This week, WPRB News and Culturestarts out with a fresh installment of Fireside Poetry! This episode, J.M. Colon delves into the poetry of Wallace Stevens. Then, Gabriel Watts takes us from the 1920s to today in her feature on the American tradition of whiskey distilling. We close the show with a segment of News Today on the Cyprus bailout, hosted by Rachna Vyas.
This Monday’s WPRB News and Culture begins with a segment of News Today, produced by Ellie Rizzo and narrated by Jackie Cremos.
Then, our host Vincent gives a Culture Corner interview of Professor James Charlesworth, a biblical scholar and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, discussing the world of biblical scholarly research.
Finally, we close our show with Monday Evenings with the Nass, which critiques the “What I Be” Photography exhibit and its presentation of mental health issues.
Alex Baptiste and Vince Presti host a packed episode of WPRB News and Culturethis week! We start with a Hot Air debate on the controversial topic of drone strikes, with Brian Litchfield arguing for them, and Tobias Stoner against. Listen here:
Who won the debate? Tell us what you think right here!
Next, Monday Evenings with the Nassfeatures interviews with Eliza Mott, who wrote an article about visiting Disneyland, and Jared Garland, who wrote one about being the third of three gay children. Listen here:
In this week’s WPRB News and Culture, Ellis hosts News Today, with an in depth update on meteorites by Ellie. Also, the members of Ellipsis Slam Poetry (@EllipsisSlam) chat with hosts J.M. Colon and Joanie and perform some of their amazing poetry in the latest episode of Fireside Poetry.
I’m Ellie, one of the new staff members introduced and interviewed on the last show (Feb. 17th).
Last week’s show was my first-ever radio show. Not my first radio experience (I’m a radio junkie, let’s be honest), but my first-time behind the scenes. It was so much fun. After tiptoeing into the studio, praying I wasn’t making a noise that would be noticed on-air, I was somewhat intimidated by the towers of audio equipment on either side of the ominously blinking soundboard. After listening to Alex and Rich host like pros, however, I was able to settle in to my chair.
You can’t see it, but some great faces get pulled in the studio. We were all learning, so I’m sure there will be fewer funky-expression moments in the future. Our co-director and radio veteran extraordinaire, Jackie, even convinced me to read a PSA. I had my doubts, but after the first heart-stopping moment of being up against the mic, it was far more exhilarating than I had imagined. To cap it all off, Vince Presti’s off-the-cuff analysis of Downton Abbey’s season finale had everyone in the studio pretty much floored. What impressive improv skills. I hope he comes up with something like it next week. At any rate, it was a fitting end to a great show.
It was an exciting first show, and I can’t wait for it to happen again next week. I’m thrilled to be part of WPRB for this semester, and I hope that you’ll tune in as many weeks as you can find the time. The co-directors have put together a great line-up of stories and other material, and it promises to be a great Spring (that’s coming again soon, right?). Until next Monday.
This week, our newestWPRB News &Culturestaff introduce themselves on air for the first time. One of those newbies, Rachna Vyas, hosts News Today. We’ll also hear from Ben Taub about his adventures in Tahrir Square during the Monday Evenings with the Nass segment! Read the full article, “Two Days in Tahrir” right here.