Woody Guthrie

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Airs Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at 2 p.m. Join the WFMT Radio Network as we celebrate the 4th of July through the lens of Latin-American music! Traditional Independence Day specials celebrate the great American classics, from pops-style musical numbers to the expansive works of Aaron Copland. This season, the WFMT Radio Network is delighted to bring stations Esta Tierra es Mi Tierra a fresh and timely perspective on the holiday from Latin-American classical expert Elbio Barilari, host of the weekly series Fiesta!

Airs Wednesday, February  17, at 1 p.m.  Led by Dr. Anthony Trecek-King in concert at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, the acclaimed Boston Children’s Chorus celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Press Image / Townes Van Zandt

Airs Friday, November 13, at 9 p.m.Townes van Zandt was a singer-songwriter born to wealth who cared nothing for it; a man who, by outward appearances often seemed happy, but who struggled with personal demons. Yet somehow, through it all, Townes managed to write songs of lasting beauty and profound emotional power. It is a story of tragedy and artistic triumph.

Airs Monday, September 2 at 1:00 p.m. Great Mack Wilberg arrangements, including Saints Bound for Heaven, How Bright is the Day, Down to the River to Pray, Deep River, As the Dew From the Heaven Distiling, His Voice As the Sound, Bound for the Promised Land, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.

Tonight at 8pm, American Routes heralds the 100th birthday of our nation's greatest roving troubadour and social commentator, Woody Guthrie, with a two-hour special dedicated to his life in music. We'll visit with friends and relatives who share tales of Guthrie's trials and triumphs, from Okemah, Oklahoma to Coney Island, New York.