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2:52 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

AG McDaniel Addresses Lawmakers On Executions

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaks to the joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is meeting with state legislators to discuss what he says is a broken death penalty system.

McDaniel appeared before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and McDaniel said earlier this month that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. The state doesn't have any pending executions.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he doubts an execution will take place while he's still governor.

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Notes on Music
2:10 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Karajan And Interwar German Politics

Herbert von Karajan
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Herbert von Karajan, one of the greatest conductors of all time, led the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for thirty-five years, and was a dominant figure in European classical music until his death in 1989.

Not many know, however, that in 1935 he became a member of the Nazi Party. However, he did not collect his card, sign it, or pay his dues.

Still, it gives one pause to think.

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Local & Regional News
1:57 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Fayetteville Clinton Museum Looks At JFK Meeting

Bill Clinton meeting President Kennedy on July 24, 1963 at the White House.
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The Clinton House Museum in Fayetteville is unveiling an exhibit looking back at Bill Clinton's meeting with President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago.

Clinton was at Boys Nation on July 24, 1963.

A photographer documented Clinton shaking hands with Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden.

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Local & Regional News
1:50 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Ad, Outreach Blitz Underway For Arkansas Exchange

A $24 million marketing and outreach blitz is underway in Arkansas to promote the new insurance marketplace under the federal health care law.

State insurance officials are trying to reach the roughly 500,000 people who are expected to sign up for the exchange, an online marketplace where the uninsured can purchase coverage. Open enrollment on the exchange begins Oct. 1.

The biggest part of that outreach effort is more than 500 guides who will help the uninsured connect with the exchange.

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Local & Regional News
1:49 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Pryor: Arkansas Banks Increase Earnings As National Economy Improves

Senator Mark Pryor
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Senator Mark Pryor says he's encouraged by economic growth in the U.S. and Arkansas.

He says Arkansas’ auto registrations are up 14 percent. He says some local banks are also showing increases in earnings.

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Notes on Music
1:46 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Codas, Outros And Tags: When Does It End?

The Coda from Mozart's Sonata in C Major, K. 309, I, mm. 148-155
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A coda in classical music is a short section added to the end of a piece of music to enable a smooth conclusion.

This name makes sense, since it is Italian for “tail”, coming at the tail-end of the piece.

Interestingly, in popular music such a coda is called and “outro”, an obvious reference to the beginning of the piece, which often may have an “intro” or “introduction.”

In jazz, such a coda is called a “tag.”

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Notes on Music
1:40 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The 'Gentleman' And His Music Monopoly

William Byrd
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In 1572 British composer William Byrd was appointed a “Gentleman of the Chapel Royal” as well as organist for the Chapel.

He and Thomas Tallis were granted a royal patent for the printing of music, and controlled the use of music paper for twenty-one years.

Therefore, any composer who wanted to have his work published had to pay them for that privilege. Nice work if you can get it!

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Notes on Music
1:36 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The 'Revolutionary Opera' And The Chinese Cultural Revolution

The Red Detachment of Women from The Revolutionary Opera.
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A “Revolutionary Opera” refers to one used as propaganda during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, engineered by the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong, and glorifying the People’s Liberation Army.

The titles of the eight such operas produced pretty well tell the tale, and include Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy and Red Detachment of Women.

Not much like Puccini or Wagner is it?

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Notes on Music
1:29 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Spitfire

A vintage "Spitfire" aircraft.
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I942, William Walton was asked to compose music for a movie, The First of the Few, which depicted the flyers in the British Air Force during World War II.

As we hear the music in concert, the average listener, unaware of its origin, may find the title of the music a bit puzzling: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, in honor, of course of the Spitfire fighter plane use so successfully during the war.

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Senate Races
6:57 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Pryor One Of A Vulnerable Few

Mark Pryor
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A recent report from Politico details how only a small number of congressional seats are considered up for grabs in the 2014 election. Among the political battlegrounds is Arkansas, home to Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. KUAR's Chris Hickey talks to Politico Reporter Alex Isenstadt about what the increased national scrutiny of Pryor's reelection bid means for Arkansas and the rest of the country.

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