Doug Glanville, former major league baseball player, was the first Ivy League educated player to play in the MLB, and authored the book “Inside Baseball: The Game From Where I Stand” to shed light on some of challenges unique to playing professional baseball. This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation Jeff Bossert had with him in 2011.
Two-and-a-half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant in our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. Richard Gere narrates.
“Follow the water” is the mantra of those who search for life beyond Earth. Where there’s water, there may be life. Join us on a tour of watery solar system bodies that hold promise for biology. Dig beneath the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa, and plunge into the jets of Enceladus, Saturn’s satellite.
And let’s not forget the Red Planet. Mars is rusty and dusty, but it wasn’t always a world of dry dunes. Did life once thrive here? Also, the promise of life in the exotic hydrocarbon lakes of Titan.
Science-fiction author Robert J. Sawyer joins us, and relates how these exotic outposts have prompted imaginative stories of alien life.
Robert J. Sawyer – Hugo award-winning science fiction author
Cynthia Phillips – Planetary geologist at the SETI Institute
Alexander Hayes – Planetary scientist at the University of California, Berkeley
Rachel Mastrapa – Planetary scientist for NASA and the SETI Institute
Robert Lillis – Space and planetary scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
Trail two of China’s first citizen-reporters as they document the underside of the country’s rapid economic development. A search for truth and fame inspires young vegetable seller “Zola” to report on censored news stories from the cities, while retired businessman “Tiger Temple” makes sense of the past by chronicling the struggles of rural villagers.
Land grabs, pollution, rising poverty, local corruption and the growing willingness of ordinary people to speak out are grist for these two bloggers who navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and challenge the boundaries of free speech.
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Magnus LINDBERG (b. 1958) : Acequia Madre (2012 Commission by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - World Premiere) Chen Halevi, clarinet; Magnus Lindberg, piano
SCHUBERT: Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout (1819) Jon Kimura Parker, piano; William Preucil, violin; Aloysia Friedmann, viola; Gary Hoffman, cello; Marji Danilow, bass
and Center Stage from Wolf Trap 2012-13 (Program 7) (7/13)
BIZET arr. Hans ZELLNER: L’Arlesienne Suite. CSO Brass Quintet
Baljinder SEKHON (b. 1970?): Pitch-Dark Path for horn and strings Robert Rearden, horn; Yuki Namata and In Sun Jang, vlns.; Matthew Carrington, viola; Susie Yang, vcl.; Jory Herman, bass
TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade for Strings in C Major, Opus 48 (East Coast Chamber Orchestra)
William BOLCOM: “I Remember.” Melissa Shippen, soprano; Kim Pensinger Witman, piano
Distinguished artists recall Maestro Leinsdorf's powerful impact at the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Centre and the New York Philharmonic.
Partial list of excerpts:
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf)
MOZART: Symphony No, 1 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf)
WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde (Lauritz Melchior; Helen Traubel; New York
Metropolitan Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf)
DVORAK: Symphony No. 6 (Cleveland Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf)
STRAUSS: Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome (London Symphony Orchestra,
In a quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. This new six-part series recounts World War II from a unique new perspective, uncovering the engineering secrets of iconic megastructures, telling the stories of the engineers who designed them and revealing how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.