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04/16/2021

Tribute to John Jervis, Guitarist

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04/15/2021

Classics Live 110: No Bow Tie guitar duo

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04/10/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour - April 10, 2021

April 10, 2021
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04/09/2021

Film Music Friday - April 9, 2021 (Jerry Goldsmith)

Composer Jerry Goldsmith was nominated for 18 Academy Awards and collaborated with some of film history's most accomplished directors. On this edition of Film Music Friday, we'll hear some of Goldsmith's most memorable scores, including music from The Blue Max, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, The Omen and Patton.
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04/08/2021

Classics Live 109: Baroque by Candlelight with Zolt Eder and Friends

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04/03/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #900 - April 3, 2021

April 3, 2021
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04/02/2021

Film Music Friday - April 2, 2021 (Jazz in Film)

This week's Film Music Friday explores the use of jazz in the movies. Several factors, including the demise of the big band era, rising costs and the emergence of film noir led to increasing use of jazz in film scoring in the 1950's. We'll hear some examples, including music from A Streetcar Named Desire, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Wild One, Anatomy of a Murder, Bullitt and Whiplash.
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04/01/2021

Classics Live 108: Lyric Opera of Kansas City Soloists

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03/27/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #899 - March 27, 2021

March 27, 2021
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03/26/2021

Film Music Friday - February 26, 2021 (Ennio Morricone)

This week, an encore broadcast of our remembrance of composer Ennio Morricone, who died in July 2020.  One of the most influential composers of the 20th century, we'll hear samples of his work from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Cinema Paradiso, The Thing, The Untouchables and more.
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03/26/2021

Film Music Friday - March 26, 2021 (Alfred Newman)

Alfred Newman is one of the greatest of all film composers, winner of NINE Academy Awards (more than any other musician) and one of the fathers of modern film scoring. On this Film Music Friday we'll hear some of his most memorable work, including music from Beau Geste, Gunga Din, Song of Bernadette, The Diary of Anne Frank, How the West Was Won and Airport, among others.
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03/25/2021

Classics Live 107: Last Night of 2019 Sunflower Music Festival

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03/20/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #898 - March 20, 2021

March 20, 2021
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03/19/2021

Film Music Friday - March 19, 2021 (Female Film Composers)

The business of film music is notoriously male-dominated.  Female composers worked on barely more than 1% of the 100 top-grossing films for each of the last 12 years.  On this week's Film Music Friday we'll hear from some of the leading women film composers, including Oscar winners Rachel Portman and Anne Dudley; pioneers Doreen Carwithen, Wendy Carlos and Shirley Walker; and relative newcomers like Hildur Guðnadóttir and Pinar Toprak.  The music tonight is drawn from The Shining, The Cider House Rules, Poldark, True Lies, Manchester by the Sea, Joker,
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03/13/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #897 - March 13, 2021

March 13, 2021
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03/12/2021

Film Music Friday - March 12, 2021 (Dimitri Tiomkin)

This week's Film Music Friday focuses on Dimitri Tiomkin, a Russian born and educated composer who wrote some of the most American-sounding music in movies, especially for westerns. Tonight we'll hear music from It's a Wonderful Life, Lost Horizon, High Noon, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Thing, Giant, Rio Bravo and more.
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03/09/2021

Classics Live 106: Brahms by Linn and Liao in a Ruel Joyce Recital

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03/06/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #896 - March 6, 2021

March 6, 2021
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03/05/2021

Film Music Friday - March 5, 2021 (The Music of Marvel)

This week explore the music of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, comprising 23 feature films, TV shows, digital series and more.  We'll hear excerpts from Iron Man, Captain America, The Avengers, The Black Panther and more.
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03/04/2021

Classics Live 105: 5th Night of the Sunflower Music Festival 2019

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02/27/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #895 - February 27, 2021

February 27, 2021
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02/25/2021

Classics Live 104: Stirling Trent with Susie Yang -- Violin and Cello

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02/22/2021

When Experts Attack #29: Your politics might help you get the job, or not

The next time you go for a job interview, you might want to ditch the Che Guevara shirt or the MAGA hat — because what you reveal about your political leanings could determine if you land the gig. Our guest this episode is Jill Ellingson, the Dana Anderson Professor of Management at the University of Kansas School of Business.
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02/20/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #894 - February 20, 2021

February 20, 2021
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02/19/2021

Film Music Friday - February 19, 2021 (Cary Grant)

This week's show is devoted to music from the films of Cary Grant.  Born Archie Leach in 1904 he became one of the great leading men during Hollywood's Golden Age.  We'll hear excerpts from The Philadelphia Story, Gunga Din, Notorious, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest and more.
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02/18/2021

Classics Live 103: Sunflower Music Festival plays Mozart!

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02/13/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #893 - February 13, 2021 (All Exotica Show)

February 13, 2021 (All Exotica Show)
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02/12/2021

Film Music Friday - February 12, 2021 (Romance)

For Valentine's Day, here's a show devoted to movies about love and romance.  We'll hear excerpts from Now Voyager, Love Actually, The Princess Bride, Casblanca and more.
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02/11/2021

Classics Live 102: Marita Abner, bassoon.

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02/06/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #892 - February 6, 2021

February 6, 2021
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02/05/2021

Film Music Friday - February 5, 2021 (Rejected Scores)

This week's Film Music Friday is devoted to rejected scores, movie music that for whatever reason was deemed unsuitable and was (often unceremoniously) dropped from the film.  As a film composer it seems you're nobody 'til you've had at least one score rejected.  We'll hear excerpts from Bernard Herrmann's unused score for Hitchcock's Torn Curtain, plus rejected scores from The Exorcist, 2001: A Space Oddysey, The Journey of Natty Gann and more.
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02/04/2021

Classics Live 101: 2019 Sunflower Music Festival III

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01/30/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #891 - January 30, 2021

January 30, 2021
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01/28/2021

Classics Live 100: Soojin Jin and Sojung Kwak, pianists

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01/23/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #890 - January 23, 2021

January 21, 2021
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01/22/2021

Film Music Friday - January 22, 2021 (Henry Mancini)

Henry Mancini is probably the most popular and successful film composer of the 20th century, with iconic scores for films like Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, Experiment in Terror, Hatari and many more.  This week's Film Music Friday explores the music of Henry Mancini, with excerpts from many of his most famous works.
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01/21/2021

Classics Live 99: 2019 Sunflower Music Festival II

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01/16/2021

When Experts Attack #28: The US just elected the first woman vice president. But media coverage is still sexist.

Guest Teri Finneman, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, recounts the problematic history of media covering women in U.S. politics from Victoria Woodhull, a.k.a “Mrs. Satan,” in 1872 to recent coverage of Kamala Harris’ shoes.
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01/15/2021

Film Music Friday - January 15, 2021 (The Sea - rebroadcast)

Film Music Friday - January 15, 2021 (The Sea - rebroadcast)
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01/14/2021

Classics Live 98: Jayne Siemens, soprano

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01/09/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #889 - January 9, 2021

January 9, 2021
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01/08/2021

Film Music Friday - January 8, 2021 (Miklos Rozsa)

On this week's Film Music Friday we spotlight composer Miklos Rozsa.  In his nearly 50 year career he wrote music for epic adventures, film noir, psychological dramas and Steve Martin.  We'll hear music for The Thief of Bagdad, Jungle Book, The Killers, Double Indemnity, Ben-Hur and more.
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01/07/2021

Classics Live 97: Sunflower Music Festival 2019: I

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01/02/2021

The Retro Cocktail Hour #818 - January 2, 2021 (rebroadcast)

January 2, 2021 (rebroadcast)
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01/01/2021

Film Music Friday - January 1, 2021 (The Swashbucklers)

On this encore broadcast of Film Music Friday we leap into the music of the swashbucklers, those larger-than-life adventure films from Hollywood's Golden Age.  We'll hear music from The Sea Hawk, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, The Mark of Zorro and more.
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12/31/2020

Classics Live 96: Pianist Jack Winerock

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12/26/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #815 (rebroadcast) - December 26, 2020

December 26, 2020
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12/25/2020

Film Music Friday - December 25, 2020 (Christmas Movies)

We celebrate the season on this round of Film Music Friday, with tunes from classic Christmas movies, including It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, A Christmas Store and more.
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12/22/2020

When Experts Attack! #27: The COVID-19 vaccines are revolutionary

Molecular biologist and coronavirus researcher Anthony Fehr discuss the rollout of the new vaccines and what’s understood about COVID transmission at this point. He also says the coronavirus variant that’s prevalent in the U.S. might be more easily spread, accounting for at least some of our higher rates of infection and death than seen in other countries.
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12/20/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour Christmas Show #888

December 20, 2020
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