An eclectic mix of songs from yesterday and today, with special in-studio guests Mardi Garcia and Friction Farm.
Why are Japanese game shows so funny to the Japanese but don’t seem so funny to Americans? What makes a New Yorker cartoon hilarious? What kind of humor is found in Palestine? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist and writer JOEL WARNER. Together with Peter McGraw, Ph.D, a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, they decided to explore what is funny around the world and discover if humor translates from one culture to the next. His stories from the field are collected in THE HUMOR CODE: A GLOBAL SEARCH FOR WHAT MAKES THINGS FUNNY. It was one wild and crazy trip. Tune in and find out why.
Why are some species of birds increasing in numbers while other species numbers are declining? What are the factors that influence a bird’s population? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with IAN NEWTON, ornithologist, applied scientist and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography. His new book BIRD POPULATIONS describes what we know scientifically about the avian population dynamics. Tonight we talk about how global climate change will affect bird distribution and migration and how severe winters, like the one we just experienced here in New England, affects bird numbers.
Bobby interviews Mack Avenue Superband.
Writer ARLO CRAWFORD grew up on his parent’s organic farm in rural Pennsylvania but left as soon as he could. He returned to the farm as an adult to work a season and better understand what his parents had accomplished in their decades efforts to grow fruits and vegetables in a business that is always uncertain and the threat from bad weather is always present. Tune in tonight when we talk about Crawford’s book about his season on the farm: A FARM DIES ONCE A YEAR: A MEMOIR.
Photographer and teacher ROBERT DAWSON traveled across the United States for 18 years photographing public libraries. What he found were unique, vibrant institutions that were crucial to their local communities. Some libraries were huge and imposing edifices built over a hundred years ago while other were single room make shift buildings. Too many have recently been closed. Dawson’s book THE PUBLIC LIBRARY: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY collects some of his most interesting photographs and combines them with essays written by people like Bill Moyers and Anne Patchett. Tune in tonight and celebrate these wonderful centers for knowledge and community.
Trumpet great Warren Vache discusses the realization of his life-long dream to play with strings, what makes a perfect jazz festival and how to accompany a singer.
The Rev. Green turns 68 this week! Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the life and music of one of the most beloved soul singers of our time. It all starts at 7pm!
After decades at the forefront of jazz, guitarist-composer Bill Frisell steps back to explore the roots of American songwriting. Accompanied by a trio of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, Frisell brings the music of Gershwin, Billings, Foster, and Ives to the stage of the Allen Room.
Year after year, the natural process of aging takes effect and often we start to see issues with our own memories and even more so with our older family members. Mild memory loss associated with aging is the leading cause of memory loss in the United States. It can start with simple symptoms such as misplacing your car keys or your cell phone or perhaps waking into a room and forgetting what you were doing. So what can be done to slow memory loss? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Neuroscientist and researcher, Mark Underwood.
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Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.
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