Music for Life
What makes appreciating music an important life skill?
What did the music of enslaved people sound like?
Policing The Jig
There’s no such thing as silence. This week’s guests reveal that there’s always something to hear.
These are trying times for musicians as large gatherings have been outlawed. Virginia Folklife has created TRAIN: Teachers of Remote Arts Instruction Network in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and …
Mountains in Harmony
The singing of former Appalachian coal miner and preacher Frank Newsome exemplifies the oldest, English-language religious music passed down orally in America. And there’s a mountain range in Romania where coal mining communities share a lot in common with Appalachia.
Roses in December
When we hear about the end of Jim Crow, we hear mostly about kids attending schools or about major court cases. But what did the process of legal desegregation look like in everyday life and culture?
Imagine if Beyonce had a secret recording of her singing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, from before they were both famous. It would be epic!
Furious Flower: The Soundtrack
For our show “Furious Flower: A Celebration of the Greats of African American Poetry” Joanne Gabbin, the founder of Furious Flower, joins us in studio along with Lauren Alleyne to …
Furious Flower: A Celebration of the Greats of African American Poetry
On Sept. 27th and 28th, the most notable poets of our time will gather in the nation’s capital to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the first academic center devoted to African American poetry in the United States.