Arts and Culture

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both on-air and online, start here. Arts and cultural programming on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below. Read more

Featured Programming

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2:00pm
Classical 91.5 brings listeners 13 episodes of a series that features highlights from the 43rd season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 9:00pm
Tibet has long been known as a place of mystique and intrigue for its ancient customs and beliefs. 
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 10:00pm
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not.
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 8:00pm
In the 1980’s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. Twenty years later, surfing is not only a pillar of village life, but it’s also a means to prestige.
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:00pm
Meet the sons of two Nazi war criminals who jointly were responsible for thousands of deaths.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 9:00pm
Join engineers as they race to rescue a historic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse from certain doom.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 10:00pm
Although intellect and talent were vital to the preeminent scientists of the 20th century, it was ultimately their individual personalities and quirks that drove each to great discoveries.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 12:00pm
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Classical 91.5 presents ¡Viva la Música! Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 12 Noon. 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:30pm
WXXI and the City of Rochester present a half-hour special that highlights the history of the spoken word in African-American culture and how it influenced jazz.
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 6:00pm
 The moving and haunting story of four former internees of the Poston Relocation Center. 
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 1:00pm
Based on her book, The Children of Willesden Lane, Willesden Lane Mother’s Day Special, tells the story of Mona Golabek’s own mother
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 6:00pm
A filmmaker's journey to discover the mystery behind the meaning of her extremely long Hawaiian middle name, Hepuakoamanaʻ ekapunokamalei-o-naliʻ iamekahanohanoʻ ia.
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
A cure for Alzheimer’s. A Nobel Prize. An honored place in medical history. All of this hangs in the balance as scientists race to find the cure for a rare disease found on one remote Pacific island.
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 6:00pm
Artist Ai Weiwei has a serious problem with authority. See his story.
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
Trace the creation of composer Jimmy López’s opera Bel Canto.
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Born on sugar plantations and spoken by more than half of Hawai‘i’s population, Pidgin captures multi-ethnic Hawai‘i’s heart and soul.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 9:00pm
PBS and National Geographic have partnered on a six-part science series that aims to decode the mysteries of evolutionary biology, astrophysics and quantum mechanics.
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 1:00pm
Classical 91.5 host Juila Figueras welcomes the Carillon Tuba Quartet from the Eastman School of Music to Backstage Pass
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 6:30pm
The story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered the world’s greatest sushi chef.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 10:00pm
When a Vietnam War refugee who has grown up in America is solicited by a self-proclaimed arms dealer, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of politics and intrigue that could end with a life sentence in prison for him and the beloved leaders of his community.
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 7:00pm
WXXI captures the fascinating story of the local garment industry and the people who contributed to it in Tailor Made: The Story of Rochester’s Garment Industry
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 9:00pm
Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:00pm
Tune in as we honor singer-songwriter Willie Nelson with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 5:00pm
Roadtrip Nation shares inspiring stories of struggle, self-acceptance and success in Being You
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 1:30pm
The Met's acclaimed new production of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been staged by the company in a century

Arts and Culture

On-Demand
Craft in America: SERVICE episode Documenting craft and the military and the power of the handmade to inspire and heal. Featuring papermaker Pam DeLuco, saddler Eugene Burks Jr., and ceramic artists Ehren Tool, Judas Recendez and Peter Voulkos. (Aired Nov. 2014) Watch On-Demand:
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Monday, April 25, 2016 - 8:00pm
Classical 91.5’s Brenda Tremblay hosts the radio broadcast series of the 2015-16 season of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:00pm
Follow four children surviving in war-torn Aleppo and their escape to a new life in Germany.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 9:00pm
Join the first-ever scientific investigation of Shakespeare’s grave, which reveals fascinating new evidence about what lies beneath the infamous “curse stone” 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:30pm
Working at a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise children, Mary Lou Williams forged her own path and created some of the most sophisticated big band hits.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:00pm
Explore the serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life
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