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“If” I only had a brain, a heart, & the nerve – on Footlight Parade

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Featured, News, Radio News | 0 comments

“If” I only had a brain, a heart, & the nerve – on Footlight Parade

This week On Footlight Parade:

“If Songs”Focusing on a little word that is often used in a very big way.

For more information about Footlight Parade, click HERE.

Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton on “With Good Reason”

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Featured, News, Radio News | 0 comments

Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton on “With Good Reason”

The late poet Lucille Clifton was widely acclaimed for her powerful explorations of race, womanhood, and spirituality. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and received the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime achievement posthumously, from the Poetry Society of America.  An anthology of her work; “The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 recently won the Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, and Clifton was also honored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center (James Madison University.)  Also: A talk with Hilary Holladay who is the author of “Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton,” the first full-length study of Clifton’s work.

Later in the show:  From Homer to Chaucer to Rita Dove, poetry has plumbed and expressed human strife, love, and everyday realities.  Bob Hicok (Virginia Tech) worked for twenty years in the automotive industry.  His poems explore the lives of family and friends coping with economic devastation in Michigan.  Also: Kevin Shortsleeve (Christopher Newport University) is working on an anthology documenting nonsense literature from all over the world.  And: In her poem, “Empty Nest,” Lisa Russ Spaar (University of Virginia) explores how a familiar place changes through time.  Spaar is a Guggenheim Fellowship awardee and an essayist on the subject of how poets’ personal odysseys intersect with a desire to understand humanity.

“With Good Reason” is available as both an hour and half hour show. For more information, click HERE.

All Jenkinson – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Featured, News, Radio News | 0 comments

All Jenkinson – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

This week Mister Jenkinson spends the entire show answering listener questions.

For more information about The Thomas Jefferson Hour, click HERE.

Fun Feature for Tax Day from Sound Beat

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

Fun Feature for Tax Day from Sound Beat

Have You Paid Your Taxes?

Here’s a fun feature on PRX from SOUND BEAT for April 15:
Sound Beat is a daily, 90-second public radio show that showcases recordings from Syracuse University Libraries’ Belfer Audio Archive, one of the nation’s largest sound archives.
Episodes feature a wide range of recordings from all musical genres, film scores, and great thinkers and political figures such as Albert Einstein and Teddy Roosevelt, and more. Listeners will hear fascinating rare gems, old favorites, and some never heard before recordings.
For more information about Sound Beat, click HERE.

Dragons of Inaction – on “With Good Reason”

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

Dragons of Inaction – on “With Good Reason”

For this Earth Day, we’re taking the planet’s pulse—and our own. Robert Gifford (University of Victoria) explains the dragons of inaction that keep us from changing our behaviors, even if we know they’re bad for the environment. And: Edward Maibach (George Mason University) is starting conversations about climate change in unexpected places: Facebook, the doctor’s office, and the TV weather report.

Later in the show: Coastal geologist Christopher Hein (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) says that due to climate change, east coast shorelines are shifting… fast. But, he says there may be a way we can help barrier islands preserve vital ecosystems throughout the accelerating changes. Also: Synthetic hormones are flooding the waterways, so biologist Sara O’Brien (Radford University) is conducting experiments to pinpoint the source of human-made hormones and to determine the consequences of exposure to them. The canary-in-the-coal-mine for O’Brien’s research is the ubiquitous “mosquito fish”.

“With Good Reason” is available as both an hour and half hour show. For more information, click HERE.

All Jefferson – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

All Jefferson – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

This week Mister Jefferson spends nearly the entire show answering listener questions including what historical events does he wish he could have witnessed and what issues he thinks are most important for a presidential candidate.

For more information about The Thomas Jefferson Hour, click HERE.

Starting Up – on “With Good Reason”

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

Starting Up – on “With Good Reason”

Just after finishing college at the University of Virginia, Alexis Ohanian, with his friend Steve Huffman, created Reddit. Designed to be the front page of the Internet, Reddit is now one of the most talked about and influential spots on the web. Plus: Inspired by her architecture degree from the University of Virginia, Becca McCharen began designing structural corsets and body-cages for small fashion shows. Only a few years later, McCharen’s hobby has grown into Chromat, an experimental label worn by just about every major female pop star, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Nicki Minaj. And: While the term entrepreneur goes in and out of fashion, Ron Monark (College of William and Mary) says that the skills required to start a new company have always been in vogue.

“With Good Reason” is available as both an hour and half hour show. For more information, click HERE.

New Agrarians – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

New Agrarians  – This week on The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Guest host Dr. Kimberly Crowley and President Thomas Jefferson discuss our food supply and the “new agriculture”.

Suggested reading this week:

Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

For more information about The Thomas Jefferson Hour, click HERE.

Play Ball! Fun Features for Baseball’s Opening Day

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

Play Ball! Fun Features for Baseball’s Opening Day

A sure sign of Spring is the Opening Day of Baseball. 

Here are a couple of short features on PRX from SOUND BEAT celebrating our National Pastime:

Sound Beat is a daily, 90-second public radio show that showcases recordings from Syracuse University Libraries’ Belfer Audio Archive, one of the nation’s largest sound archives.
Episodes feature a wide range of recordings from all musical genres, film scores, and great thinkers and political figures such as Albert Einstein and Teddy Roosevelt, and more. Listeners will hear fascinating rare gems, old favorites, and some never heard before recordings.
For more information about Sound Beat, click HERE.

Secrecy in the “Sunshine Era”

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in News, Radio News | 0 comments

Secrecy in the “Sunshine Era”

In the 1970s, a series of laws ushered in a new “sunshine era” of unprecedented government transparency. In his new book Secrecy in the Sunshine Era, Jason Ross Arnold (Virginia Commonwealth University) investigates how, despite these reforms, government officials developed new workarounds, including overclassification, concealment, shredding, and burning. And: Has the Magna Carta’s 800-year legacy been a snowball of misinterpretations? Thomas McSweeney (College of William and Mary) says he doesn’t think its authors intended it to be the foundational text for common law that it became. Plus: Last year, a commission of experts found new history textbooks approved by the Board of Education in Texas were pushing a specific ideology. One of the experts, Emile Lester (University of Mary Washington), says parts of the textbooks weren’t just misleading; they were false.

Later in the show: Waldo Jaquith is a pioneer in using the web to foster more open and accessible government. His projects include Ethics.gov for the White House, States Decoded, and a website that allows users to watch video of floor action in state capitols and even vote on what they’d like to see in a bill. Also featured: Electronic health records can save billions of dollars and increase patient safety. But in the United States, they can also put individual privacy at risk, more so than in the European Union. Janine Hiller (Virginia Tech) spent a semester in Sweden studying Europe’s approach to balancing patient privacy and health rights. And: Wikipedia has been viewed with skepticism or worse in the academic community. But Kyle Nicholas (Old Dominion University) has his students edit Wikipedia pages to develop their critical thinking skills and media literacy.

“With Good Reason” is available as both an hour and half hour show. For more information, click HERE.