WRTI 90.1's 2018 Essential Classical Composers and Jazz Artists Countdown

This year's Essential Classical and Jazz Countdowns have begun, along with our Essential Winter Quiet Drive. We’re keeping the fundraising appeals short and sweet each day, and focusing instead on your selections of WRTI 90.1’s 10 most essential classical composers and jazz artists, with one from each genre featured each day of the Drive.

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Steroid Use

May 17, 2005

Steroid use, by young girls for cosmetic purposes was recently in the news, WRTI's Jim Hilgen examines the use and abuse of steroids by young people.

Jazz Appreciation Month

Apr 23, 2005

WRTI's Jim Hilgen takes a look at this uniquely American art form.

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.

Emergency Preparedness

Apr 16, 2005

The American people are acutely aware of the potential for disaster. WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at emergency preparedness on this weeks Temple View.

Oil

Apr 9, 2005

Oil prices are at an all-time high. WRTI's Jim Hilgen takes a look this important commodity.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin shares her perspectives on baseball, a professional challenge and Abraham Lincoln with Meridee Duddleston. Goodwin appeared at the Philadelphia Speakers Series.

Pet Therapy

Mar 26, 2005

Members of the Deer Meadows Retirement Home community highlight the benefits of adding small animals to a living environment. Temple's John Shank, Ed.D., CTRS, chair of the Department of Therapeutic Recreation adds his views.

Type 2 Diabetes

Mar 19, 2005

In the last fifteen years overweight, obesity and type 2 diabetes have taken a parallel course upward. Meridee Duddleston talks with three physicians looking into this chronic disease.

Blogs

Mar 12, 2005

A new blog is being created every three seconds. Meridee Duddleston peeks into the world of web logs.

Dave Barry

Mar 5, 2005

WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston had the opportunity to speak with Dave Barry, acclaimed humorist and journalist whose column appears in over 500 newspapers in the United States. Barry is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, and is the author of best-seller Dave Barry Talks Back. Dave Barry was part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series.

Part of WRTI's celebration of Black History month, Meridee Duddleston facilitates a glimpse of the ties between a jazz musician, a lyric structure, a playwright, and a poet.

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Dmitri Shostakovich, known for many dramatic works composed in the shadow of Stalin, showed a different side —one filled with humor and family ties—in his Piano Concerto No. 2.


Three bagpipers from the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes & Drums join The Philadelphia Orchestra this week in performances of Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise.

Two composers—working centuries apart—come together in Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.  WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story about what became one of Vaughn Williams' most successful orchestral works.

The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest event of its kind in the country.  Volunteers spread out across the region to perform all kinds of service projects. Thousands converge on the campus of Girard College for a full slate of activities, including a job fair.

In 1925, George Gershwin was known for his popular songs, Broadway music, and his Rhapsody in Blue. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he then tackled another classical form with his Piano Concerto in F.

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