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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.

Riccardo Muti

Andrew shares a new conversation with Riccardo Muti.  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director talks about the orchestra’s new recording of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as the its upcoming European tour.    

Margaret Hawkins


Andrew talks with Chicago author, art critic, and School of the Art Institute teacher Margaret Hawkins. Her latest novel is Lydia’s Party.  

Susan Nussbaum

Andrew talks with Chicago playwright and longtime disability rights activist Susan Nussbaum about her award-winning first novel Good Kings Bad Kings, recently issued in paperback.  

Bloch’s Macbeth at Chicago Opera Theater

Andrew talks with leading team members, and shares music from, Chicago Opera Theater’s new production — and the Chicago premiere — of the early 20th-century Macbeth by composer Ernest Bloch.  

Randy Kroszner – Part 2 of 2

The second of Andrew’s two-part discussion about the role of economics and economists in American society with Randy Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System.

Randy Kroszner – Part 1 of 2

The first of Andrew’s two-part discussion about the role of economics and economists in American society with Randy Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System.

Bernard Haitink (Rebroadcast)

Bernard Haitink

Andrew presents a 2014 conversation with Bernard Haitink discussing his 60th anniversary year as a conductor of leading international orchestras.

Nicholas Phillips: New Music for Solo Piano – Part 1 (Rebroadcast)


Andrew shares some of the commissioned pieces from U.S. composers on “American Vernacular: new music for solo piano,” the latest recording from Midwest pianist Nicholas Phillips. (And an additional teaser, too, from Chicago composer Bernard Rands, who celebrated his 80th birthday in March)

James Alan McPherson: A Matter of Vocabulary (Rebroadcast)

In an encore presentation from 2011, Andrew reads a favorite short story by James Alan McPherson, “A Matter of Vocabulary” from his 1969 collection Hue and Cry. A longtime faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa, McPherson, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1943, was in the first class of MacArthur Fellows more…

Jeremy Denk (Rebroadcast)


Andrew’s guest is pianist and writer Jeremy Denk, who was in town for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Keys to the City Piano Festival.  Jeremy’s new album Ligeti/Beethoven is out now on the Nonesuch label.