Currier and Ives: Creators of American Nostalgia

December 15 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Climb into Ed’s on-air sleigh as he takes us on a snowy tour of ‘Old America’ as depicted in the iconic prints of Currier and Ives. Founded in 1835 by Nathaniel Currier and reaching its apogee after 1857 when James Ives became partner, the firm’s hand-colored lithographs became the visual testament to America’s growth in the 19th century. Among the 7,500 prints created, it would be the winter scenes that would prove most popular. A clever blending of Hudson River School idealism and Transcendentalist introspection, the prints simultaneously celebrated America’s past and present, and would influence the arts – and Hollywood – up to our own day.

A Bicentennial of Fear: Celebrating Mary Shelley and Frankenstein

December 8 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

On January 1, 1818, a book was published by the London firm of Lackington & Hughes. Only 500 copies were printed of the three-volume work, and its author’s name was omitted. Its chronicle of a young scientist’s pursuit to create life – a life he would cruelly disown – would ignite the imagination (and moral wrath) of Regency England and beyond. Join Ed as he describes the fateful “summer without sun” of 1816, when Mary first conceived the story, during a contest initiated by Lord Byron to outdo German ghost stories. Later, joined by her husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the two would craft a tale reflecting the era’s fascination with science and its perceived ethical boundaries.

Louis Bayard: Dickens’ Carol and it’s Legacy

December 1 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Enjoy a reprise of Ed’s interview with award-winning author Louis Bayard (Roosevelt’s Beast, The School of Night, etc.), who describes how Charles Dickens reminded his fellow Victorians in 1843 to ‘open their shuttered hearts’ in a tale as relevant to us today. He also explains how A Christmas Carol inspired his own novel, Mr. Timothy (2003), about the struggles of a mature Tiny Tim.

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Daphne Lingon: Belperron – Bellissima!

November 24 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Okay, I used the Italian word rather than the French to describe the jewelry of iconic designer Suzanne Belperron (1900-83), but you’ll excuse the license when you hear our guest. Daphne Lingon, Head of Jewelry at Christie’s Americas, will highlight the upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie’s, in New York (December 5), featuring a superlative diamond, platinum, and 18k gray gold ‘tube’ bracelet created by Belperron in 1948. How did this singular genius transcend Art Deco design and the horror of war to propel haute joaillerie to post-war magnificence? We’ll find out!

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November 24 • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Encore broadcast of our May conversation with Heather Kendrick, violinist, Miss Michigan 2017-18, and program director of M-Prize, the University of Michigan’s international chamber music competition.

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Brian Leigh Dunnigan: Early Detroit in Maps

November 17 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Join Ed as he welcomes back Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Associate Director and Curator of Maps, the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan. Brian will highlight the Clements’ superlative collection of maps detailing the growth of Detroit during the 1700s. Of special note will be a stunning, previously unknown, hand-colored map of the City and its fort drawn by a British officer in 1790 (when Detroit was still in British hands). A recent acquisition, the map helps fill in “another piece of the [American historical] puzzle.”

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Fort Detroit

Julien’s Auctions Presents Icons and Idols

Hollywood, Featuring Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Thunderbird; Bob Mackie and Sharon Tate

November 3 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Martin J. Nolan, Executive Director and CFO of Julien’s Auctions, returns to spotlight an extraordinary auction taking place November 16-17 in Julien’s’ Los Angeles galleries. Featured is the pristine, raven-black 1956 Thunderbird owned by Marilyn Monroe from 1955 to 1962. In addition, a collection of couture and other personal property from the collection of designer Bob Mackie will be sold, along with art, costumes, and other personal property once belonging to actress Sharon Tate.

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Dr. Mary Chinery Resurrects Lost Play by Edith Wharton

October 20 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Yes, you read correctly. This Saturday, Dr. Mary Chinery, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Georgian Court University, returns to highlight her discovery (with University of Glasgow professor Laura Rattry) of two complete typescripts of Edith Wharton’s 1901 play, The Shadow of a Doubt. – “the only extant original full play by Wharton.” Renowned for her short stories and novels delineating the challenges facing women during the Gilded Age (The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, etc.), Edith Wharton was also a playwright, particularly during her early career. Join Mary and Ed as they flesh out the origins of this phantom work and what the discovery means to American literature.

The Dodworth Saxhorn Band: A Timeless Concert in A2

October 13 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Ed welcomes back noted soprano Elizabeth Mitchell, who will be joined by Emeritus Teacher of Music Joseph DeMarsh. They will describe the historic Dodworth Saxhorn Band and its upcoming concert October 16, 7:00 p.m., at Watkins Lecture Hall, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Founded in the 1840s in New York City, the DSB was America’s premiere all-brass band through the Civil War years. Reformed in 1985, the Band, now headquartered in Ann Arbor, features 50 professional musicians who perform on original period instruments. Also joining the discussion will be the distinguished professor Lester Monts, Director of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments. Listen as ‘ancient’ music – and instruments – come alive again!

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Baroque Panache: Where Theatricality and Religiosity Converged

October 6 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Ed puts the spotlight on the Detroit Institute of Arts and several of its remarkable Baroque paintings, etchings, and sculptures. How did the art of the late Renaissance and Mannerist periods morph into the frenetic joie de vivre depicted in portraiture, genre scenes, even religious art, in the 1600s – a century of almost unrelenting warfare? We’ll find out!

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Emma Capron: Frick Collection Celebrates Bruges

September 29 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Ed welcomes curator Emma Capron of The Frick Collection. She will highlight her exhibition, The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos, on view through January 13, 2019. What confluence of artistic genius, patronage, and economic stability enabled Bruges to launch the Northern Renaissance in the 1400s? Who was Jan Vos, and why did he commission two of the greatest painters of the era to produce these exquisite works? We’ll find out!

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