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09/26/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #876 - Sept. 26, 2020

September 26, 2020
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09/25/2020

Film Music Friday - September 25, 2020 (Film Noir, Pt. 2)

In part two of our look at music from classic film noir, we'll hear excerpts from Chinatown, On Dangerous Ground, Flamingo Road, Murder My Sweet and Dirty Harry, among others.
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09/24/2020

Classics Live 111: Augustana College Choir at Grace Cathedral

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09/23/2020

When Experts Attack! #20: U.S. emergency rooms aren’t ready

When you’re racing to a hospital emergency room, you’re not thinking about all of the steps it took to make that ER available in a moment of need. But for the past two decades, our guest Frank Zilm has been doing just that. He chats with “When Experts Attack!” correspondent Rick Hellman and dispels the notion that our health systems are prepared for surge events like our current pandemic. To the contrary, Zilm claims hospitals should be rebuilt from scratch to avoid disaster upon disaster.
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09/19/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #754 - September 19, 2020 (rebroadcast)

September 19, 2020 (rebroadcast)
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09/19/2020

Film Music Friday - September 18, 2020 (When Aliens Attack)

When Aliens Attack is the theme for this edition of Film Music Friday. Movie aliens always seem to want to enslave us, destroy us or eat us (sometimes all three). We'll hear themes from some classic alien invasion movies, including The Thing from Another World, The Day the Earth Stood Still, War of the Worlds, Kronos, Alien and Mars Attacks.
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09/17/2020

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

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09/12/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #875 - September 12, 2020

September 12, 2020
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09/10/2020

Classics Live 120: Pianists Slawomir Dobrzanski and Agustin Muriago

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09/10/2020

When Experts Attack! #19: A ‘realistic’ war movie would be just 10 minutes long

Guest Steve Leonard, a retired senior U.S. Army strategist, is program director in organizational leadership at the University of Kansas School of Business.
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09/05/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #874 - September 5, 2020

September 5, 2020
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09/03/2020

Classics Live 119: Baylor A Cappella Choir on tour in Topeka

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08/29/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #873 - August 29, 2020

August 29, 2020
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08/28/2020

Film Music Friday - August 28, 2020 (Franz Waxman)

In his 30+ years as a film composer Franz Waxman created music for such films as The Bride of Frankenstein, Captains Courageous, Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun and many more.  Along the way he was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won back-to-back Oscars in 1950 and 1951.  On this week's Film Music Friday we'll hear some of the memorable movie music of Franz Waxman.
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08/27/2020

Classics Live 118: Cellist Ho Anthony Ahn with Pianist Kurt Knecht

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08/22/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #872 - August 22, 2020

August 22, 2020
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08/21/2020

Film Music Friday - August 21, 2020 (National Philharmonic)

Starting in the early 1970's, the London-based National Philharmonic Orchestra produced a long string of albums devoted to classic movie music.  On this week's Film Music Friday, we'll hear some of those memorable records, with music from The Adventures of Robin Hood, Lost Horizon, Airport, The Fountainhead, The Jungle Book and more.
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08/20/2020

Classics Live 117: Spire Chamber Ensemble at Grace Cathedral, Topeka

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08/15/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #791 - August 15, 2020 (rebroadcast)

August 15, 2020 (rebroadcast)
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08/14/2020

Film Music Friday - August 14, 2020 (rebroadcast)

Excerpts from King Kong, Jurassic Park, The Gambler, Alien and Music for Movies by Aaron Copland.
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08/13/2020

Classics Live 116: Aeolian Effect with Flute and Harp

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08/08/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #871 - August 8, 2020

August 8, 2020
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08/08/2020

Film Music Friday - August 7, 2020 (Hitchcock's Music)

This week on Film Music Friday, it's music from the films of Alfred Hitchock.  Hitchcock was a true auteur, a filmmaker whose influence and artistic control was so profound that he is truly the author of his films.  And that’s nowhere more evident than in the  music. We'll hear excerpts from classic Hitchcock films such as Rear Window, Rebecca, Strangers On a Train, Vertigo and Psycho, among others.
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08/07/2020

When Experts Attack! #18: LGBTQ rights won’t lead to frivolous lawsuits

Recently, the United States Supreme Court deemed it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees for sexual orientation or transgender status. In this episode, Kyle Velte, associate professor of law, explains why the SCOTUS ruling is a “landmark case that will transform the American workplace.” She also recounts her own experiences at the Supreme Court and tells us how the highest court in the land conducts its business in the age of COVID-19.
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08/06/2020

Classics Live 115: Windsync at the Lied Center of Kansas

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08/01/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #870 - August 1, 2020

August 1, 2020
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07/31/2020

Film Music Friday - July 31, 2020 (Alan Silvestri)

In his near-50 year career as a film composer Alan Silvestri has created some of the most popular and beloved themes for movies like Back to the Future, Romancing the Stone, Forrest Gump, The Avengers and more.  In this episode we'll hear highlights these films and more.
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07/30/2020

Classics Live 114: KC Symphony Cello Quartet

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07/25/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #869 - July 25, 2020

July 25, 2020
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07/24/2020

Film Music Friday - July 24, 2020 (The Chase)

The chase has been a staple of cinema since the days of the Keystone Kops. On this edition of Film Music Friday we'll hear excerpts from some of the great "chase" movies, including North by Northwest, White Heat, Catch Me If You Can, The Bourne Ultimatum and others.
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07/22/2020

CL 113: Jambaroque at Lawrence Arts Center

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07/18/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #868 - July 18, 2020

July 20, 2020
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07/17/2020

Film Music Friday - July 17, 2020 (James Horner)

This week's Film Music Friday profiles James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer of Titanic, Apollo 13, Braveheart, The Rocketeer, The Mark of Zorro, Field of Dreams, The Magnificent Seven and many more.
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07/16/2020

Classics Live 112: Pianists Yi Zheng & Dominik Cambeis

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07/10/2020

Film Music Friday - July 10, 2020 (Ennio Morricone)

Composer Ennio Morricone died on July 6 at the age of 91.  In this edition of Film Music Friday, we remember the Maestro with some of his best-known film scores, including music from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Cinema Paradiso, The Mission, The Untouchables and more.
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07/08/2020

When Experts Attack #17: The President doesn’t sound presidential

Bragging, complaining, criticizing. Donald Trump’s rhetoric is a drastic departure from that of past US presidents. In this episode, “When Experts Attack!” correspondent Rick Hellman speaks with guest Robert Rowland about Trump’s rhetorical departure and what it means for the 2020 election cycle.
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07/08/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #867 - July 11, 2020

July 11, 2020
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07/04/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #866 - July 4, 2020

July 5, 2020
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07/03/2020

Film Music Friday - July 3, 2020 (Music for Teamwork)

On this week's Film Music Friday, it's music from The Magnificent Seven, The Avengers, Hoosiers, Now You See Me and other films about teams taking on huge odds to accomplish mighty deeds. Tune in tonight at 7 on KPR stations.
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07/03/2020

When Experts Attack #16: Over-policing creates crime

Many people underestimate just how much contact African-Americans and other communities of color have had with the criminal-justice system. We see news about protests now and some think it’s only a result of George Floyd’s murder or other recent examples police brutality, but in fact frustration has been building for decades. For individuals and families of color, carceral contact has long-lasting effects well after a traffic stop, arrest, conviction or prison sentence ends.
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07/02/2020

Classics Live 110: No Bow Tie guitar duo

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06/27/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #865

June 27, 2020
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06/26/2020

Film Music Friday - June 26, 2020 (The Music of Film Noir)

This week's Film Music Friday explores the music of film noir - those cynical Hollywood crime dramas made in the 1940s and '50s. We'll hear excerpts from The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, The Killers, L.A. Confidential and more, featuring music by Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, Miklos Rozsa and Adolph Deutsch.
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06/25/2020

Classics Live 97: Sunflower Music Festival 2019: I

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06/20/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #864 - June 20, 2020

June 20, 2020
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06/19/2020

Film Music Friday - June 19, 2020 (Theremin in Film)

This edition of Film Music Friday explores the use of the Theremin in movies.  We'll hear excerpts from the scores for Spellbound, The Lost Weekend, The Ten Commandments, It Came from Outer Space, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Ghostbusters, Hellboy and more!
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06/18/2020

Classics Live 107: Last Night of Sunflower Music Festival 2019

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06/18/2020

Classics Live 107: Last Night of 2019 Sunflower Music Festival

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06/16/2020

When Experts Attack! #15 — We might be stuck with the Electoral College

Even though two of the last three U.S. presidents were elected without earning the popular vote, the Electoral College still remains the method used for picking our national leader. Guest Paul Schumaker has written a book that details a strategy for replacing this antiquated system.
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06/13/2020

The Retro Cocktail Hour #863 - June 13, 2020

June 13, 2020
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