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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

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.  

American Music (rebroadcast)

In a program from July of 2011, Andrew Patner presents a program of music by American composers and performers — local performers and a number of local composers  — featuring recordings from the Chicago Clarinet Trio (including composers Max Raimi and Larry Combs [!]), soprano Christine Brewer in recital with pianist Roger Vignoles, and jazz vocalist Carole March and her late husband, pianist Joe Vito.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (rebroadcast)

In a program from November of 2009, Andrew Patner’s guest is French-born pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Grant Park Music Festival (rebroadcast)

In a program from May of 2011, Andrew Patner’s guests are Grant Park Music Festival principal conductor and artistic director Carlos Kalmar, and Festival general manager Leigh Levine.

Nico Muhly (rebroadcast)

In a program from August of 2008, Andrew Patner is joined by composer/arranger/conductor/
musician Nico Muhly for conversation with music, in an interview recorded in an eerie, concrete room in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center.

Riccardo Muti, Oct. 2009 (rebroadcast)

In a program from October of 2009, Andrew Patner talks with then-Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director designate Riccardo Muti.

Maestro Muti discussed his views on Bruckner, Verdi, and Brahms as he prepared for four performances of Brahms’s German Requiem.