Memorial Day Broadcast Specials

May 24, 2013

9am: Backstory: Mission Accomplished - How Wars End
The declaration of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq was famously premature. But have America's other wars had neat or definitive endings?  In this episode, BackStory looks at prominent conflicts of the last three centuries, and explores what it takes to end a war -- both in legal terms, and in the popular imagination.

10am: Song Travels with Michael Feinstein*: Wynton Marsalis
Classical trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis hails from one of New Orleans' most distinguished jazz families. He became the youngest musician admitted to the Berkshire Music Center, and has continued the Marsalis dynasty with multiple Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and the National Medal of Arts. This legendary artist shares his musings and a few of his favorite things, including the recently-discovered recording of Louis Armstrong's last known performance.

11am: REM: Green at 25
This radio special celebrates the 25th anniversary edition of R.E.M.'s album, Green. In addition to the radio classics on the album - "Pop Song 89," "Stand" and "Orange Crush" - the special also features the songs "The One I Love," "It's The End of the World...," "Fall on Me," "Finest Worksong" and many other hits. Listen for interview segments as well with Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and original drummer, Bill Berry.

12pm: NPR Music Presents - SXSW: Nick Cafe, Cafe Tacuba, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
In what's become one of the most anticipated showcases at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, NPR Music and partner public radio stations present can't-miss performances from the March 13 event at Stubb's Barbeque in Austin, Texas.

2pm: Connections with Nic Harcourt
Nic Harcourt hosts an eclectic mix of progressive and innovative pop,connecting the musical dots between Jack White and Led Zeppelin, Serge Gainsbourg and Beck, Kraftwerk and Air and plenty in between. Nic will showcase new and independent talent from across the musical spectrum and will feature live sessions and interviews with both established and emerging artists.

*WCBE Trivia - Did you know that Michael Feinstein was a WCBE intern?