Music of the Bach Sons Accompanies a 1921 Silent Film

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The Cornell University Music Department and Cornell Cinema presents the 1921 silent film of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, with the title role played by then-superstar Asta Neilsen. Organist Dennis James joins us to talk about how he created the score out of music by three of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons, Carl Phillip Emanuel, Johann Christian, and Wilhelm Friedemann. http://wskg.org/audio/hamletjames.mp3

 

Photo credit: Danish Film Institute via Flickr

 

 

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Challenges Persist In Funding Upgrades To PA’s Election System

(Harrisburg) — Election officials across the country are trying to make sure voting infrastructure is up to date, after concerns over potential hacking in the 2016 election. Pennsylvania is no exception. In 2002, the federal government handed down almost $4 billion for states to update their voting machines and other election equipment. Most states–including Pennsylvania–have long since drained their share. The commonwealth bought new voting machines about a decade ago.

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Challenges Persist In Funding Upgrades To PA’s Election System

(Harrisburg) — Election officials across the country are trying to make sure voting infrastructure is up to date, after concerns over potential hacking in the 2016 election. Pennsylvania is no exception. In 2002, the federal government handed down almost $4 billion for states to update their voting machines and other election equipment. Most states–including Pennsylvania–have long since drained their share. The commonwealth bought new voting machines about a decade ago.

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PA House GOP Budget Faces Skeptic Democrats, Senate, And Governor

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A group of House Republicans has unveiled a plan to balance the more than $2 billion budget deficit by, primarily, raiding dozens of state funds. Eighteen rank and file House Republicans said they spent most of the summer working on the plan, which they named “The Taxpayers’ Budget.”  It would transfer cash from the so-called “special” funds that help pay for a number of state programs and services. Supporters of the plan said they limited the transfers to funds with “inordinately high” balances. GOP Representative Dan Moul, of Adams County, said he thinks that money flies under the radar. “Until every source of reserve revenue is exhausted, we should not ask more of our taxpayers,” he said.

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As White House Ends DACA, Cornell Plans To Help Undocumented Students

Cornell University is responding to President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This Obama-era executive action protects the children of undocumented immigrants. If legislation does not replace it, the program stops in six months. Cornell President Martha Pollack wrote a letter to the Cornell community Tuesday responding to the White House’s rescission of the DACA program. In it, she said the school will not cooperate with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

SRO Productions and Know Theatre Present 'The Nance'

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Know Theatre and SRO Productions III join forces to present Douglas Carter Beane’s ‘The Nance’. ” In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche.  A headliner called “the nance”—usually played by a straight man—was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre.  THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.  At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.”

SRO Productions and Know Theatre Present ‘The Nance’

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Know Theatre and SRO Productions III join forces to present Douglas Carter Beane’s ‘The Nance’. ” In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche.  A headliner called “the nance”—usually played by a straight man—was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre.  THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.  At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.”

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After Resistance, PA Health Officials Must Release Medical Marijuana Details

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — For several months, the state Health Department has been refusing to disclose who is on the panels that scored applications for medical marijuana licenses. But now, the Department of Open Records is ordering the agency to release the information.  The Open Records decision comes after protracted back-and-forth between the DOH and PennLive. After releasing permits to grow, process and sell medical marijuana to select applicants, the department wouldn’t name the panelists who had made those decisions. The agency argued that might make panelists vulnerable to threats or bribes. But Erik Arneson, executive director of Open Records, said that reasoning is flawed.

‘American Space Ninja’ Back On Earth After Record-Breaking Flight

Astronaut Peggy Whitson smiles after landing in Kazakhstan, wrapping up a record 665 days in space for an American. Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky/AP

By Amy Held/NPR
Imagine more than 600 days in space; that’s 21 months cruising the cosmos, or close to two years without flush toilets or pizza. On Saturday, Astronaut Peggy Whitson touched down in Kazakhstan at 9:21 p.m. EDT alongside a fellow American and a Russian in their Soyuz capsule, wrapping up a record-breaking mission. Whitson spent 288 days — more than nine months — on this latest mission aboard the International Space Station. But over the course of her career, she has been away from earth for three long-duration missions, an accumulation of 665 days — longer than any American ever and more time than any woman worldwide.

'American Space Ninja' Back On Earth After Record-Breaking Flight

Astronaut Peggy Whitson smiles after landing in Kazakhstan, wrapping up a record 665 days in space for an American. Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky/AP

By Amy Held/NPR
Imagine more than 600 days in space; that’s 21 months cruising the cosmos, or close to two years without flush toilets or pizza. On Saturday, Astronaut Peggy Whitson touched down in Kazakhstan at 9:21 p.m. EDT alongside a fellow American and a Russian in their Soyuz capsule, wrapping up a record-breaking mission. Whitson spent 288 days — more than nine months — on this latest mission aboard the International Space Station. But over the course of her career, she has been away from earth for three long-duration missions, an accumulation of 665 days — longer than any American ever and more time than any woman worldwide.