Friday, November 11, 2005

On Nashville Public Radio This Weekend

It's all good, always. Here are some highlights from this weekend's schedule. Listen live at WPLN.

Veterans Day
On Nov. 11, 1918, World War I ended. It was the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month. The observance came to be known as Armistice Day. In 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower created the first Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have served the United States in uniform. NPR has gathered a collection of stories reflecting the diversity of those who have served in uniform.

Gershwin Classic Performed Live
Seventy years after its New York City premiere, Gershwin's Great American Opera, Porgy and Bess, comes to us live from the nation's capital. The Washington National Opera brings us all the hits, from "Summertime" straight through to "I'm On My Way," live from the stage of the Kennedy Center Opera House, on the banks of the Potomac in Washington, D.C. NPR's World of Opera host Lisa Simeone and singer Michael Feinstein will co-anchor the program which will include commentary and features that explore the landmark musical's history, the personalities behind it and its social context over the past 70 years.

Tune in Saturday, November 12 at 12:30pm on 90.3 WPLN-FM for the broadcast.
Visit NPR's web site for much more on Porgy and Bess.

Whistle Stop Warren
Every November for the past 18 years, Warren Hannis has donned his conductor's attire for the annual model train exhibit at the Nashville Adventure Science Center. Hannis uses his life-long love of trains to teach the next generation about the locomotive age. Listen and view photos from the report by WPLN's Blake Farmer.

This Week on Nashville Public RadioNovember 11 - 17, 2005 The Fine Print - Sat, noon & Sun, 9am (90.3 WPLN-FM) The Blood of Angels by Reed Arvin
Reed Arvin is used to rave reviews, whether it's for his talents as a musician or his expertise in producing records. But now the hooplah is over his ability to write fiction. His third book, The Blood of Angels, has gotten excellent reviews, and has a special appeal for Nashvillians, since it's set in Music City. In fact, the Downtown Presbyterian Church plays an important role in the legal thriller, and Nashville's ethnically diverse population is key to the plot, also. Reed's protagonist, Thomas Dennehy, is a senior prosecutor for Davidson County who learns he may have sent an innocent man to the death chamber - and it's possible he's prosecuting someone else who is innocent, as well.

Live in Studio C - Tue, 11:06am & again at 8:06pm (90.3 WPLN-FM)Guests to be announced.

Bluegrass Breakdown - Sat, 8pm (90.3 WPLN-FM) "New Old Timers: Reeltime Travelers Live." We'll be spotlighting an infectious blend of the old and the new, bluegrass and old-time fiery brand of music sometimes known as "new old-time" as heard in the music of such groups as the Foghorn String Band, Corn Family, Rockinghams, Crooked Jades, Freight Hoppers and the Reeltime Travelers.

A Prairie Home Companion - Sat, 5pm and Sun, 1pm (90.3 WPLN-FM)
This week a re-broadcast of a great show from the Mississippi Delta city, featuring the 'Soul Queen of New Orleans' Irma Thomas and her band, Jazz heavyweights Butch Thompson, Duke Heitger, Vince Giordano, and Andy Stein sitting in with the Guy's All Star Shoe Band. Also featuring additional performances by Geoff Muldaur and Topsy Chapman.

American Routes - Sat, 9pm (90.3 WPLN-FM) "Club Hopping in New Orleans" Tour local watering holes like the Saturn Bar, Snug Harbor and Donna's Bar and Grill. And talk with singer, pianist and songwriter Mose Allison and rock-n-roller Link Wray.

Marketplace Money - Sat, 8am (1430 WPLN-AM) & 4pm (90.3 WPLN-FM)
Whether you're a seasoned investor or just beginning to plan your financial future, Marketplace Money is the financial advice you can trust.

Speaking of Faith - Sun, 11am (1430 WPLN-AM) "Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young" Al-Qaeda appeals powerfully, if destructively, to the need of young people to be important and make a difference in the world, says our guest Eboo Patel; it is the most effective "youth program" in the world today. Eboo Patel is a 30-year-old American Muslim, a former Rhodes Scholar, who is out to change that.

The Splendid Table - Sun, noon (1430 WPLN-AM)& 3pm (90.3 WPLN-FM) This week we look at the art of Chinese cooking reinterpreted for American kitchens with chef Susanna Foo, author of Susanna Foo Fresh Inspiration. Jane and Michael Stern are at the White River Fish Market in Tulsa, OK, and wine wit Joshua Wesson deciphers biodynamic wines.

Studio 360 - Sun, 10am (90.3 WPLN-FM)Host Kurt Andersen talks with writer Simon Winchester about how cities recover from disaster. They'll discuss the earthquake and fire that devastated San Francisco in 1906, and how the city rebuilt. And a look at the cultural life of Sarajevo, ten years after the Dayton Accords that ended the Bosnian War. Also, hear about New Orleans musicians leaving the city -- today, and one hundred years ago, when a race riot changed American music forever.

SymphonyCast - Sun, 8pm (90.3 WPLN-FM)
The venerable conductor and long a Boston favorite, Bernard Haitink, leads an unusual Franco-German program at Symphony Hall, capped by a performance of Franck's Symphonic Variations by pianist Emanuel Ax.

This American Life - Sat, 1pm (1430 WPLN-AM) & Sun, 6pm (90.3 WPLN-FM)
"Settling the Score" The daughter of a Holocaust survivor travels to Poland to meet the family that saved her mother's life. They were still in the building they'd lived in during the war. She expected the kind of warm, nostalgic reunion they make PBS documentaries out of, and feel-good specials on A&E. What she got was very different. The family asked her to make good on a 60-year-old promise.

To the Best of Our Knowledge - Sun, 3pm (1430 WPLN-AM)
"What makes a classic?" Well, for one thing, it's got to have some staying power. The Bob Dylan song, "Like A Rolling Stone," certainly fits the bill. It was recorded forty years ago but it's still considered by many to be the greatest pop single ever made. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Greil Marcus tells us what makes "Like A Rolling Stone" a classic. Also..."Lolita," "Leaves of Grass" and "Psycho."
"The Inner Voice" The most mysterious musical instrument in the world lives inside your body. Your voice. You can't see it, can't touch, and yet – it expresses all of who you are. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, explore the mysteries of the voice. Hear from soprano Renee Fleming, the Canadian Folk-Rock Trio The Wailin' Jennies, and one of the country's best-known sound therapists.

Whad'Ya Know? - Sat, 10am (90.3 WPLN-FM) & Sun, 6pm (1430 WPLN-AM) A live broadcast from Viterbo University Fine Arts Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Guests for the live Whad’Ya Know? broadcast include filmmaker Reuben Steindorf, Houston County Chronicle correspondent and writer Aggie Tippery, author Kenney Salwey, and musical guest Joe Price.

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