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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Finian’s Rainbow (Rebroadcast)

In a program from 2010, Andrew Patner revives the 1947 Broadway musical by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Burl Lane, “Finian’s Rainbow” via its original cast recording.

Piano Music of Boris Papandopulo (Rebroadcast)

In a program from November of 2011, Andrew Patner features music  recorded by Wisconsin-based pianist Nicholas Phillips of Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo (1906-1991).

Riccardo Muti (rebroadcast from June 2014)

In a program from June of 2014, Andrew Patner shares a conversation with Riccardo Muti.  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director talks about Verdi he has not conducted, Richard Strauss works he plans to add to his repertoire, and the role of principal players in an ensemble.

Music of Marvin Hamlisch (rebroadcast)

In a program from September of 2012, Andrew Patner shares a listen to selections from the late Marvin Hamlisch‘s score to the Pulitzer Prize- and multiple Tony-Award-winning 1975 show A Chorus Line.  He also has some recordings of another artist with surprising parallels to Hamlisch.

Margaret Hawkins (rebroadcast)

In a program from September of 2014, Andrew Patner talks with Chicago author, art critic, and School of the Art Institute teacher Margaret Hawkins about her latest novel,  Lydia’s Party.

Randy Kroszner – Part 2 of 2 (rebroadcast)

From September of 2014, the second of Andrew Patner’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 (rebroadcast)

From August of 2014, the first of Andrew Patner’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.

Jay Tunney (rebroadcast)

Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw vacationing together on the island of Brioni in 1929 — Associated Press

In a program from November of 2011, Andrew Patner’s guest is author Jay R. Tunney, discussing his book The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw (Firefly Books, Buffalo and Richmond Hill, Ontario) about the long and deep friendship between his father, the American boxer and bibliophile, and the greatest English-language playwright of the 20th century.

Tunney (1897-1978) was the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world (who beat Jack Dempsey twice, in 1926 and 1927, the latter in Chicago’s Soldier Field) when he retired from boxing in 1928 at age 31. Shaw (1856-1950) had a lifelong fascination with boxing and had published an early novel, Cashel Byron’s Profession (1886), on an intellectual boxer who prefigured the bookish Tunney.

The two men met in the late 1920s and Tunney and his wife Polly Lauder Tunney spent a month of their honeymoon in 1929 together with Shaw and his wife Charlotte on the Adriatic island of Brioni. Among others they spent time with that month? The German composer Richard Strauss. Tunney and Shaw remained close until Shaw’s death at 94 in 1950.

It’s a beautifully written book on a fascinating and little-known subject.

The Interrupters (rebroadcast)

Ameena Matthews, violence interrupterAmeena Matthews in a scene from The Interrupters (Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, 2011)


In a program from August of 2011, Andrew talks with Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Kartemquin Films), Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), and Cobe Williams (the CeaseFire project) about their acclaimed documentary, The Interrupters.

Made in Chicago, the film looks at the efforts of a remarkable group of those formerly in trouble with the law to work to bring the cycle of violence in the inner city to a halt.

Cristian Macelaru (Rebroadcast)

In a program from February, 2014, Andrew Patner talks with young Romanian-born American conductor Cristian Macelaru.