Airs Sunday, October 27 at 6 p.m. From KUT, Austin Public Radio, the world premiere of a new radio documentary, The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom. Produced by Peabody award winner Trey Kay, Long Game delves into the culture war battles over public school curriculum content, which have ebbed and flowed in the Lone Star State for the past fifty years.
For more than a half a century, citizens of the Lone Star State have had intense, emotional battles over what children should and should not be taught in public school classrooms. While there have been fights over just about every academic subject, debates over history, evolution, God and country generate the most heat. Listen again here.
Airs Wednesday, September 11 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!
Airs Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m. Anchored by Ray Suarez The Arab awakening has led to a rise in Islamist governments in the Middle East – raising concerns about the rights of religious minorities. The Middle East is largely Muslim but it’s also the birthplace of Christianity, Judaism, and many other religions. Many non-Muslims have left in recent decades, leaving relatively small populations of non-Muslims and Muslim minority sects. Now, the rise of Islamist political parties in the Mideast raises questions about the rights and protections such minorities can expect or whether they can expect them at all. In this edition of America Abroad, we’ll learn about the Jewish population in Tunisia, and how they're faring under a new Islamist government there. We'll hear from Egypt about the Christian community and their reactions to a new president. And we'll provide a primer on Alawites, the minority Muslim sect to which Syria's president Bashar al-Assad belongs.
Airs Monday, December 24 at 2:00 p.m. Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join us for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.
Airs Thursday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they celebrate Thanksgiving in song and spoken word with Gently Raise the Sacred Strain, For the Beauty of the Earth, the Shaker Song Simple Gifts, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, As the Dew from Heaven Distilling, Thanks be to God, Look at the World, We Gather Together, Because I Have Been Given Much, and Come Ye Thankful People.