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Joshua Rifkin Presents Wildflowers

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Judy Collins' 1967 album "Wildflowers" is a lovely collection of thoughtful songs sung beautifully to inventive, timeless orchestral arrangements. There hasn't been another album quite like it, before or since. Joshua Rifkin, who created the sensitive arrangements for "Wildflowers," and conducted the recording, joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to tell of his experiences helping to make this timeless album at age 23. We learn how he was at first stuck for ideas, and how at a convivial California lunch of wine and Collin's Beef Stroganoff, inspiration suddenly struck. Rifkin shares insights about a few specific arrangements, and we learn a bit about Rifkin's own diverse career as a member of The Even Dozen Jug Band, arranger of "The Baroque Beatles Book," catalyst for the revival of interest in composer Scott Joplin, and Rifkin's life-long involvement with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.



MTV's First VJs Tell All: A Chat With Nina Blackwood And Mark Goodman

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll – that pretty well sums up the early years at MTV, at least according to some of the station’s earliest on-air personalities. Two of the station’s original VJs -- Mark Goodman and Nina Blackwood -- talk about the new oral history, VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave.


The Brian Lehrer Show

1993 Calling

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A new project from the New Museum and Droga5 has re-purposed New York City payphones to share stories from 20 years ago. Pick up a phone, call 1-855-FOR-1993, and you'll hear a story about that block in '93. And if you're in TriBeCa, Inwood, or the Upper West Side, you'll hear Brian Lehrer's voice!

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The Takeaway

Boston College Defends Right to Keep IRA Interviews Secret

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Though Republicans and Unionists share power in Northern Ireland, plenty of raw — albeit buried — political and sectarian divisions still remain. A large part of maintaining peace has been keeping the past in the past, which is why when former members of the IRA and loyalist paramilitary groups told their stories for an academic archive to be stored in the US, they were assured that their testimonies would remain secret until they died. On Monday however, a federal judge in Boston decided that some of the tapes and transcripts should be handed over to the police in Northern Ireland who are investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville by the IRA in 1972. 

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Atlantic Philanthropies Gives $627,000 to Columbia Center for Oral History

Monday, July 25, 2011

The two-year, $627,000 grant will be used to expand the center's staff and to undertake new projects in public health, philanthropies and the arts.