Actor, singer and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Niles Crane on the long-running TV series Frasier. He’s also a Tony Award-winning actor for his role in Curtains. Pierce and Feinstein's discussion ranges from Beethoven to Spamalot, and Pierce sings a few of his favorite standards with Feinstein at the piano.
Bats have a bad reputation and are feared by many people. But bats are crucial to the health of our environment and many species are locally endangered for a variety of reasons. Inquiry welcomes back children’s book author MELISSA STEWART to talk about her wonderfully informative children’s book A PLACE FOR BATS, the fifth title in Stewart’s series of natural history books for young readers. Tune in and learn about how bats live and why you are not seeing as many bats as you did years ago.
Tenor sax great Scott Hamilton discusses his new CD with Duke Robillard and his perspective as an American jazz musician living in Europe.
Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes back WICN's resident Northern Soul connoisseur Steve Moysey. Steve's got another incredible set of little heard, soul-inspired dance tunes from a wild array of artists! It all starts this Monday at 7pm!!
In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists yet to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Charlie Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. Bird lives as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Wendell Pierce hosts.
In the world of wine the name Paul Hobbs is highly regarded. Not only as a top notch winemaker but as a world renown wine consultant. His ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work has made him one of the most highly sought after winemakers on the planet. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trend setter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. Join Al this Sunday evening when he travels to California to speak with wine guru Paul Hobbs.
Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back JEFFREY BENNETT. He served as the first director of the Program in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Sills at the University of Colorado. He holds a PhD in astrophysics and is the author of several books. His latest children’s book is titled THE WIZARD WHO SAVED THE WORLD is a wonderful science-based book that encourages young readers to get involved in mathematics, science and to help solve the world’s large scale problems. MATH FOR LIFE: CRUCIAL IDEAS YOU DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL is a book for adult math phobics and math loathers. It is Bennett’s contention that we are simply not taught the math we actually need to know to get by as adults: how to figure taxes, understanding statistics we read about in newspapers, how to plan a budget and how to understand the national debt. All these topics involve mathematics, and we need to understand them in adult everyday life, but typically all we are taught in school is about quadratic equations and trigonometry. Tune in tonight and learn about what math we need not the math we are taught.
It is scientifically well established that a mother’s own breast milk is superior to formula for a baby’s health. It’s full of proteins, antibodies and even anti-cancer chemicals not found in any substitute. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding children from 6 months to a year. But many women find this impractical or medically impossible. There are well established “milk banks” where a mother can purchase donated milk, but it is very costly to feed a baby this way. The demand has far outstripped the supply. Recently there has sprung up an ever-growing on-line unregulated market for human breast milk as women are selling and buying it from total strangers as a way to both save and make money. And therein lies all sorts of potential serious medical problems. Tonight’s returning guest is science writer and journalist JUDY DUTTON who has written a recent piece for Wired Magazine about this subject LIQUID GOLD: THE BOOMING MARKET FOR HUMAN BREAST MILK. Tune in and find out why women are participating in this potentially risky enterprise.
Catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson speaks with pianist-composer and NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal. Mr. Jamal's career as
an American Classical performer has spanned more than seventy years and he continues to tour. World renowned for his leadership in jazz and revered for his interpretation of the tune "Ponciana" and so many other recordings, Jamal will talk about his musical journey and recent release Blue Moon: The New York Session. Tune in at 4pm to hear his story first-hand.
Miles Davis and Gil Evans, trumpet and orchestrator, collaborated unforgettably on the albums Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain. For this occasion, Miles Evans (the son of Gil) provides the original charts for both. Terence Blanchard is the trumpet soloist, with the Vince Mendoza Orchestra from Los Angeles.
"...[T]he entire performance [of Sketches of Spain] was impeccable," blogged Richard Scheinen of the San Jose Mercury News immediately after the show. "You could hear, with clarity, the astonishing detail of Evans's writing."
Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson is equally at home on Broadway and in front of the camera. He made his Broadway debut as the understudy for both male leads in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and his cabaret debut, a one man show titled Back to the Start, was a sold-out hit. Jackson has appeared on NBC’s 30 Rock and Fox’s Glee and has recorded an album of duets with Feinstein, The Power of Two. The pair are reunited here on Song Travels to discuss Jackson’s journey from Idaho to the national stage and to perform a few musical highlights from along the way.
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