BBC Proms on SymphonyCast (Aug. 11–Sep. 29)

BBC PromsFull concerts from the 2021 BBC Proms will air Wednesdays from 3–5pm. The line-up includes:

August 11, 2021

First Night of the 2021 BBC Proms
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska, conductor

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Serenade to Music
POULENC: Organ Concerto
MACMILLAN: When Soft Voices Die (World

August 18, 2021

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Elim Chan, conductor
Sol Gabetta, cello

PURCELL: Dido’s Lament
OGONEK: Cloudline (World Premiere)
SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4

August 25, 2021

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor

GIPPS: Symphony No. 2 in B major
ADES: The Exterminating Angel Symphony
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3

September 1, 2021

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ryan Bancroft, conductor

THOMAS: Dance Foldings
IVES: Three Places in New England
DVORAK: Symphony No. 9

September 8, 2021

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello

BATES: Auditorium
ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor
JANACEK: Taras Bulba

September 15, 2021

The Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor
Vikingur Olafsson, piano

PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1 in D major
BACH: Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24, K 491
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9

September 22, 2021

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Timothy Ridout, viola

BRAY: Where Icebergs Dance Away
WALTON: Viola Concerto
ARNOLD: Symphony No. 5

September 29, 2021

Last Night of the 2021 BBC Proms
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Stuart Sketon, tenor
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion

RAZAZ: Mother (World Premiere)
TRAD.: Fantasia on British Sea-Songs
ARNE: Rule, Brittania!
ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
PARRY: Jerusalem
UNKNOWN: The National Anthem (British)
TRAD.: Auld lang syne

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C1: Extreme Heat: The Silent Killer (6/26-27)

Climate One

Host: Greg Dalton


  • Kathy Baughman-McLeod, senior vice president and director of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center @KBMcLeodFLA
  • Cheryl Holder, physician and co-chair of Miami-Dade’s new Heat-Health Task Force @therightw8t
  • Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub @dennistodey

Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard in the U.S., wreaking quiet havoc on the health and economic well-being of billions of people across the world. But it’s rarely given the same billing or resources as other, more dramatic, natural disasters. Because of racist and discriminatory housing and development practices, extreme heat also disproportionately impacts poorer and minority communities.

Recognizing a growing need for local responses to a global problem, the mayors of Miami-Dade, Athens, Greece and Freetown, Sierra Leone recently announced they are appointing the world’s first Chief Heat Officers. How can we prepare for and address the impacts of extreme heat?

Airs at 10am on June 26-27, 2021

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Blue Dot: Mercury Rising: Jeff Shesol’s New Book Casts New Light on The Right Stuff (6/26/2021)

Host Dave Schlom delves into some familiar territory for him, the early space program, but with some fresh takes on the space race with author Jeff Shesol. His new book, Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy and the New Battleground of the Cold War is an amazing journey back to a time when America was decidedly NOT first in space. With President Kennedy newly occupying the White House in 1961, NASA’s Mercury program is literally struggling to get off the ground and keep pace with the Soviet Union. With the April orbital flight of Yuri Gagarin, the US once again finds itself, as it had with the launch of Sputnik in 1957, in a very distant second place in space. Shesol, who was one of former President Clinton’s West Wing speechwriters, delves deeply into the story with astronaut John Glenn at the center of the narrative. Glenn has often been portrayed in print, film and television as one dimensional all American guy next door when in reality he was a fierce competitor in everything he did. And while the first flight into space for the US went to Alan B. Shepard, it was Glenn who rocketed to fame with the orbital flight of Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962. Shesol shares his own passion for discovery in this story as he tells of unearthing previously unknown letters and audio tapes from Glenn’s archives that reveal an astronaut that was convinced there was a very real possibility that he would not survive America’s first attempt at putting an astronaut into Earth orbit.

Airs Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9am

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Crushed: a PRX special on baseball’s steroid era

Cheating has a ripple effect. And in baseball’s steroid era, the lies and rule breaking extended far beyond the stars that sparked the scandal. Players at all levels of the game had to decide if they should use—and reap the benefits—or stay clean. In this hour-long special from Religion of Sports and PRX, we’ll learn how steroids took hold of baseball and meet two men whose choices reveal a story that Major League Baseball would rather forget.

Airs Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 9am


Blue Dot: USGA Science – Making Golf Courses More Environmentally Sustainable (4/24/2021)

Dave talks to two scientists from the United States Golf Association about their efforts to make golf courses more environmentally friendly in a world where green spaces are highly valued and water is an increasingly precious commodity. Matt Pringle discusses the high tech “Deacon” program named after Arnold Palmer’s father, who was a golf pro and course manager in Latrobe, Pennsylvania when Arnie was growing up. Deacon uses a data driven system to help golf courses manage precious resources to enhance resource conservation as well as making the game more enjoyable for players. Then Dave visits with Cole Thompson who is head of the USGA’s Turf Management and Environmental Research Program which strives to make golf courses more efficient in their use of water and other resources. From putting surfaces to rough and fairways, golf is literally going green in the 21st century thanks to data driven science.

Airs at 9am on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

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