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Stacy Albin - Pennsylvania Resources Council - Oct 9, 2020

The Pennsylvania Resources Council is hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival presented by South Yuba River Citizens League for the 6th consecutive year! This online, virtual event features a series of thought-provoking and breathtaking local, national and global short films exploring the protection and restoration of wild lands and waters, food systems, climate change, biodiversity, litter prevention, and much more. The virtual event takes place on Thursday October 15th.  WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with PRC's Stacy Albin about the Festival.  

Maria Sensi Sellner - Tales from a Safe Distance - Oct 9, 2020

Boccaccio’s 14th century masterpiece “The Decameron” involved ten characters passing the time while sheltering from a plague by telling one another stories – stories comic, tragic, romantic, sexy, terrifying. The Decameron Opera Coalition has adapted those stories for the modern pandemic era.  “Tales from a Safe Distance” features nine World Premiere one-act operas, and a tenth wrap-around story starring internationally renowned bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and featuring a quartet of our instrumentalists - Sandro Leal-Santiesteban, Kira Bokalders, Jesica Sharp Crewe, and James Lesniak.  The events run throughout October.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer interviews Resonance Works General Director Maria Sensi Sellner about this project.



Andres Franco - City of Asylum - Oct 8, 2020

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham chats with the new Executive Director of City of Asylum - Andres Franco.  He talks about their big Gala event on Friday October 9th and much more in this wide ranging conversation.  

Craig Wright - The Hidden Habits of Genius - Oct 2, 2020

From composers and visual artists to entrepreneurs and scientists, Yale University Professor Emeritus Craig Wright explains what makes someone a genius in his new book, The Hidden Habits of Genius. He even names a few people alive right now who fit this criteria: Elon Musk, Kanye West, and possibly Lin Manuel Miranda. The book goes on sale on October 6.

Chris Rawson - Off the Record 2020 - Oct 2, 2020

Chris Rawson - Post Gazette theater critic and long time contributor to the WQED-FM Arts Magazine - fills us in on "Off The Record 19 2.0 Pandemic Edition."   The event takes place in the virtual world October 8th with Ken Rice host and features great moments from the first two decades taking a light hearted satirical look at the local scene with the Mayor, WQED pledge efforts, Sophie Masloff, and other notables making cameo appearances all to raise funds for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank. Chris begins with a rundown of his efforts on behalf of the  August Wilson House. Details on "Off the Record" can be found on the event Facebook page.

Composer Christopher Tin - Oct 2, 2020

Composer Christopher Tin is the first artist ever to win a Grammy for music written for a video game. Now, he has a new album on sale called To Shiver the Sky, which explores the history of flight. He talks with WQED-FM about the album, collaborating with the Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Opera Chorus, his career in composition, and more.

Donald Miller - "Architecture of Benno Janssen" - Sep 28, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer and architecture critic Donald Miller wrote for the paper from 1956 through 1999. His labor of love - "The Architecture of Benno Janssen" - took six years to complete with a gorgeous hardbound book featuring color photography by Edward Massery as the result It is the definitive book on the esteemed architect who did much of his work for Pittsburgh with the Mellon Institute, Elm Court, La Tourelle, Kaufmann’s  and Horne’s department stores, Rolling Rock, the William Penn Hotel, the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and many others his permanent legacy. In this interview from his home in Florida, Donald speaks with Jim Cunningham about Janssen’s art and with digressions on Andy Warhol, Donald’s upcoming book on Pittsburgh people including James Wonokur and a few other topics along the way.  

RADical Days - Dusty Elias Kirk & Shannon Musgrave - Sep 23, 2020

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Chair of the RAD Board of Directors, Dusty Elias Kirk, and Shannon Musgrave, Communications Director of RAD, about the 2020 RADical Days events; how they've managed to continue the tradition through the Covid-19 pandemic, and much more.   RADical Days runs from September through November.  For a complete list of events, click here:  https://www.radworkshere.org/pages/radical-days 





Daniel Fleegle - Arts Education - Sep 21, 2020

As a small continuation of the episode on the state of arts education, WQED speaks with Attack Theatre about how they are continuing to offer arts education to teachers, students, and the community. Daniel Fleegle talks about how he became part of the Attack Theatre team and what programs they have that are particularly important during this time.

Daniel Orsen - Sep 17, 2020

Pittsburgh born violist Daniel Orsen has just recorded the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata with pianist Pierre Nicolas Columbay in New Haven Connecticut. Daniel remembers his work with Pittsburgh Symphony violist Marylene Gingras Roy and Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory of Music. He discusses playing percussion in High School in Penn Hills, playing in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, describes the instrument Schubert wrote for, suggests some great recordings of Schubert to listen to and details the best pizza places in New Haven in this conversation with Jim Cunningham.