America’s trade relationship with China began right after the Revolutionary War. But trade with China at that time was not easy. The Middle Kingdom did not trust foreigners and confined American and European ships to the port of Canton. There were very strict rules set down by the emperor about how trade with foreign nations could occur. American traders brought sea otter pelts; sealskins; sandalwood, běche de mer (sea cucumbers) to trade for Chinese tea, silks, spices, jade and porcelain. American and British ships also smuggled in opium, despite that fact that Chinese law prohibited trade in that drug. This would eventually lead to The Opium War, which would affect China’s attitudes to outside influences to this day. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with award-winning author ERIC JAY DOLIN about his exciting new history WHEN AMERICA FIRST MET CHINA: AN EXOTIC HISTORY OF TEA, DRUGS, AND MONEY IN THE AGE OF SAIL.
Join host Tom Shaker to celebrate the birthday of one of soul music's greatest guitarists, Steve Cropper. A member of the Stax house band, Bookert T & the MGs, Steve is still having a legendary career playing and writing with eveyone from Otis Redding to the Blues Brothers and many more. It all starts at 7pm!
Recently The Speech Improvement Company of Brookline, MASS produced a special youth election podcast. The podcast focused on getting the viewpoint on the presidential campaign from the youth of the nation as represented by different groups in the teenage world. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dr. Dennis Becker who moderated the event. Find out just what influences are shaping the way young people view the political process.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Michelle Fontaine, principal of FBSmarty. They talk about how to use social-media tools to build a sustainable business.
With an MBA and 20 years of experience in the marketing-communications world, Michelle is well-versed, experienced and poised to make you shine, More importantly in this constantly changing era of social media, she constantly keeps up with the latest trends to bring new marketing skills to her clients.
Michelle is social-media guru for the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Association and a member of the Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau. She’s also, as she likes to put it, “always a student.”
Mark welcomes Jennifer Sahn, Editor of Orion Magazine and of the newly published book for the 30th Anniversary of the magazine, "Thirty-Year Plan: Thirty Writers on What We Need To Build a Better Future." Sahn discusses the book and its significance by encouraging people to create positive change in the next thirty years. Later on the program, writer and chef Tamar Adler joins Mark and discuses her new book, "An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace." Though not technically a cookbook, Adler pushes taking a different approach to food and cooking "that is both simpler and more necessary than we imagine." Be sure to catch the show Sunday, October 14th at 9:30PM.
Robert Glasper can perhaps be classified as being among the most innovative of jazz collaborators of the 21st century. Glasper is in demand... Besides touring the world with his current release Black Radio and the Robert Glasper Experiment, the jazz pianist has been found lecturing at schools such as Berklee College of Music and Harvard University. Glasper is in the forefront of American Classical Music, bringing enlightened musical conversation and merging the genres of jazz, rock, R&B and hip-hop.
Tune in at 4pm to catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson and company speak candidly with Mr. Glasper and members of the band.
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They're married but don't have much time to rehearse together. So when Bill and Renee play, "...it clicks! There's a warmth there," as Rosnes told NPR in a double interview. Double Portrait is their album and you can hear highlights from one recent night, two concerts, in the Family Theater on WICN 90.5 this Friday, October 12 at 6PM.
Don't miss a special show with Nick Noble, as he presents his listener's favorites as well as tracks from new releases and special guests Carolyn Waters and Charlie Peacock. Be sure to tune in Thursday, October 11th at 7PM.
In this special edition of Against the Grain, Aztec Two-Step will return to the WICN studio for their 4th visit. Their first appearance was in our old building on Chatham St on Jan 16, 2003, when they performed on air before a small audience in the conference room; their second appearance was one of the first performances in our current performance studio on March 10, 2005 for Nick DiBiasio's "Live in The Contemporary Cafe" series; and their third appearance was in the main broadcast studio for an interview/performance on Oct 22, 2008. This time around will be a one hour interview/performance celebrating their 40th anniversary as a duo, and the release of the latest album, "Cause & Effect", on their own Red Engine Records.
After taking their name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem and recording the first song ever written about Jack Kerouac’s iconic American novel, On The Road - discover the band that has been described as the bridge to the Beat Generation and instrumental in ushering the music of the sixties into the 1970’s and beyond. For more than four decades, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been writing and performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical memories, all the while inspiring a generation of young singer songwriters.
For more information please visit: http://www.aztectwostep.com
The accomplished Bette Midler, also known as "The Divine Miss M," joins MIchael Feinstein for this week's edition of Song Travels. On the program, Midler will play some of her favorite tunes from her archived collection ranging from "Louis Jordan to vintage Hawaiian music to Destiny's Child." Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, a Special Tony Award, and nominated for two Academy Awards during her prolific entertainment career. Feinstein presents her with a solo arrangement of "And I'll Be There," a song written for her by the legendary songwriting team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
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