WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Handel: The Man, Mozart And 'Messiah'

From Philadelphia flash mobs to standing-room-only sing-alongs, George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" -- and its booming "Hallelujah" chorus -- has become a popular staple of western sacred music. But Handel's masterpiece, which was written for Lent 271 years ago this spring, has also been one of the most re-worked pieces of the baroque period, including by the quill of Mozart himself. Join Kojo for a little "Messiah 101," and find out what makes "Messiah" one of the most enduring, yet misunderstood, pieces of all time.


Capitol Hill Chorale with Frederick Binkholder

Opera Company of Philadelphia "Hallelujah!" Random Act of Culture

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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