She looked like a “tiny, troubled wisp of a human being” as she stepped up to the mike, but when she opened up her mouth, out came “an atom bomb voice”. This is how JIMMY McDONAUGH , writer, autobiographer and tonight’s guest on Inquiry, describes Tammy Wynette. She sang before five presidents, had twenty #1 hits and five husbands, and is loved fiercely by her fans. Tammy was one of the great country music stars of the 20th Century, with hits like “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”, “Stand By Your Man”, and “Apartment #9”. Yet as her success mounted, her health crumbled until her untimely death. McDonough has talked with many of the people involved in her life, her producers, her friends and exes, and has created a monumental, wild yet still moving, biography. His book is titled: TAMMY WYNETTE: TRAGIC COUNTRY QUEEN.
Inquiry welcomes back artist and teacher ROSEMARY LeBEAU. Rose’s work includes unique hand painted transferred photography, glass etching, book making and large complexly beautiful assemblages of found objects. After decades of creating work, in 2009 she had her first retrospective at her house, and that exhibition garnered many critical raves. Tune in and listen to one of the most unique artists in New England talk about her amazingly varied work.
“Zugunruhe” is a term for migratory restlessness, the nervous behavior exhibited by birds just before they take off for a long migration. “Zugunruhe” is also the name of artist RACHEL BERWICK’s latest installation piece at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Providence Rhode Island. (November 14-February 14, 2010). Berwick’s work “has focused our attention on human interactions with and understandings of the natural world”. Many of her pieces focus on rare or extinct species like Passenger Pigeons, Tasmanian Tigers and Coelacanths. Tune in tonight and find out about her uniquely fascinating and beautiful work that combines natural history with sculpture and installation, and ultimately examines some of our longest held beliefs about nature. Rachel Berwick's website: http://www.rachelberwick.com/
The Supremes have been called the second-most important American music act after Elvis. Though they had a string of Number 1 hits, they were never nominated for a Grammy. And though there have been several autobiographies written by group members, up till now there has never been a thorough biography written by an outsider of the Supremes and their long struggle at Motown Records. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome noted rock historian MARK RIBOWSKY who tells the real story of the three teenagers who met in the Detroit projects, started out as The Primettes and went on to become headlining stars as The Supremes at the Copacabana. It’s a gritty story of jealousy, greed and the drive to succeed against all odds. This is also the story of one of the greatest songwriting teams America has ever known: Holland-Dozier-Holland. Tune in tonight as we relive those crazy, heady days of “Hitsville USA”. Ribowsky’s monumental book is titled: THE SUPREMES: A SAGA OF MOTOWN DREAMS, SUCCESS AND BETRAYAL.
Bruce Gaultney, publisher, and Leah Lamson, incoming executive editor of the Telegram & Gazette.
WE'LL TALK ABOUT: The death and life of America’s newspapers.
On tonight’s Inquiry, our guest is award winning writer, designer and novelist CHIP KIDD. In the 1960s, renown Japanese manga artist Jiro Kuwata turned out an amazing series of Batman comic stories, that until very recently were only known in Japan. Kidd has lovingly reproduced a set of these comics in a state of the art volume titled BAT MANGA that also includes some photographs of the distinctly Japanese merchandise that was sold at the time. Tune in and find out what the Japanese thought of this American superhero and what kind of unique villains the Japanese Batman fought. On-line, we also talk about Kidd’s latest novel THE LEARNERS, which begins, with the quote: “An idea ahead of its time, no matter what it is, is not a good idea.”
Have you ever wondered how one develops a serious interest in the natural world? Is it due to your schooling? Your parents and family? Or, perhaps, a book you happened to read? Tonight, natural historian, teacher and noted photographer JOHN GREEN speaks about his long and passionate career of observing the plants and creatures of Massachusetts (and elsewhere). John talks about his complex and extraordinary life and how he became such an incisive and discriminating observer of our natural environment. Along the way, you’ll learn about Skunk Cabbage, False Hellebore, and John’s continuing passion for photographing the ever-changing patterns of ice in streams, rivers and waterfalls. For some examples of John Green's photography, go to: http://www.johngreenphotos.com/
Hank Stolz is host of Wake Up Worcester!, a 30-minute TV show seen Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. on Charter Channel 3.
Some of you may know him from his 10 years waking up Worcester County on The WTAG Morning News or from The Hank Stolz Experience the last couple of years on AM 830 WCRN.
He says that being on the air the last dozen years in Worcester has really driven home just how special this area is. He feels he can fill hundreds of shows as the ideas just keep spilling out.
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Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.
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