Milk Street Vegetable Makeovers (Ep 411)

Persian Jeweled Rice (Javaher Polow)
Start to finish: 55 minutes (20 minutes active) | Servings: 4
This rice pilaf is named for the colorful dried fruits and nuts that embellish the saffron- tinted basmati rice. The bright color of raw pistachios is best here. Traditionally, jeweled rice is a labor-intensive dish; we’ve created a simplified version that’s visually stunning as well as richly, deeply flavorful. We almost always toast nuts to enhance their flavor and texture, but here raw pistachios are best, as they are more vivid in color and subtler in flavor than toasted or roasted. Don’t forget to rinse and drain the rice.

By Special Invitation: The Finest In Local Performances

By Special Invitation presents a stunning line-up of world-class musicians who perform classical music concerts around our region. From a preserved barn in the idyllic setting of the western Catskills and a Binghamton Opera Company to a concert stage at Ithaca College, By Special Invitation invites you to witness music performance recorded specifically for WSKG Classical. These performances can be heard Saturdays at 10:00 a.m, and at your convenience by clicking on the concerts listed below.  

America’s Test Kitchen Fougasse (Ep 2019)

Fougasse
Makes 2 Loaves

If you can’t find King Arthur all-purpose flour, you can substitute bread flour. For the best results, weigh your ingredients. You’ll also need to plan ahead: The dough needs to rise in the refrigerator for at least 16 hours.  

 
INGREDIENTS

¼ cup (1 1/3 ounces) whole-wheat flour
3 cups (15 ounces) King Arthur all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
1½ cups (12 ounces) water
Cornmeal or semolina flour
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Sift whole-wheat flour through fine-mesh strainer into bowl of stand mixer; discard bran remaining in strainer.

America’s Test Kitchen Beef Top Loin Roast with Potatoes (Ep 2017)

Beef Top Loin Roast with Potatoes
Serves 8-10

Top loin roast is also known as strip roast. Use potatoes that are about 1½ inches in diameter and at least 4 inches long. The browned surfaces of the potatoes are very delicate; take care when flipping the potatoes in step 7. To make flipping easier, flip two potatoes and remove them from the pan to create space before flipping the rest. INGREDIENTS

1 (5- to 6-pound) boneless top loin roast
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 teaspoons pepper, divided
5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
¼ cup vegetable oil
5 cups beef broth
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 small sprigs fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
4 garlic cloves, lightly crushed and peeled

INSTRUCTIONS
1.

An undated portrait of the cellist Lynn Harrell. Harrell died Monday at age 76.

Cellist Lynn Harrell Has Died, Age 76

The Grammy-winning American cellist had a wide-ranging career that spanned Bach to new music written by Augusta Read Thomas. His colleagues also treasured him as a generous musical collaborator.

John Prine in Atlanta in 1975.

John Prine’s Songs Saw The Whole Of Us

The music of this quintessential Nashville songwriter and lifelong independent spirit makes room for the wide range of emotions that careen through people as they stumble and dance through life.

America’s Test Kitchen Brown Rice Bowl with Vegetables and Salmon (Ep 2010)

Brown Rice Bowl with Vegetables and Salmon
Serves 4

If your knife is too dull to cut through the salmon skin, try a serrated knife. It is important to keep the skin on during cooking; once the salmon is cooked, the skin will be easy to remove. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant (about 1 minute), and then remove the skillet from the heat so the seeds won’t scorch. INGREDIENTS

¼ cup vegetable oil, divided
3 scallions, white and green parts separated and sliced thin on bias
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, divided
⅓ cup distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1¾ teaspoons table salt, divided, plus salt for cooking rice
1 English cucumber, quartered lengthwise, seeded, and sliced on bias ¼ inch thick
1¾ cups short-grain brown rice
1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced on bias ½ inch thick
1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps larger than 2 inches halved
1 (1-pound) skin-on salmon fillet, about 1½ inches thick at thickest part
4 teaspoons hoisin sauce, divided
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
sriracha (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 500 degrees.

Milk Street Secrets of Oaxaca (Ep 321)

Oaxacan Green Mole with Chicken
Start to finish: 1 hour 10 minutes | Servings: 4

When we think of mole, we most often think of mahogany-colored mole negro. But as we learned in Oaxaca, there is a wide variety of moles, each with a unique character. Mole verde—or green mole— traditionally is made with pork and gets its bright, fresh flavor from a blend of fresh chilies, tomatillos and herbs. For our version, we opted for quicker-cooking but equally tasty chicken thighs, and we sought out supermarket substitutes for hard-to-find epazote and hoja santa, two herbs that are standard ingredients in Mexico (we mimicked their flavors with mint and fennel seeds). Oaxacans thicken this stew-like soup with masa, the corn dough used to make tortillas and tamales.

An Inside Look at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

A native of Waterloo, NY, mezzo-soprano Lindsay Kate Brown was one of nine finalists in the Grand Finals Concert, out of thousands of singers from around the world.  She talks to us by phone from Houston, where she is with the Houston Grand Opera, about the process, and about a dizzying week when she sang in the Metropolitan Opera Grand Finals Concert, and won another competition just two days before.  

Photo credit: Kristin Hoebermann

America’s Test Kitchen Paris-Brest (Ep 2007)

Paris-Brest
Serves 8-10

Paris-Brest is a showstopper dessert that consists of a large ring of pâte à choux—the same pastry used to make éclairs and cream puffs—that is filled with hazelnut praline pastry cream and then sprinkled with chopped almonds and powdered sugar. To make this elegant dessert foolproof, we started with our pâteà choux recipe, which created a tender, but strong“case” for the cream filling. For a light cream filling that was firm and sturdy, we started with a flour-thickened pastry cream (which was more stable than the normal cornstarch-thickened version), added pulverized caramel-coated hazelnuts, and then folded in whipped cream that had been enriched with gelatin. INGREDIENTS
Praline

½ cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Pastry Dough

3 large eggs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces
⅓ cup whole milk
⅓ cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (3 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons toasted, skinned, and chopped hazelnuts

Cream Filling

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
¼ cup water
1½ cups half-and-half
5 large egg yolks
⅓ cup (2 1/3 ounces) sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces and chilled
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
confectioners’ sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
1. For the praline: Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; spray parchment with vegetable oil spray and set aside.

Milk Street Cooking with Chilies (Ep 318)

Tacos al Pastor
Start to finish: 1 hour | Servings: 4

We combine tender broiled pork, spicy chilies and the subtle smokiness of charred pineapple in this take on tacos al pastor. The dish is from Mexico but has Levantine roots, stemming from the 19th century when Lebanese immigrants arrived, bringing their tradition of vertical spits for roasting lamb shawarma. Not finding much lamb, cooks switched to pork and instead of sandwiching the meat in flatbread, they used tortillas. Subsequent generations added pineapple and dried chilies. For everyday ease, we use pork tenderloin that has been pounded, briefly marinated and broiled.

America’s Test Kitchen Braised Chicken with Mustard and Herbs (Ep 2006)

Braised Chicken with Mustard and Herbs
Serves 4-6

Chicken breasts are broader at one end than the other, so cut more than halfway up each breast to create two pieces of equal mass (see “For More Equal Parts, Don’t Cut Down the Middle,” below). There’s no need to take the temperature of the dark meat; it will be properly cooked by the time the white meat reaches its target temperature. If you prefer not to serve the skin, wait until step 6 to remove it; browning the skin produces flavorful compounds that add complexity to the sauce, and braising it releases gelatin, which gives the sauce a rich texture. INGREDIENTS

½ cup table salt, for brining
1½-2 pounds bone-in split chicken breasts, trimmed and each cut crosswise into 2 pieces of equal mass
1½-2 pounds chicken leg quarters, separated into drumsticks and thighs, trimmed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped fine
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
⅓ cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1½ tablespoons whole-grain mustard
2 teaspoons lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Dissolve salt in 2 quarts cold water in large container.

Milk Street The Austrian Table (Ep 317)

Austrian Beef Stew with Paprika and Caraway (Goulash)
Start to finish: 4 hours (30 minutes active) | Servings: 4 to 6

This simple stew derives much of its bold flavor and rich color from sweet and hot paprika, so make sure the paprika you use is fresh and fragrant. For the deepest, earthiest flavor, we recommend seeking out true Hungarian paprika; we use a combination of sweet and hot to achieve just the right degree of spice. Serve with egg noodles, spätzle or mashed potatoes. Don’t be shy about trimming the chuck roast; removing as much fat as possible before cooking prevents the stew from being extra-greasy. In our experience, the roast usually loses about 1 pound with trimming.

America’s Test Kitchen Pork, Fennel, and Lemon Ragu with Pappardelle (Ep 2005)

Pork, Fennel, and Lemon Ragu with Pappardelle
Serves 4-6

Pork butt roast is often labeled Boston butt in the supermarket. To ensure that the sauce isn’t greasy, be sure to trim the roast of all excess surface fat. You can substitute tagliatelle for the pappardelle, if desired.  
INGREDIENTS

4 ounces pancetta, chopped
1 large onion, chopped fine
1 large fennel bulb, 2 tablespoons fronds chopped, stalks discarded, bulb halved, cored, and chopped fine, divided
4 garlic clove, minced
1½ teaspoons table salt, plus salt for cooking pasta
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon pepper
⅓ cup heavy cream
1 (1½-pound) boneless pork butt roast, well trimmed and cut in half across grain
1½ teaspoons grated lemon zest plus ¼ cup juice (2 lemons)
12 ounces pappardelle
2 ounces Pecorino Romano cheese, grated (1 cup), plus extra for serving

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.

Milk Street Amazing One-Layer Cakes (Ep 316)

Caprese Chocolate and Almond Torte
Start to finish: 1 hour 10 minutes (20 minutes active) | Servings: 10

This flourless chocolate cake from Capri, Italy (where it is called torta caprese), gets its rich, almost brownie-like texture from ground almonds and a generous amount of egg. Before grinding the nuts, we toast them to intensify their flavor and accentuate the deep, roasted notes of the chocolate. We preferred the cake made with bittersweet chocolate containing 70 to 80 percent cocoa solids. You can, of course, use a lighter, sweeter bittersweet chocolate, but the cake will have less chocolate intensity. Serve slices warm or at room temperature dolloped with unsweetened whipped cream.

America’s Test Kitchen Belgian Spice Cookies (Ep 2004)

Belgian Spice Cookies (Speculoos)
Makes 32 cookies

For the proper flavor, we strongly recommend using turbinado sugar (commonly sold as Sugar in the Raw). If you can’t find it, use ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (6 ounces) of packed light brown sugar and skip the sugar grinding in step 2. In step 3, use a rolling pin and a combination of rolling and a smearing motion to form a rectangle. If the dough spreads beyond the rectangle, trim it and use the scraps to fill in the corners; then, replace the parchment and continue to roll. Do not use cookie molds or an embossed rolling pin for the speculoos; they will not hold decorations.

Milk Street The New Paris (Ep 315)

Potato Gnocchi with Butter, Sage and Chives
Start to finish: 13⁄4 hours, 20 minutes for sauce | Servings: 4 to 6

Our take on classic potato gnocchi was inspired by a cooking lesson we got in Paris from chef Peter Orr at his Robert restaurant in the 11th arrondissement. It helps to have a kitchen scale to weigh out the 11⁄4 pounds of cooked potatoes needed to make the gnochhi dough. To process the cooked potatoes, a ricer or food mill works best for obtaining the smooth texture needed for light, fine gnocchi. A potato masher works, too, but the gnocchi will be slightly denser (yet still delicious). The gnocchi can be cooked, cooled completely, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to a day.

America’s Test Kitchen Herb-Crusted Pork Roast (Ep 2003)

Herb-Crusted Pork Roast
Serves 4-6

If only “enhanced” pork is available (the label will state that the pork was injected with a water-salt solution), do not brine the roast. Instead, simply season the stuffed and tied roast with salt before browning. Note that you should not trim the pork of its layer of fat. While it is possible to substitute dried rosemary for fresh, do not substitute dried thyme for fresh or the herb crust will be dry and dusty tasting. The roasting time will vary widely depending on the thickness of the meat.

Milk Street Holiday Entertaining (Ep 314)

Argentinian-Style Stuffed Pork Loin with Chimichurri
Start to finish: 31⁄2 hours (1 hour active) | Servings: 8 to 10

This holiday-worthy roast was inspired by Argentinian matambre arrollado, or beef that is stuffed with hard-cooked eggs, vegetables and sliced cured meats, then poached or roasted. We opted for a boneless pork loin roast because its uniform shape makes it easy to cut into a 1⁄2- to 3⁄4-inch- thick slab ideal for filling and rolling. Herbal, garlicky and subtly spicy chimichurri is the perfect accompaniment to the sweet, mild pork; we use some inside the roast, too. You’ll need a digital instant thermometer to test the roast for doneness. For convenience, the chimichurri can be made and refrigerated in an airtight container up to a day ahead.

America’s Test Kitchen Pizza Al Taglio (Ep 2002)

Pizza al Taglio with Arugula and Fresh Mozzarella
Serves 4-6

The dough for this pizza requires a 16- to 24-hour rest in the refrigerator. You’ll get the crispest texture by using high-protein King Arthur bread flour, but other bread flours will also work. For the best results, weigh your flour and water. The bread flour should weigh 14⅔ ounces, regardless of which brand of flour is used. Anchovies give the sauce depth, so don’t omit them; they won’t make the sauce taste fishy.

Milk Street Tuesday Night Italian (Ep 313)

Pesto alla Genovese
Start to finish: 30 minutes | Makes about 1 cup

Good-quality cheese is essential for rich, full-flavored pesto. Seek out true Italian Parmesan, as well as pecorino Sardo, a sheep’s milk cheese from Sardinia. If you can’t find pecorino Sardo, don’t use pecorino romano, which is too strong; instead, opt for Manchego, a Spanish sheep’s milk cheese. Roughly chopping the basil by hand before adding it to the food processor minimizes the mechanical action needed to break down the leaves so the pesto won’t become too smooth. To store pesto, press a piece of plastic wrap against its surface and refrigerate up to 3 days.

America’s Test Kitchen Holiday Eggnog (Ep 2001)

Holiday Eggnog
Serves 12-16

Adding the milk to the eggs in small increments and blending thoroughly after each one helps ensure a smooth custard. To prevent curdling, do not heat custard beyond 160 degrees. If it does begin to curdle, remove from heat immediately and pour into a bowl set over a larger bowl of ice water to stop the cooking, and proceed with recipe. You can omit the brandy to make a non-alcoholic eggnog, but you should also decrease the cream to 1/4 cup in order to keep the right consistency. For the same reason, increase the cream to 3/4 cup if you choose to add another 1/2-cup alcohol for a high-test nog.

Milk Street Beirut Fast Food (Ep 312)

Beef Kibbeh
Start to finish: 50 minutes (20 minutes active) | Servings: 4

Kibbeh, a popular dish throughout the Levant, is a spiced mixture of bulgur and ground meat. It may be layered with stuffing in a baking dish and baked or shaped into small portions, filled and fried, with the goal of getting a toasty, browned crust that brings out the nuttiness of the bulgur. In this version, we skip the stuffing and form the mixture into patties, then pan-fry them, rather than deep-fry, for ease. We use ground beef, but you could sub in 12 ounces of ground lamb. Pine nuts add their distinct, slightly resinous flavor to the mix.

Milk Street Sweets (Ep 311)

Maple-Whiskey Pudding Cakes
Start to finish: 45 minutes (20 minutes active) | Servings: 4

These individual desserts bake up with a gooey sauce beneath a layer of rich, tender cake. We tried a few different types of whiskey here: our favorites were Jameson for its clean, bright flavor and Rittenhouse rye for its spicy depth. This recipe can easily be doubled to serve eight. Serve the pudding cakes warm, with vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream. Don’t stir the maple-whiskey syrup into the batter after dividing it among the batter-filled ramekins.

Milk Street On the Road: Portland, Maine (Ep 310)

Eventide Green Salad with Nori Vinaigrette
Start to finish: 30 minutes, plus cooling and chilling | Servings: 6

This is our adaptation of a salad created by Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine. Roasted seaweed (also called nori) is pulverized to a coarse powder and added to the dressing, lending the dish deep, umami-rich flavor notes reinforced with soy sauce and mirin. Instead of using full- sized sheets of plain nori (the variety used for sushi), we opted for the convenience of an individual package of seasoned seaweed snacks that are available in most grocery stores. Quick-pickled veggies give the salad lots of texture and bright flavor, but keep in mind that they need to pickle for at least 2 hours before they’re ready to use.

Nipsey Hussle

In Memoriam 2019: The Musicians We Lost

NPR Music celebrates the alt-rock heroes, Hollywood idols, Pulitzer-winning composers, jazz luminaries, cult legends, bold activists, old masters and rising stars the world lost this year.

Milk Street Enchiladas and Molletes (Ep 309)

Green Enchiladas with Chicken and Cheese (Enchiladas Verdes)
Start to finish: 45 minutes | Servings: 4

To make the filling for these enchiladas, use leftover roasted or grilled chicken or meat from a store-bought rotisserie bird. You also can poach your own chicken. To do so, place 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium saucepan, cover with water or chicken broth, bring to a simmer over medium-high, then reduce to low, cover and cook until the thickest part of the meat registers 160°F, about 20 minutes. Let the chicken cool in the liquid until just warm to the touch, then finely chop the meat. Our homemade green chili and tomatillo sauce is especially good here, but any bottled hot sauce that’s not too vinegary (such as Tapatío or Cholula) will work.

Milk Street Italian Classics (Ep 308)

Tuscan Beef and Black Pepper Stew (Peposo alla Fornacina)
Start to finish: 4 hours (30 minutes active) | Servings: 6

The simple, generously peppered beef stew known as peposo is said to have been created by 15th century kiln (fornacina) workers in Tuscany, Italy. Chianti is the best-known wine produced in that region and is the traditional choice for peposo, but any dry, medium-bodied red wine works well. Make sure to use coarsely ground black pepper, as it has more presence and better coats the beef. This recipe makes a generous amount of stew—about 2 quarts—so serve it one night with polenta, mashed potatoes or braised beans. The stew keeps well, so it can be made up to three days ahead and reheated in the microwave or in a saucepan over low.

Creation of a World of Sound

Two different presentations offer The World According to Sound and Cornell According to Sound at the Cherry Artspace.  We hear from sound artists Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett.  They explain these unique sonic experiences and how the recorded and winnowed natural sounds into aural performances.  

Photo credit: World According to Sound

America’s Test Kitchen: Shrimp Scampi

To celebrate 20 years of the most-watched cooking show on public television, America’s Test Kitchen fans around the country voted for their all-time favorite recipes from the series. The results are presented in the America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special, as cast members including Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Jack Bishop and Adam Ried count down the series’ 20 most popular recipes and look back on moments from the show’s two decades on air.  

America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special airs Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm, Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm and Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm.  
Enjoy this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special. Shrimp Scampi
SERVES 4
Extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound) can be substituted for jumbo shrimp.

America’s Test Kitchen: Cauliflower Soup

To celebrate 20 years of the most-watched cooking show on public television, America’s Test Kitchen fans around the country voted for their all-time favorite recipes from the series. The results are presented in the America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special, as cast members including Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Jack Bishop and Adam Ried count down the series’ 20 most popular recipes and look back on moments from the show’s two decades on air.  

America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special airs Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm, Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm and Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm.  
Enjoy this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special. Cauliflower Soup
SERVES 4-6
For a creamy cauliflower soup without cream, we relied on cauliflower’s low insoluble fiber content to produce a velvety smooth puree.

America’s Test Kitchen: Weeknight Roast Chicken

To celebrate 20 years of the most-watched cooking show on public television, America’s Test Kitchen fans around the country voted for their all-time favorite recipes from the series. The results are presented in the America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special, as cast members including Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Jack Bishop and Adam Ried count down the series’ 20 most popular recipes and look back on moments from the show’s two decades on air.  

America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special airs Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm, Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm and Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm.  
Enjoy this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special. Weeknight Roast Chicken
SERVES 4
Roast chicken is often described as a simple dish, and it is, at least in terms of flavor—when the dish is made properly, the rich flavor and juicy meat of the chicken need little adornment.

America’s Test Kitchen: Sticky Buns

To celebrate 20 years of the most-watched cooking show on public television, America’s Test Kitchen fans around the country voted for their all-time favorite recipes from the series. The results are presented in the America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special, as cast members including Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Jack Bishop and Adam Ried count down the series’ 20 most popular recipes and look back on moments from the show’s two decades on air.  

America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special airs Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm, Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm and Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm.  
Enjoy this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special. Sticky Buns
MAKES 12 BUNS
Many recipes for sticky buns call for a firm, dry dough that’s easy to manipulate into the required spiral, simple to slice, and sturdy enough to support a generous amount of topping.

America’s Test Kitchen: Ragu alla Bolognese

To celebrate 20 years of the most-watched cooking show on public television, America’s Test Kitchen fans around the country voted for their all-time favorite recipes from the series. The results are presented in the America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special, as cast members including Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Jack Bishop and Adam Ried count down the series’ 20 most popular recipes and look back on moments from the show’s two decades on air.  

America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special airs Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm, Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm and Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm.  
Enjoy this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen 20th Anniversary Special. Ragu alla Bolognese
SERVES 4-6
There are many different ways to interpret what “real” Bolognese sauce is.

America’s Test Kitchen: Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Deemed “better than wings” by our tasters, these crunchy, tangy, spicy, and just plain addictive cauliflower bites will be the new star of your game day table. The key was to come up with a flavorful, crunchy coating that would hold up under the Buffalo sauce.

Rod Serling Film Festival

Free Screening of Winning Student Films

Join WSKG as the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation presents Serling Fest 2019: a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Twilight Zone! Winning student films from the annual Rod Serling Film Festival will screen at 10am on Saturday October 5th, 2019 at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton. More details about the full weekend event available at rodserling.com. 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival Honorees

BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Disdain | Spencer Strickland
BEST ANIMATION | A Bland Day Out | Adrian Finney
BEST DOCUMENTARY | Utica: A Town That Loves Refugees | Kara Gildea, Rainer Gardner-Olesen, Eric Kukenberger, Sam Lytel, Ellie Pink, Lola Thompson, Peter Weil
BEST FICTION/STORY | Paper Brains | Sophia Doehla
BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | The Code | Rainer Gardner-Olesen
BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | New Look | Ian Justino
BEST COMEDY | A Day with Officer Shawnie | Aidan Stevens
HONORABLE MENTION| I’m New Here | Robert Fischer
HONORABLE MENTION| Love Through the Seasons: A Bird’s Love Story| Ehblu Say, Chit Su Moe
SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | The Passenger | Avery Danielsen
BEST IN SHOW | Pesky Landline | Amelia Ponirakis

Thank you to our 2019 Judging Committee Chrissy Guest, Chris Kocher, Christina Kunzman, Kate Murray, and Andy Polak. Special thanks to WSKG staff John Bell, Nancy Coddington, Chris DiRienzo, Jenny James, Nicole Kradjian, Alyssa Micha, Stacey Mosteller, Bailey Normann, and Andy Pioch. 

Woodstock - Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive is a 38-disc collection of every recording made at the landmark festival

Woodstock At 50: The Unheard Recordings

In this defining interview, Andy Zax, producer of a massive new Woodstock box set, shares previously unheard recordings from the festival and the remarkable stories behind them.

Music at Fishs Eddy Announces Three Concerts this Summer

Opening with a concert by a gamelan ensemble, Music at Fishs Eddy continues with music for guitar and harpsichord.  Artistic Director Joyce Lindorff talks about the history of the festival, and about its venue, the Old Pioneer Church.  

Photo credit: Music at Fishs Eddy

2019 Rod Serling Film Fest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winning student filmmakers of the 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival! The students will be honored on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at The Forum Theatre in Binghamton, NY. Details to follow. The Rod Serling Film Festival is partnering this year with Serling Fest. Details on all activities and ticket information can be found at www.rodserling.com.

A Concert of Hope and Peace

The Downtown Singers of Binghamton present ‘A Concert of Hope and Peace’ featuring music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir Edward Elgar, and Sir Michael Tippett. 

Exhibit Honors Former Political Prisoners, Some Now Living In New York, One Hand At A Time

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo is hosting a visiting exhibit created by a Burmese artist who, along with hundreds of subjects he has met through his project, are former political prisoners in their homeland. His exhibit, a Show of Hands, features plaster casts of each former prisoner’s hand. Some of them are of individuals who have since settled in Buffalo after spending years as refugees. Htein Lin recently appeared at the gallery to create new castings and speak before an audience. As he worked on the latest additions to a collection that exceeds 500 plaster hands, he chatted with each subject, sometimes sharing a laugh, as each revealed their personal story of captivity in Burma, now known as Myanmar.

A Rising Playwright Takes on Challenging Issues

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents Kirsten Greenidge’s play ‘Baltimore’. Director Godfrey Simmons joins us to talk about this drama that explores the fallout of a racial incident on a college campus that prides itself on having gotten “past racism”.

What One New York Orchestra’s Doing To Increase Diversity

African-Americans currently make up less than two percent of larger orchestra members in the United States. This lack of representation is a struggle for many groups, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  

A Locally-formed Band Comes for a Visit

The founding members of the roots music band, Donna the Buffalo, Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, stopped by to talk about their new album ‘Dance in the Street’, the craft of songwriting, and touring.  They perform Friday, January 25 at 10pm in Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin.  

Photo credit: Donna the Buffalo

Tiny Desk Concert with Florist.

Florist: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Sprague performs three quiet, delicate songs in the NPR Music offices with help from members of New York’s Epoch collective.

"I sort of became this cocktail party version of myself where I felt like I had to play the role of 'happy girl'," Maggie Rogers says.

Maggie Rogers Reintroduces Herself

In 2016, Maggie Rogers was attending class at New York University when super producer Pharrell sat in on a master class to critique the students’ work. Pharrell was blown away by Rogers’ song “Alaska.”

Young String Players Present Their Winter Concert

The Little Delaware Youth Ensemble presents their Winter Concert in two performances.  Conductor Uli Speth joins us to talk about the program and about the history of the ensemble, as well as an upcoming workshop for the group.  

Photo credit: Little Delaware Youth Ensemble

Beautiful Music to Welcome a New Year

Pianist John Covelli presents his annual tradition of a New Year’s Eve concert. He joins us to talk about this year’s concert, ‘Memories.”  

Photo credit: codemac via Flickr

 

 

Two Houses, Both Alike: In a scene that fuses two moments across two centuries, 19th-century math prodigy Thomasina (Bel Powley, left) and her tutor Septimus (Tom Riley) flank the central table of Arcadia's set, joined in the center by the present-day Valentine (Raul Esparza) and Hannah (Lia Williams).

A New York Revival For Stoppard’s Duality-Driven ‘Arcadia’

Tom Stoppard’s masterful comic romance plays out in two centuries at once, tripping lightly through subjects as diverse as sex and landscape gardening, academic ambition and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. A much-anticipated Broadway revival opens March 17.

"As I knew him, My Dad, Rod Serling" By Anne Serling

2019 Rod Serling Film Festival Accepting Entries

The 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival is open! WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 3, 2019. Entrants must use the online submission form. The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

From Haydn to Beethoven

The Ithaca Community Orchestra presents a concert comparing Ludwig van Beethoven’s music with that of his composition teacher, Franz Joseph Haydn.

‘Native America’ Screening Event at the Rockwell Museum

Join us as we partner with the Rockwell Museum to host a screening event of Native America Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at the Rockwell, 111 Cedar Street Corning, NY. We will be screening the ‘Nature to Nations’ episode of Native America. Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Visit this webpage for full details and to register. 

WSKG was pleased to interview a local woman, Alisha Merrill, and share a snapshot of her #NativeVoicesPBS story. Watch the video below.

Hear Here! | Chocolate Music

In this bonus episode of ‘Hear Here!’ listen as WSKG’s Sam Goodyear talks about how music can be used to intrigue and build anticipation in an original piece he calls ‘Chocolate Music’.

Music for Autumn

The Binghamton University Orchestra presents ‘All About Autumn”, with STMTA Youth Soloist Sophia Klin

Hear Here! | Let’s Listen Together

This episode is all about sharing and listening. Moms, Dads and their kids share music they like. They talk about why they like it, and how it makes them feel. We also meet therapeutic harpist Jayne Demakos who plays for people living in a nursing home. 

This episode was produced by Dan Davis. Sarah Gager is the Executive Producer.

Part Poetry, Part Lamentation, Part Concert

Author, teacher, storyteller and spiritual activist, Stephen Jenkinsen is joining with
Canadian musician and songwriter, Gregory Hoskins and his band for a 35-city North
American Tour of ‘Nights of Grief and Mystery’.  The Ithaca presentation will be on  Thursday, November 1st 7pm-9:30pm at the Hangar Theatre. Juan Lube, one of the people coordinating the even joins us by phone.  

Photo credit: Orphan Wisdom

Vocal Music at the Kilmer Mansion

Music in the Kilmer Mansion presents singers Thomas Goodheart and Jean Goodheart, flutist Jeanne Sperber, and pianist Pej Reitz.  The Goodhearts join us to talk about this varied program, which includes music of Copland, Saint-Saens, Liszt, Mozart, Chaminade, Romberg, and Rossini.  

Photo credit: Jonathan Cohen

Hear Here! | Biddle De Bop

How is voice used in jazz? We’ll learn about improvisations, other vocal techniques, and listen to some big band singing. We will also hear from Catherine Gale, an Ithaca, NY based jazz singer and teacher. Biddle De Bop was produced by Celia Clarke and edited by Gabe Altieri. Additional editing support comes from Monica Sandreczki.

Celebrating 100 Years of a Musical Work and Premiering a New One

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents the next concert of its Musicians’ Choice Series, as a septet organized by violinist Avner Finberg performs Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’. He tells us about that work, as well as about the premiere of his composition ‘The Miracle of Hanukkah’ coming up on December 9.  

Photo credit: Grasya Orbon

Music by Palestrina, Soriano, and Victoria from a New Choral Group

The Southern Tier Singers’ Collective is a new ensemble comprised of choral musicians from across the region. They present their premiere concert with music of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Francesco Soriano, and Tomas Luis de Victoria.  Conductor William Culverhouse joins us to talk about the program and the ensemble.  

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Hear Here! | A One-Woman Show?

During a tech rehearsal of the theatre piece “Bitter Banquet” we will hear from Ithaca-based composer/performer Annie Lewandowski who is at home with both classical music and rock.  We will learn about the journey from composition to performance, and how many people it takes to present a “one-woman” show. A One-Woman Show? was produced by Bill Snyder and edited by Monica Sandreczki. Additional support comes from Nancy Coddington.

‘Great Cities’ in Music at Binghamton University

The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra will open its final season under the long-time direction of Professor Timothy Perry with “Great Music for Great Cities” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Osterhout Concert Theater at Binghamton University. The program celebrates in sound the life of four of the world’s greatest cities, New York, Paris, London and Rome, with music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Edward Elgar and Ottorino Respighi. Dr. Perry joins us to talk about the program and about the orchestra, which is mainly made up of non-music majors.  

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Hear Here! | LOL

Some people think that classical music is lifeless and boring. They might be in for some surprises during this episode of Hear Here! Classical music can be amusing, funny, or just plain wacky, like the soundtrack of a crazy cartoon. We will discover how music can actually make us laugh. LOL was produced by Sam Goodyear and edited by Gabe Altieri.

Re-examining a Tragedy Twenty Years Later

Studio 271 Productions along with Identity Youth Center are performing the award winning play; “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. With a cast of almost thirty performers this production shows the life of the residents of Laramie Wyoming during the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Hear Here! | Can’t Never Did Nothing

Come along as singer-songwriter Joe Crookston explores the world of music, sound and songwriting! What kind of sound do various instruments make? How do stories and sounds then turn into songs? Let’s find out together! Can’t Never Did Nothing was produced by Crystal Sarakas and edited by Gabe Altieri.

They’re Taking It Off in Owego!

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present the Terence McNally/David Yazbek musical ‘The Full Monty’. Director James Osborne joins us to talk about this Americanized musical version of the British film about how a group of unemployed steel workers get back their self-esteem and reconnect with their families with an unusual solution.  

Photo credit: Stephanie Jump

Songs of Schubert Tell a Winter’s Tale

The Binghamton University Music Department presents pianist Joel Harder and baritone Tobias Greenhalgh in a performance of Franz Schubert’s song cycle ‘Die Winterreise’ — ‘The Winter Journey’.

A New Season for a New Orchestra

The Binghamton Baroque Orchestra begins its second season with a program of music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Gluck, and J.S. Bach.  Conductor and recorder player Jeff Wahl joins us to talk about the program, the soloists, and why trumpet concertos are so short.

A Two-character Musical About First Love

Director Bevin O’Gara joins us to talk about the story and the actors in ‘Girlfriend’, a story about first love between two teenagers who don’t have the words to express their feelings, so they use mix-tapes.

The 26th Anniversary of SummerMusic

The Magic Mountain Music Farm presents the 26th Anniversary of chamber music concerts in the First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, NY.  Violist Noralee Walker and clarinetist Dan Ferreira talk about their performances and what brings them back to Morris, NY every year to study with Burton Kaplan.

Peace Amidst War In Opera At Glimmerglass Festival

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Cooperstown, New York means one thing to baseball fans  – the Hall of Fame, And another thing to opera fans – The Glimmerglass Festival, held every summer.

Pairing Shakespeare and Gardening

Master Gardener Eve Berman joins us to talk about ‘Much Ado in the Garden’, a Shakespeare-themed event taking place in the Cutler Botanic Garden at the Cornell Cooperative Extension grounds on Front Street in Binghamton.  There will be music, food, readings, and costumed characters.

‘The Time Element’ is Part of the 2018 Serling Fest

Rod Serling researcher Amy Boyle Johnston found a script for a radio play by Rod Serling from 1954 and brought it back to Binghamton.  Director Kate Murray and actor Joe Bardales talk about re-creating this drama, which was a precursor to Serling’s ground-breaking series ‘The Twilight Zone’. It is part of the 2018 Serling Fest taking place July 6 and 7 in downtown Binghamton.  

Photo credit: 271 Productions

Winners Announced in the 2018 Serling Film Festival

Congratulations to the winning student filmmakers of the 2018 Rod Serling Film Festival! The students will be honored on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at The Forum Theatre in Binghamton, NY. This event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the public. The Rod Serling Film Festival is partnering this year with Serling Fest. Details on all activities and ticket information can be found at www.rodserling.com.

WindSync Performs for Stamford Friends of Music

The Friends of Music of Stamford present the wind quintet WindSync on Sunday, June 17 at 3 in the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main Street, Stamford.  We hear from Kara LaMoure, the bassoonist of the Houston-based ensemble, about music that has been written especially for them, and the great amount of touring and educational work they do.  

Photo credit: WindSync

Three One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams

Know Theatre presents three rarely-performed plays by Tennessee Williams: ’27 Wagons Full of Cotton’, ‘The Pretty Trap’, and ‘Interior: Panic’. Director Tim Gleason talks about the poetry of Tennessee Williams’ dialogue and how these plays pull back the curtain to reveal more about Williams’ craft of creating characters.

Handbags — which are not examples of the "Sam" mentioned below — hang on display in the window of a Kate Spade & Co. store in Corte Madera, California, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

This New Yorker’s First (Real) Kate Spade Bag

Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon remembers saving up for her first Kate Spade bag as a young New York music student. Yes, it held her Russian novels — but it also represented something more.

Open House Event at WSKG

You’re invited to WSKG Studios on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Join us at this community event as we celebrate public media and fifty years of WSKG TV. Nature Cat will make appearances and children will also enjoy PBS KIDS activities. Enjoy vintage WSKG photos & equipment display, watch previews of upcoming PBS shows, and vote for your favorite book from The Great American Read. Play other public media-inspired games and be sure to take your photo at the ‘Selfie Spots’ throughout the station! Musical performances will include Chocolate Music with WSKG’s Sam Goodyear (10:30, 11:30, 12:30) and special guests Alexei Aceto (10:15 & 11:15) and Kidbess (12:15 & 1:15).  WSKG’s President & CEO Greg Catlin and special guests will make remarks in the TV Studio at the top of each hour. This family-friendly event is free and open to all.

Fresh Air’s Maureen Corrigan on Being a Book Critic

‘Fresh Air’ book critic Maureen Corrigan will be speaking at the 2018 Women’s Fund Breakfast hosted by the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York. She joins us by phone to tell how she became book critic for ‘Fresh Air’, how many books land on her front porch every week, and what it is like to discover a great book by a previously unknown author.

Music of Johannes Brahms is Featured with the Downtown Singers

The Downtown Singers, led by Kristina Ruffo, present their Spring Concert.  This year it features the music of Johannes Brahms.  We hear from conductor Kristina Ruffo about the works, as well soloists Timothy LeFebvre, Michelle Thompson, and Erik Thompson.  

Photo credit: Downtown Singers

It’s a Life-or-Death Situation in a Comedy in Owego

Harry Segall’s comedy ‘Heaven Can Wait’ takes the stage performed by the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players.  Director Linda Fenescey and actor Kerry Kane are on hand to talk about the prize-fighter who refuses to believe he has died.  It turns out that it was just a clerical error, but putting things right proves difficult…and hilarious.

A Jazz Legend Carries on his Father’s Legacy in Geneva

The Geneva Music Festival presents a wide range of music and various venues in and around Geneva. We hear from jazz legend, drummer T.S. Monk, who will be performing with his sextet at the Smith Opera house. The son of Thelonious Monk, he tells the amazing story of how he first approached his father about wanting to become a drummer — and what happened next.  

Photo credit: courtesy Geneva Music Festival

Jason Mraz on Ask Me Another.

Jason Mraz: A Return To New York

Mraz recounts the palm reading that led him to drop out of college and make music, and how Sara Bareilles brought him to the Broadway musical Waitress. Then we quiz this organic farmer on avocados.

Celebrating the Birthday of a Famous Horse

The Exterminator Extravaganza celebrates the famous racehorse Exterminator, at one time Binghamton’s most famous resident.  Bill Gorman joins us to talk about the First Friday event at Cooperative Gallery 213, and the Sunday, June 3 event at Temple Concord/Kilmer Mansion featuring music and a theatrical reading of ‘Old Bones the Wonder Horse’ by Southern Tier Actors Read. For reservations at the Sunday event, call 607/723-4620.

RSVP to WSKG’s ‘The Great American Read’ Event

You’re invited to WSKG Studios for a special event celebrating the new PBS series The Great American Read! Join us on Thursday, June 14th for a one-hour screening, mingle with literary-minded guests, and hear remarks from author and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me panelist Amy Dickinson.  

Partner organizations including Literacy Legacy Project, Lyceum, Riverow Bookshop, Four County Library System, and School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier East will also be on site throughout the evening. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Drama is on the BPO Program

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra presents music of Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in a concert on May 19th in the Forum on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.  The new Music Director, Daniel Hege, joins us to talk about this dramatic program featuring trumpet soloist Frank Campos.  

Photo credit: Alice G. Patterson

Free ‘Little Women’ Webinar for Teachers & Librarians

FREE Webinar for Teachers & Librarians, Grades 6-12
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7pm EST

Loved by generations worldwide, LITTLE WOMEN is a universal coming-of-age story. In this webinar for educators, we use the new MASTERPIECE adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN and partner with the Great Books Foundation to explore why the classic novel’s themes still resonate with audiences 150 years after its publication. This webinar will support English teachers and librarians grades 6-12 and offers:

A tour of the media-based resources on PBS LearningMedia, featuring key scenes from the MASTERPIECE broadcast
A discussion of Great Books Foundation’s shared inquiry technique to help students think critically about the novel and reflect on its relevance today
Q&A with resource developers

Register Now

A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all who attend the live stream. A recording link will be available. Registration is limited so please sign up today.

The Binghamton Philharmonic Celebrates the Variety of Music by ‘Magnificent Mozart’

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Hege presents ‘Magnificent Mozart’ on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 in the Forum, on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton.  Maestro Hege talks about the great variety of music that Mozart wrote and one astonishing harmonic discovery he made while preparing this concert.  

Photo credit: Alice G. Patterson

Class of 2018 Introduced At The World Video Game Hall Of Fame

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The fourth class of the Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame includes a game experts say helped launch the multi-billion dollar video game industry, and another that has changed the way people consume sports video games, and the way actual sports games are broadcast.

Two Lost Musical Treasures are Rediscovered

Conductor Gerald Wolfe joins us to talk about the two rarely-performed choral masterpieces that will be on the program of the next Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers concert on May 12th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

The Catskill Choral Society celebrates ‘The Seasons’

We hear from Catskill Choral Society music director G. Roberts Kolb who is leading them in two performances of Franz Joseph Haydn exuberant oratorio ‘The Seasons’. Maestro Kolb has produced a new English edition of the work.  

Photo credit: Catskill Choral Society

The Binghamton Community Orchestra Premieres New Work

Music Director Timothy Perry and composer Kristen Gilbert talk about the next concert by the Binghamton Community Orchestra. The concert is called ‘Our Town’, and features the ‘Triple Cities Suite’ commissioned by the orchestra.  

Photo credit: Binghamton Community Orchestra

The Singers of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton ‘Celebrate Singing’

Bruce Borton, conductor of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton joins us to talk about ‘Celebrate Singing: Madrigal Choir Favorites of the Past 40 Years’ and the task of winnowing down all of those favorites into a concert.  The choir has also commissioned a new work, and founder Anne Boyer Cotten will be at the concert conducting the last three works on the program.  

Photo credit: Madrigal Choir of Binghamton

Ithaca’s Multicultural Chorus Raises VOICES in ‘Songs of Hope’

The VOICES Multicultural Chorus performs ‘Great Expectations: Songs of Hope’ on Saturday, May 5 at 4pm in Ithaca’s First Baptist Church.  Music Director Lorrene Adams joins us to talk about the great range of sources and languages for this inspirational concert.  

Photo credit: Affiliated Choruses of Ithaca

A New Play Explores the History of a Binghamton Landmark

Playwright and director Elizabeth Mozer joins us to talk about her play ‘Castle on the Hill’, about the history of the Binghamton State Hospital, the residents, and the staff.  With her is actor Natalie DeBoer, who plays several roles in the play. It premieres this weekend in Watters Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on the Binghamton University campus.  

Photo credit: Binghamton University Theatre Department