Elaina Newport of The Capitol Steps talks about songs for the 2008 presidential campaign, the comedy troupe's history, their creative process, and politicians they miss.
Jan Beatty, Pittsburgh poet, writing professor, and host of WYEP's "Prosody" talks with Jim Cunningham about her new book, "Red Sugar." She reads poems and talks about her themes: place, nature, work, class, family, body, sex and love.
Rick Sebak previews "Invented, Engineered & Pioneered in Pittsburgh," his new Pittsburgh History Series special on the ingenuity of Pittsburghers, from those who created Fort Pitt and the Ferris Wheel to the latest researchers in computers and robotics. Premiere: Apr10.
Hear Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker sing, from the April 1 performance of "Aida" in which he was called upon to voice Radames' part from the pit while conducting! Artistic Director Christopher Hahn tells QED's Jim Cunningham about it.
Pianist Emanuel Ax talks about his friendship with Alfred Brendel, the history of great pianists in Pittsburgh especially Byron Janis, the perfection in Chopin's music, playing Chopin in his native Poland, and about Chopin's remains.
Charles Dutoit discusses his new post with The Philadelphia Orchestra; the ties between Debussy's "Jeux" and Diaghilev's tennis-match ballet scenario; Janacek's "Sinfonietta;" and he defends the orchestration of Chopin's Piano Concerto #2.