12:18pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Music Reviews

Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn).
Scott Friedlander Courtesy of the artist

Jazz reflects who we are as a people — democracy in action and all that. But a jazz tune or solo is also a portrait of the musician who makes it; the music reflects the particular background and training that influences how composers compose and improvisers improvise. Jason Kao Hwang makes that autobiographical component explicit throughout his extended composition for eight pieces, Burning Bridge. His parents made the move from China around the end of WWII, and he grew up attending Presbyterian services in suburban Chicago.

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12:14pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Music

'Life Of Pi' Star's Favorite Melodies

Suraj Sharma plays the lead role in the new film Life of Pi. For the Tell Me More series "In Your Ear," Sharma shares some of the songs that inspire him and give him goose bumps.

12:14pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Politics

Republicans Consider Breaking Tax Vow

Congress comes back to work this week and the fiscal cliff is its top priority. Some Republicans have said they'll break a longstanding pledge not to raise taxes. Host Michel Martin talks politics with columnist Mary Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report and The Root's political correspondent Keli Goff.

12:06pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Regional Coverage

Headlines and Links

Onondaga Lake vistor center
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Here's a round up of regional news from WRVO:

New Onondaga Lake visitor's center gives new view

DEC says discussion about pollution on Watertown's north side to continue

Over 5,000 new government jobs for New Yorkers cleaning up after Sandy

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11:03am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

SEC Chief Schapiro Is Leaving

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 12:15 pm

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

(We updated the top of this post at 11:50 a.m. and 12:15 p.m ET):

Moving quickly after the announcement that Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro is leaving on Dec. 14, the White House just said that President Obama has designated SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to be her replacement.

In a statement, the president says:

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10:17am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Former Rep. William Jefferson

Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., in 2009.
Molly Riley Reuters /Landov

The congressman who became known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson appears to have run out of options in his bid to overturn a 2009 corruption conviction.

The Supreme Court just announced it will not hear an appeal from former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. So, as The Times-Picayune says:

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10:00am

Mon November 26, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned to Yesterday

#695, Adventure, Dangerous Assignment "Sicily" 7/9/49, Whistler "Reform to Riondo" 1/8/50

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

10:00am

Mon November 26, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned to Yesterday

#694, Broadway, Theater Guild "Dead End" 2/24/46

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

9:50am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: High Dives Into 'World's Biggest Pile Of Leaves'

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 10:49 am

Bangakang video.

In case you haven't fallen for its charms yet, there's a video of three fun guys from Utah and their friends jumping into the "world's biggest pile of leaves" that's getting lots of views these days.

You can see their high jinks here.

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9:33am

Mon November 26, 2012
Regional Coverage

New Onondaga Lake visitor's center gives new view

Onondaga Lake visitor center
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

There's a new view of Onondaga Lake.  Honeywell has  opened a new Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, right next to the company's massive project that's dredging and capping two million cubic yards of contaminated lake soil. Honeywell hopes it can change perceptions of a lake, that for decades has been so dirty, people didn't want to go near it.

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