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Spotlight on an influential Black composer

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about eighteenth-century composer Joseph Bologne, aka Chevalier de Saint-Georges. And it’s no wonder. His music rivals, and even surpasses, that of his better-known contemporaries, and his biography is truly remarkable. So remarkable, in fact, that a feature film was recently made on his life. In light of Bologne’s recent entrance into the popular consciousness, the Clef Notes blog is revisiting Roger Cooper’s Classically Black episode, which recounts the fascinating life story of Joseph Bologne to the soundtrack of some of his works.

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The Old West (1067)

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The 217 Today Podcast
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217 Today: Asian American scholar weighs in on Affirmative Action ahead of Supreme Court ruling

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn more about how Affirmative Action has affected Asian Americans ahead of a scheduled ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on the…
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To continue our conversation about Generation X and the culture they grew up with, host Brian Mackey took a trip to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield to visit its…
The 21st Show
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Today's entire show was devoted to a group that's used to not getting much attention: Generation X. We started with a conversation with writer Chuck Klosterman, whose…


Prairie Fire

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke

As a special exclusive member benefit, WILL Passport holders can binge Season 3 of Miss Scarlet and the Duke early, before it premieres on WILL-TV in January 2023.