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Programming Notes: July 2014

Fireworks for your listening pleasure.

Hello, WAMC Land!  This month we have a great line-up for the 4th, but before I get to that, we do have one change in programming. You may have noticed that on Friday 6/27, Marketplace Money was called Marketplace Weekend. No, you weren’t going crazy… it’s supposed to be that way. The Marketplace crew has revamped the show for your listening pleasure and will deliver on their core content coverage area of business and economic news.  They’ll be adding more technology coverage, a wrap-up and analysis of the week's "Numbers," interesting interviews and maintaining the strong and distinctive approach to personal finance and investing that has always been a hallmark of Marketplace Money. Lizzy O’Leary will continue to host the program. Please note that now our Friday at 9PM show will be the first airing, and the repeat will air Sunday mornings at 7AM.

Now, on to the 4th of July schedule. Beginning at 9AM, we have a 2-hour American Routes special. That’s right, that new program you’ve been listening to on Tuesday nights at 8PM has a day time special for you.  Host Nick Spitzer will be celebrating the musical geographies of the Gulf South featuring performances and interviews with Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band, Topsy Chapman, bluesman Little Freddie King, and pianist Tom McDermott.

Following American Routes, at 11AM you’ll get your bi-annual dose of Capitol Steps! 4th of July Edition. The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes. There's John Kerry singing "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?" and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to "Let It Go" when it comes to running for President. It's a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down. There's plenty of material to go around, so why not sit back, relax and forget you voted for any of the people mentioned in their special.

At noon, join WAMC’s Dave Lucas as he guest hosts Midday Magazine. He’ll bring you the latest news, commentaries, and weather from around the region. At 1PM, The Moth will make you laugh, break your heart, and bring you to tears with their true stories told live.

Continuing our special programming, at 2PM Alan will be joined by historian Dr. Christopher Breiseth to discuss FDR's ‘Four Freedoms’ speech. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to actually hear the speech as it was delivered on January 6th, 1941.

Then don’t forget to tune in at 8PM for our annual airing of A Capitol Fourth from NPR. This Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR's Korva Coleman, the event features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists. The event features performances by Frankie Valli, Patti Labelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt and Kelli O'Hara; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor, Jack Everly.

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, composer John Williams will debut a special arrangement for orchestra and chorus of the "Star Spangled Banner" with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.

The show is capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" complete with live cannon fire provided by The United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now A Capitol Fourth tradition.

So sit back, relax… enjoy the weather, a jump in the lake, and the fireworks