Wednesday, July 16, 2014
We visit a school for new cabbies in New York, where immigrant drivers learn to navigate the city streets and charm passengers for better tips.
We want to hear from you: What's the most interesting thing you've learned from a cab driver? Cabbies, what's the most interesting thing you've learned from a passenger?
Friday, January 17, 2014
As a young man, producer Jesse Cox learned that his grandparents, Sydney and Lesley Piddington, had been enormously popular radio performers of the 1950’s. They were mentalists, wowing listeners with their uncanny ability to read each other’s minds. Sixty years later, a question remains: how did they do it? No ...
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Paul Danahar, the BBC's Middle East bureau chief (2010-2013) and the author of The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring, discusses his book and the current politics in the region.
→EVENT: Paul Danahar will be reading tonight at the NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway, at 6 PM.
Friday, August 02, 2013
By Fred Plotkin
Thomas Hampson recently appeared on the BBC's interview program, and the questioning turned predictably tough. To Fred Plotkin, it also reinforced some stereotypes about opera.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This week on Soundcheck, we want to know how you block out noise in your day to day life. A recent BBC 4 radio series, Noise: A Human History, examined how noise has shaped civilization for the past 100,000 years. Professor David Hendy, the host and writer of that series calls in from BBC studios in Oxford, England to explain his method of telling the story of noise.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Our discussion about BBC broadcaster Alistair Cooke and his iconic radio program, "Letter from America," continues with journalist Alvin Hall. The BBC, in conjunction with Boston University, recently unveiled an archive of Cooke's program, which broadcast every week from 1946 to 2004.
Monday, December 10, 2012
For 58 years, BBC radio host Alistair Cooke hosted "Letter from America" on the BBC, and the show became a singular and unique source of information for Britons on their neighbors across the pond. The BBC and Boston University recently compiled an archive of Cooke's shows and scripts, and broadcaster Alvin Hall explored "Letter from America" in a series of programs, looking at American culture (through British eyes) in the 1940s, '50s and '60s.
Monday, July 16, 2012
WQXR.org is your passport to the BBC Proms in London, with an audio stream of the daily "promenade" concerts.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Deadly violence across Iraq this morning. Our partner the BBC reports more than 80 people have been killed in a wave of attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. Authorities say the bombing appears to have been coordinated to strike during a major religious festival. Sebastian Usher is the Arab affairs editor for the BBC.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
For almost 40 years, the late BBC radio host John Peel spun cutting-edge tracks and launched entire careers with his legendary “Peel Sessions.” Along the way, he amassed an enormous, meticulously organized music collection. Now, artifacts from that collection are finding a home online. Joining us to tell us more about the project are Tom Barker of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, and Peel’s widow, Sheila Ravenscroft.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On December 17, 2010, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest of his treatment at the hands of municipal officials. His act of desperation would become the catalyst for a full-scale revolution that would sweep across North Africa and into the Middle East in what would become known as the Arab Spring. This week has brought more violent clashes between protesters and police in Egypt, but the idea of such actions transpiring just a year ago would have been unfathomable. The year 2011 has seen democratic movements swell in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
By Brian Wise
The BBC Proms, London's eight-week music festival which ended its 117th season Saturday night, has reported record audiences for the second year in a row. Watch a video of the pianist Lang Lang performing on the Last Night.