America celebrates its independence, the cool summer night wind blows and the live evening sounds from Tanglewood are heard throughout the region. The relaxing season we all look forward to has graced us once again. With peace in mind, WAMC is ready to keep you engaged, poolside.
Fireworks lit, we have a variety of July 4th specials including our A New York Minute In History podcast airing at 2 p.m. with co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman, who examine how two New Yorkers – Al Smith and Franklin Delano Roosevelt – influenced the Progressive Era of the early 20th century. The episode also explores how the administrations of Smith and Roosevelt shaped modern day politics and the role of government.
Among other Independence Day specials, we will broadcast our traditional “Capitol Steps,” who wonder, what rhymes with Pete Buttigieg? And if Joe Biden and Donald Trump have a Twitter exchange at 3 a.m., how fast can the Capitol Steps write a song about it? Starting at 11 a.m. July 4.
Starting on July 5th, WAMC will continue broadcasting the Boston Symphony Orchestra live from Tanglewood. Tune in Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. for two and half hours of live concerts including, but not limited to, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1.
Also on July 5th (a big day!), we reveal Reveal a weekly, one-hour, Peabody Award-winning investigative reporting program from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, hosted by Al Letson. We will broadcast the show from HD2, Saturdays at 12 p.m. and Fridays at 8 p.m. on WAMC starting August 30th after the Tanglewood season has ended.
On July 11th, a live broadcast of The Roundtable will take place at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, with panelists including: Rosemary Armao, Theresa Bourgeois, Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Judith Enck, Libby Post, Sarah Rogerson, Jenn Smith, and Fran Berman. A $100 pledge secures you a seat for the show, or you can tune in live at 9 a.m.
Also on July 11th (another big day!) Oceans 8 Films Presents “Hope on the Hudson,” which will feature short films from writer/filmmaker Jon Bowermaster’s “Hope on the Hudson” series (hudsonriverstories.com). An evening curated specifically for The Linda, we will show “Seeds of Hope,” about the growing of Native American seeds nearly gone extinct on a farm in the Hudson Valley; “Source to Sea,” which takes a look at water quality testing of the Hudson River; “Restoring the Clearwater,” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Clearwater and the 100th of Pete Seeger; and “Growing With the Grains,” efforts by local farms to grow local grains to meet the booming demand from bakers, brewers, distillers and more. www.thelinda.org/events/
Due to ongoing contract negotiations, we will continue to broadcast Live at the Linda in place of Classical New England Sundays at 8 p.m.
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