Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome in-studio guests KRISTA BUCKLAND-REISER, General manager of the WORCESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY and IAN WATSON, harpsichordist and choirmaster. We talk about this years fantastic Summer Music Festival, why a rock band and a chamber orchestra are (maybe) not that different, and Ian talks about why he chose the harpsichord.
In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of “Jazz Inspired” we’re revisiting some of Judy’s early interviews. Judy’s 2004 conversation with the late Blossom Dearie is loaded with unexpected directions and humor. Blossom was in excellent form!
Tom Lucci subs for Dr. Shaker on this week's Soul Serenade. In the 9:00 spotlight... a 77th birthday tribute to Stax stalwart Eddie Floyd. "Knock On Wood" , of course, but how about "Raise Your Hand" and "I Never Found a Girl"? That plus many more killer tracks, for your Monday night listening pleasure.
Pianists Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are kindred spirits – imaginative composers who have fused and re-defined the sound of jazz. And we re-imagine works from both of their songbooks – the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with guest Bobby Hutcherson plays Hancock, while Manhattan Transfer with Jon Hendricks interprets Corea.
In his new book :"SCALIA" law professor and author Bruce Allen Murphy takes a hard look at one of the most dazzling and polarizing jurists on the Supreme Court. Above all he examines the inevitably murky relationship between judicial decision making and religious devotion. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author Bruce Allen Murphy. Hear what he has to says about Antonin Scalia, the man and the jurist.
Tune in to an encore of The Business Beat, as Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Claire Donegan and John Dick of Halt MA Smart Meters. They talk about how and why smart meters pose financial and health risks. This interview aired originally on November 17, 2013.
As Pulitzer Prize-winner Dean Starkman wrote in August,” Maybe Southeast New England is deciding that ‘smart meters’ aren’t such a smart idea after all.” In an article titled Worcester Is Front Line In Battle Over Utilities ‘Smart Meters’, Starkman reported that “for several years, a cadre of determined activists in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been waging what once seemed to be a quixotic campaign against a program to replace relatively simple and inexpensive residential electric meters with a high-tech version that critics say is a boondoggle for utilities and meter companies that takes yet another bite from ratepayers and, some say, raises health concerns.”
“On the face of it, the fight is a mismatch par excellence,” Starkman continued. “On one side is a scattered group of homeowners and activists. On the other is a consortium of corporations, led by National Grid, a multinational power giant headquartered in the United Kingdom, and that includes Verizon, Google, Cisco, and government backers from the Obama administration on down.”
“And ground zero is Worcester,” Starkman added, “where, with the help of friendly regulators at the Department of Public Utilities and the support of Governor Deval Patrick, National Grid is already halfway through installing 15,000 of the meters in homes in the city.”
In an encore episode that airs on July 6, Steve talks with Ed White of National Grid about the financial and health effects of smart meters.
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with NICK CAPASSO, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum and artist JUAN JOSÉ BARBOZA-GUBO. Barboza-Gubo’s stunning installation “Pink Narcissus” will be at the Fitchburg Art Museum for most of this summer. Tune in and learn about his beautiful and complex sculptures and paintings, which use a variety of materials like metal, crystal and even blood to express complex ideas of metamorphosis and the transformation of the self and body. To see examples of Barboza-Gubo’s amazing works, go to his website: http://barboza-gubo.com/artwork/3343135.html
For more information on the Fitchburg Art Museum, please go to: http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org/
Photographer and teacher ROBERT DAWSON traveled across the United States for 18 years photographing public libraries. What he found were unique, vibrant institutions that were crucial to their local communities. Some libraries were huge and imposing edifices built over a hundred years ago while other were single room make shift buildings. Too many have recently been closed. Dawson’s book THE PUBLIC LIBRARY: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY collects some of his most interesting photographs and combines them with essays written by people like Bill Moyers and Anne Patchett. Tune in tonight and celebrate these wonderful centers for knowledge and community.
More of the same, and an interview with Spuyten Duyvil, a chat with the organizers of the New Bedford Folk Festival, and several surprises!
A stream of consciousness group that plays tunes by the jazz greats, such as the Beatles. They seem to make their work more fun, and on any given platform, they dish out excellent performances with great tunes ranging over 300 to amuse themselves and their audience.
Inquiry welcomes LINDA PRZYBYSZEWSKI, Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Her new book is THE LOST ART OF DRESS: THE WOMEN WHO ONCE MADE AMERICA STYLISH. For much of the Twentieth Century a group of woman called “The Dress Doctors” , followed the lead of the Arts and Crafts Movement and through classes and books, taught women dressmaking, clothes budgeting and the fundamentals of style: harmony, rhythm, balance, proportion, and emphasis. They encouraged women to dress for success in the workplace and aimed to turn women into creators not shoppers. Tune in and learn about this little known, but fascinating history of fashion in America and why women’s hats need to make a comeback.