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Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods

StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

When Spokane resident Evelyn Woods was a little girl in World War II Germany, she hid in an attic with her Jewish parents. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Evelyn’s step-daughter, Robin, asks her how that confinement compares to today’s COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyn, 82, discusses that and the Black Lives Matter movement in this segment of StoryCorps Northwest recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

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Borromeo String Quartet Marks Beethoven’s 250th Year With A Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The humorous side of Beethoven’s personality seeps into his music, such as the false stops and musical giggles that fuel his two-minute-long Presto from the Quartet Op. 130, which opens this performance. For contrast, the Borromeos follow with a serious movement from later on in the same piece, the prayerful Cavatina, which Beethoven said even got him choked up. Continue Reading Borromeo String Quartet Marks Beethoven’s 250th Year With A Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Paul McCartney has released McCartney III, the latest in a trilogy of solo recordings that stretches back to 1970. CREDIT: Mary McCartney

On ‘McCartney III,’ Paul McCartney Is A One-Man Show Again

Back in 1970, as the book was closing on The Beatles’ time together, Paul McCartney came out with a release that established him as an artist in his own right — and a versatile one, who played every instrument on the album simply titled McCartney. In 1980, he followed it up with McCartney II — another kind of do-it-yourself solo album, released as another band of his, Wings, was breaking up. Now, after another 40 years, the artist has been quite busy in quarantine. Continue Reading On ‘McCartney III,’ Paul McCartney Is A One-Man Show Again

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In His 250th Year, Beethoven’s Legacy Is One Of Life, Liberty And Pursuit Of Enlightenment

Ludwig van Beethoven charted a powerful new course in music. His ideas may have been rooted in the work of European predecessors Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Josef Haydn, but the iconic German composer became who he was with the help of some familiar American values: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That phrase, from the Declaration of Independence, is right out of the playbook of the Enlightenment, the philosophical movement that shook Europe in the 18th century. Continue Reading In His 250th Year, Beethoven’s Legacy Is One Of Life, Liberty And Pursuit Of Enlightenment

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Mother and daughter pose after sharing stories about the 1918 pandemic and Covid-19 pandemic.

StoryCorps Northwest: Family Hit By Loss During 1918 Pandemic Reflects On COVID-19

This year, you may have heard references to the 1918 pandemic, referred to as the Spanish flu. Peggy Ward of Moscow, Idaho, shares the story of her grandmother who died in the 1918 pandemic and how it affected her family and the community. She spoke with her daughter, Lynne Embrey, for StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: Family Hit By Loss During 1918 Pandemic Reflects On COVID-19

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