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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critical Thinking

Mondays at 10:00 pm
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.

The Passenger


The radio premiere of an Andrew Patner interview with Lyric Opera of Chicago General Director Anthony Freud on the topic of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Passenger, which makes its Lyric Opera debut tomorrow night, February 24th, a live broadcast you’ll hear on WFMT and at 7:15pm (CST).  The Passenger runs through March 15th at the Civic more…

Lincoln and Music (Rebroadcast)


A forward from WFMT’s Matt DeStefano: Two  weeks ago, on Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner, we heard the latest in his series of consistently  inquisitive, intellectually stimulating, enlightening conversations with Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti.  The next morning, we woke up to the shocking and sad news that our Andrew, our colleague, WFMT’s more…

Some World War II Instrumental Jazz

Andrew shares some upbeat American jazz records from the dark days of the Second World War in early 1944.

Riccardo Muti


In a new conversation, Andrew speaks with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti.

Peter Cole on “The Invention of Influence”


Andrew talks with poet, translator, and critic Peter Cole about his new book, The Invention of Influence, inspired by the life of Victor Tausk, a maverick and tragic early disciple of Sigmund Freud.  

Peter Cole (Rebroadcast)


Poet and translator Peter Cole on Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain. Cole translated, edited and introduced The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain 950-1492 (Princeton University Press).

Music for the New Year (rebroadcast)

Andrew presents a program of music for the new year.

Merry Mary — A 1973 Chicago Children’s Choir Christmas (rebroadcast)

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

Lee Sandlin (rebroadcast)


Chicago author Lee Sandlin died unexpectedly this weekend. In his memory, Andrew rebroadcasts a 2013 conversation with Lee Sandlin about his books Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s Tornado Chasers and Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild.

Thomas Dyja


Andrew shares a new program of conversation with Thomas Dyja, author of the acclaimed book on mid-20th-century Chicago, The Third Coast, now available in paperback.