Arts & Culture

Valley Writers Read
10:38 am
Wed April 22, 2015

"The Grape Fields" by Mary Benton on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author Mary Benton titled "The Grape Fields." The story is read by Leigh Murray.

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Valley Writers Read
9:45 am
Wed April 15, 2015

"Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen" by Bonnie Hearn Hill

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story titled “Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen” by Bonnie Hearn Hill, and read by her husband Larry. Find out about the early days of television and radio, about some of the prominent TV, radio and journalism personalities of that era.  Learn more about their private lives and popular shows like “What's My Line.”

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Arts & Culture
3:01 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

'Nine Armenians' Playwright Reflects On Genocide Centennial

Leslie Ayvazian
Credit Columbia University

Acclaimed playwright Leslie Ayvazian wrote her humorous play "Nine Armenians" around 20 years ago about a young woman visiting her ancestral homeland for the first time. Now a new production of the play is in Fresno as part of the area's commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide.

Ayvazian joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her thoughts on the play two decades after its premier, and how her attitudes about her culture and the Armenian genocide have evolved over the years.

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Valley Writers Read
5:33 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

"The Bucket List" by Oscar G. Williams on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Public Radio's Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Oscar G. Williams titled “Bucket List." Read by Don Weaver, the story is about a list of four activities the children and grandchildren of two well-to-do 65 year old twins come up with for their grandparents to enjoy in their old age – golfing, skiing, motorcycling, and jumping out of airplanes at 10,000 feet.

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Valley Writers Read
6:04 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Memories of Brooklyn by Franz Weinschenk on Valley Writers Read

A persecuted German family that was lucky enough to get out of Nazi Germany before WWII started life over again in Brooklyn, New York.  The story describes how they dealt with their new neighborhood, living conditions, work, schools, illness, and America's deep depression.

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Valley Writers Read
3:44 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Janet Nichols Lynch's "Free Will" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Janet Nichols Lynch titled "Free Will." Maureen is the lead character.  She's been divorced from Jack, while Patrick, the father of six-month old Audrey, is the other man.  But now some serious problems have come up and Maureen is thinking about starting life all over.

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Valley Writers Read
4:37 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

"Memories of Growing Up with Friends" by James Varner on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author James Varner, "Memories of Growing Up with Friends." The story is all about the life-long friends the author made in the Bakersfield neighborhood where he grew up.  He tells us about the schools he went to and the profession he chose, and an event that brought back many memories, years later. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:04 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Thomas Nance's "Dad's Address Book" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author Thomas Nance, "Dad's Address Book." The story is set in the last part of World War II  in the Pacific.  The author re-constructs many of the stories about the infantry battles that we won in the South Pacific – island by island –  from letters his father wrote while serving under General Douglas McArthur.

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Valley Writers Read
3:33 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Mark Arax's "The Big Valley" On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a piece by local journalist Mark Arax, who describes the huge farm show in Tulare where tractors sell for a quarter million dollars. Arax tells us about the unbelievable variety and staggering volume of farm production right here in the San Joaquin Valley. 

Young Artists Spotlight
5:47 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet on Young Artists Spotlight 2015

The Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet performs in-studio at Valley Public Radio
George Mason Valley Public Radio

With members seemingly beyond their years in life experience, the Bakersfield Youth Symphony String Quartet graced the FM89 studios with individual stories to tell, in addition to the musicians’ performances of Bach, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and more.

Violinist Henry Song, a Stockdale H.S. senior and in his second visit to Young Artist Spotlight, came ready to tell us of his football prowess and his hopes for the future on a college gridiron. Hearing his violin mastery, one hopes he insures his fingers!

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Valley Writers Read
11:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

"Double Plots" by Judy Ryan on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story titled “Double Plot” by Judy Ryan. Listen for a moving story about love and loss over the decades. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:46 am
Thu February 19, 2015

"The Intersection" by Steve Yarbrough on Valley Writers Read

Steve Yarbrough

This week on Valley Writers Read, acclaimed novelist and former Fresno State professor Steve Yarbrough reads his story "The Intersection."

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Young Artists Spotlight
7:17 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

YOOF Soloists Bring Oboe, Horn Marimba & Violin To Young Artists Spotlight 2015

Violinist Emily Okayasu on Young Artists Spotlight
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

It was a full studio this time for Young Artists Spotlight, in the second of three Youth Orchestras of Fresno programs, which are being spread across the total 13 Wednesdays this season. So to the Bonner Studio came Emily, Lynette, Sebastian, McKenna, Amanda, and Peyton.

The rest of the young musicians looked on as 11-year-old violinist Emily Okayasu, who attends St. Anthony’s school, performed for her third year on Young Artists Spotlight.  It is not an exaggeration to say that jaws dropped and eyes lit up. And Emily’s accompanist was Matthew Dean.

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Poetry
12:26 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Philip Levine Remembered As Tough Teacher, Champion Of Everyday Workers

2011 U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine died Saturday at age 87.
Credit Fresno State News

U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine died on Saturday at his home in Fresno. He was age 87. The former Fresno State professor was known as the poet of the working class, and drew inspiration from his time working in the auto industry in his native Detroit and from the San Joaquin Valley, which he called home for nearly 60 years.

Levine took pride in bringing stories of physical labor in America to the world of poetry. Poet Peter Everwine was a close friend and colleague.

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Valley Writers Read
4:00 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

"The Apprentice Farmhand" by Hank Palmer on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear local author Hank Palmer read an autobiographical account of life growing up on a large Iowa farm.  Palmer's story documents how he gained an appreciation for the natural world of sunrises, sunsets, rain and wind, growing farm products like wheat, corn and hay, and all about how to raise chickens, cattle, pigs, and horses.

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Movies
12:13 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

"McFarland, USA" Director Finds Inspiration In The San Joaquin Valley

Kevin Coster stars in the film "McFarland, USA" as McFarland High School cross country coach Jim White
Credit Disney

It’s just 129 miles from the star-lined sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard to the dusty streets of McFarland, in rural Kern County. On the surface it might be hard to think of two parts of the state that could possibly be more different. But a major new motion picture featuring one of Hollywood's biggest stars has brought the two places together in an unlikely way. 

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Valley Writers Read
6:17 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

"Apology" by Valerie Schultz on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we here a moving story by Kern County author Valerie Schultz titled "Apology." Hear the author read this story about love and loss.

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Valley Writers Read
5:01 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

"The Drive" by Kevin H. Shah on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers read, we hear "The Drive" - a story by local author Kevin H. Shah, about a family vacation that doesn't go as planned. 

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Artist Interviews
3:51 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Artist Interview: Charles Ramirez and Jose-Luis Novo

Guitarist Charles Ramirez will perform Sunday afternoon with the Fresno Philharmonic
Credit http://www.charlesramirez.com/

This Sunday the sounds of Spain and Latin America will fill the William Saroyan Theatre in downtown Fresno as the Fresno Philharmonic presents a concert titled Bolero. Featuring music by composers like Astor Piazzolla (Tangazo), Joaquin Rodrigo (Concierto de Aranjuez), and Ravel (Bolero) it's a multi-continental tribute to the romance and rhythms of a fascinating culture. The concert features a performance by guitarist Charles Ramirez with Rodrigo's beloved ma

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Valley Writers Read
3:19 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

"Down Old 99" By Marilyn Larson On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story about relationships by local author Marilyn Larson "Down Old 99." 

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