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.
Bandleader and purcussionist Poncho Sanchez.
Judy talks with vocalist Maud Hixon about her new CD “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away” and its focus on the compositions on Mickey Leonard.
Pianist, composer, and arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi mixes intricate bebop sensibilities and Japanese influences in a big band sound. Joined by long-time partner, saxophonist Lew Tabackin and Japanese taiko drummer Eitetsu Hayashi, Akiyoshi leads a dazzling performance of her own compositions including Remembering Bud and Pollination, alongside classics like Ellington's Black and Tan Fantasy.
This week Al is joined by Tina Zlody co-Director of StArt On The Street. This holiday season they are bringing together 125 craftspeople for a day long event at Union Station in Worcester, MA. The hand-made items to be sold are just a sapling of the rich culture that is Central NE.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and hear all about the event.
On Inquiry tonight, we speak with Francis Cape, teacher, artist and wood carver about his book We Sit Together: Utopian Benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar. Cape created 20 benches modeled after bunches used in various utopian and intentional communities sects in America including the Shakers, the Harmony Society and the Oneida Perfectionists. These beautiful works speak to the importance of community and collective ownership. Tune in and learn how these benches were exhibited, how Cape researched his work and about a few of the utopian groups.
Tonight on Inquiry we sit down with Zachariah Combs, the new Director of the Gallery of African Art in Clinton, MA. Tune in and learn about this wonderful new gallery, upcoming programs and even hear Zach on the n’goni. The website for the gallery is: http://www.galleryofafricanart.org/
In 1912, Massachusetts passed the first minimum-wage law in the U.S. – after workers in Lawrence went on strike and won higher wages.
In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing a national minimum wage and guaranteeing basic rights to workers.
The Bay State’s minimum wage has been stuck at $8 an hour since 2008, yet costs keep rising – and workers are long overdue for a raise.
For nearly 1 million workers in Massachusetts, staying home to care for themselves or a sick child could mean losing their job.
That’s why Raise Up Massachusetts is fighting to require employers to offer earned sick time and raise the minimum wage.
A 2012 Economic Policy Institute report analyzed three federal-minimum-wage proposals: $10.10, $9.00, and $9.80 an hour.
The EPI report concluded that by increasing the minimum wage in Mass. to $10 per hour, more than half a million Bay State workers would benefit from the raise, and create thousands of new jobs.
My guest is Russ Davis, executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, which partners with Raise Up Massachusetts.
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.
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Founded in 1929 by Dr. John Fallon, Reliant Medical Group was the first group medical practice established in Central Massachusetts. Reliant is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization. Reliant Medical Group has over 500 providers and cares for over 320,000 patients, offering a full range of primary care and over 30 different specialties from podiatry to vascular surgery.