Three of Your Favorite Jazz Pianists were Born in August: Let's Celebrate!

What are some exciting events that have happened in the month of August? In 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Southampton, England with 102 Pilgrims. In 1866, President Andrew Johnson declared the U.S. Civil War over, and in 1896, gold was first discovered in the Klondike. And in jazz history? Three of the most renowned pianists were born.

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Television journalist Bill Moyers shares his thoughts on several subjects with WRTI's Jim Hilgen.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

2005 in Review

Dec 31, 2005

We'll take a look back at the past year in the arts in our region and bring you the highlights of news and events, and the people who made them happen. And what a year it's been. Together we've witnessed great performances and exhibitions and rediscovered so many great perennial treasures. We weren't just here, but also overseas, traveling with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet as they brought their art to new audiences in Asia and the UK and in Spain where we went on a voyage of discovery into the life of Salvador Dali.

With the New Year spread out like a blank canvas WRTI's Jim Hilgen gets New Years resolutions from people both famous and unknown.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

WRTI's Jim Hilgen previews the holidays with a look at what not to give as holiday gifts.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

With the cold of winter settling in around the region, WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at homelessness in the city of Philadelphia.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

Walter Cronkite

Dec 6, 2005

On this week's Temple View a conversation with a person who was considered at one time to be the "most trusted man in America." WRTI's Windsor Johnston talks with legendary news anchorman Walter Cronkite about the past, current, and future of Broadcast Journalism.

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Now that we've all had our fill of turkey, WRTI's Jim Hilgen takes a look at holiday shopping trends.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at options and obstacles facing those looking to retire.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

This week on Temple View a Conversation with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. WRTI's Windsor Johnston talks with the internationally renowned author and Nobel Peace Prize winner about his experience during and after World War II.

Temple View is WRTI's daily public affairs program featuring short interviews with newsmakers, authors, musicians, and, of course, experts on various topics--many featuring Temple University faculty members.

Meridee Duddleston talks with scientists and older musicians who applaud the benefits of playing music.

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This week’s solar eclipse has a lot of people thinking about outer space. In his new composition, written for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Dirk Brossé uses the “spacey” sounds of an unusual instrument to depict an important encounter that took place on Earth -- not far from WRTI. 

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Solar eclipse fever has seized America!  And whether you're watching outside with "eclipse glasses," or inside – on TV or online – WRTI is here to keep you company with great music inspired by the heavens! 

Williams James Basie, born on August 21st, 1904 in Redbank, NJ, would grow up to become jazz royalty.  Ever wonder how he got the name Count? Although there were different theories over the years, Basie himself cleared it up with the story reported in Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya: The Story of Jazz as Told by the Men who Made it (1966) by Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff.

Twentieth-century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich composed much of his work under the shadow of political oppression. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today, his music and his personal story continue to inspire a new generation.


Austrian composer Anton Webern became famous as a member of the "Second Viennese School," known for writing atonal music. But, as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, an early work—officially premiered decades after Webern’s death—shows another side to the 20th-century modernist.


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