Even if he didn’t “kill him a b’ar when he was only three”, as the Disney song extolled, David Crockett was probably our first celebrity hero. A true “Son of Tennessee”, which was the frontier of America in the very early 1800s, Crockett was a very successful bear hunter; the archetypical frontiersman, and a gifted raconteur. The wilderness was indeed his cathedral. Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with writer MICHAEL WALLIS about his thrilling history of the idiosyncratic DAVID CROCKETT: THE LION OF THE WEST.
Author Brooke Hauser spent an entire year at Brooklyn’s International High School at Prospect Heights, a vibrant public high school that teaches English to recently arrived immigrants from around the world. In her new book THE NEW KIDS: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens she takes us inside the hallways and classrooms and into the complicated lives of the students who go there. This week Al speaks with Hauser about her experiences and just how new immigrants learn and what their hopes and dreams are here in the United States.
Join us as we welcome Patrick Hughes of Fallon Community Health Plan for an encore talk on revitalizing America’s health-care and health-insurance sectors in the era of Obamacare and Romneycare.
Patrick Hughes has served as president and CEO of Fallon Community Health Plan since February 2010, replacing Eric Schultz, who left for Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, where he is now president and CEO. He joined Fallon in 2007 as senior vice president and chief marketing and sales officer. That same year, he assumed extensive responsibility for all health-plan operations in the new role of division president. Under his leadership, Fallon membership grew to its highest level in the company’s history. A 10-year veteran of the National Football League, Hughes continues to foster a deep appreciation and respect for teamwork. He also credits his experience as a linebacker with the New York Giants (1970-1976) and the New Orleans Saints (1977-1979) for helping him to develop a keen ability to quickly identify and respond to challenges and opportunities in his present-day field of play: today’s dynamic health-care market and environment.
Science Fairs are no longer about exploding Plaster of Paris volcanoes or mouse traps and ping-pong balls to demonstrate nuclear fission. Today’s high schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years and the stakes involves prize money of many thousands of dollars and an assured future career in science. For many of these current science fair participants, winning means being able to go to the college of their choice. Writer JUDY DUTTON followed twelve contestants in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and tells their amazing stories in her new book SCIENCE FAIR SEASON: TWELVE KIDS, A ROBOT NAMED SCORCH AND WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN. Tune in and learn about what these new Einsteins and Gates are up to.
Whether throwing a well aimed rock, shooting an arrow at a bulls eye, or taking aim with a cannon at a fortress, if you want to hit your target, it’s all about ballistics. Tonight on Inquiry we talk one again with MARK DENNY, physicist and prolific writer, about his new book THEIR ARROWS WILL DARKEN THE SKY: THE EVOLUTION AND SCIENCE OF BALLISTICS. Tonight, we talk about the earliest black powder weapons, Matchlocks, Flintlocks, cannons and carronades and how these weapons changed how wars were fought.
At the piano, Randy Weston's knees come up as high as the keys. He is a tall man with a deep sound on his instrument of 70 years. For him jazz is not a genre. It's spirit. It's home, celebrated in music from the opening "African Rhythms to his long-time theme, "Love, the Mystery Of.
Join us on Thursday at 7pm for a look at some of our favorite Folk Trios! Expect favorites such as Peter Paul and Mary and the Kingston Folk Trio!
Join us for our second of three parts of our 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. Stay tuned next week for our concluding show of the series!
Trumpeter Randy Brecker has been a tireless explorer of all kinds of musical genres — from funk to Brazilian to mainstream jazz. Brecker brought along his group to this Piano Jazz, where he joins guest host Bill Charlap and performs some of his own tunes including "There's a Mingus A Monk Us, "Skunk Funk and "Moontide." Charlap joins the group for "All the Things You Are."
The relationship between art and architecture is a complex and at times an uneasy one. In the twentieth century a number of artists works have focused on commenting about our relationship to the physical structures in which we work and live. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back DINA DEITSCH, curator at the DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM. Tonight she talks about a current large and ambitious show at the museum titled TEMPORARY STRUCTURES, that involves built environments, performance art and video work that all comments of buildings, houses and museums. For more information , go to: http://www.decordova.org
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