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
Brazilian food used to be treated as the poor cousin of the more renowned European cuisines. But not anymore. Brazilian food is having its moment in the sun. And chefs think that with the World Cup and the Olympics coming, it's going to get even bigger.
This week in The Hague, representatives from around the world met at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Wepaons. High on the agenda has been exactly how to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons. As NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports, a plan to destroy them aboard a US ship is starting to take. It's ambitious, complex and it needs to work.
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