Tonight we welcome back writer, critic and long-time columnist and blogger for Vanity Fair JAMES WOLCOTT who continues his conversation about his book LUCKING OUT: MY LIFE GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY IN SEVENTIES NEW YORK. Tonight, James Wolcott discusses how long it took for him to be considered an established New York critic, the proliferation and mainstreaming of porn during that decade and finally his discovery and deep love of ballet.
Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the life and music of a very unique soul singer. Singer Minnie Riperton was well on her way to becoming a pop and soul legend when she died of breast cancer in 1979, at age 31. Riperton was blessed with an astounding five-and-a-half-octave vocal range, and achieved her greatest commercial success with the hit ballad, "Lovin' You."
Harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda draws from jazz, Afro-Cuban and Colombian joropo traditions to weave enchantment on the Rose Hall Stage. Famed Brazilian percussionist Airto Morera, who can make music on almost anything, leads our jazz Carnivale -- with Toninho Horta (guitar), Mark Egan (bass) and Kenny Werner (piano). Wendell Pierce hosts.
It's a guitar celebration on Monday's Jazz New England when John Stowell and Joe Weinberg join us. Portland, Oregon based John Stowell is described by virtuoso Larry Coryell as " master creator with incredible originality." Joe Weinberg has performed and taught in New England for years and works regularly with John Stowell on his trips east. Join us Monday at 2 pm for some serious "picking."
Why is a mouse on the floor a pest, but a mouse in a cute cage a pet? Why is it fine to feed white rats to boa constrictors, but people would shudder and scream if anyone tried to feed kittens to a snake? The way we think about animals defies logic. It’s emotionally complicated and differs dramatically depending on culture. Tonight’s guest is HAL HERZOG, one the world’s leading anthrozoologists, a scientist who studies how humans think about animals. His new book is titled SOME WE LOVE. SOME WE HATE. SOME WE EAT. WHY IT’S SO HARD TO THINK STRAIGHT ABOUT ANIMALS. Tonight we talk about if there are differences between “dog people” and “cat people”; if children who abuse animals grow up to be violent adults; what happens when vegans backslide, and why everyone seems to hate snakes. The answers will surprise you.
Many consider Americas decisive defeat of the Japanese at "Midway" during WWII as one of great luck and providence. However, my guest this week argues that it was nothing short of superior intelligence and tactics. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when I will be speaking with Craig Symmonds, professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy as we recount this historic moment and once and for all set the record straight.
Researcher and writer ELLEN PRAGER has written what amounts to a “tell all” of life in the oceans. This features unusual creatures with very bizarre sex lives and lots and lots of slime. Prager has also included some amazing notes on why these creatures, strange and weird as they are, are important to humanity. Tune into tonight and learn how hagfish can tie themselves into knots; why a giant sea slug is critical to research on the human brain and why you should never, EVER eat the lobster’s tomalley. Prager’s vastly entertaining account of marine life is titled SEX, DRUGS AND SEASLIME: THE OCEAN’S ODDEST CREATURES AND WHY THEY MATTER.
Every bird’s nest is a wonderful example of non-human architecture. Imagine trying to weave and intricate tight cup of moss, lichen and spider’s webs using only your mouth and sometimes your feet! Yet birds do this every breeding season. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome PETER GOODFELLOW, retired English teacher and lifelong birder, who has written one of the most beautiful books on the nests that birds create and how they build them: AVIAN ARCHITECTURE: HOW BIRDS DESIGN, ENGINEER AND BUILD. From simple scrapes in the ground, to monumental platforms high in trees, from enormous mounds of sand to mind-boggling complex hanging woven baskets, birds create structures of stunning complexity and variety. If you have ever marveled at the nest of a robin or oriole, be sure to tune in.
Join us this Sunday on Jazz Matinee with special guests Dan Gabel from the authentic 18-piece Big Band “Dan Gabel and The Abletones” and vocalists Amanda Carrand. Dan will bring few selections from his vinyl collection of over 6,000 records from the big band era. Amanda will be speaking about the American Big Band Preservation Society, an educational organization dedicated to collecting and archiving arrangements of the big bands, which are made available to high school and college music departments free of charge. The American Big Band Preservation Society also holds clinics in the greater Worcester area to teach students about big band playing, history, and the present and future of the big bands.
For information on the upcoming dance-concert to benefit the American Big Band Preservation Society, please CLICK HERE.
Join us as we showcase the live musical collaboration of Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner, which has been described by critics as "Effortless Mastery." The harmonica - piano duo has been making waves in the Jazz world since they recorded an album together back in 2002. The romantic melodicism and nimble fills in Thielemans’s playing matched his equally by Werner's marvelous accompaniment. This is definetly not a one to miss, so tune in on Friday at 6pm!