A recent study by PewResearch found that a majority (64 percent) of Americans support labor unions and believe that they are a necessary part of America’s workforce. But to what extent? Oscar Weil former executive director of the Illinois Federation of Teachers joins Al to talk about his new book, "Teachers Beyond the Law": How Teachers Changed Their World. Oscar details how he put IFT on the forefront of public worker litigation as well as his views on the current state of labor today. So tune in this Sunday September 16 at 10:30 for "The Public Eye".
Filmmaker and teacher SHAWN CAREY returns to Inquiry to talk about Migration Productions new dynamic film EPIC JOURNEYS. Shorebirds make dramatic migratory journeys every year, many species traveling from their breeding grounds in northern Canada and Alaska all the way south to South America and back again. Along the way, they fuel they fuel their efforts by feeding in very specific areas along the eastern seaboard. Epic Journeys tells the story of three species through dramatic and beautiful footage of the birds and interviews with conservationists and scientists studying these birds. To find out where you can see this film, go to:
Edith Piaf was one of the great singers and song interpreters of the twentieth century. Yet her life reads like a latter day version of Les Miserables. Described as a Gallic fusion of Billie Holiday and Judy Garland, my guest tonight describes her as more feral than that. She rose above an impoverished and violent childhood and survived the Nazi occupation of France to become a world renown sensation. Tonight, on Inquiry, we talk with teacher, writer and biographer CAROLYN BURKE about her wonderful new biography NO REGRETS: THE
LIFE OF EDITH PIAF.
Catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie welcomes Clarinetist-Saxophonist Anat Cohen to celebrate the September 25th release of her new album Claroscuro. Named Jazz Journalist Association's 2012 Multi-Reeds Player and Clarinetist of the Year, the Anzic Recording Artist has the distinction of being honored with multiple JJA JAZZ AWARDS for six years running. On Claroscuro, Ms. Cohen is leading the band as front woman, playing the clarinet and bass clarinet as well as tenor and soprano saxophones. Get ready to enjoy the musical tones of "light and shade" with the sounds of "America, France, Brazil and South Africa played by kindred spirits from Israel, America, Brazil and Cuba". Tune in on Saturday at 4pm for a show that's sure to brighten your day.
JazzSet's original host has a new CD, Four MF's Playin Tunes, on Marsalis Music.The New York Times' Nate Chinen writes, "... the album is a knockout: hard nosed and hyperacute, tradition minded but modern, defined by the high-wire grace of [Branford's] working band," onstage in California, in Surround Sound on JazzSet.
FOLK ROCK, from Dylan, We Five, and the Byrds, as well as Steeleye Span, Coven, the First Edition, and Barry McGuire, right up to the Tao Seeger Band, the Dropkick Murphys, Spuyten Duyvil, and Bobtown-- with MANY more-- folk rock from its origins in the mid-sixties up through today!
Vocalist Whitney James studied musical theatre and opera before committing to jazz, and her theatrical background has served her well. Her acclaimed 2010 debut album, The Nature of Love, revealed a fully formed voice on a confident set of beloved standards. With host Jon Weber as accompanist, James brings her rich, full alto tone to tunes including “Tenderly” and “If You Could See Me Now.”
Singer/Songwriter Jaqui Naylor combines pop and jazz in what she calls “acoustic smashing”.
Thomas Hart Benton was one of the great Regionalist painters during the American Depression. He painted some of the greatest murals of the twentieth century and captured a unique sensibility of life in the Midwest and rural America on his canvases. Yet he was at times ornery, crude, dogmatic and virulently homophobic. He had personal lifetime fueds with artists like Alfred Stieglitz, Stuart Davis and his student Jackson Pollack. What are we to make of such an “anti-intellectual intellectual” artist?. Tune in tonight for some answers when Inquiry welcomes JUSTIN WOLFF, assistant professor of art history at the University of Maine. Professor Wolff discusses his revealing and dynamic new book THOMAS HART BENTON: A LIFE.
Inquiry welcomes writer INGE AURERBACHER to talk about two of her books: FINDING DR.SCHATZ : THE DISCOVERY OF STREPTOMYCIN AND THE LIFE IT SAVED and I AM A STAR: CHILD OF THE HOLOCAUST. Inge Aurerbacher has led a singularly dramatic and inspiring life. As a child, she witnessed the horrors of the Kristallnacht and later was imprisoned in the Terezin Concentration Camp. There she contracted tuberculosis, which was to haunt her long after the camp was liberated and she moved to America. As an adult, Inge tracked down the man who developed streptomycin that later treated her tuberculosis, Dr. Schatz, and wrote a touching and unique dual autobiography with that legendary research scientist. Tune in tonight and listen to Inge’s amazing life story of survival against all odds and how she remained positive despite everything that happened to her.
One of pop music's great songwriter's passed away last week. Alongwith his partner, Burt Bacharach, they wrote many Top 40 hits including, "Do you Know the Way to San Jose" "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and "I Say A Little Prayer." Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Hal David's life and music, with a soul twist, this Monday night, starting at 7pm!
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