• Feb 3, 2016 11:00 pm
  • 29:24 mins

Guests: Andrew Maxfield, Composer and Producer; Glen Nelson, Writer and Playwright of the musical “The Bridge”  When you think rock music, you think electric guitars and drum licks and strutting singers on stage. When you think opera, you think soaring sopranos and melodrama performed on gilded sets with a live orchestra.  And when you think rock opera? Well, that’s when things get interesting. The Who, Green Day and Duncan Sheikh made famous ones. Rock operas are epic and risky and nothing a traditional opera fan would recognize. With their sprawling musical themes that seem to scream “ART” in capital letters, sometimes rock operas can seem pretentious. But they can be an awful lot of fun, if audiences know what they're in for.  A new rock opera is about to premiere at BYU next week called The Bridge. The story of “The Bridge” tells, through music, dance and film projection, a short story by Ambrose Bierce set during the Civil War.

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Brazil in Crisis

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Guest: Paulo Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center  Brazil is at the epicenter of the Zika virus epidemic that is now a global health crisis. Last week, Brazil’s health minister was quoted as saying the country was “badly losing” the battle against Zika.  Paulo Sotero says it’s just the latest in a line of leadership failures the country is suffering. The once rising economic power rising star is facing its second consecutive year of deep recession and a major corruption scandal implicating many of Brazil’s top officials and political parties. Now there’s the Zika virus stretching resources and discouraging people from visiting the country. And let’s not forget later this year, Brazil will host the Summer Olympics.

Guest: Paulo Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center  Brazil is at the epicenter of the Zika virus epidemic that is now a global health crisis. Last week, Brazil’s health minister was quoted as saying the country was “badly losing” the battle against Zika.  Paulo Sotero says it’s just the latest in a line of leadership failures the country is suffering. The once rising economic power rising star is facing its second consecutive year of deep recession and a major corruption scandal implicating many of Brazil’s top officials and political parties. Now there’s the Zika virus stretching resources and discouraging people from visiting the country. And let’s not forget later this year, Brazil will host the Summer Olympics.