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November 28, 2020

Re:sound – The Big Show Show
from the Third Coast International Audio Festival

This hour: the Rockettes, the opera, congress, and other spectacles.  A collection of some of our favorite stories about big shows.

Backstage With the Rockettes
by Dean Olsher and Emily Botein (The Next Big Thing, 2004)

The Tristan Mysteries: The Five-Hour Mystery
by Amy O'Leary and Limor Tomer (WNYC, 2007)

Tristan und Isolde Act 1
by Ed Herrmann (2007)

What Brought Down the House
by Brendan Greeley (2004)

Saturday Night Klein
by Sean Cole (Weekend America, 2007)

November 21, 2020

World Questions: Environment
- A BBC World Service Special

Why is it proving so difficult to stop climate change and the destruction of the natural world? The BBC’s Justin Rowlatt chairs a remote debate with leading scientists, businesspeople and activists from around the world – to try to come up with some answers to the most pressing issue of our times.


November 14, 2020

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Is it Time to Redistribute Wealth?

Credit Intelligence Squared U.S.

Economic inequality has become a linchpin of modern politics.  As nations around the world face a reckoning on racial and social justice and work to combat the economic impacts of the pandemic, we ask: Is it time to redistribute the wealth?  Should we address growing inequality by overhauling our tax system, expanding our social safety nets, and investing more in public initiatives like universal health care, education, and infrastructure?  Or would a wealth transfer unduly punish the economic elite, destroy the promise of a meritocracy, and inevitably lead to excessive government intervention in our social and economic lives?  Featuring Robert Reich, Lawrence Summers, Allison Schrager, and Yanis Yaroufakis. Moderated by John Donvan.

November 7, 2020

The Story: Veterans Day Special (narrated by Alec Baldwin)

This immersive Veterans Day special is narrated by Alec Baldwin and uncovers the backstories of six veterans who have built companies, products and brands that have changed the way we live.

You’ll hear from war heroes like the actress, turned spy who worked as a double agent for the Union Army, and the gruff Air Force Veteran who became a soft-spoken national treasure.  Listeners are invited to walk a mile in their shoes, and their identity is a secret until the climax.  Some names are familiar and some you’ll learn for the first time. But they all have one thing in common, their contributions have changed the world.

Brian is a Spokane native who has been interested in sound technology ever since playing with a reel-to-reel deck as a kid. He learned radio broadcasting on KSFC, before it was part of Spokane Public Radio but still was part of the broadcasting program at Spokane Falls Community College. Brian also studied radio at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, where he featured new age and fusion jazz on his own show. He admits that at heart he is a news junkie, which fits in well with his work Saturday mornings as regional host for NPR's Morning Edition.
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