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Pam Anderson - Sep 2, 2020

WQED talks with Pam Anderson about her trip to Greenland in September 2017. Ms. Anderson describes the wildlife, the culture and daily life of the people, as well as the ongoing effects of climate change. She also shares what she thinks is most important for us to know about Greenland."

Jennifer Tober - Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks - Aug 31, 2020

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks presents CYMBELINE, Shakespeare's Fairy Tale.  In 2020, you will have multiple opportunities to explore the intrigue and adventure of CYMBELINE every weekend in September. Their creative adaptation will begin with a weekly installment and revisit of the prior acts and culminate with the full show the final week of September.  CYMBELINE runs LIVE on Zoom on Friday nights, opening on September 4. The show will be available through the following Tuesdays on YouTube and linked to our social media platforms.  WQED-FM's Anna Singer spoke with Artistic Director Jennifer Tober about how they had to approach this year's Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.  



Rick Sebak - "A Couple Quick Quarantine Questions" - Aug 31, 2020

"A Couple Quick Quarantine Questions" - Rick Sebak's new one-hour special airs Sunday, September 6th at noon on WQED13 with adventures from the back yard and his porch in Regent Square. Rick pays a visit to the Point Breeze pandemic outpost of WQED-FM to speak with Jim Cunningham and reveals his favorite pandemic restaurants and other secrets of the new progam.

Dr. Dan Brill - Aug 25, 2020

Dr. Dan Brill, choral and strings teacher at Shady Side Academy Senior School, talks about his teaching career: what he enjoys about teaching, how he engages with his students, and the ways he is adapting to the new challenges of the pandemic. He also explains his plans going into the upcoming school year.

Yo-Yo Ma with Daryl Ford Williams - Aug 6, 2020

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks with WQED’s Vice President of Content and Executive Producer of Harbor From the Holocaust, Darryl Ford Williams. The WQED Production airs nationally September 8 at 10pm.  They discuss the music Yo-Yo Ma recorded expressly for the program “Poeme per violoncello et orchestre” written by his father Hiao-Tsiun Ma  who studied violin in Shanghai which became a safe harbor for 20,000 Jews during WWII. It was not until decades later that the composition was completed at the request of a young Yo-Yo Ma who was studying the cello and wanted something challenging to play. The conversation includes Yo-Y o Ma’s knowledge of Shanghai during the Second World War and his return more recently, how the music reveals his Father’s Shanghai experience and his later Parisian sound world, how the recording was made during a pandemic and more.

Drew Martorello and Marcus Stevens - Homegrown Stories - Aug 5, 2020

Homegrown Stories is a new initiative with Pittsburgh Playhouse and City Theater Company. Five playwrights were commissined to write ten minute plays whch will be performed live Thursday August 6th at 7:30 as part of the City of Asylum the Show Must go On(line) Series. Drew Martorello Assistant  Vice President and Managing Director at Pittsburgh Playhouse Point Park Universtiy  joins Jim Cunningham and  author Marcus Sevens who has contributed In the Macro to be directed by Rachel Stevens, 

Byron Stripling - Pittsburgh Symphony Pops - Aug 5, 2020

The Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Byron Stripling talks with Jim Cunningham about his inspiration from Louis Armstrong's Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, working at Heinz Hall, the Jazz Arts Group in Columbus Ohio, his favorite thing about summer, his name Lloyd Byron Stripling and recording his Crucial Conversations as a response to protests and unrest in the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic.

James Blachly - The Prison - Aug 3, 2020

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Music Director James Blachly about his new CD on the Chandos label, "The Prison" by Dame Ethel Smyth.  Originally performed with the JSO, this recording features the Experiential Orchestra and soloists.  

Matthew Mehaffey - Candid Conversations - Jul 27, 2020

Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. Mattew Mehaffey, spoke with WQED-FM about the choirs' collaborative Candid Conversations series and the difficulty around conversations about disenfranchised groups and the canon.

Augustin Hadelich - Bohemian Tales CD - Jul 17, 2020

WQED-FM's Jim Cunningham spoke with violinist Augustin Hadelich about his new CD "Bohemian Tales" which features music of Suk, Dvorak and Janacek.  Hadelich also talks about his memories of performing in Pittsburgh.