Special Programs: Upcoming Community and Cultural Programs

Red River Radio offers a wide variety of programming, from classical, jazz and blues to news, public affairs, entertainment and information programming. We will also present specials for various holidays, cultural events, and documentaries on important issues of the day. Bookmark this page for information about these various specials. This page will be updated weekly. If an item you heard was removed and you'd like more information contact Bill Beckett at wbeckett@lsus.edu


  Here is what is coming up on Red River Radio.

  The following is a list of past specials you may have heard.

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CDC / Courtesy: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Airs Sunday, April 5, 2020, at 6 p.m. Hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, this special report features the best of NPR's reporting on the coronavirus crisis over the past week, with a focus on the latest science, wide-scale impacts, and things you can do to stay safe.

Hei-Kyung Hong as Euridice and Jamie Barton as Orfeo in Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice."
Ken Howard / Met Opera

Airs Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 12 noon. The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck’s operatic fable about undying love and the power of music, in a performance from November 1, 2019. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton stars as the legendary musician Orpheus. Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong is Eurydice, the bride he is determined to rescue from the underworld, and soprano Hera Hyesang Park is the compassionate god Amore. Mark Wigglesworth conducts the Met orchestra and chorus in a jewel of the late baroque repertoire.

Courtesy: A. Bacarrise

MASK MAKERS – There are , sewing guilds,  quilting groups, church volunteers,  inmates   in county jails and many individuals all across the Red Rive Radio Listening area who are making protective masks.  These grassroots  efforts  are  supplying  thousands of masks to healthcare workers  on the front lines  battling  the Coronavirus  pandemic.   Our reporter in Nacogdoches, Texas – Wynter Chauvin files this report.

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Airs Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters Thursday at 6 p.m., when we will continue our special coverage on COVID-19. Our host, Dr. Randall Brewer will be joined by Dr. Puja Nambiar, Infectious Disease Specialist and Assistant Professor at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport along with Dr. Chris Kevil, Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health.

Grand Teton Music Festival
Grand Teton Music Festival / Grand Teton Music Festival

Airs Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 1 p.m. Join us again for another series of 13 concerts recorded at the Grand Teton Music Festival under music director Donald Runnicles. On this concert we feature Louis Langrée leading the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra in Anatoly Lyadov's The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62. Then pianist Denis Kozhukhin joined the GTMF Orchestra in Sergei Rachmaninoff' Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18. Fabien Gabel conducting.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

LA COVID-19 DEATHS -  Louisiana  coronavirus  patients are more likely to die from the infection than those with COVID-19 in almost every other state.  That’s according to recent health statistics that  show  the  state  has  the  second highest per capita death rate overall  behind New York.    During his COVID-19 Update press conference yesterday -- Gov. John Bel Edwards said a contributing factor  is  that  Louisiana  has  more chronic health conditions  per-capita than most states.