First there is Ford and then Mercedes Benz. The same can said about wine. First there are hundreds of well made wines throughout California but there is on one Caymus.Join Al this week as he travels to Napa California to speak with owner/winemaker Chuck Wagner of Caymus vineyards. Their "Special Selection" Cabernet is considered by many to be the best. Tune in to hear how this iconic winery has been on the forefront for over 30 years.
Horror films have been made since the beginning of cinema. Thomas Edison made one of the earliest film treatments of the Frankenstein novel. And since those early days, horror films have had a long, complex multinational history . Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is Dr. WHEELER WINSTON DIXON the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies and professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His latest book on film history is one of the most complete and far ranging histories of this genre: A HISTORY OF HORROR. Tonight we discuss the beginnings of the horror film and concentrate on the fascinating story of the British film company Hammer Films, which in the 1960s reinvigorated the cinema of horror with classic films like The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula, Prince of Darkness and made international stars of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. If you are passionate about horror films, don’t miss tonight’s show!
When Hollywood directors like Spielberg, De Palma and Zemeckis want to make sure their science fiction films look real, they often call in science consultants to get their suggestions. But how much influence these scientists on the final look of the picture varies tremendously from film to film. Certainly any good director wants the science of their film to be correct, but not when it gets in the way of a good story or adds to the budget. So there is often a struggle between the science consultant’s knowledge and the director’s vision. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with DAVID A. KIRBY, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication Studies at the Centre the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. His new book LAB COATS IN HOLLYWOOD: SCIENCE, SCIENTISTS AND CINEMA looks at this complex and often rocky relationship between the scientists on call and the rest of the film crew. If you are a fan of science fiction films, don’t miss this interview!
Join us on Thursday, October 27th at 7pm for some listener request, along with some special guests and some folky Halloween flavor! Have a song, artist, or group of songs that you would like to hear? This show's playlist is up to YOU! Call us at (508) 752-0700 beforehand to suggest your favorite music!
Join us for our concluding part of the series paying tribute to some of greatest names in rhythmic New Orleans Jazz! Expect some of your NOLA favorites such as Paul Mares, George Bruines, Leon Roppolo, and the infamous "Jelly Roll" Morton.
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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