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WXAV Presents... is a weekly radio show that tells stories through the unique and rich format of radio. The pieces include documentaries, podcasts, conversations, and much more. Some of the featured programming you will hear on WXAV Presents... includes: "Radio Diaries, Beyond the Black Letters, and Original WXAV created pieces". (Many of the programs you will hear are apart of the PRX network, for more information check out prx.org.) Some pieces you will hear will range from 10 mins to 1 hour.
This week on WXAV Presents…
War of Welles Documentary (Airs December 11th)
New documentary from R.H. Greene, “War of the Welles,” telling the back-story of the production of “War of the Worlds”, correcting many myths, and explaining why it works as a radio broadcast. Also available is a broadcast of the original War of the Worlds.
Coming up on WXAV Presents…
The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom (Airs December 18th)
For more than a half a century, citizens of the Lone Star State have had intense, emotional battles over what children should and shouldn’t be taught in public school classrooms. While there have been fights over just about every academic subject, debates over history, evolution, God and country generate the most heat. In many ways, Texans are stuck. Some believe teachers should lay out relevant facts before students and have them draw their own conclusions. Others believe there should be particular values —perhaps absolute values— added into the mix to help guide students.”
Previously on WXAV Presents…
What’s the Big Idea: Episode 1 Occupy London (Airs December 4th)
In December 2011: A Hundred Occupy protesters have been camping out in the center of London’s financial district for 2 months. Who are they? Do they all want the same thing? And will they get it?
Diary of a Bad Year. A War Correspondent’s Dilemma. (Airs November 27th)
NPR’s Kelly McEvers’ unprecedented and intimate portrait of the sacrifices reporters and their families make to tell untold stories– and the sometimes dangerous allure of the job. Independently produced with Jay Allison.
Snap Judgment (Airs November 20th)
From NPR and PRX, Snap proudly presents: “Found”. Amazing stories of finding exactly what you are not looking for.
The Great Simpsons’ Debate
Back in September, the website whatculture.com posted their 100 Best Ever Simpsons Episodes list. (You can view it here)Well, Brian Laughran from The Xavierite and I (Peter Kreten) took exception to their list. So we took to our microphones to settle this debate once and for all. What are the Best Simpsons Episodes Ever!!! You hear this broadcast on the follow dates:
Monday, November 11th at 11:30pmCST (Right after Suspense)
Wednesday, November 13th at NoonCST
Sunday, November 17th at 10:30am (Right after Suspense)
The Gospel Ranger by Radio Diaries
One of the last songs that Johnny Cash recorded before he died was calle, “There Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down).” But that song is not a Johnny Cash original. “Ain’t No Grave” was actually written in 1934, by a 12-year-old boy named Claude Ely. Ely went on to become an itinerant Pentecostal preacher known to his followers as Brother Claude, the Gospel Ranger. Brother Claude was a fiery speaker and an electrifying singer. Outside the Appalachian mountains, his name was barely known. But his music helped influence some of the pioneers of rock & roll.
In Search of George Harrison Part 1
Professor Glenn Gass, and executive producer Rich Reardin discuss the life and music of George Harrison. Glenn teaches at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with series of courses on the history of rock & roll and popular music. Rich Reardin is the executive producer of In Search of a Song, and longtime radio and music producer. In Part One, Rich and Glenn discuss George Harrison’s incredible contribution to the Beatles as both guitarist, and songwriter. They examine his evolution as an immediately successful songwriter with his first song “Don’t Bother Me” until becoming an integral part of the Beatles, and on par with the powerhouse team of Lennon and McCartney. Part one explores George’s years as a Beatle, and Part two explores his post Beatles career with his own solo projects.
In Search of George Harrison Part 2
Professor Glenn Gass, and executive producer Rich Reardin discuss the life and music of George Harrison, Part 2. Glenn Gass teaches at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with series of courses on the history of rock & roll and popular music. Rich Reardin is the executive producer of In Search of a Song, and longtime radio and music producer. In Part Two, Rich and Glenn discuss George Harrison’s post-Beatles solo career, his band “The Travelling Wilburys” with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty, his various solo records, attack by a crazed fan, and passing in 2001.
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Big Read Documentary
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is the rare American novel that can be discovered with excitement in adolescence and reread into adulthood without fear of disappointment. Lee tells two deftly paired stories set in a small Southern town: one focused on lawyer Atticus Finch’s defense of an unjustly accused man, the other on his bright, bratty daughter’s gradual discovery of her own goodness. For many young people this novel becomes their first big read, the grown-up story that all later books will be measured against.
WTF with Marc Maron: Guest Conan O’Brien
Conan. That’s really all you need to know. The late night legend makes good on his promise to sit down in Marc’s garage for a chat. They discuss Conan’s personal insecurities, the people who leave him starstruck, how he’s still processing what happened to him at NBC and how the recent events in his professional life helped him relax.
WTF with Marc Maron: Guest Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton is in the garage and he leaves nothing outside the door. Marc and Michael cover the Full Keaton: His Catholic upbringing in Pittsburgh, working on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, his early stand-up career, his big break in Hollywood, the circumstances that led to him becoming Batman, Beetlejuice, and everything in between.
Fahrenheit 451: A Big Read Documentary (Aired on 9.913)(Produced by the National Endowment for Arts)
A world without books. That’s something writer Ray Bradbury has imagined and re-imagined for much of his 85 years. As one of the most influential science fiction writers in history, Bradbury’s work, more than 500 short stories and 11 novels to date, has helped shape the last half century of American literature and popular culture. The program features Bradbury along with several cultural luminaries, including Orson Scott Card, John Crowley, Paquito D’Rivera, Hector Elizondo, Nat Hentoff, Ursula K. Le Guin, Azar Nafisi, Luis Alberto Urrea and Sam Weller.
March of the Bonus Army (Aired on 9.4.13)(Produced Radio Diaries)
In the summer of 1932, a group of World War I veterans in Portland, Oregon hopped a freight train and started riding the rails to Washington DC. They were demanding immediate payment of a cash bonus the government had promised them after the war – but delayed until 1945. Desperate for relief in the worst year of the Depression, the vets wanted their bonuses now. They called themselves the Bonus Army. As they traveled east, veterans from all over the country joined up. By July, more than 20,000 veterans and their families had arrived in the nation’s capital. They established a tent city and vowed to stay until their demands were met. But finally, in a historic confrontation, General Douglas MacArthur’s Army troops routed the Bonus Army and burned their camp to the ground.
Message in a Bottle (Aired on 8.28.13)
The music and lives of two composers Viktor Ullmann and Gideon Klein. Both men were imprisoned in Terezin, a “model ghetto” created by the Nazis. This is where many of Europe’s greatest artists, musician and writers were held, and expected to continue to create and perform during the Holocaust. More than 70 years later, some of Ullmann and Klein’s music has be re-discovered in attics, under beds and hidden in libraries around the world. Megan Williams produced this documentary for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. It recently won a Gold World Medal in the history category at the 2010 New York Festivals
WTF with Marc Maron: Guests Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner
Mel Brooks. Nothing we write here can do this justice. So just listen to Mel and Marc take you through the life of a legend, from his youthful days in Brooklyn and his time served in World War II to his triumphs on the big screen, the small screen and The Great White Way. It’s Mel Brooks. What more is there to say?
And then, with a little help from Mel, Marc is able to sit down for a chat with another legend of comedy, Carl Reiner. They talk about the origins of the 2000 Year Old Man and Carl’s journey from writing to acting to directing.But the best part of both interviews happens at the end, off mic. Marc will tell that story at the end of the episode.