This American Life

This American Life is an award-winning critically acclaimed weekly program describing and documenting contemporary American life. Each week a theme is chosen, and host Ira Glass and a variety of writers and performers share stories in a range of styles: monologues, documentaries, short radio plays, "found recordings," and original works for radio. Music underscores many stories. From PRI.

This American Life

Promoting Peace through the Universal Language of Music


Growing up in Detroit in the '60s, composer and pianist Jeff Haas' home was a very musical one—albeit limited to the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Jeff enjoyed playing and absorbing the classical stuff, but when he asked his dad about the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix and his father told him that rock 'n' roll would ruin the needle on the record player, Jeff went rogue. Soon after, he stumbled on a 1963 Motown revue at the Michigan State Fair, and then discovered a clandestine copy of Monk and Coltrane "Live at the Five Spot" under his sister’s mattress. He never looked back.

The New Jazz Archive

Created for jazz fans and non-jazz fans alike, this weekly radio series exploring the stories and sounds behind jazz's often unrecognized place in American life.

The show uses a storytelling-based approach to make sure that jazz's vitality and diversity aren't lost on a new generation of listeners.

Each hour-long episode is a collection of stories, interviews, and music that relates jazz to other aspects of American life, including pop culture, social issues, art, history, movies, and even other forms of music.

TNJA is hosted by composer and musician Jeff Haas, son of the legendary Detroit radio host Karl Haas (host of the award-winning "Adventures in Music"), and is produced by Interlochen Public Radio in northwest Michigan.

Sunday Best

Sundays are unique to the week. 

And for many, Sunday mornings hold a special place as a time to reset, reconfigure, and reevaluate. 

Sunday morning is also a time that people establish traditions – routines involving newspapers, coffee, sunrises, family, breakfast, and of course, music. 

Fitting then is that WEMU’s traditional music program, the Sunday Best, is broadcast every Sunday morning. 

Hosted since February, 2012 by Nik Thompson, the Sunday Best is a program devoted to honoring traditions, while striving to start new ones every week. 

The Roots Music Project

Roots Music Project

The Roots Music Project, WEMU's newest locally-produced offering, is hosted by Jeremy Baldwin on Saturdays from Noon to 2 p.m.

The show focuses on the creases and intersections between genres, styles and influences in music and features everything from folk to country, from blues to roots rock, from rockabilly to bluegrass and just about everything in between.

Larry GroceHost, Mountain Stage
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Larry Groce has been host and artistic director of West Virginia Public Radio's Mountain Stage since its beginning in 1983. His taste and personality have helped set the tone of this long running radio and television series.

Mountain Stage From PRI

Mountain Stage: Enjoy an intimate, relaxed evening of live performances from some of the world's greatest artists.Since 1983, "Mountain Stage" has showcased over 1,500 musical legends and rising stars that cross all genres and traditions. REM, Lyle Lovett and Joan Baez have all graced "Mountain Stage." Host Larry Groce welcomes a handful of guests each week in a forum of time-honored traditions and original, influential voices. It's the place where musicians go to play. Produced by West Virginia Public Radio.

The Two-Way
12:56 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Civil Rights Legend Rev. Shuttlesworth Dies; Defied Jim Crow Laws

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In this file photo from 2007, Sen. Barack Obama pushes civil rights activist Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth during a commemoration of the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" Voting Rights march in Selma, Ala. Shuttlesworth died Wednesday, at age 89.

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Civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth has died, according to reports. He was 89. In the 1950s, Shuttleworth's activism resulted in beatings and attempts on his life in Birmingham, where he established the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights in 1956.

The Birmingham News has put up a slideshow of the civil rights leader, along with some highlights of his life-long struggle against racism and discrimination:

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Groove Yard

Early modern jazz from the 1950's and 60's with a special emphasis on a different artist each week.

From Memphis to Motown

Blues that are a little less electric and a little more eclectic!