Join us for a curated presentation of special programs from public radio producers across the country.
It might seem hyperbole to claim, as many Wagnerites do, that The Ring Cycle is "The Greatest Work of Art Ever." But the grandeur and power of this monumental work have permeated our culture from Star Wars to Bugs Bunny to J.R.R. Tolkien.
In honor of Passover, WNYC presents “Why This Night?” A Passover Special.
Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch to explain the meaning of Passover. Dr. Schorsch tells Larry the story of Passover--its history, rituals and foods, and the origins and structure of the Seder. The music of Passover, sung by some of the best cantors and choirs in the world, is woven in and out of the conversation.
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The Water-Energy Crunch is a clash of essential needs. Humans are thirsty creatures who need water to drink and bathe, but also to produce most forms of energy. No water, no energy, and nothing goes on. Literally.How we resolve the competition between water and energy needs is a defining issue of this century. "The Water-Energy Crunch," a co-production of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and the National Science Foundation.
Is booing an act of verbal vandalism -- or the last true expression of democracy? In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, hear how Philadelphia sports fans earned their reputation as the loudest boo-birds, and to what extent culture—high or low—plays a role. Guests include former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who admits to booing Santa Claus; and sportswriter/opera buff Robert Lipsyte, who was surprised that more people didn’t boo Pavarotti when he “parked and barked” his way through a performance.
In this episode we ask a simple, heretical question: How much does the President of the United States really matter? Stephen Dubner talks to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, economists Austan Goolsbee and Justin Wolfers, and constitutional scholar Bernadette Meyler about how the President’s actual influence can be measured. And Steve Levitt weighs in on how the President shapes the nation.
We’re told almost daily that we need innovation; that it drives prosperity and economic growth and is the engine of job creation. We hear about these innovations all the time. But do we ever stop and wonder where the innovation comes from? What fosters it? How we keep it flowing? In this program we tell the stories of some of real-world change-makers, examine just where their big ideas come from and demonstrate exactly how innovators cultivate an environment of curiosity and experimentation.
From re-creating tsunamis in the laboratory to tracking global pandemics, scientists and engineers around the country are seeking new insights into natural and man-made disasters. This one-hour special report looks at what researchers are doing to protect us from and help us survive these life-shattering events.
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 exclusive interview with an American nuclear technician who was working inside the Daiichi plant when the earthquake and tsunami struck. You will also hear tape recordings from inside the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Emergency Operations Center, as it struggled to shape America's response to the Fukushima disaster. Chadwick speaks with PBS Newshour's Miles O'Brien, just back from Japan, about recovery efforts. Chadwick also profiles Greg Hardy, a Los Angeles-based engineer who has spent much of his career examining the vulnerability of nuclear plants to earthquakes. And you'll hear a story about the next generation of nuclear reactors, so small they can fit on flatbed trucks.
The age of Alzheimer's is upon us. As the country’s 78 million baby boomers turn 65 -- the age when the disease significantly increases -- cases of Alzheimer's are expected to skyrocket. According to the Alzheimer's Association, 10 million -- one in eight -- boomers will develop the disease. Alzheimer's is a debilitating brain disorder that destroys memory, as well as the ability to speak and function. There is still no way to prevent or cure the disease and experts warn that unless progress is made soon, the coming explosion of cases may be the greatest health crisis facing the nation.
Kim Masters (The Business) and Elvis Mitchell (The Treatment) team up to host a one hour Awards Special featuring interviews with some of this year's Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominees. While many shows will be discussing the glitz and glamour of the Oscars and the horse race of who will win, Elvis and Kim will banter about the meaning, the shortcomings and the trends in this year's Awards. The Special will feature interviews with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (writers of Bridesmaids), Thomas Langmann and Michel Hazanavicius (Producer and Director of The Artist), Tate Taylor and Kathryn Stockett (Director and Author of The Help), Steve McQueen (Writer/Director of Shame), Mike Mills (Writer/Director Beginners), J.C. Chandor (Writer/Director of Margin Call), Bennett Miller (Director of Moneyball), and Dee Rees (Writer/Director of Pariah
Saturday, February 25, 2012 6AM on 93.9 FM and NJPR; Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 2PM on AM 820; and Sunday, February 26 at 8PM on AM 820 and NJPR
No state in the South was more resistant to the struggle for black equality and none more violent than Mississippi. Drawing on newly discovered archival audio and groundbreaking research on the civil rights era, State of Siege brings to light the extraordinary tactics whites in Mississippi used to battle integration and the lasting impact of that battle in American politics today.
Wednesday, February 15th at 8PM on 93.9 FM, AM 820, and NJPR; Saturday, February 18th at 6AM on 93.9 FM and NJPR; Saturday, February 18th at 2PM on AM 820; Sunday, February 19th at 8PM on 820 AM and NJPR
Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians. I, Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals and librettos that flowed from Hughes’ pen. As he did with his poetry, Hughes used music to denounce war, combat segregation and restore human dignity in the face of Jim Crow.
This Valentine’s Day, RelationShow pillow talks with the fabulous Carrie Fisher (seriously—she calls us straight from her bed!) We also meet Carolyn Hax and Nick Galifianakis, whose nationally syndicated relationship advice column is going gangbusters—even though they divorced each other a decade ago. Plus, a sharp-eyed psychologist uncovers the hidden love codes in your instant messages, and we hear from New Yorkers who find novel ways to keep the romance burning. Come celebrate Valentine's Day with RelationShow!
Tuesday, February 14th at 8PM on 93.9 FM, AM 820, and NJPR; Sunday, February 19th at 9PM on AM 820
During the vibrant years of the Harlem Renaissance, music, religion, and spirituality were interconnected - not just in the religious setting of the church, but in the jazz club, the dance hall, the rent party, even the political street rally. Writer Carl Hancock Rux, Reverend Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, historian Farah Griffin, Professors Josef Sorett and Obery Hendricks, and others explore these powerful interconnections. Hosted by Norris J. Chumley of the Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life.
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 9PM on 820 AM and Monday, February 13, 2012 at 8PM on 93.9 FM, 820 FM, and NJPR
In the '60s, highway projects nearly destroyed African American communities. Now in this collaborative reporting project from Transportation Nation and WNYC, "Back of the Bus" investigates why America's people of color still struggle for equal treatment in public transportation.
Saturday, February 11 at 6AM on 93.9 FM and NJPR; Saturday, February 11 at 2PM on AM 820; and Sunday, February 12 at 8PM on AM 820 and NJPR
This American RadioWorks program traces the last half-century of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum.
In this special from the BBC, Indian born writer Ayeesha Menon explores India’s love affair with Dickens. India loves Dickens because India today feels what Dickens was writing about then. His themes deeply resonate with Indians: the importance of extended family, familial bonds, the rich-poor divide, child labour, domestic violence, social injustice and stratification, and the plight of the deprived and displaced.
In honor of Charles Dickens's 200th birthday, the BBC's World Book Club invitied acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin to talk to Harriett Gilbert about Dickens’ novel Great Expectations with actor Simon Callow, famed for his portrayal of Dickens. Dickens’ popularity extends throughout the world but India’s love for Dickens is likely the strongest.
Whose democracy is it? Who gets to participate and who gets left out? Political influence is bought and sold these days and more and more Americans are opting out. How do we deal with the tensions of Democracy? In this program we hear answers from poets and theologians, jazz musicians and exiled dictators.
Before there was Wikipedia… Before there was Facebook and Twitter… there was Ward Cunningham. The computer programmer who invented the first wiki, back in 1995. Cunningham also did something even more radical – he didn’t patent his invention. He passed up billions of dollars of potential revenue. Why? Because he believed the internet needed to be more democratic. How do you live your democratic ideals?