From the earliest times of the great explorer scientists like Darwin, Wallace and Bates, one of the key tools they have used to explore the natural world has been to keep a detailed field notebook. Sometimes these have been merely annotated lists of the new plants, animals and peoples these natural historians came across. At other times these field notebooks have been profusely and beautifully illustrated and filled with the personal experiences of the scientists and then these journals become unique works of art. To this day, many botanists, zoologists, paleontologists and anthropologists consider keeping detailed field notes an important art to not only record their observations but to also keep a lively record of the field experience for generations to come. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome MICHAEL R. CANFIELD, Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He has edited a sumptuous volume of essays by some of the leading field researchers about how they keep a field notebook, why they do it and why these journals are critical. Canfield’s book, which includes numerous reproductions of scientists field notes and illustrations, is titled FIELD NOTES ON SCIENCE AND NATURE.
Pianist Chuck Leavell has played with the shining stars of rock, country, jazz and pop, including Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band and Charles Mingus. Since 1982, he has been keyboardist and general music coordinator for the Rolling Stones. Leavell is also a dedicated environmentalist who maintains a tree farm outside of Macon, GA. He and Marian McPartland discuss their love of the environment and play "Georgia on My Mind."
Joey Singer’s career has spanned many different arenas, from nightclubs and concert halls to television and recording studios. He is presently Music Director for Debbie Reynolds a post he has held for eighteen years. In addition to conducting the national tour of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, for Ms. Reynolds, he also accompanied her with the Boston Pops on their 4th of July celebration, “Pops Goes the Fourth” for A&E television and has appeared several times on the “Tonight Show”. Joey has also played and conducted for a host of other celebrities including Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Toni Tenille and Dame Shirley Bassey in her triumphant Las Vegas return. Joey can be heard with Mr. Mathis on the highly acclaimed “Chances Are-Live in Concert” for PBS and also on the popular daytime drama “Days of our Lives”. Mr. Singer has conducted some of the country’s finest orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony. An accomplished jazz musician, Joey has performed with many notable artists including Rosemary Clooney, Eileen Farrell, Harry James, the Mills Brothers, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims and Kevin Stout.
Noted writer and novelist CHUCK PALAHNUIK returns to Inquiry to talk about his latest book DAMNED, the first volume in a three volume series. Damned is narrated by Madison, a prepubescent privileged daughter of classic Hollywood types who finds herself very much in the depths of hell wearing the right shoes. So what’s it like to create a detailed vision of the depths of eternal damnation? Tune in and find out. All I will say is avoid the popcorn balls.
The 1960s gave birth to so many great female soul singers. One of the best, who never got the acclaim she deserved was Bettye Swann. Born Betty Jean Champion in Shreveport, Louisiana, she recorded country songs for Capitol records in the 1960s and in the early 70’s recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studios. If you like Gladys Knight, Dusty Springfield or Aretha, you’ll just love Bettye Swann!
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Bobby McFerrin introduces a major work for a rhythmically-charged, internationally-cast, 22-vboice, improvising choir. McFerrin's sprawling work VOCAbuLarieS evokes African chant, gospel energy, Motown soul, minimalism and jazz polyphony - and this exhilarating performance also features a role for the Rose Theater audience. Wendell Pierce hosts
Even if he didn’t “kill him a b’ar when he was only three”, as the Disney song extolled, David Crockett was probably our first celebrity hero. A true “Son of Tennessee”, which was the frontier of America in the very early 1800s, Crockett was a very successful bear hunter; the archetypical frontiersman, and a gifted raconteur. The wilderness was indeed his cathedral. Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with writer MICHAEL WALLIS about his thrilling history of the idiosyncratic DAVID CROCKETT: THE LION OF THE WEST.
Author Brooke Hauser spent an entire year at Brooklyn’s International High School at Prospect Heights, a vibrant public high school that teaches English to recently arrived immigrants from around the world. In her new book THE NEW KIDS: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens she takes us inside the hallways and classrooms and into the complicated lives of the students who go there. This week Al speaks with Hauser about her experiences and just how new immigrants learn and what their hopes and dreams are here in the United States.
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