Podcasts

Mark Nordenberg, Thiel College alumnus - Feb 7, 2014

Outgoing University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg talks about his alma mater, Thiel College, with fellow alumnus and 2013 Thiel commencement speaker Jim Cunningham. Nordenberg (1970, B.S. in mathematics) was honored with the Louis and Barbara Thiel Award for his significant achievements in higher education at Thiel's 2014 Founders's Day Convocation.

Shirli Nikolsburg - Apr 16, 2013

Shirli Nikolsburg’s award winning film, "A World of Signs" screens Sundays in April at 1:00 pm at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Jim Cunningham asks musician, filmmaker, and child development specialist Nikolsburg about her film, which introduces parents, caregivers, and their toddlers to a holistic experience incorporating elements of play, American Sign Language, world classical and folk music, visual art, and multicultural traditions.

History of WQED-FM: The First 20 Years - Jan 25, 2013

WQED executives Lloyd Kaiser and Tom Skinner reveal the origin of Classical QED 89.3. Ceci Sommers talks about her work as station manager, and you'll hear about notable programs carried or produced by WQED-FM.

Pavarotti's Tosca - Jan 25, 2013

It was an unforgettable night at the Benedum Center in May, 1989 when Luciano Pavarotti's voice failed during his Pittsburgh Opera debut as Cavardossi in Puccini's Tosca. Barry Paris gave this commentary on WQED-FM's Sunday Arts Magazine.

Mickey McManus "Trillions" - Jan 3, 2013

The Internet will expand from today's few billions of devices to tomorrow's trillions of nodes. That's why the CEO and founders of Pittsburgh-based Maya Design, a design consultancy and technology research lab, have written a new book titled “Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Economy." WQED board member and Maya CEO Mickey McManus talks with QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham.

Patricia Ward Kelly - Aug 22, 2012

To mark the centennial of Gene Kelly, the dancer, actor, singer, film director and producer, and choreographer born Aug 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Patricia Ward Kelly talks with QED's Ted Sohier about her late husband's work, and her involvement in Pittsburgh CLO's annual Gene Kelly Awards. Kelly met his third wife in 1985, when he was hired to read a script Ward had written for the National Air & Space Museum. Recorded May 25, 2012.

Franz Mohr, Piano Technician to the Stars - Jul 13, 2012

Franz Mohr, Steinway's Chief Piano Technician since 1965, shares stories of working with such great artists as Cliburn, Rubinstein, and most of all, Horowitz in his memior "My Life with the Great Pianists. Mohr gave Horowitz's Steinway its brilliant tone and lightning-quick action. Still lively at 85, Mohr talks about his craft, recounts anecdotes of his partnerships with musicians, and is ever the salesman for the world's most famous piano brand. Mohr accompanies the Horowitz Steinway to the Steinway Gallery of Pittsburgh.

Arts Festival Update - Jun 8, 2012

Artist Jenna Boyle talks about her performance at the Juried Visual Arts Exhibition, trumpeter Sean Jones reflects on what makes the Jazz Live festival unique, and festival director Marguerite Jarrett Marks highlights Squonk Opera's world premiere of "Go Roadshow," the festival's new Bluegrass Day on Saturday, and the closing concert by Bruce Hornsby.

Arts Festival Update - Jun 6, 2012

The Juried Visual Arts exhibition at the Three Rivers Arts Festival features painting, photography, sculpture, installations, even performance art. Exhibition coordinator Sonja Sweterlitsch gives a tour of a few notable creations to be seen upstairs at 805 Liberty Avenue.

Arts Festival Update - Jun 5, 2012

The Three Rivers Arts Festival presents the world premiere of Squonk Opera's GO ROADSHOW, built for quick setup on a flatbed truck, with custom-built musical truck horns, a rotating piano, a blimp, and other surprises. Co-director and composer Jackie Dempsey explains.

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