• Tracey Fessenden, author of “Religion Around Billie Holiday,” writes about “The Double V for Victory” campaign during World War II.



  • Time is all time
    for the player in cosmic space.
    Undo the bolts & let fly
    or jump back in the box
    and die.


  • Hecht writes about how his penchant for whistling Charlie Parker tunes has occasionally led to interesting encounters.

  • Set in Baltimore, 1960, the play concerns how the complexity of race plays out in an encounter between two school-aged children.

  • "Should I sacrifice my life to live half-American?"
  • "Planet Braxton" - a poem by Mark Kerstetter
  • "Whistlin' the Bird," by Bob Hecht
  • "Umbrella" - a play in one act by Emilia Getzinger

Larry Jansen interview

“I just wish I could pitch for one year!”, former Major League pitcher Larry Jansen says when asked about today’s salaries. But you get the sense he wouldn’t trade today’s money for a single memory of his life long career in baseball. Jansen was a 1950 All-Star pitcher (he induced Joe Dimaggio to hit a fly ball), a two time 20 game winner, and the winning pitcher in perhaps the greatest baseball game ever played, Game 3 of the 1951 playoff between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. […] Continue reading »


Matt Glaser, advisor to Ken Burns’ Jazz

Matt Glaser is the only tenured professor of violin in the United States who specializes in jazz, folk and swing instead of classical music. Matt has appeared on over thirty recordings, is the head of the string department at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and co-authored the book “Jazz Violin” with legendary jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.

A close friend of Ken Burns, Glaser has played on numerous Burns documentaries. He was a Senior Advisor to Burns during the filming of Jazz – A Film by Ken Burns. Glaser’s colorful interviews throughout the film are a dynamic part of the experience.
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