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.

Larry Josephson
Larry Josephson / Larry Josephson

Airs Sunday, April 12, 2020, at 7 p.m. This special is a new production in a series of a conversation about Passover, one of the most important and most beloved holidays on the Jewish calendar. Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, to explain the meaning of Passover in a post-9/11 world. Dr. Schorsch tells Larry the story of Passover -- its history, rituals and foods, and the origins and structure of the Seder.

Anna Netrebko in the title role and Michael Volle as Scarpia in Puccini's "Tosca."
Ken Howard / Met Opera

Airs Saturday, April 11, 2020, at 12 noon. The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s thriller Tosca, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, in a performance that was originally recorded live at the Met on April 30, 2018. The superstar soprano took on the iconic role of the fiery diva Floria Tosca for the very first time that month at the Met. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov starred opposite her as Tosca’s lover, the idealistic painter Mario Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle was Scarpia, Rome’s chief of police, who lusts after Tosca.

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CDC / Courtesy: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Airs Thursday, April 9, 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. details coming soon.

Passover:  A Time To Cross Over
Passover: A Time To Cross Over / Passover: A Time To Cross Over

Airs Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 9 p.m. This Passover holiday special magazine celebrates the journey from slavery to freedom with segments featuring Emmy Award Winner Jeremy Piven; Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brookds; 'Kosher Gospel' singer Joshua Nelson;Iranian-born novelist Gina Nahai; "The Giant Leap", an original family radio play by the acclaimed Storahtelling; a moving piece about "Freedom Song", an original musical about a Passover meal written by recovering addicts; and more...Hosted by Arye Gross.

The Four Cups: A Celebration of Passover
Press Image / WCRB

Airs Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 1 p.m. Violinist Itzhak Perlman and Klezmer Conservatory Band founder Hankus Netsky join WCRB's James David Jacobs to share music and memories of Passover from diverse traditions.

Itzhak Perlman
Press Image / Itzhak Perlman

Airs Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 11 a.m. The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.

Passover Dreams
Press Image / Passover Dreams Logo

Airs Monday, April 6, 2020, at 9 p.m. Fasten your seat belts and pass the chicken soup! Passover Dreams takes us from the Seder table to the edge of the universe. Audio magician Jim Metzner conjures up Albert Einstein, Frederick Douglass, Lenny Bruce and host of other Seder guests to plumb the depths of one of the world's oldest holidays in this Gabriel Award-winning program. The Layers of Passover's “Meaning Questions” are the tools that the Passover celebration offers as it urges us to dig deeper into our lives. Why is this night different from all other nights?

The Passover Story
Press Image / Western Winds

Airs Monday, April 6, 2020, at 1 p.m. Renowned actor Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind, America's pre-eminent vocal ensemble, present 25 eclectic selections that, along with an inspring narration, serve as musical documentary of Passover. Music includes Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder. This program is designed for listeners of any religious background and provides a good introduction to a holiday whose lessons of redemption and faith are universal.

Arkansas Covid-19 Cases Below Predictions

22 hours ago
Courtesy: Arkansas Dept. of Health

LOWER THAN EXPECTED - Arkansas health officials say the number of coronavirus cases in the state has risen to  837 and COVID-19 deaths increased to 16. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the number of cases now includes  14  people  at a  federal prison in Forrest City.  He also explained that Arkansas’ COVID-19 case  numbers  are  well below  than  what  earlier projections predicted.

"Today under the projections we were supposed to be at 2, 000 cases," Hutchinson explained. "So instead of 2,000 cases we have 837 cases."