The Cost of Cancer | Beyond the Report

On this Beyond the Report, we meet Lupe Cooks whose second cancer diagnosis left her with a six-figure medical bill. She’s a Lubbock native She’s found a community of support within the walls of this small church overlooking Buffalo Spring Lake.

“I Mentioned to my husband that I was having some pain in my right breast…and he was like you need to go to the doctor. You need to get that looked at. And I was like I don’t have a lot of time right now to be sick.”


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This Year's TTU Humanities Center Theme: Justice

Each year, the Humanities Center at Texas Tech chooses a theme on which to base lectures from guest speakers, film screenings, art exhibitions, and scholarly collaborations with those across various disciplines. The group’s board of advisors selects a theme. Last year’s was Play. This year it is Justice. Michael Borshuk, the center’s interim director and an associated professor of English, says the board’s 13 faculty members, himself included, picked the topic “The board is always looking for...

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Chuck Brown On World Cafe

Feb 3, 2011

Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go music, died in 2012. A year earlier, he'd stopped by World Cafe to discuss his 50-plus-year career and his last album.

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz

May 15, 2009

Marian McPartland recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.

"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. I enjoyed that session."

It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio. But given the marriage of keyboard masters Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, host Marian McPartland thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand the Piano Jazz format with two of today's most gifted players as her guests.

Hod O'Brien On Piano Jazz

Jan 26, 2009

On the drive from his home in Charlottesville, Va., to the Manhattan studios of Piano Jazz, pianist Hod O'Brien was inspired to compose an original tune in honor of the occasion. By the time he'd arrived, he'd worked out a swinging little ditty in his head, so he kicked off this session with a tune he called "Clarion for Marian."

"His playing was wonderful," recalls host Marian McPartland. "And I really enjoyed playing on Charlie Parker ['Now's The Time'] with Hod. I thought it came off very well."


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