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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critical Thinking

WFMT’s “Critic-at-Large” Andrew Patner presents an hour-long weekly program of conversation about the arts each Monday night at 10:00 pm.

Black Sabbath (no, not that Black Sabbath) – Part 2 of 2

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Andrew presents the second and concluding part of “Black Sabbath,” a survey of Black American recording artists performing Yiddish and other Jewish songs.  Tonight including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, The Temptations, and Johnny Mathis.  

Lincoln and Music (Rebroadcast)

We present “Lincoln and Music,” a favorite from our series of “Abraham Lincoln Reconsidered” programs–a co-production with the Chicago History Museum with generous funding from the Motorola Foundation.  

Bernard Haitink (Conductor)

Bernard Haitink

Andrew presents a new conversation with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras.

Black Sabbath (no, not that Black Sabbath) – Part 1 of 2

blacksabbath

Andrew presents Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations,  a remarkable collection of Black American recording artists performing Yiddish and other Jewish songs.  

Merry Mary — A 1973 Chicago Children’s Choir Christmas

Mary had a baby.  The Chicago Children’s Choir merrily sings about this event (and more) on a 1973 Brewster LP recording Andrew shares.

Richard Pollak (Author)

ICFJ dinner 2009 all letters

Andrew talks with journalist, author, and Chicago native Richard Pollak  about his new book, “After the Barn: A Brother’s Memoir.”      

Strings Attached

StringsAttached

Andrew talks with Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, co-authors of Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations.

From the Kitchen Counter

Andrew presents a collection of new music which was recently sitting on his kitchen counter.

Raul Midón

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In a new program, Andrew’s guest is singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón.

Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst (Authors) on Mies van der Rohe (Architect – Part 3 of 3)

Mies van der Rohe

Tonight on Critical Thinking, we present the third of three programs on the new and revised edition of the classic Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography.  Andrew talks with authors Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst about the legendary architect.