Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes is today's ultimate jazz ambassador - from deep Afro-Cuban roots and improvisational jazz mastery, he creates a sophisticated style all his own. For their first stateside performance in seven years, Valdes brings his Afro Cuban Messengers to the Allen Room. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Join host Al Dean and his guests, Richard Vacca, author of The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places and Nightlife 1937-1962, and John Andrews, the bassist whose played in Boston night clubs for 50 years.
Have you ever smiled when a rival co-worker experiences a misfortune? Do you enjoy watching “Reality TV” shows like Cops and laugh watching the lowlifes get busted? Did you get a kick out of seeing Martha Stewart get her comeuppance? Then you have experienced “schadenfreude”, a German term meaning “shameful joy”. It’s when we get a pleasurable feeling from watching other people do poorly. We don’t like to talk about it, but we all feel it at times. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with RICHARD H. SMITH, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky about his new fascinating boo: THE JOY OF PAIN: SCHADENFREUDE AND THE DARK SIDE OF HUMAN NATURE.
Alexander Wilson founded American ornithology and his eight-volume masterwork remains one of the great American scientific endeavors. Though many people know of John James Audubon, few people have even heard of Wilson. Tonight on Inquiry we will help to change that when we speak with EDWARD H. BURTT JR., The Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. His new book, written with William E. Davis Jr, is ALEXANDER WILSON: THE SCOT WHO FOUNDED AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY. This book is a long overdue biography of Wilson as well as a beautiful appreciation of his art and an assessment of his work.
Bobby shares clips of commentary from jazz bassist virtuoso Christian McBride, as he talks about the formation of his band, Inside Straight -- and the creative impetus for their newly released sophomore CD together, "People Music".
Trumpeter Duke Heitger wasn’t born in New Orleans, but has lived there many years and talked with me on stage in Ascona about the challenges and advantages of a career in this most musical of cities when you aren’t a native.
Join host Tom Shaker as he observes Veteran's Day with soul songs honoring the troops. Artists like Bill Withers, The Players and Frieda Payne will be featured. It all starts this Monday at 7pm!
Grammy winning a-capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock shines a new light on the work of Odetta, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone - and marks their own 30 year anniversary with something new: a backing trio. Performances include Midnight Special, Love Me Or Leave Me, and Feelin' Good. Wendell Pierce hosts.
In his new book "Countdown" best selling author Alan Weisman vividly details the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence. Can overpopulation ever be controlled? Will the earths natural resources be enough to sustain life? Tune in this Sunday evening when Al sits down with Alan Weisman to discuss the future of our beloved planet.
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