and communities. Church music is one of the few pure forms of human expression. Just a person, their voice, and the belief that compassion is self-fulfilling and will birth more compassion. Here in a one-hour special we explore the many kinds of church music in America. The culture and the people behind the voices. Who sings and why, and what those songs say about our country.

Airs Sunday, March 15, at 6 p.m.  President Obama's announcement to begin normalizing relations with Cuba marks the most significant change in US policy toward the island nation in a half century. But as America looks to make it easier to travel to the country and establish more economic ties, what does that mean for the average Cuban or Cuban American? In this special edition America Abroad teams up Latino USA to take an in depth look at how this new thaw affects everyone from families living in both countries, to businessmen hoping to cash in, to baseball players who for decades have been caught in the middle. We'll hear stories from on the ground in Havana, Miami, and elsewhere for a wide range of perspectives and personal narratives.    

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain discusses the tired old question he is constantly asked, "where are you from?" 

Airs Thursday, October 2 at 2 p.m. Music for the High Holidays is a one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The show includes both traditional and composed music from Jewish liturgy (with a recording of Kol Nidre that features violinist Itzhak Perlman), as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies.  Written and hosted by Naomi Lewin, Music for the High Holidays also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions -- there’s even a website recipe!