022: La Forza del Destino

Luciano Pavarotti sings “La donna è mobile” from Verdi’s Rigoletto.

The story of how a united Italy was born in the nineteenth century.

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Fanfare

Overture to La Forza del Destino (“The Force of Destiny”)
Composed in 1862 by Giuseppe Verdi. Public domain.
Performed by the University of Chicago orchestra and used pursuant to a Creative Commons license. Details

“La donna è mobile” (“The Lady Is Fickle”) from Rigoletto
Composed in 1851 by Giuseppe Verdi. Public domain.
Performed by Enrico Caruso. Public domain recording. Source.

Overture to Nabucco (“Nebuchadnezzar”)
Composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi. Public domain.
Performed by the DuPage orchestra and used pursuant to a Creative Commons license. Details

 

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021: A Man, A Plan, A Canal—Panama!

1902 Washington Post political cartoon on Theodore Roosevelt's bear hunting trip.
1902 Washington Post political cartoon on Theodore Roosevelt’s bear hunting trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We return to the United States this week to examine more of the issues confronting Theodore Roosevelt’s administration: Are American soldiers committing war crimes in the Philippines? The signing of a treaty with Nicaragua Colombia Panama to build a canal across Central America. A coal strike that threatens to leave Americans in the cold during the 1902 mid-term election. And the burning question of whether Theodore Roosevelt is really all that great a hunter.

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Opening Theme

Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”)
Composed in 1893 by Antonín Dvořák. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

Coro di zingari (“Anvil Chorus”) from Il trovatore
Composed in 1853 by Giuseppe Verdi. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

“The Teddy Bears’ Picnic”
Composed in 1907 by John Walter Bratton. Public domain.

 

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020: Heart of Darkness II

Roger Casement
Roger Casement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Leopold’s claim to the Congo is recognized by the Western nations, and he sets to work to extract as much money from the Congo as possible, with no regard for the lives or welfare of the people living there, until he is exposed by Roger Casement, the British consul in the Congo.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Trois Odes Funèbres (Three Funeral Odes)
Composed in 1866 by Franz Liszt. Public domain.
Performed by Mauro Tortorelli, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons license. Details.

Closing Theme

 

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019: Heart of Darkness I

Detail of central Africa from an 1872 map of the world. Note the "unexplored region."
Detail of central Africa from an 1872 map of the world. Note the “unexplored region.”

King Leopold II of Belgium, unsatisfied with reigning over “a small nation of small people,” decides what he really needs is a colonial empire to call his very own.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Trois Odes Funèbres (Three Funeral Odes)
Composed in 1866 by Franz Liszt. Public domain.
Performed by Mauro Tortorelli, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons license. Details.

Closing Theme

 

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018: The Spectre Haunting Europe

Adolescent boys working the midnight shift in a glass works in Indiana, USA, in 1908.
Adolescent boys working the midnight shift in a glass works in Indiana, USA, in 1908.

The stark economic inequalities of the era inspire a new political movement.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Academic Festival Overture
Composed in 1880 by Johannes Brahms. Public domain.
Performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra. Public domain. Source.

Closing Theme

 

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