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True. Smart. Fearless. Independent Study brings you thoughtful — and thought-provoking — audio stories from Charlottesville, Va. With an ethnographic eye and documentary voice, we make experimental radio in a learning lab led by a University of Virginia anthropologist. Join host Sarah Alberstein and staff as we explore all kinds of social issues and subcultures at UVa and beyond. Independent Study is distributed by Teej.FM, WTJU's podcast network.
 
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This powerful self-portrait in The Fralin Museum of Art’s collection is by the French artist, Émilie Charmy. She was influenced by Post-Impressionism and acquainted with the Fauves, both clearly evidenced in her compositional structure, passages of loose brushwork, and choice of strong colors. Émilie CharmyFrench, 1878 - 1974Self-Portrait with an A…
 
Between the standard small jazz ensembles of quartets, quintets and sextets and the powerhouse big bands is a world of ensembles with eight, nine, ten or eleven players. Famously, The 1949 Birth of the Cool sessions were from a nonet assembled by Miles Davis, with arrangements by Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans and John Lewis. Bands of this size are a ni…
 
Nat Turner’s 1831 rebellion horrified white Virginians and scared all of the slaveholding south. Anti-slavery debates erupted in the Virginia Legislature -- and afforded women their first chance to have their voices heard in state politics.This Week in Virginia History is part of WTJU's Virginia Audio Collective, VirginiaAudio.org…
 
While cases are exploding around the US, COVID-19 is pretty under control in central Virginia. At least for now. We talk to Charlottesville Tomorrow about what has kept COVID cases low here and how to keep them that way as we approach the holidays. And stay tuned for an interview with Barbara Campbell Thomas. She’s a painter and multimedia artist b…
 
While cases are exploding around the US, COVID-19 is pretty under control in central Virginia. At least for now. We talk to Charlottesville Tomorrow about what has kept COVID cases low here and how to keep them that way as we approach the holidays. And stay tuned for an interview with Barbara Campbell Thomas. She’s a painter and multimedia artist b…
 
A century ago, the so-called City Beautiful movement was all the rage. The goal was to make cities nice-looking with parks and monuments to by-gone eras. Stockbroker and philanthropist Paul McIntire hired New York artist Henry Shrady to create a huge Robert E. Lee statue for a new whites-only park in downtown Charlottesville.This Week in Virginia H…
 
The question "Do black landscapes matter?" cuts deep to the core of American history. From the plantations of slavery to contemporary segregated cities, from freedman villages to northern migrations for freedom, the nation’s landscape bears the detritus of diverse origins. Black landscapes matter because they tell the truth. In this vital new colle…
 
In 1956, Jimmy Smith created the organ trio of organ, guitar and drums. Soon thereafter, his quartets with Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine defined the organ - saxophone quartet sound. Today, these traditions live on and, although the instrumentation may vary slightly, the debt to Jimmy Smith’s pioneering soul jazz trios and quartets is persist…
 
On September 20, 2019, tenor giant Charles Lloyd wrote, “I am quite at a loss to express the acute pain I feel learning about the departure of my brother and long time friend, Harold Mabern. This hits very close to home - we go back to the early 1950s when we were both members of the Rhythm Bombers at Manassas High in Memphis - along with Frank Str…
 
Matthew McLendon is looking at one of his favorite prints in The Fralin Museum of Art’s collection. It’s a woodcut by the German Expressionist artist, Erich Heckel. The title of the print is Reading Aloud (Beim Vorlesen) and it was made in 1914. We know who the figures are. The woman, right hand resting under her chin, elbow on the table, is Erich …
 
Virginia History - Nov 10 - University of Virginia expelled dozens of students for riotingUVA students had formed a military company, but disregarded the faculty's rules. When the faculty demanded the company be dissolved, the student military company refused. When the faculty expelled the 72 students that were part of it, the students rebelled.Sub…
 
Ken's Last Ever Extravaganza - "Beautiful Terror (RNC edit)" - Show #284, from Dec. 22, 2003 [Edited Sept. 2, 2004 for WFMU's RNC remix Full source listing follows:] Explosions in the Sky - "Your Hand in Mine" - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place [Cut up into pieces and looped in realtime behind speeches, progressing and shifting gradually througho…
 
WTJU's Lewis Reining talks with author Justin Schon about his latest book, "Surviving the War in Syria: Survival Strategies in a Time of Conflict." In it, Justin uses analysis from over 200 interviews with refugees to argue for civilian agency in times of conflict and to unpack the complex decision making that happens as civilians try to navigate t…
 
WTJU's Lewis Reining spoke with UVA Professor Emeritus Ron Dimberg about South Korea's path toward constitutional democracy. This discussion was focused primarily on the period between the 1980 military coup and the 1988 direct presidential election of Roh Tae-woo. Part 2 of the interview will focus on 1988 and beyond.Image taken by Dmthoth on wiki…
 
Flat-picking guitar maestro Larry Keel stopped by WTJU on November 5, 2020 to play a few songs off his new album, American Dream. He chatted about what he has been up to since the pandemic, and the Larry Keel Experience final two gigs of the year coming up November 21 early and late shows) at Chisholm Vineyards as part of the Festy 2020 series.…
 
Election Day has come and gone, but the election process still continues. And while we’re still waiting to know who has won the Presidential election, a whole host of state and local races in Virginia were also on the ballot, as well as a state Constitutional amendment for redistricting reform. This week, we sit down with Nathan Moore and Aaryan Ba…
 
Election Day has come and gone, but the election process still continues. And while we’re still waiting to know who has won the Presidential election, a whole host of state and local races in Virginia were also on the ballot, as well as a state Constitutional amendment for redistricting reform.This week, we sit down with Nathan Moore and Aaryan Bal…
 
The Fralin Museum of Art has a strong collection of Indian Painting due to the efforts and long dedication to the museum of Prof. Dan Ehnbom, who is one of the leading specialists in South Asian Painting. Matthew McLendon discusses one of his favorite works from this part of the collection, a leaf from a Rukmini-haran (Abduction of Rukmini) series:…
 
The last decade was one of immense consequence and productivity for pianist/composer Vijay Iyer. In 2012 alone, in the DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll he was voted Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Small Group of the Year (the Vijay Iyer Trio), Album of the Year (Accelerando), and Rising Star Composer of the Year. Then in 2013, he r…
 
Virginia History - Nov 3 - Virginia women vote for the first timeThe 19th Amendment granted women nationwide the right to vote, but Virginia had refused to ratify it. So when women’s suffrage became the law of the land just two months before the 1920 presidential election, Virginia was caught flat-footed. The deadline to register had already come a…
 
The end of this very long, very unusual election season is almost here. We talk to Charlottesville Tomorrow about the future of the Fifth Congressional District and what they’ve learned from Election 2020 so far. Plus, Nathan Moore interviews hometown congressional candidate Dr. Cameron Webb about what he’s seen as a doctor treating COVID patients …
 
The end of this very long, very unusual election season is almost here. We talk to Charlottesville Tomorrow about the future of the fifth district and what they’ve learned from election 2020 so far. Plus, Nathan Moore interviews hometown congressional candidate Dr. Cameron Webb about what he’s seen as a doctor treating COVID patients and what he pl…
 
Freshwater Saltwater Weave is a series of glass works by contemporary urban-based Arrernte artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello. Her works in hot blown glass, coldworked glass and canes are inspired by the aesthetics of Aboriginal woven forms. The works in this exhibition span the last five years and are inspired by dilly bags, eel traps, fish traps, f…
 
It was a Sunday morning in late October. Families were walking to church services. University students were slowly rousing from their beds. One early-rising scholar ambled across the UVA Lawn and saw something peculiar. A wisp of smoke rose from the roof of the Rotunda Annex. Suddenly, flames shot from the roof.Subscribe to this podcast in Spotify …
 
In the past several years, a suite of players have emerged from Los Angeles, many of whom grew up together, loosely connected by the name West Coast Get Down. The most visible player in this scene is Kamasi Washington from a jazz perspective, but Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and Miles Mosely have made significant records in a pop and R’n’B vein. Com…
 
Ken's Last Ever Extravaganza - "Suddenly See More (won't back down) v2020" - Show #577, from Feb. 28, 2018, augmented live right now Oct. 26, 2020 [Accept your imperfections.] Metallica - "The Unforgiven" [Loops] Ken - "Introduction / It's time to change" Metallica - "The Unforgiven" [Loops] Mike Post and Pete Carpenter - "The A-Team" [Loops] Bryan…
 
After two long months of socially distanced and Zoom-based negotiations, the Virginia General Assembly has finally finished its 2020 Special Session -- called to deal with police reform and Covid-related changes to the state budget.This week, we're joined by state Delegate Sally Hudson. She walks us through some coming changes to criminal justice, …
 
Do you need a little tranquility and peace in your life? Join Matthew McLendon as he looks at a beautiful bronze in The Fralin Museum of Art’s collection depicting Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. Though only 11 inches tall, this work from Ming Dynasty China is exquisitely detailed with a psychological force well beyond its size. Chinese ArtistSh…
 
After the Civil War, southern states were required to re-write their state constitutions before being admitted back to the union. Virginia counties held elections for representatives to send to the state constitutional convention. It was the first election in which African-American men in Virginia could vote, and Albemarle County voters chose an Af…
 
Duke Ellington envisioned long-form jazz compositions before the technology was created to support them. Initially limited to around six minutes on two sides of a 78 RPM disc, the advent of the 12’ Long-Playing record liberated Ellington and other jazz composers to conceive and record extended compositions. Several contemporary composers are contin…
 
Meet the creative team behind Lost Home, Win Home. It’s an original work by Charlottesville-native Shelby Marie Edwards running at Live Arts this weekend. In this one-woman show, Edwards interrogates her experience growing up in Charlottesville in relation to the white supremacist rally of August 2017. We also talk about Albemarle County’s decision…
 
Meet the creative team behind Lost Home, Win Home. It’s an original work by Charlottesville-native Shelby Marie Edwards running at Live Arts this weekend. In this one-woman show, Edwards interrogates her experience growing up in Charlottesville in relation to the white supremacist rally of August 2017. We also talk about Albemarle County’s decision…
 
Since the 1950s, there have consistently been players who found in Hard Bop a comfortable place to return to even as the focus of the music ebbed and flowed. Perhaps this is because so many heroes of modern jazz created the music that defined the term - players like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Clifford Brown, Horace …
 
It looked like a regular custard dish. Just a nice dessert to give to a friend. But it contained a compartment for secret messages -- a very nice feature for someone smuggling secret information from the heart of the Confederacy into the hands of Union military leaders. That dish belonged to Elizabeth Van Lew, born to a prominent family in Richmond…
 
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