Arts & Culture

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

As we continue to self-isolate, Harry brings us What the Frack?, Dominion, News of the Atom, News of Inspector’s General, The Apologies of the Week, plus tributes to Bill Withers and Adam Schlesinger, musicians lost this past week to the Coronavirus.     

American Routes Shortcuts: Alison Krauss

Apr 3, 2020
Alison Krauss
American Routes

Alison Krauss grew up Champaign, Illinois. She began competing in fiddle contests when she was just eight years old. At fourteen, Alison recorded an album of traditional tunes with her brother Vik on bass. She joined up with the band Union Station, formed by childhood friend, songwriter John Pennell. Over the past two decades, Krauss has won twenty-seven Grammys--more than any other living musician. I asked Alison about her early life in Illinois and introduction to music.



Heroes, Icons & Superstars

Mar 30, 2020

Valerie Walker has a chance encounter with a life long idol.

Songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman makes music with a country music icon.

Danny Artese gets not only a signature but a mentor when he attends a book signing.

Elyse McInerney learns her hero may be a lot closer to her than she realized.

Bassist Christian McBride gets a chance to play with a Jazz legend. 

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

Harry won’t let self-isolation stand in the way of another great episode of Le Show. This week he brings us News of the Olympic Movement, What the Frack?, News of Microplastics, It’s A Smart World, News of Inspector’s General, The Entrapod, The Apologies of the Week, plus great music and more. 

American Routes Shortcuts: Bessie Smith

Mar 27, 2020
Bessie Smith
Carl Van Vechten, restored by Adam Cuerden

Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues, was the first African American superstar, an artist that mingled regal dignity with sensuality. We’ll sample her recorded legacy, talk with critics and hear memories of her contemporaries from the Jazz Age of the 1920s.