THIS WEEK ON WDIY

Sunday, 10:00-11:00 am, Tom Druckenmiller focuses on some recent recordings from artists that play music that pushes the envelope including Trio Dhoore from Belgium.
Thursday at 11:00 pm, Bill Fox continues the month-long focus on Mythos (Stephan Kaske). The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Jules Verne Forever" on Groove Unlimited.

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Author Richard Hope Tells the Tale of Santa Claus on LV Discourse

'Tis the season, and Santa Claus was this show's topic. Guest Richard Hope discussed his book, Santa Claus: Guidebook for Grownups . Hope and host John Pearce traced the very beginnings of this fascinating character, who started as St. Nicholas 1,700 years ago. The saint's popularity soared in medieval Europe, through modern Europe, and eventually to the U.S. This tradition makes a fascinating story. (Original air-date: 11/23/17)

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

31 Years Later, Spike Lee Puts A New Spin On 'She's Gotta Have It': In a new 10-part Netflix series, Lee revisits his story of a young black artist who loves sex but isn't interested in a committed relationship.

Despite the flood of new music in 2017, there were songs I came back to over and over again. I still star-rate my downloaded songs in iTunes (the main reason I don't care to migrate to Spotify), so when the end of the year arrived I sorted my songs by star ratings and went back over the best of the bunch, then narrowed things down to a list of my 50 favorite songs of 2017, eliminating duplicates from the same record.

Analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reportedly been issued a mandate by the Trump administration to no longer use words and phrases including "fetus," "transgender" and "science-based."

Austria finalized a deal late Friday to make the 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz Europe's youngest leader, and to form a new governing coalition that will include a far-right party with Nazi roots.

Exactly two months after Austrians went to the polls, Kurz struck a deal to join his conservative Austrian People's Party with the right-wing Freedom Party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache.

The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history claimed the lives of 58 people, injured 546, and profoundly affected thousands more.

Melissa Barham was at the Jason Aldean concert on Oct. 1 when the shooter began his fusillade. She was sitting with her son and his girlfriend. Barham's daughter sat not far away, near the stage.

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