Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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Melanie Marnich’s play These Shining Lives depicts the true story of the battle fought by four female factory workers against an employer whose work is making them sick.

In the 1920s, the Radium Dial Company hired thousands of female workers at three plants around the country. Their job was to paint a radium-laced, glow-in-the-dark substance onto the dials of clocks and watches. The women were never warned about the harmful effects of the radioactive element, and many later died from radium poisoning.

Book Review: Agrippina

Sep 20, 2019

In the limited amount of ancient history we have, many women have been swept under the rug. It's difficult for historians to really know much about ancient women, as little could be written about them. In the book Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World, author Emma Southon  looks at one of the few Ancient Roman women that was written about. A mother of an emperor and eventual empress, Southen argues that historians may have it wrong about Agrippina. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Friday marks the opening of Downton Abbey the movie. WBAA's John Clare had a chance to speak with composer John Lunn about the new score.

tippecanoe chamber music society

The opening of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society takes place this Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church. Returning is cellist Arkady Orlvosky and pianist Tamara Orlovsky in a romantic program of Beethoven, Debussy, Grieg, and Haydn. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Executive Director and cellist Margot Marlatt about the concert.

John Clare

This Sunday, artists from around the region feature their work at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette for Art on the Wabash. Committee Chair Kathy Atwell joined artist Lisa Walsh and WBAA's John Clare in the studios to discuss the 14th annual event.

Mark Sheldon

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Mark Ortwein, who will be featured with the Mark Ortwein Jazztet on the final concert of the WBAA/Delphi Opera House Fall Concert Series Sunday, September 22 at 3 pm.

Book Review: Middle-Earth

Sep 13, 2019

What mythical beings eat six meals a day, live in underground homes, and are about two or four feet tall? If you instantly knew the answer was Hobbits then the coffee book Middle Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend by Donato Giancola may be the perfect read for you. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

John Clare

Coming up Friday, September 20th, The Vivaldi Project plays a program at Delphi Opera House in collaboration with WBAA. Host John Clare featured the trio this last summer in a special preview.

Book Review: Rolling in Dough

Sep 6, 2019

Would you ever leave a safe, well-paying job and risk everything to start a doughnut shop with your family? That’s what Purdue Professor Glen Sparks’ family did as is told in his memoir Rolling in Dough. A family-run small business making doughnuts sounds like the American dream, but, as Sparks tells us, every business has its costs. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

John Clare

This month, WBAA partners with Delphi Opera House for three concerts with classical, jazz, and folk music. WBAA's John Clare has The Vivaldi Project in the studio for a special preview.

Book Review: The Taiga Syndrome

Aug 30, 2019

Not many books can say they are of the "Metaphysical, existential, fairy-tale inspired, detective-mystery genre," however The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza is one of those books. Filled with fascinating, philosophical curiosities and events that blur the line between fantasy and reality, this is a book unlike any other. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: A Murder Unmentioned

Aug 23, 2019

It's the winter holidays 1933, the hottest time of the year in a small town of Australia. However, the temperature isn't the only thing heating up as a local murder left unresolved for over a decade has new evidence. This brings our main character, Rowly, into suspicion, as his abusive father was the victim. Will Rowly and his brother prove his innocence? That's the question in A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Anna Ridler

Monday, August 19th marks the opening of Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center with "Dreaming, Automated: Deep Learning, Data Sets, and Decay." The exhibit features artsist Anna Ridler and runs through September 27th. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Erika Kvam about the show.

Book Review: In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond

Aug 16, 2019

The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. According to local residents, the mythical sasquatch is a well-known creature of the woods. Author John Zada compiles their stories and more into In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond. 

Book Review: End of the Megafauna

Aug 9, 2019

Could you imagine gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and giant lizards? This isn’t science fiction, it’s our natural history. End of the Megafauna explores the inexplicable death of the huge creatures that roamed the Earth at a time period that overlaps with our own human existence. Was it climate change? Did humans kill these massive creatures? West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.