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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Groucho (rebroadcast)

In a segment first heard on January 19, 2011, Andrew reads a letter Groucho Marx wrote to Warner Brothers.

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 Critic at Large, and most importantly, to so many, our dear, dear friend, had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, at just 55 years of age.

Andrew referred to me as Matt, the one “who made [him] sound great.”  For the past eight or so years, I would engineer, edit, and help plan his Critical Thinking and Critic’s Choice programs.  But beyond our working relationship, we became close friends.  We talked about life, the good and the bad, and he’d never pass judgment on me.  He was the kind of person I could trust with the kind of stuff I didn’t want to worry my mom with, and he always knew what to say to help me sort things out.   Andrew always had the heart to help a friend in need, no questions asked.  He once offered his home for a whole week when I need a place to stay, and years later, I became his neighbor.  Oftentimes, when we were finished with work at the station, he’d head out the door and say to me, “see you at the add-dress,” referring to home.  Imagine that.   Andrew, buddy, I will miss you so.

We will continue to honor Andrew’s legacy with broadcasts of his Critical Thinking and Critic’s Choice programs and Critic’s Choice segments.  Tonight, on Critical Thinking, a program first heard May 31st 2009. For president’s day, from his Lincoln Reconsidered series, here’s Andrew Patner with a program titled “Lincoln and Music.”

James Thurber #1 (rebroadcast)

We remember our dear friend and colleague Andrew Patner with his reading from James Thurber’s Fables for Our Time, first heard on November 30, 2010.

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.


Andrew recommends the film Selma, the chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign for equal voting rights via a 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

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.


Round Up (Part 2 of 2)

In the second of a two-part Critic’s Choice, Andrew reviews some of 2014’s Chicago classical music highlights.

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).

Round Up (Part 1 of 2)

In the first of a two-part Critic’s Choice, Andrew reviews some of 2014’s Chicago classical music highlights.