Kind of a birthday celebration, Nick Noble dips into his CD collection for four hours of his favorite songs.
When the G & C Merriam Company of Massachusetts published the third edition of Webster’s Dictionary in 1961, little did they realize that they would start “America’s greatest language controversy”. All over a few words that had been classified as slang. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with DAVID SKINNER, editor, writer and journalist about his wild and entertaining history THE STORY OF AIN’T: AMERICA, ITS LANGUAGE, AND THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL DICTIONARY EVER PUBLISHED.
Sydney and Violet Schiff were an amazing couple. They lived in the 1920s in Britain. They were madly in love with each other and each was a connoisseur of the visual arts and of modernist writing. Their close friends included some of the most legendary writers of that era. Tune in tonight for a story of one of the most unique literary salons. We speak with teacher, editor, reporter and writer STEPHEN KLAIDMAN about his brilliant new book SYDNEY AND VIOLET: THEIR LIFE WITH T.S.ELIOT, PROUST, JOYCE AND THE EXCRUCIATINGLY IRASCIBLE WYNDAM LEWIS. The image is of "Workshop" by Wyndam Lewis.
Deborah Holland, a Los Angeles based piano teacher and songwriter, was a member of Animal Logic with jazz bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Stewart Copeland (formerly with The Police). She began her musical studies at age 14, attended the Berklee College of Music and Rutgers University, from which she received her B.A. with Highest Honors in Jazz Studies.
Cidny Bullens (formerly Cindy Bullens) grew up in Massachusetts, and release 2 albums in the late 1970’s on United Artists Records. Her 1978 debut album, Desire Wire, has been described as “one of the great lost rock albums of the 70’s”, and anticipated later work by a host of 1980’s female rock artists, from Pat Benatar, to Blondie, to The Go-Gos. She provided vocals on three songs for the soundtrack of the 1977 feature fiml “Grease”, for which she earned a Grammy nomination for best rock vocal performance. Cindy got her start in the music business by performing as a backup vocalist with Elton John on three major tours. In 1999, Cindy’s album “Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth” featured guests Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell and Bryan Adams.
Cidny and Deborah also comprise two-thirds of the group The Refugees, also featuring Wendy Waldman.
Singer, songwriter, and actor Eric Benét charges his old school soul songwriting with healthy doses of modern funk and hip-hop. His winning formula has been recognized with multiple Grammy and Image Award nominations. Benét joins Feinstein for a set of original tunes and classics by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, and David Foster.
“All people long for justice, but we feel horrible when those who have created harm go unpunished”. We are of two minds about revenge: we talk about it and joke about it, enjoy movies about the hero seeking revenge, but feel conflicted about actually doing it ourselves. Our courts offer victims very little solace. Victims are rarely allowed to make statements in court and plea-bargaining subverts any possibility of the victim feeling like justice was served. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with THANE ROSENBAUM. He is the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer at Fordam Law School and directs the Forum on Law, Culture and Society. His new powerful book is titled PAYBACK: THE CASE FOR REVENGE and it may change how you think about revenge and justice.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with photographer RUBY RAY. Her new book, which also contains a great CD, is titled FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: CALIFORNIA PUNK 1977-81. This collection of photos documents the bands and people that made the punk scene in Los Angeles and San Francisco featuring photographs of bands like D.O.A.; the Mutants, X; and Devo. She has also written and produced a more extensive e-book on the subject titled PUNK PASSAGE: A TRAGICOMIC ROMP THRU THE HARDCORE AXIS OF THE SF/LA PUNK SCENE 1977-1981. (photograph by Ruby Ray of the band X)
Brazilian cornetist Marcelo Teixeira Da Costa is the Artistic Director of Brazil’s largest jazz festival, the I LOVE JAZZ Festival, a celebration mounted in 3 different cities throughout the country, celebrating not the music of Jobim or other bassa or samba masters, but the classic American jazz of Louis Armstrong and other greats of the early years of jazz.
Perpetually sensitive in style and spirit, pianist Bill Evans was driven by a 'quiet fire' that has influenced generations of pianists. Guest musical director Bill Charlap with Evans' guitarist Jim Hall and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute with classics like Waltz for Debby, Five and Peri's Scope. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Dan Kennedy, assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University, about his new book, The Wired City: Reimaging Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age. Also n the show, Michele May, artist, designer and creator of the Cirque du Noir. The Cirque du Noir is a wonderful costumed art event held this year on October 27 that helps raise money for the Worcester County Food Bank.
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