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Better Than Monkeys

What (if anything) makes us—Homo sapiens—superior to (or at least distinct from) our close cousins, those happenin' haplorrhine primates? WQLN's premier podcast Better than Monkeys posits that it’s our forays into the arts and sciences that make us, well . . . human. BTM takes a deep-dive behind the scenes of the arts and sciences, alongside local luminaries working in both disciplines, in order to answer that unwieldy question: What makes us human? Listen below, and dig in to your humanity!

  • In an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Betty Buckley is probably best known as the quintessential musical theatre actress. In this episode of Better Than Monkeys, Brian Hannah interviews Betty Buckley. In 2012 Buckley was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame, where her name — engraved on the walls of the Gershwin Theatre — is forever linked with the greatest stars Broadway has ever produced, from its inception to present day.
  • This episode of Better Than Monkeys is part two of a two part series featuring MICHAEL SACHS, principal trumpet of THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA. Since 1988, Michael Sachs has held one of the premier positions in one of the world's premier orchestras, and on this episode of BTM, he shares his stories, his love of music, his love of sports and so much more. I'd love for you to join me, Brian Hannah, and Michael Sachs for this episode of BTM.
  • This episode of BETTER THAN MONKEYS is a follow up to WQLN NPR's Harry T. Burleigh week celebration in December. Burleigh, born in Erie, Pa in 1866 was instrumental in bringing the African-American spiritual into the mainstream of classical music thru his art songs and for bringing these spirituals to the attention of composer ANTONIN DVORAK who looked to them for inspiration in composing his SYMPHONY NO. 9, "From the New World." Burleigh's legacy lives on thru today's young African-American composers including todays special guest, Dr. Evan Williams. Evan brings us a performance of his composition "DEAD WHITE MAN MUSIC" featuring Thomas Cunningham and the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. Join us as we unpack his music, talk about the process of composing, discuss bringing new music to life and so much more on this episode of BETTER THAN MONKEYS!
  • My guest on this Halloween edition of BTM is author, journalist, consultant and EXORCIST, the PARANORMAL PASTOR, ROBIN SWOPE! Rev. Robin Swope is a Writer and has been a Christian Minister for more than 27 years in both Mainline and Evangelical Denominations. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Literature and finishing an M.Div. In Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis on Marital and Family Counseling. He has served as a Missionary to Burkina Faso, and has Ministered to the homeless in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. He is the founder and chief officiant of Open Gate Ministerial Services and former Pastor of St.Paul's United Church of Christ in Erie, Pennsylvania. Presently, he is the pastor of Bountiful Community Church, Bountiful, UT. He is also an author of 7 books, a freelance journalist for Examiner.com, has a column in the Tri-State Senior News and has also written for Fate Magazine.
  • This episode of Better Than Monkeys is part one of a two part series featuring MICHAEL SACHS, principal trumpet of THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA. Since 1988, Michael Sachs has held one of the premier positions in one of the world's premier orchestras, and on this episode of BTM, he shares his stories, his love of music, his love of sports and so much more. I'd love for you to join me, Brian Hannah, and Michael Sachs for this episode of BTM.
  • He published his first article in 1969, he’s an author of, or contributor to dozens of books. He’s been a consultant to programs such as NBC’s Unsolved Mysteries, A & E’s Ancient Mysteries, the History Channel’s In Search of History, the Discovery Channel’s In the Unknown and more. He also curates and operates the International Cryptozoology Museum located at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine. Today’s guest on Better than Monkeys, world re-known Cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman
  • On this episode of Better Than Monkeys, Brian pulls back the fascinating, sometimes sad, often funny, but until now, MYSTERIOUS veil surrounding the funeral business! Join Brian and special guests, Nancy Dusckas and Barbara Terrizzi of DUSCKAS FUNERAL HOMES, Inc. as they put the FUN back in FUNeral on this episode of BTM.
  • In this episode of BTM, we chat with Erie Philharmonic principal second violin Jonathan Moser. We cover how to create a diverse career in music, taking an audition, leading a section, the Suzuki string method and soooo much more! I’d love for you to join me (and Jonathan!) for part one of this two-part episode of Better Than Monkeys! You can connect with Jonathan on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/JonathanRMoser
  • Fresh on the heels of her SECOND Grammy Award nomination, this time in the best classical instrumental solo category, Yolanda Kondonassis finds time to chat with our Better Than Monkeys audience about her passion for the harp, her newest recording of the Jennifer Higdon Harp Concerto with Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, her passion for the environment, her skills as an author and educator, her not so secret love for her husband and her fixation with coffee and funky music!
  • On this episode of BETTER THAN MONKEYS, we get to spend a few minutes talking with a true legend in the music world. A platinum album selling songstress with more than 55 albums created over the course of her illustrious career, her recording of Joni Mitchell's BOTH SIDES NOW is in the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME and her recording of Stephen Sondheim's SEND IN THE CLOWNS won song of the year at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She is author, mentor, social activist and singer/songwriter, JUDY COLLINS.