RHODcast: Jul 2, 2020
Not only has Keith Lockhart been conducting the Boston Pops for nigh on 26 years, he is a frequent visitor to Europe and is Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The Pops’ swift way of adapting to Covid, with an at-home performance of John Williams’ Summon the Heroes plus Keith’s Atlantic-crossing appeal make him a natural first subject.
Once upon a time, when newspapers were delivered to almost every home, lots of British kids also got a weekly comic. It was the best day of the week. For me it was a Thursday, which also meant there were only 2 more days of school before the weekend.
In the same almost-the-weekend spirit, look out for new RhodCASTs every other Thursday in your queue at Apple, Spotify, or that other one you like. Next week’s features the Liverpool actor and comedian Les Dennis and the writer Tony Staveacre talking about their successful YouTube revival, “Jigsy”.
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An extraordinary gamble in early 2020 made RICK BOYD rich. But since we spoke back in March of 2021, it’s been a torrid spring for Bitcoin investors. Would you be OK with it? Is he? And whatever happened after HEATHER CAIRNS realized some of the torrent of wealth that came her way when Google went public? It’s all about risk, after all.
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One hot day in June, Rhod joins BETTE HUNT, the emeritus historian of Marblehead, Mass. for a walk through the town’s almost 400 year old graveyard. Old Burial Hill connects the living with the dead in some strange ways as they discourse on Thornton Wilder’s famous play, George Washington’s favorite general, the Marblehead woman convicted at the Salem witch trials and the fairly undiscussed existence of a “negro” burial site in this quintessentially Yankee town.
The BBC’s New York correspondent sees the USA that so excited him as a youth sapped of vitality, politically divided against itself but in an old saying, always headed to hell and never getting there. When America Stopped Being great merges Bryant’s reporting experiences with a historian’s perspective in a way which, as the Washington Post said, gives foreign laments a fresh arc.