On this special edition of Top of Mind,seasoned broadcast journalist Julie Rose brings you conversations with people from various parts of the world, who describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their lives.
Even though we’re isolated in our homes and our offices during this pandemic, basically all of humanity is experiencing something similar. Julie talks with people in the Dominican Republic, Japan, Germany, China, Italy, and Peru to find inspiration and insight from how people are coping around the world.
Available FREE on PRX: https://exchange.prx.org/pieces/317325-pandemic-special-episode-voices-from-around-the-w
With schools being closed all over the country, and parents having to home school, The Children’s Hour may be the perfect addition to your schedule for the educational and entertainment needs of families in your community.
“The purpose of public media is to provide programs and services that
inform, educate, enlighten and enrich the public and help inform civil discourse essential to American society.”
“It is CPB’s particular responsibility to encourage the development of content that involves creative risk and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, especially children and minorities.”
The Children’s Hour is A FREE, weekly one-hour program with intelligent, thoughtful topics and themes that appeals to the whole family.
Each episode seeks to entertain and educate while recognizing that almost no topic is too “sophisticated” for children.
For more information about The Children’s Hour, visit: https://creativepr.org/project/the-childrens-hour-weekly-1-hour/
Young Musicians Foundation’s Mike Stoller Music Heals Program Provides Music Instruction for Homeboy Industries
Created through the vision of legendary songwriter Mike Stoller, the Young Musicians Foundation’s (YMF) Music Heals program is a unique, trauma-informed music immersion program created for participants in Homeboy’s Workforce Development and other programs. The program integrates instrumental, vocal, and music technology and production. Emphasis is placed on helping participants connect with their innate musical abilities through hands-on experience, exploration, and communal participation.
Music Heals started with a chance meeting. YMF’s Executive Director Walter Zooi met Stoller while producing an episode of the organization’s podcast Connections. “When the interview finished, Mike, mentioned an upcoming meeting at Homeboy Industries regarding a music program he wanted to start,” Zooi related, “Intrigued, I mentioned that YMF would be thrilled to help in way. ‘No offense’ Mike said, ‘but I don’t think anyone would be interested in studying the bassoon.’”
Mr. Stoller’s reaction was based on his experience with YMF’s Debut Orchestra and the organization’s history of elite-level training for aspiring orchestral musicians. In reality, YMF was well along in a significant change process. “We were in finishing stages of restructuring YMF’s program model to exclusively provide access to music education to those who wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise,” said Zooi, “ When I told him about our new direction, Mike invited me to attend the meeting.”
The Mike Stoller Music Heals program made its debut after months of planning, and was an immediate success, with the Homies and with Mr. Stoller, who attends every class his schedule allows. Classes begin with a drum circle where everyone checks in, sharing feelings, issues they are facing, or hopes for the future. Participants can then choose instruction in guitar, keyboards, drums, voice, songwriting, and music production with a faculty of highly accomplished professional musicians and educators.
Music Heals percussion instructor Martin Flores remarked that “it amazes me every time to realize that folks who might have been shooting at each other before are now smiling, playing music together.”
The Young Musicians Foundation’s (YMF) mission is to empower under-served, often marginalized students to find creativity, connection and joy through music. In addition to its Music Heals program, YMF serves over 4,500 students at 26 under-resourced schools and sites on a weekly basis throughout the school year. For more information on the Young Musicians Foundation and their programs visit www.ymf.org.
Fans of Broadway and Hollywood music, and the Great American Songbook are Public Radio’s core listeners, and the popularity of musicals has never been higher:
- LA LA Land has won 7 Golden Globes (including “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy”) and is Nominated for 14 Oscars!
- Recent years have been the best attended and highest grossing in Broadway recorded history;
- Live television productions of Hair, Grease, The Wiz, and The Sound of Music drew huge audiences,
- Good luck getting tickets to Hamilton on Broadway or on the road!
Don’t miss out on this large audience of loyal, affluent, highly educated, culturally passionate and charitable listeners!
Now in it’s 33rd year, Footlight Parade, is Public Radio’s premier syndicated Broadway and Hollywood music program. Each week, Host Bill Rudman calls upon his encyclopedic knowledge, unparalleled collection of recordings, and personal interviews to provide an entertaining and informative program cleverly connected around a theme.
- great music!
- entertaining and insightful anecdotes and stories about the shows and stars;
- Hollywood greats such as Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Julie Andrews;
- Broadway stars such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jerry Orbach, Idena Menzel, Patti LuPone and Barbara Cook; and
- rare historical recordings of Broadway shows and luminaries such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Noel Coward, Al Jolson, and George M. Cohen.
For more information about Footlight Parade, check out our Program Listing.