Brian Clardy

Host of Café Jazz

Dr. Brian Clardy is an assistant professor of history and Coordinator of Religious Studies at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. His academic research hs been published in "The Tennessee Historical Quarterly," The Journal of Church and State," and "The Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives."

His academic interests are primarily in 20th Century Diplomatic History, American politics, and the social and political protest movements of the 1960s. While living in Chicago, Clardy was a regular columnist for “Newtopia Magazine.” He was a member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and an auxiliary volunteer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He is also a regular contributor to the WKMS 91.3FM weekly radio program, “The Eisenhower Hour,” and he is a frequent commentator to the station on such issues as U.S. foreign policy and the development of American jazz. Clardy is also a licensed preacher in the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. Living in Murray, Kentucky, Brian enjoys golf, cooking, jazz and classical music (especially Mozart).

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Prominent political journalist Gwen Ifill died Monday at the age of 61. Ifill was the first African-American woman to host a major political television talk show, when she took the helm of Washington Week in Review in 1999. In 2013, she was named co-host of PBS News Hour. Murray State University history professor and commentator Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on his personal connection with Ifill and her legacy.

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Nashville-based jazz guitarist and Murray State alumnus Ben Rice has a new album out called, "Seeds." Café Jazz host Dr. Brian Clardy caught up with Rice after a recording session with his band and they talk about his influences, his new album and some thoughts on the holiday season.

O ver this past summer, long-time public radio host Garrison Keillor announced his retirement from A Prairie Home Companion, in a slow transition during their 2015-2016 season. His replacement is singer and mandolinist (and for a time a Murray State student) Chris Thile best known as part of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. Commentator Dr. Brian Clardy grew up listening to A Prairie Home Companion and says the change prompts him to reflect on other transitions in life.

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Note: The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the commentator and don't necessarily reflect the views of WKMS. As world leaders and U.S. presidential candidates react to the historic agreement between P5+1 countries including the United States and Iran regarding their nuclear program, Murray State history professor with a focus on diplomatic history Dr. Brian Clardy weighs in with his thoughts on the deal putting into context events of the late 1970s and mid 1980s.

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Murray State welcomed NBC News' Chuck Todd to campus Tuesday for their Presidential Lecture Series, sponsored by the President's Office, Student Government Association and the MSU Foundation. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on the annual series and his formative years as a "political junkie" attending University of Tennesee at Martin.

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When Brian Clardy previously spoke with jazz vocalist Solitaire Miles , we were introduced to her music on the albums "Born To Be Blue" and "Melancholy." Also, her paintings and thoughts on the future of jazz as an art form. We welcome her back to Cafe Jazz to learn about her new project, Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas , merging western swing and vintage jazz in the style of Patsy Cline, Patty Page, Mary Ford and Kay Starr. We learn how she became interested in the genre, similarities between western swing and jazz, how audiences are reacting to her latest work and her holiday wishes.

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Sybil's career as an R&B singer began in the mid 1980s and took off in 1989-1990 with her covers of Dionne Warwick's "Don't Make Me Over" and "Walk On By," which reached numbers 2 and 3 on the US R&B charts, respectively. Her other hits include "The Love I Lost" and "When I'm Good and Ready" (which reached 3 and 5 on the UK charts). Her music has taken her around the world and eventually back to the US, where she now teaches a program geared towards educating under-serviced youth. Brian Clardy speaks with Sybil on Cafe Jazz about some insight into her career, her teaching methods and her thoughts for the holidays.

The 1964 United States Presidential Election between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater is regarded as both a landslide win for the Democratic Party, followed by Johnson's "Great Society" programs: the Voting Rights at of 1965 and the War on Poverty; and also the foundation of the conservative values of the modern Republican Party, leading to the "Reagan Revolution" in the 1980s. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on the legacy of the 1964 campaign for president, 50 years ago.

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On August 2, 2014, a record attendance showed up for the 134th Fancy Farm Picnic to hear with classic stump speeches from local and statewide politicians vying for the hotseat. Murray State history professor, commentator and political junkie Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this year's event, one week later and some of his impressions ahead of the November election.

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"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." - Fannie Lou Hamer This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign to open the polls to African-American voters in Mississippi, which became a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era. The summer marked a turning point in ending white supremacy in the state and decades of isolation in the Deep South for black voters ahead of the 1964 elections. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects back on Freedom Summer and its legacy 50 years later.

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