In her most recent book:The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty cultural critic and author Karen Bloch opens the door to twenty-five of the most beautiful homes in the world—ones owned by top interior designers, fashion designers, artists, and stylists—to reveal how simple principles borrowed from nature can inspire gorgeous, innovative interiors that both calm and embolden us. To create this unique volume, Bloch interviewed renowned aesthetes with homes all over the world, including interior designers Juan Montoya, Darryl Carter, and Vicente Wolf; fashion designers Donna Karan, Alberta Ferretti, and Consuelo Castiglioni; stylist Lori Goldstein; and artist Michele Oka Doner. Tune in this Sunday evening to hear how you too can create an oasis in your very own home.
In an encore episode, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Tim Murray, the new president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. They talk about recharging the Chamber as an economic-development catalyst,
The Worcester Regional Chamber traces its roots back a century and a half, when a group of prominent businessmen established the Worcester Business Exchange in 1873. It was the first business organization in Massachusetts. Two years later, the state officially recognized the organization, which was renamed the Worcester Board of Trade. In 1913, the organization merged with the Merchant’s Association to become the Worcester Chamber of Commerce - adding “Regional” to its name more than a decade ago.
Today, the Chamber has 2,300 members, which includes the head counts of all its affiliates, plus annual revenue of more than $1.2 million. Proclaiming itself to be “the largest Chamber in New England,” Worcester Regional states a dedication to “enhancing the region’s economic prosperity and the vitality of its business community.
According to the Chamber, its mission is “to support existing businesses and promote economic development in the Worcester region by being a bold, strong, articulate and effective advocate.” Yet these are challenging times for the more than 5,000 other Chambers nationwide, as they are for most other businesses and organization across America. A year ago this month, for example, the Wachusett Chamber of Commerce got wiped out in an avalanche of money woes.
On June 2, Tim Murray replaced Dick Kennedy, who had been president and CEO for the past nine years. Murray is being paid $200,000 a year – much more than the $125,000 annual paycheck he had been getting as lieutenant governor.
Read Now: Steve Jones-D'Agostino's article for GoLocalWorcester, in which he profiles Tim Murray as the new head of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
A small piece of the Connecticut Charter Oak. A wooden chip cut from a railroad tie. A piece of cake from President Roosevelt’s birthday ball. A magnifying glass and chads from Broward County, Florida. All of these mementos can be found in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Division of Political History. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with WILLIAM L. BIRD JR., curator and historian at the Smithsonian about his new book SOUVENIR NATION: RELICS, KEEPSAKES, AND CURIOS FROM THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY.
Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. Also in the studio is EMILEE WOOTEN, one of the new crop of “Artists in Residence” at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Tune in and learn about this program, about Emilee Wooten’s amazing large scale clay works, and about the Windows on the World: Collages by Judith Stoddard King. For more information about the Worcester Center for Crafts, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx. To see examples of Emilee Wooten’s work, go to: http://emileewooten.com/
T.S. Monk is wearing "three hats". Well-known for launching his career in R&B with hits from albums including House of Music and More of the Good Life, the drummer, bandleader, composer and vocalist grew up immersed in Jazz as the son of the legendary pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk. The recipient of the New York Jazz Awards First Annual "Recording of the Year" award and DownBeat Magazine's 63rd Annual Album of the Year Reader’s Choice Award for his collaborative tribute album entitled "Monk on Monk"; T.S. has recorded several straight-ahead jazz albums and continues to lead the T.S. Monk Sextet. As Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Founder of The Thelonious Monk Institute, an organization that honors his father's legacy and supports jazz education, T.S. is passionate about the role he plays as a spokesperson for the American classical art form.
Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson continues the Fall Membership Drive with a Jazz-A-Thon that highlights T.S Monk and other artist’s voices including bassist/poet Larry Roland, pianist/vocalist Paul Broadnax and pianist/musicologist/educator Dr. Lewis Porter. Tune in at 4pm.
This is release week for Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit on Blue Note. One year ago, he sang for the Autumnal Equinox at the Lucerna Music Bar near Wenceslas Square. A fan wrote “huge applause, two encores, great solo performances, band tight and so was Gregory .. made me long for the USA ..” Thanks to Radio Prague.
From the rich tradition of maritime music, in anticipation of the upcoming Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, with special guests Sue Young (from the band London Julie) and renowned concertina player and folksinger Chris Maden.
Inquiry welcomes back the one and only BILL THOMPSON III, Editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and author of many books on birds. His latest book is titled BIRD HOMES AND HABITATS. This book is a great source for learning about what will make your home property more “bird friendly” and how best to feed and attract birds. Tune in tonight for some great tips!
Tonight we speak with STAN ULANSKI, Professor or Meteorology, Oceanography and Marine Resources in the Geology and Environmental Science Department. He has written a very entertaining and informative book on billfish: those large and fast fish that have the long pointy “swords”. The book is part natural history, part angling adventure and part cultural history. Tune in and learn all about how swordfish live, how sailfish can change color, and how Blue Marlin are most people’s favorite gamefish. We will also talk about how two famous American fiction writers, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey, wrote about the thrill of fishing for billfish. Professor Ulanski’s book is titled: THE BILLFISH STORY: SWORDFISH, SAILFISH, MARLIN AND OTHER GLADIATORS OF THE SEA.
Jazz & pop vocalist Johnny Mathis has been wowing listeners since the 1950s with his dynamic voice backed by lush arrangements of ballads like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and his definitive version of “Misty.” This week the two-time Grammy Hall of Famer reveals what lies behind his enduring success.
Do you love chocolate? If the answer is YES, then tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes back MELISSA STEWART, author of more than 150 science books for children. Tonight she talks about her latest book: with the intriguing title NO MONKEYS, NO CHOCOLATE, written with Allen Young, the world’s leading expert on cocoa tree pollination and growth. This is a wonderful introduction to the complexities of rainforest ecology that looks at just one plant and all the plant and animal life that affect it: the cocoa tree, from which we get chocolate
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