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Monday, January 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

Christian McBride looks back on many of the legends we’ve lost this year, and we celebrate with rarely heard performances from Bobby Hutcherson, Toots Thielemans, and others.

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 10:30pm

In his new book "War Against War" best selling author and historian Michael Kazin tells the story of Americans who tried to stop their nation from fighting in one of history’s most destructive wars and then were hounded by the government when they refused to back down. In the riveting "War Against War", Michael Kazin brings us into the ranks of the largest, most diverse, and most sophisticated peace coalition up to that point in US history. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Michael Kazin.

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Kelly Porter, chief people officer of Harmless Harvest, about whether the food industry is ready to go beyond Fair Trade. This episode aired originally on October 30, 2016.

As consumers, we are familiar with the “Fair Trade” label on food such as coffee, tea and chocolate—which means farmers received a fair price for the goods they harvested. More recently, food companies have begun to focus on “Fair For Life” certification—which goes beyond fair prices to include fairness in treatment and long-term investment in farming communities.

Only 500 organizations worldwide have received the Fair For Life certification—one of them being San Francisco's Harmless Harvest, a company specializing in organic, great-tasting and sustainably farmed coconut water. 

Fair For Life certification is a badge of honor that represents the highest ethical standards in product safety, environmental sustainability and fair wages and working conditions for employees throughout the product's supply chain. 

Harmless Harvest gets its coconuts from rural communities in Thailand—and has made a powerful impact on these farming communities. Key annual Fair For Life statistics for Harmless Harvest include:

  • 12 mobile health check-up clinics conducted in rural Thai communities in 2015 (an average of one per month)
  • 906 Thai locals examined by Harmless Harvest's mobile healthcare check-up unit
  • 200 farmers and factory workers sustainably employed by Harmless Harvest in Thailand
  • 386 school uniforms (required to attend classes) provided to 193 local Thai schoolchildren
  • Nearly $40,000 reinvested by Harmless Harvest in communities throughout rural Thailand

In the U.S., Thailand and beyond, Harmless Harvest reports that it “shows the power of an ecosystem-based business to return both profit and positive benefit for people and the planet (all while delivering a delicious and hydrating product).”

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 9:00pm

THOMAS THWAITES is a designer in London, where he ponders technology, science and futures research. One day he realized he was tired of all the worry and stress of human life and decided to try to become a goat. What happened next is told in his new book GOATMAN: HOW I TOOK A HOLIDAY FROM BEING HUMAN. The story is even weirder than you think. Tune in and see.

Walking through a city, we rarely look up. Tonight on Inquiry, my guest is writer JACK COOKE who goes one better. He goes up. Jack Cooke has a passion for climbing trees in and around London. Trees in parks, cemeteries, along rivers and even in those secret gardens London is famous for. Why should an adult take to the oak and cedar? Tune in and find out. Cooke’s unique book is titled: THE TREE CLIMBER’S GUIDE: ADVENTURES IN THE URBAN CANOPY.

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

Every year in January, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) convenes in New York City to bring its members of the arts community together.  APAP|NYC hosts more than 3,600 artists and performing industry leaders from the worlds of dance, theater, music, opera and family programing. Scott Stoner, Director of Programs and Resources talks with Bonnie Johnson about the non-profit's 60th anniversary and ongoing services including: APAP's Building Bridges, the Cultural Exchange Laboratory (CXL) as well as the convention's platform for showcasing jazz and its growing network.

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 7:00pm

The 10th Annual tribute show for those artists who passed away in the previous year. Host Nick Noble and special guest co-host will remember Leonard Cohen, Fred Hellerman, Oscar Brand, Maggie MacDonald, Glenn Yarborough, Lauren Cain, and many others.

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 6:00pm

Chasing epic sax player Jerry Bergonzi down is no easy thing, but well worth the effort. Jerry is an internationally lauded composer, tenor saxophone player, educator and Boston native. When you hear his music you will understand why Jerry receives gets rave reviews wherever he plays across the globe. We couldn’t fit all of Jerry’s music into just one program, so we invited him back for a second show. You will enjoy music from Jerry’s new CD Rigamaroll!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Jane Monheit’s longtime bassist, Neal Miner, has worked in many settings but especially enjoys playing with vocalists. His father, Bill Miner, was a jazz collector of the highest order.  Neal discusses the influence Bill had on shaping his love of jazz and his desire to pursue a music career.

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we look back on one of the most memorable years in history. We'll remember musicians who left this world; the best soul music releases and events that made us laugh, cry and shake our heads! It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

Ring in the holidays with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This week, Jazz Night in America breaks format: no stories or interviews, just a show full of good music. With guest vocalists Audrey Shakir and Denzal Sinclaire, Wynton Marsalis leads the orchestra through new arrangements of holiday classics. The set begins with an energetically swinging version of "Jingle Bells" — the perfect complement for cooking in the kitchen, wrapping gifts or decorating the tree.


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