David and Art

Monday 4:44am, 6:44am, 8:44am and 5:44pm

Art reveals the world to us in new ways.  On KWBU, we have a new weekly feature focusing on art.

The module is hosted by David Smith, an American historian with broad interests in his field.  He’s been at Baylor University since 2002 teaching classes in American history, military history, and cultural history.  For eight years he wrote an arts and culture column for the Waco Tribune-Herald, and his writings on history, art, and culture have appeared in other newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to the Dallas Morning News.

The very first record he remembers listening to when he was little was Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic’s recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and that set him on a lifelong path of loving music and the arts.  He’s loved history for almost as long, and finally saw them come together in his career.  He believes that history illuminates the arts and the arts illuminate history—that they co-exist and are best understood together.

Follow David on Twitter @DavidASmith12

David and Art - "Engaging with Art"

Oct 8, 2018
Joe Riley

It's hard to get the full experience of art when you're to distracted to pay attention. 


David and Art - "The Venice Biennale"

Oct 1, 2018
Joe Riley

After a long delay, we now know who will represent the U.S. at the premiere art festival in Venice, Italy next year. It was worth the wait. 


David and Art - "Gershwin"

Sep 24, 2018

Remembering one of the greatest and most innovative composers in American history.


David and Art - "Naval War College"

Sep 17, 2018

A look at how one of the US military schools uses art to shape its graduates.


David and Art - "Presidents"

Sep 10, 2018

Presidents can influence public perception of the arts by their policies and even their talents.


David and Art - "Banksy"

Sep 3, 2018

A painting on the side of a building can sometimes be a work of art worth celebrating and saving.


David and Art: Music from the Past

Aug 27, 2018

Hearing music from the past can draw us into history and remind us that it's not so different from our lives today.


This week marks the 100th birthday of one of the most celebrated musicians in American history.


David and Art : Documentaries

Aug 13, 2018

Documentary films can be an effective way of coming to understand artists, even difficult ones.


David and Art : Rooted in Place

Aug 6, 2018

For art, sometimes being in the room where it happened is the way to connect with an artist.


David and Art - "Defining Modern"

Jul 30, 2018
Joe Riley

Sometimes knowing what a single word really means can open up the art world for us.


David and Art - "Learning Drama"

Jul 23, 2018
Joe Riley

We can all play a role in introducing someone else to the arts that we love.


David and Art - Abraham Lincoln

Jul 16, 2018
Joe Riley

Being intellectually curious is the best way to begin understanding art more deeply.


David and Art - Jules Bledsoe

Jul 9, 2018
Joe Riley

Cities should use the arts to remember their most famous artists.

David and Art - "Independence Day"

Jul 2, 2018
Joe Riley

David discusses the artists that come to mind when we talk about the 4th of July holiday. 


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