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Hazel Scott Relaxed Piano Moods

Pianist Hazel Scott was a prodigy who rose to fame in the 1940s, swinging classical compositions, appearing in Hollywood movies, and becoming the first African-American to host a TV show.

Author Tess Gunty

Comedian Mohanad Elshieky explains the difference between comedy and therapy, and novelist Tess Gunty tells us why she set her National Book Award winning novel in Indiana.

Baritone David Drettwan (Onegin) and soprano SeonYoung Park (Tatiana)

IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater presents the timeless tragedy of one of Russian literature's "superfluous men."

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King David playing the zither

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” We’ll explore settings of the words of King David – psalms, laments, and music for his instrument—the harp. Our featured release is Sansara: Cloths of Heaven…on Harmonia.

Praying mantis lying on the ground

Josh Brewer reads "When I place talismans," “Dying Mantis,” “This Week in Northern Ireland,” and “The Bakeries of Warsaw.”

Harry Belafonte and Nat King Cole

We pay tribute to the late singer, activist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte. We’ll explore his expansive recording career, which encompassed folk, calypso, jazz, blues and more.

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The available bounty of the natural and the creative can sustain you season by season.

Early Charles Mingus Debut record

In 1952 bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach formed their own record company, in an attempt to assert creative and entrepreneurial control over their music.

Major Taylor on French track looking to infield

It's not the documentary, but the connections you help people make along the way.

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How to Survive the Future Ep3: McCormick's Creek State Park

A walk in the woods with botanist Ellen Jacquart about 25 years in the future. And a conversation with the director of the new documentary, Major Taylor: Champion of the Race.

Pages from Allison Martino's Form and Surface

A new book about African ceramics across the continent, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, especially Nigeria and Cameroon

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A Masked Ball in Bohemia, painting

This week on Harmonia, join us on a bohemian escapade of sorts, as we explore baroque music composed by violinist Philipp Jakob Rittler and trumpet virtuoso Pavel Josef Vejvanovský. Plus, festive Baroque music for trumpets and strings on our featured recording by Ars Antiqua Austria. Join us!

Room packed full of items, hoarder's den

Eric Rensberger reads "Reading," "A Deity," and "Historical Imagination."

The Platters

Jazz standards like “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “A Sunday Kind of Love” are not just for singers like Frank Sinatra. This week, we’ll hear the Great American Songbook sung by The Flamingos, The Platters, and other doo wop groups from the 1950s.

postcard of two people by a lake

Yes, they depart for warmer climates in the winter. But their intention is always to return.

Bloomington's Skeleton Harvester in the studio

This week, a profile of the alien who roams downtown Bloomington, a werewolf, two witches, and the childhood that led to an article about the secret government facility under Bloomington's water treatment plant. Plus, a discussion about how shapeshifters help us think about gender.

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Lute song in a garden

From epic tales of Charlemagne’s knights to sonnets drenched in lovers’ tears, the act of singing poetry is central to many early music traditions, both improvised and on the page. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear musical manifestations of poetry ranging from Antiquity to the seventeenth century. Join us!

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Erica Anderson-Senter reads "Qualifications for a Lover," "This is How a Poet Gets Over Heartbreak," and "To the Red-Bellied Woodpecker in my Neighborhood."

Dakota Staton Dynamic

This week on Afterglow, we take a listen to the work of jazz vocalist Dakota Staton, famous for her work on Capitol Records in the 1950s, including her rendition of the song “The Late, Late Show.”

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Inside a journey to Atlantic, Iowa, that amounted to a pilgrimage.

The Indiana Slavic Choir

When Iryna Voloshyna started a Slavic choir at IU in 2021, she didn’t realize it would be a local expression of a political situation halfway around the world. But then, in February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, and suddenly the choir was in high demand.

Billy Taylor jazz pianist

Billy Taylor was a jazz pianist, educator, broadcaster, composer of a civil rights anthem, and the man who dubbed jazz “America’s classical music.”

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Sisters of St. Benedict, Ray Bradbury, Doctor Who, and Abbott's Candies.

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