Vocalist Tammy McCann discovered jazz while she was an opera student in her native Chicago. She decided to apply her considerable vocal range to a broad palette of musical styles, touring as a backup singer for Ray Charles and with her own successful gospel ensemble. Host Jon Weber accompanies McCann on “Daydream,” “Why Was I Born,” and “Easy Living.”
Inquiry welcomes ROBERT TRIVERS, a Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. His new far ranging and fascinating book is THE FOLLY OF FOOLS: THE LOGIC OF DECEIT AND SELF DECEPTION IN HUMAN LIFE. Professor Trivers takes a uniquely evolutionary approach to what may seem to the layperson as a psychological or sociological state: self-deception. Tonight, Professor Trivers describes some non-human examples of deception. He also touches on a few of the numerous examples of deception and self-deception that occur in human love and sex relationships. Finally, as an example of self-deception on the social and corporate level, Trivers discusses the ingrained blindness of NASA that led to the Challenger and Columbia disasters.
Another rising jazz star makes her WICN debut on Jazz New England. Violinist Marissa Licata brings her band into the Performance Hall Wednesday at 2 pm. This Honduras-born musician has already toured with Jethro Tull and Gloria Estefan as well as performing at the Latin Grammy Awards. Hear Marissa and her exciting band Wednesday at 2pm on Jazz New England!
Peter Mintun, doesn’t consider himself a jazz pianist, but rather a pianist specializing in jazz age tunes. Peter was smitten with 20′s and 30′s music from a young age, and now, after years of playing it, and befriending many of the composers and performers from this period, he’s become an authority and archivist of this musical period, and shared with Judy his thoughts on what makes this music so special and enduring.
The sad news that saxophonist, singer & songwriter Jimmy Castor passed away this week instantly brought back memories of his biggest hits “Bertha Butt Boogie” & “Troglodyte.” Jimmy was one of a kind and his music was said to sampled over 3,000 times by rap & hip hop artists. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the life and music of a soul/funk icon. It all starts at 7pm!
Our trio honors the giants of the stride piano -- Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith. Virtuoso Marcus Roberts and newcomers Jonathan Batiste and Aaron Diehl take turns in a cutting contest on the keys. Jazz's piano masters are still hard to beat.
During the 1960's Holy Cross College, Black Power and Racial injustice were an unholy mix. At the same time a bold Jesuit priest by the name of John Brooks made it a memorable time for a small number of black men who he personally recruited. Men such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Edward P. Jones and famed defense attorney Theodore Wells. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by Businessweek editor and author Diane Brady. Her new book "Fraternity" shines a bright light on an otherwise dark time.
The loss of biodiversity is at the center of a heated global debate. At issue, are the economic and social consequences of biodiversity loss and its connections to technology policy
In an encore episode of The Business Beat, originally aired in August 2011, Steve D'Agostino interviews Dr. Ignacio Chapela, PhD. They talk about reshaping the food system by eliminating genetically modified organisms.
Chapela is associate professor of microbial ecology at the University of California at Berkeley and senior scientist at the Norwegian Center for Biosafety. Since 1996, he has advised national governments and multilateral institutions on policy-making on genetic engineering and sovereignty over genetic resources. He assists indigenous organizations and NGOs in Latin America and elsewhere to meet challenges related to genetic engineering.
Chapela is actively involved in the debate on biodiversity loss, its economic and social consequences and its connections to technology policy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Responsible Genetics and a member of the Scientific Board of the Sunshine Project, dedicated to bring light into the world of bio-warfare and bio-defense.
Chapela trained as a microbial ecologist, specializing in fungal symbioses, and has held various research posts in the UK, Switzerland and both coasts of the US, where he developed an active research program integrating bench and field biology with policy. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Ignacio, a native of Mexico, worked in the agro- and pharma industry, academia and policy-making institutions. In addition to his work on microbial ecology, he has also engaged in research on the access, ownership and stewardship of genetic resources. He has been actively involved in discussions and policy-making for conservation of wildscapes and non-commodity natural resources.
From the late Depression era into the 1940s , a striking urban fashion became widespread among certain circles across America. The Zoot Suit was identified with the youth culture East Coast African American communities; the pachucos of Los Angeles and wherever jitterbugs and jive talkers could be found. But it was also a fashion that was considered unpatriotic by the War Production Board and the target for white racial hatred during the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943. What kind of men’s fashion could cause such extreme reactions? Tune in tonight, when Inquiry talks with KATHY PEISS, writer and the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of ZOOT SUIT: THE ENIGMATIC CAREER OF AN EXTREME STYLE.
Noted writer and novelist CHUCK PALAHNUIK returns to Inquiry to talk about his latest book DAMNED, the first volume in a three volume series. Damned is narrated by Madison, a prepubescent privileged daughter of classic Hollywood types who finds herself very much in the depths of hell wearing the right shoes. So what’s it like to create a detailed vision of the depths of eternal damnation? Tune in and find out. All I will say is avoid the popcorn balls.
Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969 called largest solo artist deal of it’s time, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, – Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock (a la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.) Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Norm Rosen interviews Johnny Winter on Saturday Night Fish Fry this Saturday at 7 pm.