You may only know Van McCoy for his disco megahit, but he was a respected producer, songwriter & performer for decades. He wrote for Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & Jackie Wilson, to name just a few. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life of a "lost soul" on this week's show. It all starts at 7pm!
Tenor saxophonists have been at the forefront of jazz for most of its history. Visionaries like Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, and the incomparable John Coltrane have immortalized the instrument. On our stage, three generations of tenor masters, Benny Golson, Bennie Maupin, and Joe Lovano -- pay tribute to this tradition with Coltrane's Peace On Earth, Joe Henderson's Recordame, and originals including Lovano's Big Ben. Wendell Pierce hosts.
The A&E network's decision to return Phil Robertson to the "Duck Dynasty" show has both critics and fans. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Chris Stone founder of Faith Driven Consumer. The organization was behind the widely publicized IStandWithPhil.com petition drive.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Frances Moore Lappe, author of EcoMind. They talk about changing the way we think, to create the world we want. This episode aired originally on May 12, 2013.
Reports of our planet appear uniformly calamitous, as our climate becomes more chaotic, hunger spreads, and each day species are lost forever. Yet, these crises aren't our core challenge, argues Lappe, an environmentalist and best-selling author. According to her, solutions are known or near at hand.
What is holding us back, is a deeper crisis: Our own crippling state of mind, which creates a feeling of powerlessness that causes us to create a world none of us want. What could be powerful enough to rob us of power to act on what we know? Lappe’s answer is "the power of ideas."
In EcoMind, Lappe presents evidence that human beings see the world through the filter of our core beliefs - what she calls our "mental map." The disempowering premise of our prevailing mental map is “lack:” There's not enough of anything, from energy and food to goodness in human nature. This premise of "lack of goods and goodness," she says, breeds fear, guilt and despair - and ends up creating the very scarcity we are trying to escape.
According to Lappe, today's dominant mental map is unscientific and out-of-sync with what we now know about nature - including our own nature. With insight from neuroscience and ecology's lessons of connectedness and change, we can, however, learn to "think like an ecosystem." Through this emerging mental map, we can suddenly see possibility all around us and realize our power to change course. This internal transformation marks the cultivation of our "eco-mind."
Drawing on anthropology, biology, ecology, neuroscience and psychology, Lappe uniquely reframes our environmental and social crises. One by one, she deconstructs seven widely held "thought traps" that make up the prevailing mental map. She replaces each with fresh ways of seeing - "thought leaps," as she calls them - that open our eyes to possibility, giving us a new sense of power, meaning and connection.
Have you ever smiled when a rival co-worker experiences a misfortune? Do you enjoy watching “Reality TV” shows like Cops and laugh watching the lowlifes get busted? Did you get a kick out of seeing Martha Stewart get her comeuppance? Then you have experienced “schadenfreude”, a German term meaning “shameful joy”. It’s when we get a pleasurable feeling from watching other people do poorly. We don’t like to talk about it, but we all feel it at times. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Richard H. Smith, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky about his new fascinating book: The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and The Dark Side of Human Nature.
Alexander Wilson founded American ornithology and his eight-volume masterwork remains one of the great American scientific endeavors. Though many people know of John James Audubon, few people have even heard of Wilson or know much about his life. Tonight on Inquiry we will help to change that when we speak with Edward H. Burtt Jr.., The Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. His new book, written with William E. Davis Jr, is Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology. This book is a long overdue biography of Wilson as well as a beautiful appreciation of his art and an assessment of his work.
Catch Colors of Jazz when nine-time GRAMMY Award winning vocalist Janis Siegel speaks with host Bonnie Johnson. Ms. Siegel will talk about her latest endeavors including the 2013 release of her newest solo CD, Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude. The mezzo-soprano/alto and co-founder of the a cappella group The Manhattan Transfer will bring her solo tour to Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on January 9, 2014. Tune in at 4pm.
Our 7th Annual Tribute Show commemorating those artists who passed away in the last year, with special guest co-host Beth DeSombre.
As an energetic six year old, Ben Williams was as curious as a cat. Ben’s mother worked for Congressman John Conyers (an avid jazz lover) on Capitol Hill, so when she took the youngster into the office on his school break, a watchful eye was in order. One afternoon, while rambling around Conyers’ large, leather appointed office, Ben discovered a huge object that instantly captured his imagination. The shiny upright bass was like nothing the kid had ever seen. He tapped on it. He popped a string. He climbed up on it. “What is this thing?” he wondered.
Part Two: Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.
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