Radio

Good Friday Music
8:57 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Handel's Messiah on Classical Music with Matt Jackfert

Calvin Oratorio Society

On Friday during Classical Music with Matt Jackfert, Matt will be airing the Calvin Oratorio Society's 2013 performance of Handel's Messiah, the complete oratorio for Easter.

Tune in to West Virginia Public Radio at approximately 12:50 p.m. and enjoy the performance until 3 p.m.

Conductor:  Joel Navarro

Soloists: Awet Andemicael, soprano; Martha Hart, mezzo-soprano; Drake Dantzler, tenor; Benjamin Clements, bass

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Radio
6:25 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Heroin's Path on Reveal

Reveal airs Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

This week on our new investigative journalism show, "Reveal," we learn about the abuse of heroin, immigrant farmworkers, and teen prisoners and animals, including:

- An investigation by WBEZ/Chicago and The Chicago Reader explores the path heroin takes from Ciudad Juarez to Chicago and across the Midwest, where it supplies dealers, addicts and teens.

- A look at the solitary confinement of teens, many of whom are unconvicted, at Rikers Island in NYC.

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Radio
9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Travis Morton: The Art of Symmetry

Travis Morton

Artist Travis Morton's work is very distinctive. 

Look at several of his works and a pattern emerges. Actually, several patterns emerge and permutate within a recognizable parameter. The DNA, the thumbprint: that's how I see an artist's style.

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Mountain Stage Online
6:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Watch the Webcast of Sunday's Mountain Stage

We're thrilled to announce that this Sunday's Mountain Stage with Keb' Mo,' Joan Osborne, Tommy Malone and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be streamed LIVE at 7pm EST at mountainstage.org. A special thanks to our television production staff for helping to make this happen. Whether it be in person or online, we hope you can join us.

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Mountain Stage Archives
12:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mountain Stage Remembers Jesse Winchester

Brian Blauser

Jesse Winchester was an unforgettable personality and his songs were instantly identifiable. He visited Mountain Stage ten times from 1986 through 2013. His talent, charm, and gentle charisma became more potent with each visit.

The recent tribute album, Quiet About It, put together by Mac McAnally, with Winchester covers from Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint and seven more of the best singer songwriters you can name is a hint of the respect he has earned among peers and admirers.

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Radio
10:09 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Tori Amos Covers Nirvana on 1992 Mountain Stage Performance

Tori Amos performing on Mountain Stage September 20, 1992.
Credit Mountain Stage Archive

On Thursday April 10 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted seminal grunge rockers Nirvana into its 2014 class. The next morning the internet was abuzz about the female-led performances that honored the group’s late front-man Kurt Cobain(1967-1994). Reunited Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were joined on stage by Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde to pay homage to the late grunge-music icon.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Betty LaVette - "Everything is Broken" - Live from Mountain Stage

Credit Brian Blauser

R&B singer Bettye LaVette is comfortable covering material ranging from Tom Waits to Bob Seeger. Here she lends her soulful voice to Bob Dylan's classic "Everything is Broken."

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Thursday programs
8:26 am
Wed April 9, 2014

"Reveal" Investigates Prescription Opiates from the VA

“Reveal” is a first-of-its-kind radio show that brings listeners deep into current investigations and captures the drama and high stakes of the reporting process. The show will break investigations from CIR and other news organizations from across the country and around the world. Impact will be a significant theme that will play into future episodes, as the broadcast reports to the audience what happened – or did not happen – as a result of the investigations.

The program will air Thursday, April 10 at 9 pm on West Virginia Public Radio.

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Radio
7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Mind-Body Connection, pt. 3, with Sandra Bain Cushman

Sandra Bain Cushman - Alexander Technique teacher extraordinaire.
Credit Used by permission.

To "refreshify" those weary minds out there, over the past few years, I have developed some rather intense back issues. My lower back is an animal I have to constantly monitor and never dare risk injuring. It will lock up and leave me unable to move. Well, once I hobble to the couch, I lay there perfectly still because any movement is sheer agony.

The other issue has been an extension of my back issues and no doubt of unknown issues that have caused a tremor in my right arm. This directly impacts my guitar playing - something I've been devoted to for nearly forty years.

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Radio
11:49 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Hear the "Best of" Mountain Stage 2013

2013 was the 30th Anniversary of "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce." Hear a special episode Saturday April 5 at 8pm on WV Public Radio.
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Join us on WV Public Radio Saturday, April 5 at 8p.m. for a special edition of "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce." You'll hear a "Best of 2013" review of the show's historic 30th year of live performance radio, curated by host and artistic director Larry Groce and "Mountain Stage" staff.

You'll be front-and-center for performances by Dawes, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Loudon Wainwright, Jason Isbell, Jesse Winchester and many more.

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VA Over-prescription to Veterns
10:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Over-Prescription of Opiates to Veterans on Reveal

Reveal airs Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio.

Reveal is a new investigative program from the The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. In this pilot: an exclusive story about the volume and impact stemming from the VA's over-prescripton of opiates to addicted veterans; the attorney behind many of the worst for-profit charities; bodycams for cops; and how one reporter helped one man prove his brother had been abused at a state mental facility. Hosted by Al Letson from State of the Re:Union and WJCT, Jacksonville.

Reveal airs Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
1:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Listen to Todd Snider perform "Stomp and Holler" Live on Mountain Stage

Todd Snider on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary during this weekend's premiere broadcast, featuring our old friend Todd Snider. He kicks off his set with a cover of the Hayes Carll song "Stomp and Holler."

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Mountain Stage Archives
9:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Our 5 Favorite Mountain Stage Moments at West Virginia Wesleyan College

The Stray Birds on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

This Sunday, Mountain Stage returns to West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. In honor of the occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite performances from our past visits to the campus.

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Opera Lovers
12:10 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

It's Christmas in April with 'Boheme'!

Christmas Eve in Paris in the 1840s.  A poet, a painter, a philosopher and a musician – all “starving artists” – share a cold, tiny garret in the Latin Quarter.  They have not met their neighbor, the poor seamstress Mimi.

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Covering the Spill
11:54 am
Mon March 31, 2014

WVU Panel on Elk River Chemical Spill Broadcast As Part of 'West Virginia Talks'

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra provides insight into coverage of January's Elk River chemical spill as part of WVU School of Journalism's panel discussion on the event.
Credit David Smith / WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism

Last week, West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism held a panel on how West Virginia media covered the January 9 chemical spill by Freedom Industries and the subsequent water crisis that affected some 300,000 West Virginians across nine counties.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
9:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Hear Holly Williams, Sam Baker and More on This Week's Broadcast of Mountain Stage

Holly Williams on Moutain Stage
Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with another premiere broadcast of live music, featuring Holly Williams, Gary Nicholson, Sam Baker, Charlie Faye, and Missy Raines & the New Hip.

Listen this Sunday at 2pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of over 130 stations across America.

The Really Big Questions
10:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The Really Big Questions: Why Do We Share?

Dean Olsher hosts The Really Big Questions. This special episode is entitled Why Do We Share?

Are humans basically selfish, or basically giving? There’s a widespread assumption that you have to offer people incentives to do good deeds and threaten punishment to stop them from doing evil deeds. But the way people act in the real world contradicts that idea. Humans may actually have been shaped by evolution to care about each other, to share, and to cooperate. In this program, we hear from a fascinating cast of characters.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Listen to Holly Williams Perform "Drinkin'" Live on Mountain Stage

Holly Williams on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Holly Williams’ lineage is bonafide country royalty: her father is Hank Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Sr. But as a singer-songwriter, her voice is all her own, as you'll hear in the song "Drinkin'," from her acclaimed album The Highway.

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Radio
1:57 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Who Shall Smite the Scorpion?

Mexican black scorpion.
Credit WikiCommons

Many things are taught on Robert Fripp's guitar courses, but one cannot imagine that defensive tactics against scorpions is one of them. Saints preserve us!

I had to point out this most unexpected entry in the RF diary:

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