On July 11, 1897, three brave men took off in a balloon in attempt to fly-over the North Pole. The real fate of this expedition would not be discovered for over thirty years. They were only the latest in a line of explorers who risked their lives in the brutal and unforgiving cold of the Arctic. Why did they do it? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with writer and biographer ALEC WILKINSON about his thrilling new history THE ICE BALLOON: S. A. ANDRÉE and the HEROIC AGE OF ARCTIC EXPLORATION.
Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates all these great soul artists born in Februray. You'll hear Smokey Robinson, Rick James, King Curtis, Barbara Acklin and many others. It all starts at 7pm!!
The West Indies meet West Harlem when Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express make a stop at the House of Swing. Alexander brings his disparate worlds and singular voice to explore the new 'Calypso bebop' - called "mento". He's joined by drummer Herlin Riley and bassist Hassan Shukar.
Former undercover cop and now master cake baker Carmello Oquando joins Al Vuona for a segment on the fine art of baking. Carmello who goes by the name "Cake Father" has just finished making an appearance on TLC's "The Next Great Baker". His one of a kind cake creations are in great demand and his passion for this craft is second on to his ambition. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for what promises to be a very sweet time.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference—to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Harriett Lebow, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for MetroWest and Greater Worcester, and Mike Wimberly, senior IS portfolio manager for supply chain at Staples, who is also president of the board of Habitat for Humanity. They talk about how the local business community is helping to build affordable housing for people in need.
With everyone texting, Twittering and on Facebook today, there can be little doubt that we live in the age of the incredible shrinking message. Being able to cut through the plethora of voices and posts we read everyday to get someone’s attention requires new rules of writing not found in Strunk and White. We are living in a world wide Algonquin Round Table and to get someone’s attention you need to be pragmatic, economic, witty and creative. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON, verbal branding consultant, blogger and author. His new book, MICROSTYLE: THE ART OF WRITING LITTLE, details this new “rhetoric for the web age” and is for anyone who texts, writes copy or designs a brand. Tune in and learn about the new rules for this new literacy. Johnson’s website is: http://www.thenameinspector.com
“When Facebook washed up on the shores of Trinidad, it felt as though someone in the United States, who had never heard of the place, had unwittingly invented an instrument that is the purest expression of Trinidadian culture.” Writes DANIEL MILLER, Professor of Anthropology at University College, London. His new book TALES FROM FACEBOOK examines how the new social media interacts and affects the complex culture of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. It some ways, Facebook , or Fasbook as Trinidadians call it, reinforces certain cultural values of community, but at the same time Fasbook also contributes to very particular notion of chaos or “baccahnal.” Tune in for some fascinating insights into how the new social media is interpreted used by other cultures.
After visiting Ethiopia in 2004 and 2011, the adventurous E/O (together since 1985) now improvises in the modes and rhythms of the country's music, on this multi-part suite. As an appetizer, Gershon adapts songs by Nerses Nalbandian, an Armenian who left a strong imprint on Ethiopian music. Thanks to Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Join Nick Noble for a little taste of history this Presidents Day week. Nick will be taking requests and playing fan favorites of songs that feature our nation's greatest men, including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy.
It's poetry and Jazz on Thursday's Jazz New England. Former U. S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky returns to the WICN studio, this time pairing his prose with the piano styles of Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood, the man behind the award-winning Kurt Elling sound. These two have been collaborating recently, will perform in New England this week and are sure to bring a little pizzazz to Jazz New England. Join us Thursday at 2 pm.
Chris Dingman is one of a small group of elite musicians keeping the role of vibraphonist/leader alive in jazz today. He cut his teeth at the Thelonious Monk Institute, and his album Waking Dreams was a surprise hit of summer 2011. Dingman performs his original tune, “Zanetta,” and duets with Weber on “Manhattan Bridge” and “Dolphin Dance.”