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July 4th with Leroy Anderson and the Boston Pops

From The WFMT Radio Network | 58:29

The WFMT Radio Network is very pleased to present Leroy Anderson and the Boston Pops for your July 4th holiday pleasure!


This special will be available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast between June 1 and July 31, 2017.

For more information contact:

Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112 
Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

This radio special features Leroy Anderson, America’s most popular light music composer, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, which premiered many of his short orchestral miniatures. This special explores how the two came together to make music that will be remembered for generations.

Leroy Anderson’s music, including Bugler’s Holiday, Fiddle-Faddle and The Typewriter, are heard with the Boston Pops Orchestra, with conductor Keith Lockhart playing host.  Also heard are Anderson’s classic Boston Pops arrangements of George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Meredith Willson.  Seiji Ozawa, John Williams and Leroy Anderson all comment on the music.

Leroy Anderson and the Boston Pops is produced by Kurt Anderson, the composer’s son, and is distributed by the WFMT Radio Network to radio stations nationwide free of charge to all stations.  Kurt has produced three other public radio special programs on Leroy Anderson that were distributed by National Public Radio and WFMT.  This program is underwritten in part by the Leroy Anderson Foundation.

Ten For Gregg: A Gregg Allman Appreciation

From Paul Ingles | 59:01

Music historian Paul Ingles hosts a panel of other music writers and fans remembering the musical legacy of Gregg Allman, who died May 27, 2017 at the age of 69.

Allman_small Music historian Paul Ingles hosts a panel of other music writers and fans remembering the musical legacy of Gregg Allman, who died May 27, 2017 at the age of 69.

Both Allman's classic tracks with the Allman Brothers Band and from his several solo albums are highlighted in their entireties.  Woven among the songs are recorded comments from former broadcast journalists Steve Pendlebury and Michael Weinfeld, and music author Holly George-Warren, and written comments from Wall Street Journal music critic Jim Fusilli and musician Warren Haynes.  An excerpt from a Gregg Allman interview is also included.


1.       Multi-Colored Lady

2.       Heart of Stone

3.       Don’t Want You No More

4.    Not My Cross To Bear

5.       Les Brers In A Minor (excerpt)

6.       You Don’t Love Me (excerpt)

7.       Trouble No More

8.       Come and Go Blues

9.       Little By Little (excerpt)

10.    Just Another Rider

11.    Queen Of Hearts (excerpt)

12.    Whippin’ Post

13.    Statesboro Blues

14.    Melissa

Science and the Fourth of July

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse Specials series | 50:29

Happy Birthday, America! From the very beginning, science has shaped this country. Many of the Founding Fathers — Madison, Jefferson, Washington — were science geeks, and their methodical way of thinking is reflected in the Declaration of Independence. To celebrate the holiday, we dig into the science that makes fireworks sparkle, flags durable, and hot dogs delicious. Plus, what brain researchers are learning about the pursuit of happiness and feelings of patriotism.


Program Details: 

Science-minded men

Many of America’s founders had a passion for science. We visit the American Philosophical Society - America's oldest scientific society founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, to hear how scientific thought influenced the minds - and political pursuits - of the founders.


It’s July 4th a and time for all that traditional food including the very American hot dog.  But at a time when there’s a lot of focus in the U.S. on healthy eating, the dog doesn’t stack up very well. The salt, fat and nitrate content alone can cause anything from cancer to heart disease to high blood pressure. And that doesn’t even cover the side dishes and how we cook our dogs which could also come with a health warning. So what’s a patriotic hot dog lover to do? Can we have our hot dog and eat it too?  The Pulse’s Elana Gordon meets up with a nutritionist to discover if there’s such a thing as healthy hot dog and how we can add it to our Independence Day menu.  

Psychology of Patriotism, interview

Social and cognitive scientist Emile Bruneau says that patriotism comes down to empathy: typically, we have more empathy for our “in group” and less empathy for those in the “out group.” He says this insular behavior (now patriotism) developed because it was evolutionarily advantageous, and he’s particularly interested in how it applies to nations and groups in conflict with one another.

Science in movies

Holiday weekend in the summer means: Blockbuster movies!

Does it matter whether or not Hollywood blockbusters defy the laws of physics? The National Academy of Science has a service for Hollywood directors and writers to get help from scientists, but it’s not just a team of science fact checkers, the point is to for people in the entertainment industry to meet actual scientists and get inspiration from real research. We’ll meet a theoretical physicist who consulted on the upcoming Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, and a psychologist and trauma expert who says that as a result of how dissociative identity disorder was portrayed in the movie Split, patients have gotten questions from friends and family wondering when they’ll switch and turn into murderers.

Representing America in wool, silk and nylon

The Stars and Stripes are a common sight on July 4th. We explore the history of textile science through the American flag - from its wool origins to invention of nylon. We’ll visit the Betsy Ross house in Philadelphia - and explore the invention of nylon at DuPont in Delaware.

Science of Happiness:

Happiness makes us smarter, healthier and can even help slow down aging, according to a rising wave of research exploring ‘science of positivity.’ Today preschools and universities alike implement the finding of happiness research, and experts say that’s just the tip of iceberg. We explore what’s on the horizon for the science of happiness, and why critics argue we should think twice before drinking the happiness koolaid.