Curtis Mayfield was born 70 years ago this week. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the life of a soul legend this Monday. From the early Chicago soul scene to the music of the Impressions to the soundtrack of SuperFly and so much more, Curtis Mayfield’s musical legacy is featured on this edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!
This weeks Al is joined by former Entertainment chief for ABC, Steve McPherson. While at ABC he oversaw such hit shows as Grey's Anatomy, Dancing With The Stars and Ugly Betty. Since that time he has pursued his passion and love for wine. His new Promise Cabernet a venture he started in 2004 has been hailed by critics as simply marvelous. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear this amazing story of a Hollywood heavyweight turned out to be a wine master.
Inquiry welcomes back artist, writer and natural historian JULIE ZICKEFOOSE to talk about her new book THE BLUEBIRD EFFECT: UNCOMMON BONDS WITH COMMON BIRDS. This sumptuous and fascinating book details her decades long experiences in rehabilitating young birds and is one of the best natural history books published this year. Rehabilitating nestlings is hard, frustrating, time consuming work that is also very rewarding because you get to know the birds intimately in a way no birder or even most ornithologists do. Tune in and find out about Julie’s life as an artist, and what it takes to raise unusual species like hummingbirds and swifts.
If you have ever had a class in lab, then you have seen a Periodic Table poster hanging on the wall. Have you ever wondered about this family tree of elements, who created it and who got name these elements? Tune into Inquiry tonight when we talk with writer and journalist SAM KEAN about his entertaining meditation on the elements THE DISAPPEARING SPOON AND OTHER TRUE TALES OF MADNESS, LOVE AND THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS. Each element, from Aluminium to Zinc, has a long and complex tale of its discovery and its usages. Where did the crazy name Ytterbium ever come from? Who were the great element hunters? Why was Cadmium the element of choice used to kill Godzilla and what element did Mark Twain envisage Mephistopheles to be composed of? What was so very special about the Parker 51 pen? All this and much more will revealed in tonight’s Inquiry.
The bassist came to New York from Barcelona, earned his Master's in Jazz Performance at Queens College, and co-founded the Brooklyn Jazz Underground collective. "A Lorca Soundscape reflects on Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) of Granada, who visited the U.S. and wrote Poeta en Nueva York (A Poet in New York) about the time. Claudia Acuña and Miguel Zenón are performers.
Tune into the Folk Revival this week for an evening with friends, old and new, featuring on-air visits from North Sea Gas, The Stray Birds, Suzie Brown, and Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, along with LOTS of music! The fun starts at 7!
Writer, teacher and mentor JON YOUNG has written a book about looking at birds like no other. WHAT THE ROBIN KNOWS: HOW BIRDS REVEAL THE SECRETS OF THE NATURAL WORLD takes the reader into the world of “deep bird language”. By learning the behaviors and vocalizations of the birds found immediately around us we can begin to know individual birds. The calls and flights that birds make when a cat on the hunt enters their territory or when a Cooper’s Hawk flies overhead are very different and you can learn these variations. This approach to the natural world around us is Inspired by techniques used for hundreds of years by Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. Tune in and learn about starting out in your own backyard in particular favorite sit spot and how to learn to open your senses to the complex bird life that surrounds you.
French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is one of the leading performers on today’s classical music scene. He has over 40 albums to his credit, including interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as music by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Bill Evans. Thibaudet’s depth and breadth are on display in works by Spanish composer Federico Mompou and American popular song writer Alec Wilder. He and Feinstein bring their unique perspectives to Wilder’s “I’ll Be Around” and George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.”
Musician Billy Joel discusses his studies with jazz great Lennie Tristano and how jazz influences his own music.
A light-hearted entertainer and a very serious musician, Thomas 'Fats' Waller mastered the stride piano and wrote some of the jazz's enduring, endearing tunes. Hear 'Honeysuckle Rose,' "Ain't Misbehavin" and "A Handful of Keys in the 'hands' of pianist Ehud Asherie, vocalist Allen Harris, and guitar master Doug Wamble under the direction of composer, arranger and reedman Andy Farber. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Campaign posters have always played an important role in positioning a candidate in the eyes of the voter. Posters capture what voters long for or by revealing what they fear America may become. This week Al is joined by Ralph Eubanks, Publishing Director at the Library of Congress. He'll be talking about the history of some of Americas most memorable campaign posters and why they matter as much today. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a truly insightful conversation.
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