First published in 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts recently chose Amy Tan's first novel, The Joy Luck Club, as one of its "Big Reads" for 2007. Meridee Duddleston had a chance to speak with the author whose first and subsequent works resonate with readers in the United States and around the world.
Choral master Robert DeCormier visits with Jill this week. Admired for the level of excellence he established in his 17 years as Music Director of the New York Choral Society, Mr. DeCormier continues that tradition with two recent releases, Yiddish Songs from the Shtetl to the Resistance, and the Argentinian mass, Misa Criolla, performed by his Vermont-based ensemble, Counterpoint.
This week, we look ahead to the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's season opening celebration of the Shostakovich centenary and speak with Music Director Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Susan Lewis takes us through Treasures: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 the latest exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Jason Peifer visits the Arden Theatre Company as they open their season with an adaptation of the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany.
One out of four household are affected, in some way, by drug and alcohol addictions. WRTI's Jim Hilgen looks at addiction and recovery options.
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.
We look at a show where anonymous personal confessions collected in drop boxes on the street, are displayed at the 3rd Street art gallery in old city Philadelphia; Jason Peifer visits People's Light & Theater Company in Malvern, PA as they open Moliere's last play, The Imaginary Invalid; Susan Lewis previews "Look Again," a new exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library exploring African American history as integral to American history.
This week, we look ahead to a new exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum. Factory Work examines the relationship between Pop artist Andy Warhol and realist painter Jamie Wyeth and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Jason Peifer speaks with the composer of "Windy City," the first show of the Walnut Street Theater's new season; Susan Lewis looks back on two weeks accompanying the Philadelphia Orchestra on its recent tour of Europe's summer music festivals.
All weekend long, WRTI celebrates Harrison Ridley, Jr.'s 30th Anniversary at the station. Harrison will be Jill Pasternak's special guest on Crossover, spending some time on the other side of the microphone.
As the summer season comes to a close, we pay a final visit to the Jersey shore. We'll speak with Temple University history professor Bryant Simon. He's the author of Boardwalk of Dreams - Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America. Susan Lewis explores a movement to preserve the so-called DooWop Architecture in Wildwood. We visit Lucy the Elephant in Margate, and Jason Peifer explores Cape May's vibrant theater scene.