Airs Wednesday, May 22 at 2 p.m. "Barbershop: Made in the USA" is a program that explores the roots of a truly American art form--barbershop harmony. While we've all heard barbershop quartets like the Buffalo Bills or seen the Dapper Dans at Disney World, few of us know how it came to be or what gives it such a special place in American music history and it was almost lost as an art form but is experiencing a resurgence. A cappella music is sweeping college campuses now across the country and indeed across the world and barbershop is sort of the "martial arts" of a cappella music. It's truly like nothing else---fun to hear and a lot of fun to sing. I'm a relative new comer to barbershop music having sung it for only about eight years now, but it has really provided me with an opportunity to perform for many people in many places and watch faces light up when you ring a chord the way no other music seems to touch people. I hope you'll enjoy the show.
Airs Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m. Does the internet poison politics? It's been argued that the rise of 'personalization,' the use of algorithms to filter what you see online, and easy access to the like-minded, have served to reinforce our pre-conceptions. Is the information bubble a myth, or is it undermining civic discourse? Is the rise of social media really broadening our world views, or narrowing them? The debaters are Eli Pariser, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Evgeny Morozov, and Jacob Weisberg.
Airs Monday, May 20 at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conductorManfred Honeck is joined by violinist Nikolaij Znaider for a performance of the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius. Also on the program Steven Stucky’s Silent Spring and the Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Red River Radio held an open house and cookout for our volunteers today with Buddy Flett and Tim Brogan providing the music. We had great turnout and good time just relaxing and sharing each others company. What a great group of people we have helping us. This slide show features some of the best photos taken by Kermit Poling. Thanks to all of you for making Red River Radio such a great station.
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NPR's Susan Stamberg reads an excerpt of one of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. She reads Plum Baby by Carmiel Banasky of Portland, Ore. You can read the full story below and find other stories on our Three-Minute Fiction page or on Facebook.