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Since 1991, Sundays at 6PM have been greeted with the presentation of jazz standards by Ruth Elaine, a volunteer host on WRUR. Through the years, Sunday Session has developed a following, with dedicated listeners tuning in for the program. After 26 years, Ruth Elaine has decided to retire her program. She wishes her listeners well. A very private person, Ruth Elaine had a strong presence on the the radio. 

Two Trains Runnin'

Jan 31, 2018

Two Trains Runnin', a documentary about the search for two forgotten blues singers, set in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement, will be shown at The Little Theatre, February 13th at 7pm and February 17th at 3pm as part of the "One Take" Documentary series. Director Sam Pollard will Skype with the audience after the screening on February 13th. 

Some of the prominent popular musicians who passed away in 2017 are celebrated in a one-hour special hosted by public radio music historian Paul Ingles.  Music included from Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Chris Cornell, Gregg Allman, Tom Petty, Glen Campbell, J. Geils, Pat Dinizio, and Paul Buckmaster. Join us on New Year's Day at 6PM on WRUR. 

A NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for this holiday occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment is hosted by Christian McBride.

  The Splendid Table's annual live Thanksgiving call-in show is back on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 12 PM-2 PM ET. This year we have double the fun with hosts Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Francis Lam tag teaming. This will be Lynne's last Turkey Confidential as she retires at the end of 2017 and turns over the reins to Francis in 2018.

Beatles documentarian Paul Ingles is joined by two super Beatles fans to provide an annotated tour through The Beatles chart-topping album, released 50 years ago, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR.  Musician Rob Martinez and Beatles lecturer Scott Freiman offer historical background, personal stories and their informed opinions on each track from the 1967 album that spent 8 weeks in the number one slot on U.S. album charts in 1968. The program airs this Thursday night at 6PM on WRUR. 


In modern media, success usually means following up with the same thing that brought success. Music, television -- think about why the characters on Friends only became caricatures of themselves. But 25 years ago, a band went against the popular grain.

R.E.M. had found massive commercial success with their 1991 hits like "Stand" and "Shiny Happy People." Suddenly, just as popular as Madonna, the band had a chance to fire off more and similar hits. But their 1992 album, Automatic for the People, is one of the darker pop albums of the era. Songs about suicide prevention and tragedy were not exactly what the producers were hoping for, but the band stayed with their vision. Is there a lesson there? We examine with our guests:

October at The Little Cafe: (follow link for more information)

Wednesday October 4 (7-9pm)  Margaret Explosion

Thursday October 5 (7-9pm) Big Blue House

Friday October 6 (8-10pm) Auld Lang Syne

Saturday October 7  (8-10pm) Connie Deming

Monday October 9 (7-9pm) Watkins and the Rapiers

Tuesday October 10 (7-9pm) Lakeshore @ The Little: Jerry Falzone, Cammy Enaharo, Maria Sebastian,                                                                    Chris Wilson

This week: our final (finally) rebroadcast before our new season starts on October 7!

A Vietnam Soundscape

Sep 24, 2017
Oliver Noonan/Associated Press

During World War I, soldiers carried song books in their kit bags. In World War II, some soldiers had access to radios and could hear Glenn Miller and the Army-Air Force Band perform. Others were lucky enough to catch Bob Hope headline a USO show. During the Korean War the military set up its own radio network, Armed Forces Radio (Korea). Vietnam had all these outlets and more. Its GIs brought their own radios and instruments from home. They bought records and swapped tapes of their favorite music.

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