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Introductions is WFMT’s weekly Saturday morning program that features talented pre-college classical musicians in the Chicago area. Soloists and chamber ensembles perform live in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio. Large ensembles, including orchestras, choirs, and bands, are recorded at their home venues and broadcast at later dates. The program also features youth music competition winners. While many students who appear on Introductions pursue other careers, some have gone on to study music ...
 
Big Rolodexx is an interview based podcast about business, entrepreneurship, mindset, leveling up and growth. Getting out of your comfort zone and creating anything requires courage, compassion and connections.Big Rolodexx is a black book, rolodex of those business and creative connections to help encourage, empower and inspire you to get to your NEXT LEVEL. Based in Los Angles, New York and London.
 
Ask. Share. Connect. Ice breakers vs iceberg breakers: it takes the right kind of question to prompt conversations that expose people's values, experiences, ideas, and great minds, because knowing a lot about someone is not the same as truly knowing them. Listen as host Kirsten Mancosky goes beyond introductions with guests through her ever growing list of questions.
 
Listen to the Paw Perfect Introductions podcast and learn how to successfully introduce a new furry member to your family. Cathy Beer, Pets4Life will be chatting with renowned animal behaviourist and talk show host (radio 2UE) Dr Joanne Righetti about how to do 'paw perfect' introductions between cats, dogs, babies and children - we will cover every combination we can think of!
 
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Having struggled with social anxiety my entire adult life: I believe it takes an extraordinary amount of courage to create anything including yourself. This podcast is about breaking the box that you are in and creating more for yourself in life, business and ultimately having more of an impact on the world around you and then changing the world. T…
 
In this episode, Susan Mizruchi introduces American author Henry James, who created a unique body of fiction that includes Daisy Miller, The Portrait of a Lady, and The Turn of the Screw. Learn more about “Henry James: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/henry-james-a-very-short-introduction-9780190944384 Susan …
 
In this episode, Andrew Copson introduces secularism, an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe that is more complex than simply ‘state versus religion.’ Learn more about “Secularism: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/secularism-a-very-short-introduction-978019874722…
 
In this episode, Sarah Harper introduces demography, the study of people, which addresses the size, distribution, composition, and density of populations, and considers the impact certain factors will have on both individual lives and the changing structure of human populations. Learn more about “Demography: A Very Short Introduction” here: https:/…
 
In this episode, Essi Viding introduces psychopathy, a personality disorder that has long captured the public imagination. Despite the public fascination with psychopathy, there is often a very limited understanding of the condition, and several myths about psychopathy abound. Learn more about “Psychopathy: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://…
 
In this episode, Kirsten Shepherd-Barr introduce modern drama, the tale of which is a story of extremes, testing both audiences and actors to their limits through hostility and contrarianism. Learn more about “Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/modern-drama-a-very-short-introduction-9780199658770 …
 
Today on Introductions is a rarity: a solo double bass recital. Nicholas Boettcher is Principal Double Bass of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras‘ flagship orchestra, a senior at Naperville North High School, and founder of The No Repeats Project. Nicholas is joined by Sooka Wang on piano. Nicholas Boettcher studies double bass with Andy Anderson an…
 
In this episode, Jonathon Green introduces slang. Slang has been recorded since at least 1500 AD, and today’s vocabulary, taken from every major English-speaking country, runs to over 125,000 slang words and phrases. Please note that this episode contains a few instances of explicit language. Listener discretion is advised. Learn more about “Slang:…
 
In this episode, Vlad Glăveanu introduces creativity, a term that emerged in the 19th century but only became popular around the mid-20th century despite creative expression existing for thousands of years. Learn more about “Creativity: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/creativity-a-very-short-introduction-978…
 
On Introductions this Saturday, 17-year-old Joanna Choe, a flute student of Hideko Amano. She performs music by Adolphus Hailstork and Philippe Gaubert; concerto movements by Mozart and Ibert; and the François Borne Carmen Fantasy. Thank you to Delmark Records for allowing WFMT to record in their Riverside Studios in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborho…
 
This morning on Introductions, we’re going live again: 17-year-old Harry Zhang delivers a solo recital of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Liebermann, and Prokofiev. Thank you to Delmark Records for allowing WFMT to broadcast live from their Riverside Studios in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Harry Zhang was the first-place winner of the 2020 Steinway P…
 
This week on Introductions, we profile eight young composers, all of whom participated in Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras‘ 2021 Composition Seminar. Under the tutelage of composers Eric Malmquist and Ben Hjertmann, participants had the chance to write for string quartet, and have their music recorded by ATLYS. This episode was produced by WFMT’s …
 
It’s a graduation special for Labor Day Weekend: we mark 18-year-olds who are now our alumni, having performed on Introductions in the past few years. Some are now majoring in music, some are majoring in other subjects, a few are double-majoring, one’s taking a gap year, and one’s enlisted in the military. It’s a great variety of music this week. P…
 
On Introductions this week, a veritable menagerie and miscellany of groups! Hailing from the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, Victor J. Andrew High School and Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, today’s episode has music from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We’ll hear seventeen teenage musicians across five groups – some playing in mor…
 
This week on Introductions, string quartets from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood and New Music School in Chicago perform music by Haydn, Schubert, Dvořák, Shostakovich, Ginastera, and Holland. Some of these young musicians have appeared on Introductions in the past: the same membership of the Ardente String Quartet appeared in August…
 
Today we feature 18-year-old Isabel Chen of Northbrook, a violin student of Almita Vamos. She performs some solo Bach, a Beethoven sonata movement, a short Kreisler piece, a recent work by Montgomery, and the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Thank you to the Music Institute of Chicago for letting WFMT record in Nichols Concert Hall, …
 
Today we hear from violinist Isabella Brown in her winner’s recital following her success in the 2020 Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artist Competition. She performs works by Johannes Brahms, Amy Beach, James Newton Howard and Henryk Wieniawski with pianist Milana Pavchinskaya. Thank you to the Music Institute of Chicago for letting WFMT record …
 
This week on Introductions, two chamber groups from two music schools, both of which reached the quarter-finals of the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Carmen Quartet is entirely made up of high-school senior fellows of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy; and the Golden Trio hails from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory wit…
 
151. What are your behaviors when you go into self-preservation mode? 18. What's different between you and most other people? In the spirit of Pride Month, listen to Taryn & Kirsten, who have only spent a week together in person 11 years ago, talk about heartfelt topics of self-acceptance and the bursts of smiles with topics like dogs, book, and co…
 
In this episode, Walter A. Friedman introduces American business history and its evolution since the early 20th century when the United States was first described as a ‘business civilization’. Learn more about “American Business History: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/american-business-history-a-very-short-…
 
In this episode, Peter Holland introduces the animal kingdom and explains how our understanding of the animal world has been vastly enhanced by analysis of DNA and the study of evolution and development in recent years. Learn more about The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/american-business-his…
 
In this episode Nick Groom introduces the Gothic, a wildly diverse term which has a far-reaching influence across culture and society, from ecclesiastical architecture to cult horror films and political theorists to contemporary fashion. Learn more about The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-gothic-…
 
In this episode, Michael Wert introduces samurai, whose influence in society and presence during watershed moments in Japanese history are often overlooked by modern audiences. Learn more about Samurai: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/samurai-a-very-short-introduction-9780190685072 Michael Wert is Associate P…
 
In this episode, Susan Blackmore introduces the last ‘great mystery for science’ – consciousness and the questions it poses for free will, personal experience, and the link between our mind and body. Learn more about Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/consciousness-a-very-short-introduction-978019…
 
11. What is your life philosophy? 137. How is your day today different from your day yesterday? One of Beyond Introduction's strongest supporters has earned his self-proclaimed title as "BI evangelist." Josh and Kirsten talk about Josh's perspectives and experiences in life as much as they talk about their approach to talking with people. Also, Abr…
 
In this episode, David Gerber introduces immigration, one of the most contentious issues in the United States today which has shaped contemporary American life and fuels strong, divisive debate. Learn more about American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/american-immigration-a-very-short-introducti…
 
In this episode, Kathryn Kalinak introduces film music, which began as an accompaniment to moving pictures and is now its own industry, providing a platform for expressing creative visions and a commercial vehicle for growing musical stars of all varieties. Learn more about “Film Music: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.com/academ…
 
In this episode, Donald Wright introduces Canada, a country of complexity and diversity, which isn’t one single nation but three: English Canada, Quebec, and First Nations. Learn more about “Canada: A Very Short Introduction” here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/canada-a-very-short-introduction-9780198755241 Donald Wright is a specialist i…
 
In this episode, Jon Balserak introduces Calvinism, which has gone on to influence all aspects of contemporary thought, from theology to civil government, economics to the arts, and education to work. Learn more about Calvinism: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/calvinism-a-very-short-introduction-9780198753711…
 
93. What is something you're working on for yourself/personal development? 70. Are you an introvert or extrovert? After uncovering a number of common connections, OG Jonny D and Kirsten capture how two acquaintances share ideas and span conversation topics, from music to alma mater reminiscing to future aspirations.…
 
In this episode, Barbara Graziosi introduces Homer, whose mythological tales of war and homecoming, The Iliad and The Odyssey, are widely considered to be two of the most influential works in the history of western literature. Learn more about Homer: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/homer-a-very-short-introduc…
 
29. What's your favorite thing about people? 22. What is something you have learned about yourself? Originating from a serendipitous "meet cute" scenario at a concert, this couple shares with Kirsten of their relationship growth over their years of marriage, especially through the past year during being safe at home during the COVID pandemic.…
 
#4. What are your defining moments in life? #135. When was a time you felt doubtful at work? Marrying the BI voice with the BI look, today's episode is with the designer who created the rebranded logo and style of Beyond Introductions. Seth shares his reflections of what shaped him to emphasize work so strongly and his outlook about continuing to p…
 
151. What are your behaviors when you go into self-preservation mode (or how do you process emotions)? 152. How have you used your heart recently? Bringing you the latest in BI podcast development, this is the first episode with guests who are a couple. Travis & Chelsie, while being fantastic people individually, embody a great example of a flouris…
 
In this episode, Jim Fraser introduces forensic science, a subject of wide fascination and importance, as a criminal case can often hinge on a piece of evidence like a hair, a blood trace, half a footprint, or a tyre mark. Learn more about Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/forensic-science-a-v…
 
#64. What are three things you want someone to take away from a first impression of you? Another popcorn episode - just one question with multiple people sharing their great minds. Take a listen at the short snippets of the thoughts for how people desire to be initially perceived (and the deep thought that goes into the answers).…
 
In this episode, Anthony Pereira introduces modern Brazil, a country associated in many people’s minds with conviviality, sensuality, and natural beauty yet is still something of an enigma. Learn more about Modern Brazil: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/modern-brazil-a-very-short-introduction-9780198812081 An…
 
In this episode, Andrew Davies introduces projects, a temporary organization and one-time process established to achieve a desired outcome which now shape the human-built world in which we live, work, and play. Learn more about Projects: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/projects-a-very-short-introduction-97801…
 
In this episode, Hermione Lee introduces biography, one of the most popular, best-selling, and widely-read literary genres. Learn more about Biography: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/biography-a-very-short-introduction-9780199533541 Dame Hermione Lee is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at W…
 
In this episode, Marina Warner introduces the fairy tale, a form of literature that has had the power to enchant us and spark our imaginations for hundreds of years. Learn more about Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/fairy-tale-a-very-short-introduction-9780199532155 Marina Warner is a writer, histo…
 
109 When was the last time your life changed in a single day? 87. If you were to create a music festival, what bands would you bring in? This episode is a great example of how people circle in and our of life in amazing ways! Take a listen to how once-upon-a-time neighbors actually get to know each other and how Pat has applied the BI questions to …
 
In this episode, Laura Marcus introduces one of the most popular written forms, the autobiography, form that offers understanding of the ways in which lives have been lived and fundamental accounts of what it means to be a self in the world. Learn more about Autobiography : A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/aut…
 
In this episode, Paul Klenerman introduces the immune system, central to all human health and area of continual focus in medical research. Learn more about The Immune System: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-immune-system-a-very-short-introduction-9780198753902 Paul Klenerman is Wellcome Trust Senior Clini…
 
In this episode, Kimberly Reynolds introduces children’s literature, which not only encompasses picture books, pop-ups, and novels, but has modernised to also include online games and eBooks. Learn more about Children’s Literature: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/childrens-literature-a-very-short-introduction…
 
In this episode, Catriona Kelly introduces Russian literature centred around the figure of Alexander Pushkin that permeates into national culture. Learn more about Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/russian-literature-a-very-short-introduction-9780192801449 Catriona Kelly is a Professor of Ru…
 
#21. What is a common misconception people have of you? It's the first popcorn episode of the new season! Just one question with multiple people sharing their great minds. Take a listen at the short snippets to both new and familiar voices about times when people's perceptions of the guests don't line up with the reality of who they are.…
 
In this episode, Joachim Whaley introduces the Holy Roman Empire, once described by Voltaire as ‘neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire’, as its history and significance is often misunderstood. Learn more about The Holy Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-holy-roman-empire-a-very-short-introduct…
 
In this episode, Dana Arnold introduces art history, which encompasses the study of the history and development of painting, sculpture, and the other visual arts. Learn more about Art History: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/art-history-a-very-short-introduction-9780198831808 Dana Arnold is Professor in Art H…
 
In this episode, Julian Baggini introduces atheism, wrongly considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief characterized by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. Learn more about Atheism: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/atheism-a-very-short-introduction-978019280424…
 
In this episode, Julia Simner introduces synaesthesia, a neurological condition that gives rise to a ‘merging of the senses’, in which words can be tasted and colours can be heard. Learn more about Synaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/synaesthesia-a-very-short-introduction-9780198749219 Julia Simner …
 
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