Today, we bring you the final story in our series Makers and Menders: profiles of people who use their hands to create useful goods. So far, we've met a long-time Flagstaff wood worker, visited a family-run welding shop and met a creative, savvy seamstress. Today, writers and producers Michael Collier and Rose Houk introduce us to a Flagstaff bicycle maker who pursues his craft with remarkable determination.
Many people around the world will observe Good Friday today. And for some, there will be a specific piece of music associated with it: Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion. It's a dramatic 3-hour oratorio about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and for centuries it's been performed on Good Friday. But with concert attendance dwindling in recent years, some in the classical music world are hoping to recruit a younger, more tech-savvy audience. Tim Smith is a music theory professor at Northern Arizona University and he's co-developed a website called The Digital Bach Project. It's a multi-media, multi-lingual site focused solely on St. Matthew Passion. Tim Smith spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl about the project.
The United States is the only country in the world that was founded on the idea of "the rights of man". That's according to Jim Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Leach will give a lecture tonight at Northern Arizona University. And he spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Constance DeVereaux about the power of the humanities.
Today, we continue our series Makers and Menders; stories about people who use their hands to create useful goods. So far, we've met a long-time Flagstaff wood worker, and we've also visited a family-run welding shop. Now, writers/producers Michael Collier and Rose Houk introduce us to Jenn Jones, a seamstress with a deeply creative flair.
This month, KNAU has brought you a series called Building Hope in Haiti: stories about a group of volunteers from Flagstaff who continue to do relief work in Haiti 3 years after a powerful earthquake struck the tiny country. Today, we bring you the final story in our series. We return to an orphanage near Port au Prince where volunteers are rebuilding a containment wall destroyed by the quake. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl reports, the wall is not only bringing safety to dozens of vulnerable children, it's also creating a few jobs for Haitians desperate for work.
Bike wheels are turning on the campus of Northern Arizona University, but not just for exercise. The eco-pedaler uses human power to charge portable electronics. Arizona Public Radio's Janice Baker reports.
Unassuming shops and garages lie south of the tracks in Flagstaff. Inside, there's the clank of metal, the smell of wood and the beauty of raw fabric. People are using their hands to create useful goods. In the series Makers and Menders, Michael Collier and Rose Houk highlight this way of making a living and a life. Today, they introduce us to Frank Mayorga and the welding shop his father started 50 years ago.
Roller derby began as a form of cheap entertainment during the Great Depression. By the 1950's, it had become an iconic sport - part athleticism, part spectacle. Back then it was a co-ed sport, but fast forward to today, and roller derby is played predominantly by women. Arizona Public Radio Intern Sarah Kolb reports on derby's modern revival - a combination of sport, kitsch, rock n' roll and feminism.