In the second half of the 20th Century a cadre of stars emerged from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. "Do you teach them what to play?" Blakey was asked. "Hell no! I teach them what NOT to play." From the House of Swing we'll hear from Blakey's son, Takashi Blakey, along with appearances from graduates of "Blakey University" from over three decades: Bobby Watson, Javon Jackson, John Hicks, and Wynton Marsalis.
Host Chet Williamson chats with torch singer Jillian Parsons and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.
Recently Gov. Deval Patrick announced a plan to make the electric grid more resilient. The plan sounds engaging but what happens if the grid goes down? Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry Executive Director of the EMP task force on national and homeland security, a Congressional advisory board dedicated to protecting the United States from weapons of mass destruction and the eventual destruction of our energy grids.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Richard Turner, manager of employment and training, and John Valis, employment and training specialist at Veterans Inc. and Farah Diba Sahnoun, associate recruiter of Manpower’s Boston office. They talk about transitioning veterans out of homelessness.
Based in Worcester, Veterans Inc., is a national leader in ending homelessness among veterans. It has one of the highest rates in the nation – 85 percent – for transitioning veterans out of homelessness.
Since 1991, Veterans Inc., the largest provider of services to veterans and their families in New England, has helped more than 50,000 veterans and their families. Operations are expanding further into New England and beyond in the organization’s effort to achieve its goal of eradicating homelessness among veterans.
Veterans Inc.’s clinical-case management approach addresses the “total veteran”, incorporating job training and employment, health and wellness, and supportive services ranging from transportation to legal advice. This holistic methodology earned Veterans Inc. a “Best Practice” citation from the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
In 2009, Veternans Inc. received two national awards for outstanding performance, from Secretary Eric Shinseki of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Panoramic pictures didn’t start with the iPhone. Starting in the 1840s, photographers began to take exquisite panoramic shots of special events, unique groups of people and even everyday life. These detailed long photographs are wonderful windows into the history of transportation, woman’s rights, racial equality and popular culture of an America long gone by. On Inquiry tonight, we speak with Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Media, the company that operates the cable channels AMC, IFC, WEtv and the Sundance Channel. Josh discusses his new book The Big Picture: America In Panorama a collection of panoramic photographs with commentary by Josh Sapan as well as such luminaries as Yogi Berra, Dick Cavett, Kathleen Turner and Martha Stewart.
William L. Bird, Jr., Curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution returns to Inquiry to talk about his catalog for the exhibition Paint By Number: The How To Craze That Swept The Nation. The hobby kits that were Paint By Number were immensely popular in America of the 1950s, but they became a flashpoint in heated arguments about what constitutes art and high and low culture. Art critics railed against them, but the public loved them. Tune in tonight and learn how these kits were made and who loved them and what kits were the most popular.
Vocalist Catherine Russell talks to Bonnie Johnson about her new CD Bring It Back, an album that "seamlessly" fuses blues with swing era selections. Played in a ten-piece orchestra setting, this release celebrates jazz age music made famous by Catherine's father Luis Russell, the jazz pianist and bandleader who played and collaborated for years with legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Ms. Russell is on tour and will play Scullers Jazz Club February 14, 2014 for Valentine's Day and Wellfleet Congregational Church on the 15th. Tune in at 4pm.
A special tribute to the late Pete Seeger.
Host Chet Williamson interviews pianist Cava Mendies and singer Tyra Penn.
Inquiry welcomes back writer, artist and fisherman of the world JAMES PROSEK. Tonight James talks about his amazing on-going project of painting life-sized pictures of some of the iconic game fish of the Atlantic Ocean. But these works are not just illustrations, but connect to more complex ideas about how we look at species and the environment. A collection of these works can be found in the book OCEAN FISHES: PAINTINGS OF SALTWATER FISHES. Tune in and listen to learn how he manages to paint a huge marlin and about his upcoming exhibitions. To learn more about his work and where you can see some examples, go to his website: http://www.troutsite.com/
Inquiry talks with ERROL FULLER, artist, writer and world authority on bird and animal extinction. His new book is titled LOST ANIMALS: EXTINCTION AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD and is a collection of amazing and poignant photographs of extinct mammals and birds. Tune in and listen to the stories of the people who took these photographs of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and Thylacines, the unique marsupial carnivore.
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