A tribute to the words and music of one of the great topical folksingers of the Folk Revival period, featuring an interview with Phil's sister, Sonny Ochs. Phil would have turned 72 this December.
With three Grammys to her credit, Lari White has carved out a multifaceted career as an award-winning recording artist, hit songwriter, producer, independent record-label owner and versatile actress. She's widely regarded as Nashville's "Renaissance Woman."
As the first female producer of a male superstar, White recently made music history by producing Toby Keith's platinum album White Trash With Money. Her songwriting credits include tracks for Tammy Wynette, Lonestar, Toby Keith, Sarah Buxton and Danny Gokey. She had a part in the blockbuster movie Cast Away, and made her critically acclaimed Broadway debut in Ring of Fire. White joins host Michael Feinstein to share her musical journey on this edition of Song Travels.
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback and jazz pianist Joey Harrington, discusses the important role jazz has played in his sports and musical life and the joy he gets from encouraging young boys (often against the pressure of their peers) to continue their piano pursuits, as well as their athletic adventures.
The telling of Ratatat Man begins in 1969 as Oliver Denton is settling into fourth grade at Saint Michael’s Parish School. Tapping the drum in the children’s Christmas choir gives the lad a bit of stability despite a precarious upbringing. Losing a dad to Vietnam and a mama to
despair, Oli finds himself in the care of his aunt. Yet, in the close quarters where the two live, he unwittingly finds himself in the cross-fire of a
troubled marriage between two neighbors. Did the beat of his drum create the perfect cover for the perfect crime? One thing for certain, the
memory of that December night follows him still. Now, in the nightclub scene of jazz and blues, Christmas, again, draws nigh. But this year, an unexpected friendship helps him to finally unwrap the truth.
This 54-minute play features stunning writing and voice actors, a wondrous children's choir, soulful sax, piano and original music to deliver a redeeming holiday message. In fact, all soundtrack performances were recorded exclusively for Ratatat Man.
Repeat broadcast on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 8am.
JOHN H. McCORMACK is a truly unique artist and landscape designer. Tune in tonight and learn about the stunningly beautiful Stuck gardens in Westport that he created, his projects in the Himalayas, his career in “wearable” art and what it takes to create a garden that is also a piece of installation art. To learn more about John’s art and gardening, go to his website: www.westportartandgarden.com
Note: the photograph by Sheila Carroll is of an uncommon SACHEM butterfly nectaring in the Stuck Gardens.
Play balll!!!! Writer and researcher JOHN FOX has written a fascinating and entertaining book that investigates why humans are so passionate about ball games. His research took him around the world to witness some amazing ball games. Tune in tonight and learn about the absolute chaos of ba’ which is played the day after Christmas in the Orkneys. John Fox also talks about the jeu de paume, the old predecessor to tennis, still played today. Finally Fox describes the incredible ancient Meso American ball game called ulama that was once played in elaborate stone courts throughout Central America. Fox’s book is titled THE BALL: DISCOVERING THE OBJECT OF THE GAME
The audience is so happy, they swarm the stage on New Year's Eve 2011. Wynton and his men (about a dozen) put early New Orleans jazz -- Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong -- front and center with a few brief and beautiful stories about the birth of jazz.
Inquiry welcomes back award-winning author and illustrator GRACE LIN. Her two new books are WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEETS THE MOON and STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY. These are complex wonderful imaginative novels profusely illustrated by full color plates and intricate drawings that echo Chinese paper cut art. Both books are inspired by traditional Chinese stories and culture, yet are also unique expressions of Lin’s imagination. Tune in and learn about how Grace Lin’s recent trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China inspired parts of her books and Grace even tells the listener how to eat with five-foot long chop sticks.
Have you ever wanted one good field guide to the birds, animals, flowers and plants of our area? One compact resource with state of the art illustrations that you could bring on hikes or keep in the car? Well, it’s here. The new KAUFMAN FIELD GUIDE TO NATURE OF NEW ENGLAND covers all that and much more including the constellations to the night sky, a basic guide to the shells and other invertebrates found along our coastline, and even the geology of New England. Tonight’s guests are the two authors of this wonderful guide: KIMBERLY KAUFMAN, Executive Director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio and contributing Editor to Birds and Blooms magazine. She is joined by KENN KAUFMAN, nationally known natural historian, author, and originator of the Kaufman Field Guide Series.
We revisit Judy’s conversation with the great-great grandson of the founder of Steinway and Sons Pianos, the late Henry Steinway, who discusses his long life in music, making the greatest piano in existence, and his unique perspective on what it takes to be the best.
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