Are there deep mythical themes to be found in popular literature as diverse as John Keel’s reporting on the Mothman creature, Charles Fort’s roll call of “damned” phenomena, John Uri Lloyd’s bizarre hollow earth novel “Etidorhpa” and Jack Kirby’s classic Silver Surfer and New Gods comics? Tonight we speak with JEFFREY J. KRIPAL. He is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. His latest wide ranging book MUTANTS AND MYSTICS: SCIENCE FICTION, SUPERHERO COMICS AND THE PARANORMAL looks at the metamyths and ages old religious themes and traditions that occur time again in modern popular literature, film and obsessions.
Have lobbyists in Washington impacted human population growth? This week Al is joined by Amy Harwood of the Center For Biological Diversity. They recently awarded the US Chamber of Commerce with the annual "Rubber Dodo" award for blocking efforts to initiate new laws to preserve endangered animal species and address issues relating to human population growth. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM for a real eye opener.
As Worcester Mag reported in April 2011, “In 1998, Monsanto contacted Canadian canola farmer Percy Schmeiser, informing him that he was using their Roundup Ready canola seed in his fields without paying a yearly fee for it. The previous year, Schmeiser found a portion of his crop resistant to Roundup and harvested the seeds for future planting, claiming ignorance in regards to how it got there or knowing where it came from.
"Eventually, the property-rights versus patent-rights lawsuit (instigated by Monsanto) went to the Canadian Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 in favor of the bio-agricultural company, with the majority arguing that even if Schmeiser inadvertently planted patented seeds, he knew what they were when he harvested them for future use.
"The Public Patent Foundation is a non-profit legal-services organization that represents the public interest in the patent system – specifically, the public interest against undeserved patents and unsound patent policy.
"PUBPAT currently represents several chapters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, including NOFA Massachusetts, in a lawsuit against Monsanto relating to the agricultural giant's patents on genetically modified seed.
"In the lawsuit, PUBPAT is seeking a declaration that if any of NOFA's members are ever contaminated by Monsanto's GMO seed, Monsanto would not as a result be allowed to sue or threaten to sue them for patent infringement."
In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Daniel Ravicher, executive director of the Public Patent Foundation and a lecturer in law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does voluntary public-relations work for NOFA.
Back by listener request! A four hour celebration of the Folk Revival period, from 1948 (Burl Ives "Blue Tail Fly") to the early 70s (Pozo-Seco Singers "Time"), when folk music found its way regularly on to the Billboard charts. Featuring the aforementioned Mr. Ives, the Weavers, Harry Belafonte, the Tarriers, the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, the Brothers Four, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Joan Baez, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Bob Dylan, the New Christy Minstrels, the Serendipity Singers, the Rooftop Singers, the Singing Nun, the Brandywine Singers, the Cumberland Trio, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Melanie, the Pozo-Seco Singers, and a few surprises!
Tonight on Jazz Rhythm, special guest hosts Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker continue the musical portrait of the life of one of Jazz’s greatest voices.
Stephen Sondheim is undeniably the best-known living composer and lyricist working in the American theatre, having earned multiple Tony and Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. He was mentored by playwright Oscar Hammerstein II and studied theory with composer Milton Babbitt. This episode showcases a selection of tunes penned by Sondheim, including "Send In The Clowns, "Old Friends, and "I Wish I Could Forget, on which he sings and plays piano.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively discussion with visual artists LISA BARTHELSON, ROSE LEBEAU and CARRIE CRANE. They are three of the four artists featured in the exhibition ILLUMINATIONS at the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts. (The fourth artist Nina Fletcher was unable to be here for the interview). Each artist has interpreted the idea of “illuminations” differently and each is showing new work. Tune in tonight to learn about the visions and work of these three very different and visually compelling artists.
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(NB: pictured is a section of “Bolton Orchards” by Crane)
Guitarist/vocalist Matt Munisteri talks about drawing on jazz and western swing for his unique approach to playing and composing.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back cosmologist, writer, science consultant and broadcaster MARCUS CHOWN. His new eye-popping book is SOLAR SYSTEM: A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF THE PLANTS, MOONS, AND OTHER HEAVENLY BODIES THAT ORBIT OUR SUN, abook based on the popular app for the iPad, Tune in tonight as explore the weird and wild moons of Jupiter and Saturn. We also will learn why Pluto was downgraded to a mere dwarf planet and take a mind-blowing trip descending through the atmosphere of Jupiter. “The great thing about the solar system is that it continually confounds our expectations.”
The piano is 300 years old and from the time of its creation it has cast a spell over musicians and audiences alike. The piano changed the ways in which musicians toured and presented themselves to the public and the piano changed audiences expectations about presentation and showmanship. From Mozart’s first concertos to Jerry Lee Lewis’ incendiary keyboard techniques, the piano has captured the mind and soul of musicians and listeners all over the world like no other musical instrument. Tune in tonight for a wide-ranging talk with pianist and writer STUART ISACOFF. His latest fascinating and entertaining history is A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO: THE INSTRUMENT, THE MUSIC, THE MUSICIANS. FROM MOZART TO MODERN JAZZ AND EVERYHTING IN BETWEEN.