How many pianos does it take to celebrate Charles Ives?

The pioneer in avant-garde music is being celebrated at the New England Conservatory with a series of concerts marking his 150th birthday. Today on The Culture Show, host Jared Bowen is joined by NEC’s Stephen Drury for a preview of a series of concerts marking the occasion.

From there, Sarah and Angelina Grimke are admired in American history for rejecting their privileged lives on a plantation in the south to become activists in the North. Their pamphlets evangelizing anti-slavery were among the most influential of the antebellum era. They are still read today. What also endures was an omission from the Grimkes’ family portrait: their Black relatives. That was until Tufts University history professor Kerri Greenidge made a course correction with her book "The Grimkes," which focuses on the Black members of the Grimke family. Greenidge joins the show today to talk about her work.

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