Songwriters Marilyn & Alan Bergman are a legendary power couple in American popular music. Their work includes the themes for television programs Alice, Good Times, and In The Heat Of The Night. They have earned multiple Emmys, Grammys, and Academy Awards, including Best Original Song for “The Way We Were,” written with Marvin Hamlisch. And the hits keep coming, with a new, never before heard tune co-written with Feinstein, “There’s You,” which he sings on this program.
“We do not come from dust, nor do we return to dust” writes tonight’s guest internationally recognized scientist BERND HEINRICH in his latest book LIFE EVERLASTING: THE ANIMAL WAY OF DEATH. In the natural world every death helps nourish and feed other life. Tonight on Inquiry, Bernd Heinrich talks about the weird lifestyles of burying beetles, what happens when whales die and who scavenged the huge carcasses of dinosaurs. Don’t miss this conversation with one of the great writers about life on earth.
Banjoist Béla Fleck, discusses his work with Chick Corea and those 11 Grammies and 27 nominations!
There wasn't anything the "white queen of soul" couldn't sing. From pop to R'n'B, jazz to disco, Dusty's voice transcended it all. Born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, Dusty made her mark in soul music with her 1969 release on Atlantic Records "Dusty In Memphis." Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates her life and music this Monday. It all starts at 7pm!
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra try their hand at another book of classics - these standards include "Chicken Rhythm," "Three Blind Mice" and "Liza Jane." Wynton and the orchestra give a big band twist to children classics. Guest soloist 16 year old Grace Kelly (alto saxophone), 17 year old Carl Majeau (tenor saxophone and clarinet) and 13 year old Jonathan Russell (violin) join Wynton on stage. The perfect way to end the school year and start the summer.
In his latest book Watergate, author Thomas Mallon does a remarkable job of retelling the story of the Watergate scandal. Through a kaleidoscope of characters Mallon points out the highs and lows of the scandal as well as the comedic tragedy that was the Nixon administration. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a trip back in time.
Through Celebration of Smiles on April 21, members of the Professional Photographers of America had an opportunity to raise their business profile and heal a child through the art of photography. They did so by offering their clients and prospects the gift of a mini-session and 5x7 image in exchange for a $24 donation to benefit of Operation Smile, which is a charitable non-profit that works to transform the lives of children who suffer from cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. For each $240 raised by PPA members, a child in need will receive the gift of life-changing surgery.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Charlotte Bowles of CLB Photography and Laurie McDonagh of Laurie McDonagh Photography, who helped to lead the effort by local PPA members to raise awareness of the work of Operation Smile.
Bats have a bad reputation and are feared by many people. But bats are crucial to the health of our environment and many species are locally endangered for a variety of reasons. Inquiry welcomes back children’s book author MELISSA STEWART to talk about her wonderfully informative children’s book A PLACE FOR BATS, the fifth title in Stewart’s series of natural history books for young readers. Tune in and learn about how bats live and why you are not seeing as many bats as you did years ago.
Horatio Nelson once wrote: “I cannot command winds and weather”. But for hundreds of years, people have been trying to do exactly that: to make it rain; chase away storms and change the climate of our planet. Even today, certain geo-engineers are proposing vast schemes to alter our climate to stave off global warming. But as historian of science and technology, JAMES RODGER FLEMING, shows us, all these ideas about changing our weather are rooted in “hubris and tragedy”. Many of these climate altering schemes, new and old, are also quite bizarrely funny and farcical. Tune in tonight as we talk about shooting hail with crossbows; using cannons to bring rain and throwing vast amounts of chemicals into the ocean to change its color to prevent the planet from heating up. Professor Fleming’s vastly entertaining and important history of science is FIXING THE SKY: THE CHECKERED HISTORY OF WEATHER AND CLIMATE CONTROL
The former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra lead trumpeter -- now Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras -- is a Professor at Oberlin College. From Detroit, JazzTimes's Mike Shanley notes Sean's "ferocity and joy... starting a solo at a subdued volume and gradually building in intensity until he and the audience are wailing in appreciation.
Audrey Kurland-Marcy of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance joins host Ed Gardella to speak about Arturo's 3rd Annual Fusion Sunday featuring music by Elán with Ellen O'Brien. The event will take place at 50 E. Main Street Plaza in Westborough, MA on June 24 from 3-7pm, and all proceeds from the concert benefit cancer research and patient care at UMass Medical Center. Tickets to this event are available at Arturo’s Ristorante and Sapporo Korean BBQ & Sushi. Ed Gardella also interviews Boston-based vocalist Toni Ballard, who has been singing with big bands and in jazz settings in New England since 1979.
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