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

Joe Riley

High and low art - is there really a difference?  

Joe Riley

Should some of the oldest and grandest sculptures in the British Museum go back to a new museum in Athens?

Joe Riley

Does a museum have an obligation to return works of art to countries that didn't agree to give them up in the first place?

David and Art - Christmas

Dec 24, 2018
Joe Riley

It may look easy but it takes determination for a musical instrument to change a life.

David and Art - Learning the Classics

Dec 17, 2018
Joe Riley

How do we learn to like cetrain kinds of art that pop culture overlooks?  It may be by exposing young people to a wider world.

Joe Riley

Buying an original work of art is like nothing else you can purchase.  But, that doesn't mean it's difficult.

David and Art - Nutcracker

Dec 3, 2018
Joe Riley

For lots of Americans, a Russian ballet is as much a part of Christmas as packages under the tree.

Joe Riley

For some, a holiday tradition includes seeing a ballet company production of  the "Nutcracker." 

David and Art - Jazz

Nov 26, 2018
Joe Riley

Why is it that Jazz music is often regarded as one of the most distictively American art forms? 

David and Art - Thanksgiving

Nov 19, 2018
Joe Riley

During WWII, painter Norman Rockwell tried to portray one of Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and produced a work of art we can still be thankful for.

David and Art - "Emotions"

Nov 12, 2018
Joe Riley

Sometimes when we least expect it, we get a reminder that the arts are powerful enough to move us to tears.

Joe Riley

For veterans of war, whether 100 years ago or today, art can provide solace against the trauma of combat.

David and Art - Destroying Art

Oct 29, 2018
Joe Riley

Does owning a work of art bring any obligations to keep it safe?

David and Art - "Is Art Elitist?"

Oct 22, 2018
Joe Riley

Elite is a word that doesn't always go over very well in our culture, but shoul it be used to describe the arts? 

David and Art - "Provenance"

Oct 15, 2018
Joe Riley

How important is knowing who created a work of art? Does knowing change anything?