Programming Notes: April 2015

Apr 1, 2015

Lives Lost & Saved

Okay, so maybe the weather didn’t get the memo that spring technically began on March 20th, but that hasn’t stopped April from coming, and hopefully some snow drops and crocus will follow. This month we have a sound-rich array of specials to celebrate Passover and commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On the first night of Passover, April 3rd at 7PM, The Four Cups: A Celebration of Passover will take to our airwaves. During the hour, Violinist Itzhak Perlman and Klezmer Conservatory Band founder Hankus Netsky join WCRB's James David Jacobs to share music and memories of Passover from diverse traditions. Like the four cups of wine drunk during the Seder, the program is roughly divided into four sections.

The following week, on April 7th at 7PM, we’re featuring We’ll Be Here All Night: Stories for Passover. This one-hour special features funny, and thought-provoking stories and conversations that touch on the plagues, on slavery, on food, on the act of story-telling and more, and are meant to appeal to people of all religious (and non-religious) backgrounds. Hosted by Sara Ivry (Vox Tablet) and Jonathan Goldstein (WireTap, This American Life), the show’s contributors include Israeli writer Etgar Keret, DC food historian Michael Twitty, and radio producers Sally Herships (Marketplace), Debbie Nathan (This American Life), and Jonathan Groubert (The State We’re In).

On April 15th, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at 7PM we’ll revisit one of Alan’s most poignant interviews, In Conversation with Jaap Penraat. Throughout the hour, Penraat recounts how he risked his own life to save over 400 Jews during World War II by forging their working papers. Before his death in 2006, Jaap Penraat was awarded the Medal of the Righteous by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Heroes and Martyrs Remembrance Authority in 1998. According to the Israeli Consul General, "his name shall be forever engraved on the Honor Wall in the Garden of the Righteous, at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem". So, we will not only be remembering those lost in the Holocaust, but honor the lives saved as well.