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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Arts
4:29 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

A Cafe Jazz Conversation with Jazz & Western Swing Vocalist Solitaire Miles

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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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Arts
4:07 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

A Cafe Jazz Conversation with R&B Singer Sybil

Sybil Album Cover
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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.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Commentary: 1964 Presidential Campaign, 50 Years Later

Lyndon B. Johnson photo by Arnold Newman, White House Press Office (WHPO), Wikimedia Commons; Barry Goldwater, photo by Marion S. Trikosko, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons

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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Politics
10:32 am
Sat August 9, 2014

(Commentary) Fancy Farm 2014: One Week Later

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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Politics
12:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964

Students protesting in Mississippi
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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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Commentary
1:47 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

The Voice of Reason: Remembering Senator Howard Baker

Portrait of Senator Howard Baker
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Former Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker died last Thursday at age 88. Baker was one of the key players in Ronald Reagan's historic tax and spending cuts and was an influential member of the Senate committee that investigated the Watergate scandal. He served as US Senator from Tennessee from 1967 to 1985 and Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy remembers the Republican Senator as a voice of reason in the later half of the 20th Century.

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Culture
3:50 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

50 Years Later: The Sunday Night that Forever Changed Music

The Beatles arrive at JFK Airport
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Fifty years ago this Sunday (February 9, 2014), four mop-topped lads from Liverpool took to a television stage and changed the world. The Beatles made their stateside debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in three consecutive headlining performances to great anticipation and fanfare, drawing over 73 million viewers and launching the 'British Invasion.' Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on their first performance and its cultural impact over 50 years.

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Culture
10:41 am
Fri November 22, 2013

50 Years Later: Remembering the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

On this day 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a presidential motorcade through a plaza of onlookers in Dallas, Texas. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on his parents' memories of the day.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Commentary: Lessons from Recent Political History and the Matt Bevin Candidacy

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Late last week, the Senate Conservatives Fund announced an endorsement for Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his seat in the 2014 Primary. Bevin has already gained attention and support from Tea Party leaders and has, as commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy says, the advantage of recent political upsets on his side. 

The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the commentator and do not necesarily reflect the views of WKMS.

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Government
3:59 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Commentary: Obama's Foreign Policy Gamble

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In the same week Congress decides on whether or not to defund the Affordable Care Act and/or prevent a government shutdown, President Barack Obama made his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly, outlining the role of the United States in the Middle East and Worldwide. Commentator, Murray State History Professor and Foreign Policy Analyst, Dr. Brian Clardy examines the underlying message of the Presidents' speech and its potential challenges. Please note that the views expressed in this commentator are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

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