Sunday, August 3, 2014, 4:00pm
By some estimates, the orphan trains transported a quarter of a million children from the cities of the eastern US to homes in the west, where they would be adopted by people they had never met. The idea is almost unthinkable today, but it continued for some 75 years, from the 1850s to the 1920s. In the hour to come, we’ll find out what the purpose of the orphan trains was and how successful they were. We’ll also hear some first-hand accounts from adults looking back at their experiences as children who rode the trains.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 4:00pm
Even after four hundred years, it's a comedy with an edge that makes some people uncomfortable. After four, on University Of The Air, some insights into what Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" says about the relationship between men and women. Shakespeare expert Richard Knowles and some Shakespeare actors join us.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 4:00pm
Although traditional ragtime may be associated with leisure, in his School of Ragtime, Scott Joplin insisted that ragtime was music to be taken seriously and played as its composers specified.
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 4:00pm
When the Romans withdrew from Great Britain, they left a vacuum that various people from the continent rushed to fill. Among them were the Anglo-Saxons, who pushed aside the native people and became the forerunners of what we think of as “English.” How well did the Angles and Saxons get along and what kind of religion and material culture did they have? And once the Vikings came along, what effect did they have on what would become England? In the next hour of University of the Air, Jack Niles will tell us about The Romancing of the Anglo-Saxons, separating truth from fiction in our image of the Anglo-Saxons.