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B.B. King with Music Friday logo
Keith Chaffee, September 14, 2018

B. B. King was born on September 16, 1925. King was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was among the most influential blues musicians of all time, particularly for his skill on the electric guitar.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr
Keith Chaffee, September 10, 2018

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born on September 16, 1950. Gates is a literary critic, professor, and filmmaker whose work centers on genealogy and African-American history and literature.

Music Friday logo and Raymond Scott album covers
Keith Chaffee, September 07, 2018

It is an unusual career that crosses paths with Mary Martin, Berry Gordy, Bugs Bunny, and Devo, but they will all make appearances as we look at the life and music of Raymond Scott.

3 movie posters
Elizabeth Graney, September 04, 2018

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.

Hugo awards trophy
Keith Chaffee, September 02, 2018

On the weekend of September 5-7, 1953, the 11th World Science Fiction Convention was held in Philadelphia. At that convention, the first Hugo Awards were presented, honoring the year's achievements in science fiction and fantasy.

Graphic of Michel de Montaigne
Sheryn Morris, September 05, 2018

Panic and despair are the reactions of many students when asked to write an essay. It does not matter that so many of us are constantly communicating through social media, which is immediate and short in length. By contrast, the essay demands and requires time and thought.

Photos of Los Angeles residents with their banana trees
Keith Chaffee, August 27, 2018

August 27 is National Banana Lovers Day.

Photo of Leonard Bernstein and collage of his music
Keith Chaffee, August 24, 2018

Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918. One of the major figures of 20th-century American music, Bernstein was a composer, conductor, and educator whose celebrity extended far wider than was usual for classical musicians. In part, that was because he wasn't only a classical musician.

Collage of Alan Jay Lerner's Broadway musicals
Keith Chaffee, August 31, 2018

Alan Jay Lerner was born on August 31, 1918. Lerner wrote the scripts and lyrics for several classic Broadway musicals, finding his biggest success in collaboration with composer Frederick Loewe.

Photo of Dorothy Parker with husband Alan Campbell, actor James Cagney and Frances Cagney
Keith Chaffee, August 20, 2018

Even if you're not familiar with the name Dorothy Parker, you've probably heard some of her most memorable quips.