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WILL - WILL Highlights - December 26, 2014

The Great British Baking Show

Begins 7 pm Sunday, Dec. 28: Follow the adventures of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best.

Amateur cooks in the baking show

Follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds. Mary Berry, a leading cookbook writer, and Paul Hollywood, a top artisan baker, serve as judges. Together with hosts and comic foils Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, Berry and Hollywood search for the country’s best amateur baker by testing the competitors’ skills on cakes, breads, pastries and desserts, crowning a winner after 10 weeks of competition.

Watch a preview:

WILL - WILL Highlights - December 22, 2014

Holiday Specials on WILL Radio

Traditional, jazz, African-American spirituals, early American carols and more.

Holiday lights

Holiday Specials on WILL-FM 90.9 and WILL-AM 580

FM, Friday, Dec. 26, 7 pm: Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

FM, Friday, Dec. 26, 8 pm: A Season's Griot 2014

This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year's program will celebrate Peace with special guests Pamela Reid, Joyce Grear and the show's poet laureate, Beverly Burnette.

FM, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7 pm: Aspen Music Festival

The Aspen Music Festival and School recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its intimate recital venue, the Joan and Irving Harris Concert Hall. In this one-hour musical profile, the WFMT Radio Network presents selections from their gala concert recorded in August 2013. The concert featured AMFS students, alumni and artist faculty, including violinist Robert McDuffie, guitarist Sharon Isbin, and conductor Joshua Weilerstein. This one-hour profile is filled with great music from that event, sounds which echo the repertoire of the 1993 inaugural gala concert and reflect the composers’ and performers’ experiences at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Joan Tower – The Fifth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (1993)

John Corigliano – Troubadours, Variations for Guitar And Chamber Orchestra (1993)

Vivaldi – Movement III from Concerto For Three Violins In F Major, Rv 551 (1711)

Philip Glass – Movement IV from Violin Concerto No. 2, 'American Four Seasons' (2009)

FM, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 8 pm: Toast of the Nation

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast.

FM, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, 10 am (Pre-empts Classic Mornings/C-24):  New Year’s Day from Vienna 

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year.

AM, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, 10 am: Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Edition 2014

WILL - WILL Highlights - December 22, 2014

Sometimes SciFi fantasy becomes reality

5 pm Saturday, Dec. 27, on WILL-AM's Big Picture Science

Space station

Don’t believe everything you see on TV or the movies. Science fiction is just a guide to how our future might unfold. It can be misleading, as anyone who yearns for a flying car can tell you. And yet, sometimes fantasy becomes fact. Think of the prototype cellphones in Star Trek.

We take a look at science that seems inspired by filmic sci-fi, for example scientists manipulating memory as in Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And despite his famous film meltdown, Charleton Heston hasn’t stopped the Soylent company from producing what it calls the food of the future.

Plus, why eco-disaster films have the science wrong, but not in the way you might think. And, what if our brains are simply wired to accept film as fact?


Steve Ramirez -Neuroscientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rob Rhinehart – CEO and founder of Soylent
Jason Mark – Editor of Earth Island Journal
Jeffrey Zacks – Cognitive Neuroscientist, Washington University, St. Louis, and author of Flicker: Your Brain on Movies

WILL - WILL Highlights - December 22, 2014

Chicago’s demolished projects

From NPR: The end of Chicago's public housing. "So many lives inside. And now they're just gone." 

10-year-old Tiffany Sanders

WILL - WILL Highlights - December 21, 2014

Catch up on ‘Downton Abbey’ before Season 5 premieres

Season 4 repeats Sunday nights on WILL-TV. Season 5 premieres Jan. 4.

The cast of Downton Abbey Season 4.

Season 4 of the international hit finds aristocrats coping with the previous season’s shocking finale. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate. Paul Giamatti makes an appearance alongside the beloved returning ensemble, including Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, guest star Shirley MacLaine and many others.

Here's the Season 4 repeat schedule:

7 pm Sunday, Dec. 14: Episode 1
9 pm Sunday, Dec. 14: Episode 2
10 pm Sunday, Dec. 14: Episode 3
6 pm Sunday, Dec. 21: Episode 4
7 pm Sunday, Dec. 21: Episode 5
8 pm Sunday, Dec. 21: Episode 6
9 pm Sunday, Dec. 21: Episode 7
8 pm Sunday, Dec. 28: Episode 8

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