Friday, April 03, 2015
Friday, November 14, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
In the most successful counterespionage operation in U.S. history, German-American William G. Sebold became the FBI’s first double agent, spearheading a covert mission to report on a spy ring in the days leading up to World War II.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
As the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss arrives, our latest podcast considers the composer's activities under the Nazi regime, and how his later works should be judged.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
While the Vienna Philharmonic has confronted its Nazi-era activities, questions remain about its lack of present-day diversity.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Vienna Philharmonic presented a program of Mozart, Bruckner and Staud. Franz Welser-Most conducted the concert.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Annie Jacobsen tells us about a disturbing, covert government program in the decades following World War II, called Operation Paperclip, which brought Hitler's scientists and their families to the United States. Many were accused of war crimes, others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery, but these men were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. In Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America, Jacobsen looks into whether the operation was a moral outrage or if it helped America win the Cold War.
Friday, December 20, 2013
By George Jahn : Associated Press
The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has quietly stripped six former senior Nazi officials of honors awarded them - a late act of contrition for its embrace of the Hitler era.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Wendy Lower gives a stunning account of the role of German women on the World War II Nazi eastern front, arguing that we have ignored the reality of women’s participation in the Holocaust. Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields makes the case for the massive complicity, and participation, of the 500,000 young German women in the killing fields of the Third Reich.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Tonight at 9 pm, tune in for a special broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Wagner and his contemporary Verdi.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
On Sunday, a new opera company will make its début in Boston: Odyssey Opera, founded by conductor Gil Rose. Their first offering is ambitious, writes Marion Rosenberg.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Today is the birthday of composer Carl Orff (1895-1982), so for this week's Showdown we offered three great performances of his most famous work: Carmina Burana.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tonight at 8 pm, tune in for a special re-broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Verdi and his contemporary Wagner.
Friday, May 17, 2013
By Brian Wise
The Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf has faced mounting scrutiny for canceling a controversial Nazi-themed production of Wagner's Tannhäuser last week.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Was the opera house in Düsseldorf right to cancel its Nazi-themed Tannhauser? When do radical updates of operas go too far? Listen and tell us what you think.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
A production of Tannhauser is causing a stir because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dying in gas chambers and members of a family having their heads shaved before being executed.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
By Brian Wise
Almost half of the musicians in the Vienna Philharmonic during World War II were members of the Nazi party, and 13 members were driven out for being Jewish or married to Jews.