Programming Notes: September 2019 | WAMC

Programming Notes: September 2019

Sep 3, 2019

In September they say summer’s over, but don’t fall for it! We usually still have a few days of bright sunshine left. However, as we say our goodbyes to the warmest days, we calmly greet the crisp air, colorful leaves and yes, school.  With jackets on and chai teas in hand, we have plenty of shows to leave you feeling educated.

On August 30th we begin airing Reveal a weekly, one-hour, Peabody Award-winning investigative reporting program from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, hosted by Al Letson.  Reveal engages and empowers the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy.   Reveal will air Friday's at 9 p.m, tune in!

Labor Day – we start off the month celebrating our right to work and the progress we’ve made along the way. We’ll air two PRX specials, first @ 9 a.m., The Great American Songbook Blacklist from the series Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials produced by WFIU- exploring the cross between politics, labor, and the entertainment industry! Between 1947 and 1960, the American entertainment industry was embroiled in a manufactured scandal.  The threat of communism had apparently run amok, artists were forced to testify before Congress, and countless entertainers were blacklisted for their communist ties.  While the blacklist was mostly applied to Hollywood screenwriters, many in the music industry were also affected. This hour, we’ll explore the history of the so-called “Red Channels” in music, and hear how it affected singers and songwriters like Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Yip Harburg, and more. 

Our second special Science at Work from The Pulse Specials Series produced by WHYY will highlight how science and technology are changing work and workplaces, and what we are learning about the pitfalls of different work environments.  Our current healthcare conundrum certainly stems in part from the coupling of work and insurance benefits — so we’ll look at the past and future of this union.  We’ll meet a woman who used science to prove that ladies should be part of the work force. Also: The psychology of snarky office emails, and the case for mandatory vacation days. 

On September 2nd we will also air A NY Minute in History The Story Behind 1969’s Woodstock Music Festival now regarded as one the most iconic cultural expressions of American society, the Woodstock festival of 1969 served to encapsulate the spirit of the 1960s counterculture movement.  Despite Woodstock’s continued popularity 50 years after it was first held, the complexities that led to its creation and lasting social impacts are often overlooked. On this episode of A New York Minute In History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts speak with author Mark Berger, Karen Quinn – the Senior Art Curator at the New York State Museum, art collector Arthur Anderson, and Wade Lawrence – the museum director of the Museum at Bethel Woods, about various aspects of Woodstock such as its lesser known origin story, its role as an emblem of counterculture, and it’s often-overlooked connection to the Woodstock Arts Colony.

Coming up at the Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio we have a full September beginning with Emily Wolfe, September 10th at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm; An Evening with Holly Bowling, September 11th at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm; Maurice John Vaughn, September 13th at 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm; Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys benefit for The Independent Living Center, September 19th at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Alexis P. Suter Band, September 20th at 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm; An Evening with Ustad Shafaat Khan, September 21st at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Rochmon Record Club | Alanis Morissette “Jagged Little Pill” Listening Party, September 26th at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm and An evening with Robbie Fulks | Live at The Linda,

September 27th at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, whew!  All tickets are available for purchase online at.

This month The Academic Minute features takeover weeks from Westminster College in Utah, Emory University in Georgia and Butler University in Indiana.  We’ll discover an array of topics including the decline of neoliberalism, the student loan debt crisis, LGBTQ+ media history and artificial wisdom.  Stay tuned for what’s new and exciting from the academy every weekday at 7:30 a.m. & 3:56 p.m. 

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