"The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser" (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Prohibition was intended to stifle vice - but instead, it nourished crime and the clubs that would become a hot bed for jazz. Ken Burns joins Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies in the work of Beiderbecke, Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson. Songs like Snake Dance, New Orleans Bump, and Variety Stomp will doubtless provoke merrymaking on par with the era of bathtub gin and backroom carousing. Special guests Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Singer Kris Adams stops by to talk about her outstanding new release, Longing.
You think you know their story. You’ve read about royalty and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real princesses couldn’t be more different. Sure, many were graceful and benevolent leaders—but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author Linda McRobbie. Her new book 'Princesses Behaving Badly" paints a much different picture of those whose royal blood really boils.
Visual artist ETHAN MURROW stops by Inquiry tonight. His monumental drawing installation titled FLOTILLA is currently on view as part of the Decordova’s 2013 Biennial. (http://www.decordova.org/ ). Ethan talks about that work, his solo show in Paris and the importance of collaborations. To see more of his work, go to: http://www.bigpaperairplane.com/
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and film maker NANCY ANDREWS about her latest wonderful film “Behind the Eyes Are the Ears” currently being shown as part of the Decordova’s 2013 Biennial. Nancy talks about her various film techniques, about writing and performing the film score and her cinema influences. Tune in and listen about this film and her work on a new feature length film.
We celebrate the holidays with four hours of music from local artists, LIVE from our WICN Performance Hall! (artists TBA)
The early years of the 20th Century were a time of rampant anxiety in America. Corruption was everywhere from local police forces to the halls of the Senate. The corporations and huge trusts controlled the workplace as well as many politicians. Working conditions for many were abysmal. There was insurrection, riots and rebellion across the country. But this was also the beginning of the Progressive Era. Teddy Roosevelt became President and head trustbuster, and many Americans read the great muckraking journalists found in McClure’s Magazine. Tune in tonight for a fascinating talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN who talks about her latest always interesting book THE BULLY PULPIT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF JOURNALISM.
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.
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