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.

Dr. Beverely Burden answers your questions
Red River Radio / Red River Radio

Airs Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 2020, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

Intelligence Squarer U.S. Debates
Intelligence Squarer U.S. Debates / Intelligence Squarer U.S. Debates

Airs Sunday, July 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. From Brexit to “America First,” Modi in India, Erdogan in Turkey, and Bolsonaro in Brazil, nationalism – or allegiance to a nation-state over other affiliations – is on the rise. With the coronavirus pandemic closing borders, the future of global governance and political identity is in question. Nationalism can unite disparate communities under a common identity. Nationalism can also incite anti-immigration policies, promoting violence based on ethnicity.

Die Gartenlaube
Ernst Keil's Nachfolger / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or fewer.

Airs Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 12 noon. The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series returns with productions from all over the world, following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season. This week we present Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice performed by Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Orphée: Dmitry Korchak
Eurydice: Andriana Chuchman
Amour: Lauren Snouffer

ENSEMBLE: Chorus and Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago
CONDUCTOR: Harry Bicket
DIRECTOR: John Neumeier

Kelly & Ellis
Kelly & Ellis / Kelly & Ellis

Airs Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series we present the Kelly and Ellis.

Cliff Shackelford
Press Image / Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Airs Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 6 p.m. Once again ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be on hand to take your questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for the show, please send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us for Bird Calls and call in at 800-552-8502 with your questions.

John Donvan, host and moderator of Intelligence Squared US
Intelligence Squared US Debates / Intelligence Squared US

Airs sunday, July 12, 2020 at 6 p.m. How might coronavirus reshape geopolitics? For some, the answer is clear: China is on the rise. While Washington embraces “America First” and abdicates its global leadership role, they argue, Beijing is stepping up to fill the void. But others see a global future where Beijing’s standing is diminished, not bolstered. Panelists Kurt M. Campbell, Kishore Mahbubani, Minxin Pei, and Susan Thornton.

Governor John Bel Edwards
Photo by Marie Constantin. / Fair Use/Marie Constantin

Governor John Bel Edwards issued new orders and restrictions today due to the continued rise in cases of COVID-19, including a statewide mask mandate in all public places.  Press conference video is included below. Press Conference starts at 5 minutes into this facebook video feed.

Scene from Faust
Andrew Cioffi / Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Airs Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 12 noon. The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series returns with productions from all over the world, following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season. This week we present Gounod's Faust performed by Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Faust: Benjamin Bernheim
Marguerite: Ailyn Pérez
Méphistophélès: Christian Van Horn
Valentin: Edward Parks