THE MUSIC & THE LEGACY OF THE ORIGINAL HIGHWAYMEN -- looking back at the half-century career of the 1960s folk group whose recording of "Michael" was the number one song in the world in 1961, and who performed their last concert together in 2008, some 50 years after they first joined forces.
R&B singer/songwriter James Ingram rose to prominence with the 1982 hit “Baby, Come To Me” (a duet with Patti Austin) and continued a string of successful partnerships with hit-makers including Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, and Barry White. He has been nominated for 14 Grammy awards, including a 1987 win for “Somewhere Out There.” This week Ingram shares the inspiration for his chart-topping collaborations.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with MICHELLE MAY, artist, designer and creator of the CIRQUE DU NOIR. The Cirque du Noir is a wonderful costumed art event held this year on October 27 here in the city. that helps raise money for the Worcester County Food Bank. Everyone comes dressed in black and there is food, an auction and a unique event called a live Art Fusion. Tune in and find out all the details about this fun and worthwhile event. NB: The artwork shown is by Scott Holloway, an artist participating in the Cirque du Noir.
A small piece of the Connecticut Charter Oak. A wooden chip cut from a railroad tie. A piece of cake from President Roosevelt’s birthday ball. A magnifying glass and chads from Broward County, Florida. All of these mementos can be found in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Division of Political History. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with WILLIAM L. BIRD JR., curator and historian at the Smithsonian about his new book SOUVENIR NATION: RELICS, KEEPSAKES, AND CURIOS FROM THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY.
British bassist Dave Green and I recorded this conversation at the 2012 I LOVE JAZZ FESTIVAL in Brazil and discussed his long career playing with everyone from Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins, to his band with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.
It's The King of Soul's birthday!! Otis Redding was considered one of the greatest voices in soul music. His raw intensity, live energy and songs like "Try a Little Tenderness" "That's How Strong My Love Is" and of course, "Dock of the Bay" made him a star. Then it all ended with a deadly plane crash. Join host Tom Shaker as he remembers and celebrates the music of Otis Redding on Monday's Soul Serenade, starting at 7pm!
Saxophonist Joe Lovano, one of the foremost improvisers in jazz today, propels his double-drummer quintet – Us Five – into a polyrhythmic conversation and weaves inspired solos from the Allen Room. Us Five features Joe Lovano (saxophone), GRAMMY® winner Esperanza Spalding (bass), James Weldon (piano), Peter Slavov (bass), Otis Brown III (drums), and Francisco Mela (drums), plus special guests Lionel Loueke (guitar) and Judi Silvano (vocals).
It is crucial the we all have an understanding of personal privacy, secrecy, and government law-breaking. This week Al speaks with author Bill Arkin. In his new book AMERICAN COUP he explains the impact of the perpetual state of war on American life and society. Arkin talks about the Boston marathon tragedy, offer revelations about massive surveillance by the NSA, and unveil previously unknown history of emergency government and an executive assumption of ultimate control in the U.S. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Anna Maria College President Jack Calareso, who is also chair of the Board of Directors of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. They talk about maintaining college collaborations in a tough economy.
The 45-year-old Consortium has split into two entities: one, a non-profit continues the Consortium’s college-access program without any reductions; and the other, a scaled-down version of the Consortium’s member-services program. As the Consortium announced on March 14, the transition became official on July 1.
The Consortium's college-access program, which serves middle- and high-school students and low-income adults, remains in the Denholm building in downtown Worcester. For now, the member-services program is located on Anna Maria's campus in Paxton, and its new director is Jeanine Went.
Mark Bilotta, the Consortium’s CEO, continued in that role through June 30 and is now MECO's chair. Pamela Boisvert, the Consortium’s vice president for college-access services, now leads MECO.
The Consortium has an annual budget of about $4 million, of which about $3.5 million is for the government-funded college-access program. The rest, about $500,000, is for the member-services program.
Under the new arrangement, the annual budget for the college-access program remains about $3.5 million and the staffing remains at 28 full-time-equivalent employees. The new college-access program is called Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities Inc.
In addition, the member-services program retains the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium name. And it reduces its annual budget from about $500,000 to about $115,000 and cut its workforce from six FTE employees to one FTE employee.
The 12 Consortium members are: Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College, Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, UMass Medical School, WPI and Worcester State University.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON. He is the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies and professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His new book is STREAMING: MOVIES, MEDIA, AND INSTANT ACCESS . Professor Dixon declares that we are now in the “postfilmic era”, a time when movie film will no longer exist and all movies will be shot digitally. DVDs will also cease to exist as all films will be “streamed” and movie houses, those that are still extant, will only show digital copies of movies. But what are the implications of all of this for the art of film, the preservation of old films and how we watch movies? The answers are disheartening and a little bit frightening. Tune in and find out why.
Inquiry welcomes back WILLIAM WALLACE, Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum. Tonight Bill talks about the upcoming HARVEY BALL awards gala and the exciting WORCESTER IN THE 1960s exhibition. For more information about the Harvey Ball and the exhibition, go to: http://www.worcesterhistory.org/
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