On the tiny island of São Tomé well off the coast of West Africa, there lives several species of amphibians, including the bizarre legless amphisbaenid known locally as the Cobra Bobo (pictured). Amphibians cannot tolerate sea water and these island were not once connected to the mainland, so how did they get there? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with ALAN DE QUEIROZ, evolutionary biologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno. His new book THE MONEKEY’S VOYAGE: HOW IMPROBABLE JOURNEYS SHAPED THE HISTORY OF LIFE suggests that these creatures perhaps floated across the sea on islands of vegetation. If that sounds improbable, tune in and find out why it’s not and why the distribution of many species on the planet may be due to these very unlikely journeys.
Pianist/singer Champian Fulton talks about the advantages of starting a music career outside of L.A. or NY and how her father’s taste in music has influenced her since before her birth. Hint: He held headphones up to her mama’s baby bump. Baby Bud Powell, anyone?
Host Chet Williamson interviews pianist Helen Sung and filmmaker Henry Ferrini.
Where were you when the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan show? It was 50 years ago this week that Beatlemania hit America. Get your Beatles lunch box and join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate this occasion with soul artists covering the Fab Four's music. It all starts at 7pm!!
Two vocalists defy category - Catherine Russell, who nurtured a career as a backup singer with Al Green, Michael Feinstein and David Bowie, and has cultivated her own strong solo voice. Nancy Wilson, the perennial song stylist whose five-decade career started with Cannonball Adderley, seamlessly crosses the jazz-blues-pop divide.
Host Chet Williamson interviews guitarist Joshua Breakstone.
In an encore episode, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Patricia Davidson, chair, and Janelle Wilson, executive director of Jeremiah's Inn. They talk about the mission and business of helping men to battle substance abuse. This episode aired originally on March 3, 2013.
Founded in 1982 at 1059 Main St. at Webster Square in Worcester's Main South neighborhood, Jeremiah's Inn is a social-model residential-recovery program for men. It also operates an emergency-food pantry.
For more than three decades, Jeremiah's Inn has helped men to battle substance abuse through work, participating in intensive counseling, contributing to household responsibilities, and assisting each other through the challenges of recovery.
Jeremiah's Inn has 28 transitional beds. The majority of these beds are used for the social-model recovery program. Participants contribute $10 per day towards the cost of the program.
Jeremiah's Inn also has two emergency-shelter beds, which are available to the community to meet emergency-shelter needs for adult homeless men. Emergency stays are one to seven days. Those using this service receive shelter, meals, access to clothing, case management and referral services, as appropriate. Emergency beds are determined on an individual basis and are dependent on availability.
The food pantry at Jeremiah's Inn provides hunger relief to hundreds of people in the Main South/Webster Square communities. Food comes primarily from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program, direct donations, and salvaged goods that are acquired through the Worcester County Food Bank. Private and group donations are always needed and appreciated.
On April 27, 2013, Jeremiah's Inn held its second annual Comedy Night, to raise funds for the charitable, non-profit program.
Patricia Davidson is also a partner at the Worcester law firm Mirick O'Connell.
The early years of the 20th Century were a time of rampant anxiety in America. Corruption was everywhere from local police forces to the halls of the Senate. The corporations and huge trusts controlled the workplace as well as many politicians. Working conditions for many were abysmal. There was insurrection, riots and rebellion across the country. But this was also the beginning of the Progressive Era. Teddy Roosevelt became President and head trustbuster, and many Americans read the great muckraking journalists found in McClure’s Magazine. Tune in tonight for a fascinating talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin who talks about her latest always interesting book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft And The Golden Age Of Journalism.
Tonight on Inquiry, I talk with Barry B. Powell, The Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written a wonderful new translation of The Iliad, the great ancient work about rage and honor written by Homer. But who was Homer? Was there really a Trojan War? Why was Achilles so enraged? Tune in and learn some very surprising facts about this amazing classic work.
Grammy Award-winning trumpeter/composer Wallace Roney joins host Bonnie Johnson for an exploration of his musical journey. In a recording career that began at age 14, the highly regarded protégé was influenced by his mentor Miles Davis, took lessons from legends Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie and played as side-man in bands such as Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the Tony Williams' Quintet. Over the years Roney has accompanied a multitude of artists including his younger brother Antoine Roney, Sonny Rollins, Mulgrew Miller, Ron Carter, Joey DeFrancesco, Herbie Hancock, Geri Allen and more. He lights up when talking about jazz, bringing along up and coming artists on his 2013 release Understanding. Saxophonist Wayne Shorter once described Roney as a "musical astronaut". Today, having played Jazz Standard in 2013 and Winter JazzFest 2014 in New York City, the trumpeter is planning to take Shorter's gift of a long-lost composition entitled "Universe" to the world on tour with The Wallace Roney Orchestra. Tune in at 4pm.
Photo Credit: Addeo Music International
As the world gears up for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games competition, host Bonnie Johnson welcomes conductor, educator and woodwind master Martin Piecuch to the Colors of Jazz. Along with a career and esteemed position in the world of symphonic music, the self-described "fusionist" is on the road presenting a flair for versatility that unites “Classical, Samba, Jazz and Baroque… [f]or people who enjoy both classical and jazz". In 2013, Piecuch (pronounced PQ in USA and Pietsook in Europe) introduced his project and recent CD "Jazzical Fusion" on the Boston Records label with a debut performance in trio on the stage at Birdland in New York City.
Maestro Piecuch is Music Director of the United States Congressional Philharmonic Society. In 2007, he released the CD Sax with Strings Attached, playing saxophone with the world-renowned Stravinsky Quartet: the same chamber ensemble that featured contemporary, Sochi 2014 Ambassador Yuri Bashmet, founder and conductor of the first All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra. Piecuch's international work has also touched the lives of many throughout the United States, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia and beyond. In December 2003, Piecuch was named Permanent Guest Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic and invited to conduct the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in 2005. http://www.martinpiecuch.com
In celebration of diversity, Mro. Piecuch will stop by to hang with Bonnie and reflect on his experiences and "jazzical" encounters that includes contributing to the civil rights movement through music and a personal connection to WICN’s special guest of the day, trumpeter Wallace Roney. Tune in at 4pm.
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A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.
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