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Host Charles Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a frequent contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. His radio series' Historic Audio From the Archives of Charles Ruas and Conversations With Writers are treasures of our on-demand audio archive.

Radio Featuring Charles Ruas

A collection of recovered and restored programs produced by Charles Ruas at WBAI-FM, the Pacifica station in New York, in the seventies. Ruas is a distinguished author, scholar, and translator. His programs are a national cultural treasure.

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Chapters of Marguerite Young’s wonderful "Miss MacIntosh, My Darling", read by her contemporaries from the New York City literature, music, and theater communities in the late 1970s. All readings are underscored with music by artist Rob Wynne.

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Conversations with Writers

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154 Episodes

Host Charles Ruas in conversation with contemporary writers and poets, continuing a stream of intelligent discussion dating back to his legendary days at WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York in the seventies.

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John Cage + Morton Feldman: Impersonality

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Cage and Feldman seek to validate their work in a society of disposability and inathenticity. Siting the works of their predecessors, they see the artist as the one who diminished their own worth in society. They must now rely on the invisible.

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Charles Ives: The Hope for Expression

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

In the third segment of a series on the writings and music of the composer, he examines the will of the artist and that of a business man, questioning their motives as they relate to the output of their efforts as a matter of quality and reward.

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Charles Ives: The Minority Logic

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Ives brings together the discussions of Ruskin and Darwin, proffering questions about cowardliness and pride and challenging those who oppose the universal mind. Segments of his most influential performances introduce and conclude these propositions.

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Charles Ives: Who Makes War?

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Observation by a prophetic composer: “Who makes war? The people? No. The politicians.”
This proposition is one of a series... A collection of essays and musical installments of the work of Charles Ives, the genius composer of the early 20th Century.

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Karole Vail on Moholy-Nagy

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

A conversation with the co-curator of the expansive, mixed media Moholy-Nagy exhibition at the Guggenheim thru Sept. 7. Vail outlines the career and influence of Moholy, his techniques and innovation, and his remarkable futuristic vision.

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George Michelsen Foy, Finding North

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Conversations with Writers

Charles Ruas talks to the author and adventurer about Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human, his 2016 memoir that veers into personal and scientific analysis of what we use to find our way both to the moon and to the corner store.

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Susan Howe & The Women's Distribution Group (1977)

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Second wave feminism, Gay & Lesbian liberation, Socialism; poet Susan Howe in a 1977 conversation with a group of women who formed a publishers collective to further these ideas in the wake of the independent printing era, and before social media.

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Robert Wilson and Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach, Performed

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Clean. Elegant. Full of nuances and sequences. Listen in on a production of Wilson and Glass's internationally acclaimed opera. Identify the unique contributions of both composer and director. Hear how the work has since influenced countless others.

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Robert Wilson and Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach (1976)

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Wilson and Glass speak about the conception of and collaboration on their internationally acclaimed opera. They discuss the value they place on reaching new audiences by way of composition, visual structures, and venue. Recorded in 1976.

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V.R. Lang, A Memorial, Part 3: I Too Have Lived in Arcadia

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Ruas and Howe conclude their memorial for Bunny with an intimate audio production of her acclaimed play. Here, they're joined by members of the Off Off Broadway scene. Together they push the limits of radio, telling Lang's tale in a wondrous manner.

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Joseph Chaikin, Outtakes

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Listen in and get a peak inside the creative process of famed thespian and director, Joseph Chaikin. As part of the company, The Other Theater, he runs through a 1983 radio play, Night Voices -- a work that examines and explores the notion of sleep.

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V.R. Lang, A Memorial, Part 2

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

In 1975, Charles Ruas and Susan Howe produced a radio program celebrating the life of famed New York School poet, Bunny Lang. A 3-part special, this restored segment features readings and discussions with writers Dee Wells and James Merrill.

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