Wayne Brady became a household name improvising on the popular TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? The singer/actor/dancer/comedian has also appeared in the stage productions Rent and Chicago, and he became host of the game show Let's Make a Deal in 2009. On this week’s Song Travels, Brady discusses his two major musical influences: Sammy Davis Jr. and Sam Cooke. With his musical director Cat Gray at the piano, Brady performs the Cooke classic, “You Send Me,” and Feinstein joins Brady in a duet of “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”
Stage and film director Roger Michell (Notting Hill), discusses film scores effect on the rhythm of a movie and using his favorite Miles Davis tune in his productions.
Our guest on Inquiry tonight is broadcast journalist, writer and passionate swimmer LYNN SHERR. Lynn has written an endlessly fascinating book about why humans love to swim in pools, lakes and the ocean. What is it about moving about in water that makes even casual swimmers blissfully addicted? Tune in and learn what is physically different about swimmers, how they are different from most other athletes and what the best stroke is. Did people always swim? What is the best swim film? Whether you just like to dog paddle in your backyard pool or compete in dramatic ocean crossings, tune in to hear Lynn Sherr talk about her book SWIM: WHY WE LOVE THE WATER
Pianist McCoy Tyner, who helped define the sound of the John Coltrane's Quartet, invites tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane to join his trio. They'll perform Tyner's own "Fly with the Wind," and "Blues on the Corner" and revisit John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice." Wendell Pierce hosts.
The Robert Talbott vineyards in California boast some five hundred acres of grape vines. The Talbott name is synonomous with high end end neckwear but owner Robert Talbott found his true passion in winemaking. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Talbott chief winemaker, Dan Karlsen. Dan's unique approach to making wine is his obsession with the center of the grape. Ypu'll hear how he turns good fruit into great wines.
The 1940s ushered in the Golden Age of antibiotics. Dr Selman Waksman of Rutgers University did pioneering work in the field and eventually discovered streptomycin, which earned him hundreds of thousands of dollars in patent payoffs, countless accolades over decades and eventually the Nobel Prize. Only he did not really discover streptomycin alone and therein lies one of the most fascinating and tragic stories of ego, money and hard science of the 20th Century. Join us tonight when we talk with PETER PRINGLE, writer and foreign correspondent, about his new book EXPERIMENT ELEVEN: DARK SECRETS BEHIND THE DISCOVERY OF A WONDER DRUG.
In the early years of the 19th Century, a loose association of poets, writers, publishers and radicals created the heart and soul of Britain’s Romantic movement. This circle of acquaintances included Lord Byron, Keats, and Mary Shelley but also many people not as well known outside of Britain. These included luminaries like Leigh Hunt, the publisher of The Examiner, a sort of Huffington Post of its day. These artists wandered throughout Britain and Europe and led wild, unpredictable and amorous lives as they wrote. Their history reads like a hallucinatory soap opera. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with DAISY HAY, who has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and is the Alistair Horne Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford. Her new book, YOUNG ROMANTICS: THE TANGLED LIVES OF ENGLISH POETRY’S GREATEST GENERATION is a mesmerizing and endlessly entertaining history of these unique writers and poets.
In his current guitar/bass/drums trio -- "not having the piano there taking up all that space," Russell says -- Malone lets the music breathe into his full, round, rich tone. This is not to say that he doesn't play exuberantly. He uses his most amazing chops to serve the songs. The up tempo tunes swing, the ballads melt.
Two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has been pushing down musical boundaries for over four decades with her hauntingly beautiful voice and fearless experimentation. She has carved her own unique path, collaborating with artists from Alison Krauss to Dr. John. On this Song Travels, Jones employs her sultry, dynamic voice to sing some of the standards that have inspired her along the way.
Painter discusses his father lyricist Richard Adler (“Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees”) and his own choice to take his rich musical background as inspiration for a life as a painter rather than a musician.
Play balll!!!! Writer and researcher JOHN FOX has written a fascinating and entertaining book that investigates why humans are so passionate about ball games. His research took him around the world to witness some amazing ball games. Tune in tonight and learn about the absolute chaos of ba’ which is played the day after Christmas in the Orkneys. John Fox also talks about the jeu de paume, the old predecessor to tennis, still played today. Finally Fox describes the incredible ancient Meso American ball game called ulama that was once played in elaborate stone courts throughout Central America. Fox’s book is titled THE BALL: DISCOVERING THE OBJECT OF THE GAME.
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