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Vladimir Ashkenazy, Showers Bros. Book, ‘Big River’, Ray Bradbury

This week we visit with star conductor/pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, explore the history of town through one of its businesses, the Showers Brothers Furniture Co.

Coming up, on Artworks, a local author gets resourceful when it turned out that the primary sources for her story had gone missing.  WFIU’s Yael Ksander spoke with author Carrol Krause.

Also on the program,

Russian composer Vladimir Ashkenazy talks his life in music with Annie Corrigan during a recent visit to Bloomington.

IUPUI professor Jonathan Eller’s new book chronicles the early life of science-fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury.

And one of Mark Twain’s greatest works comes to life in a musical presented by Cardinal Stage Company.

Stories On This Episode

Vladimir Ashkenazy: My Journey To The Podium

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy stopped by the WFIU studios to tell some stories from his 60 years in the music business.

Showers Brothers: Bloomington’s Go-Figure Success Story

Cabinet Men

Everyday life in Bloomington in the 1850s was a drama of scarce water and free-range pigs. The allure for prospective entrepreneurs was not obvious.

‘Big River’: A Love Affair That Started In A Car

director and actor from Big River

The Cardinal Stage Company’s production of Roger Miller’s Big River is the culmination of a twenty year love affair for Artistic Director Randy White.

IUPUI Prof’s New Book: ‘Becoming Ray Bradbury’

Jonathan R. Eller in suit jacket, vest, and paisley tie, with bookshelves behind him

The development of science-fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury is chronicled in a new book by IUPUI professor Jonathan R. Eller.

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