What You Don't Know About The Iconic Olympic Theme Song

If you watch the Olympic Games, surely you recognize the heroic “Olympic Anthem” that’s played on TV. But do you know the story behind this piece of music? Who composed it? How did it become so iconic? Well, here’s the inside scoop…

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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.

Meridee Duddleston speaks with Michael Taylor about the Dali retrospective on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until May 15th.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak part 3

Feb 12, 2005

WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston had the opportunity to speak with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak part 2

Feb 12, 2005

WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston had the opportunity to speak with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak part 1

Feb 12, 2005

WRTI News Director Windsor Johnston had the opportunity to speak with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

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Bagpipes often play at police and firefighter funerals, but they also play at celebrations.  And in Philadelphia --The Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes & Drums play everything from Amazing Grace to the Rocky Theme to music in concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra.


With genius and grace, African-American slaves transformed bitter human experience into a beautiful art form called the "spiritual." One of the most haunting African-American spirituals, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” was likely borne out of heart-wrenching tragedy: the forcible separation of parent from child.

It was the fall of 1802 when Ludwig van Beethoven confessed his nearly fatal despair about his growing deafness, in what’s now known as his "Heiligenstadt Testament." His music then took a daring new turn. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas about Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

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Violinist Joshua Bell is in town playing Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto with The Philadelphia Orchestra, where he made his first major concert debut at the age of 14. Now, over 35 years later, he’s a celebrated soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor. 

A bestiary in the Middle Ages was a book of illustrations of animals, each accompanied by a moral lesson.   Sir James MacMillan’s musical bestiary for organ and orchestra is informed by his Scottish background, different musical traditions, and a sharp sense of social satire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

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