Arts & Culture

Deceptive Cadence
4:17 am
Sat December 13, 2014

A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society, now celebrating its bicentennial.
James Doyle Handel and Haydn Society

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:14 pm

Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously running performing arts organizations in the country. To celebrate its bicentennial this season, the group made a new recording of a holiday perennial, Handel's Messiah, which also happens to be one of the first works it staged nearly 200 years ago. Still, the Handel and Haydn Society is very different from what it was when it started.

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This Week's Must Read
4:40 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:29 pm

We've been hearing all week about a report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee. It detailed brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept 11. Among the questions it raised are whether these techniques are legal, effective and morally acceptable.

For our series This Week's Must Read, author Laila Lalami grapples with these questions by turning to literature.

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Arts & Culture
3:44 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Milwaukee's British Brass Band Tradition

Credit Milwaukee Festival Brass

British Brass Band is a particular type of sound that was born in the mining towns of England in the early 19th century. 

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Religion
3:31 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Hanukkah's Real (And Imagined) History

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:16 pm

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Music
3:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

NPR Music's 302 Favorite Songs Of 2014

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:15 pm

Traditionally, the folks at NPR Music make a list of their 100 favorite songs of the year. But this time, they expanded the list to 302 songs and made a really long mix tape.

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Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

BBC Documentary on Stolen (and Recovered) Stradivarius Violin in Milwaukee

The Lipinski Stradivarius
Credit A Violin's Life

This Sunday at 7:30 a.m. CT, BBC Radio 4 in London will broadcast a documentary called The Lipinski. 

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Television
2:07 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

Kiefer Sutherland (right) with Peter Weller and JoBeth Williams on Fox's 24.
Fox TV

As the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee clash over whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques are considered torture, another question arises: Have depictions of torture on TV and film helped convince us that it works?

Consider this warning that recently greeted viewers of ABC's political soap opera, Scandal:

"The following drama contains adult content. Viewer discretion is advised."

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Vatican, Citing 'Delicate Situation,' Rejects Dalai Lama Meeting With Pope

The Dalai Lama, flanked at left by Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino, arrives at the opening of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome on Friday.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 7:48 am

Pope Francis won't meet privately with the Dalai Lama because of a "delicate situation," the Vatican's spokesman said today, in an apparent reference to the Holy See's relations with China.

The Dalai Lama, who is in Rome for a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize winners, had requested a private meeting with the pontiff but said Thursday that the request had been rejected.

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Movie Reviews
12:32 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Depicting An Unstable Era, 'Inherent Vice' Never Jells, But It's Addictive

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Television
12:32 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

Originally broadcast Oct. 30, 2014.

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