Jazz Night in America hits Central America, specifically Panama! Pianist Danilo Perez, founder of the Panama Jazz Festival, is our guide as we learn the power of using jazz as a vehicle for social change.We hear music from Perez and John Patitucci and profile violinist Joshue Ashby, a young rising star fusing jazz with Latin American and African traditions.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Christian Felber, founder of the Austria-based movement The Economy for the Common Good, about creating economies for the common good. This episode aired originally on November 20, 2016.
Christian Felber maintains that “promoting our nation’s general welfare is one of the bases of the United States Constitution, stated in the preamble.” Yet, he adds, “the growing contradiction between business goals and societies values - illustrated by the burgeoning wealth gap, stalemate in addressing climate change and trends toward populism and protectionism - tells us that as a priority, general welfare has been all but forgotten.”
Felber is the author of 15 books, including Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good. And, he’s an adjunct lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and is also a modern dancer.
The Economy for the Common Good unites more than 10,000 supporters in 40 nations and is backed by 2,000 companies. Its mission is to eliminate the fundamental contradiction between business values and social well-being.
Felber’s fundamental mission through The Economy for the Common Good, as explained in his book, Change Everything, is to “bring back the synergy that’s been lost between economy and society, business and individuals’ needs. In the current economy, survival depends not on being good or doing good, but on generating profits, no matter whether a company serves human interests or the environment – and no matter the costs to people or our planet.”
As Felber sees it, “Capitalism is in the midst of a crisis - the direction of the U.S. elections, Brexit and the surging tide of populism worldwide due to polarization and destabilization are just a few indicators. It is clearly time to breathe a soul back into economics and to re-embed the economy into our cultural value system in a way that elevates social responsibility and the common good over profit.”
After World War I, young reporter Ernest Hemingway moved to Paris with his new wife determined to become a famous writer of fiction. This was at a time when people like Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald dominated the scene. How Hemingway discovered his style and found the inspiration for his first truly great literary work is the tale recounted in EVERYBODY BEHAVES BADLY: THE TRUE STORY BEHIND HEMINGWAY’S MASTERPIECE THE SUN ALSO RISES written by tonight’s guest, award-winning journalist, reporter and cultural historian LESLEY M. M. BLUME. Tune in, it’s a colorful story with fist fights, infidelity, hard drinking and of course, bull fights among the Lost Generation.
Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with writer and essayist SAYANTANI DASGUPTA. She was born in Calcutta , raised in New Delhi and now teaches at the University of Idaho. Her new book is a collection of her short autobiographical essays about being in-between two very different places and cultures FIRE GIRL: ESSAYS ON INDIA, AMERICA AND THE IN-BETWEEN.
Four hours of classic songs from the 20th century Folk Revival period, from 1950-1970. Kick back and listen to Peter-Paul-&-Mary, the Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, the Highwaymen, the New Christy Minstrels, the Limeliters, Judy Collins, and so many more!
A scintillating Jazz synergy of acoustic guitar, accordion and saxophone that brings us into romantic spaces and evokes Latin landscapes.
Tonight we go down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass when we talk with PROFESSOR DAME GILLIAN BEER. She is the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature Emerita at the University of Cambridge and we will be talking about her new book ALICE IN SPACE: THE SIDEWAYS WORLD OF LEWIS CARROLL.
On Inquiry tonight our “in studio” guests are HONEE HESS, Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts and THOMAS DOUGHTON, Senior Lecturer, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Holy Cross. They both will be talking about the upcoming Crafts Center exhibition: BANDITS & HEROES, POETS & SAINTS: POPULAR ARTS OF THE NORTHEAST OF BRAZIL. For more information on this exhibition, go to: www.worcestercraftcenter.org.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JEFF CHANG: executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. We will continue our conversation about his book: WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT: NOTES ON RACE AND RESEGREGATION. Tonight we talk about his reporting from Ferguson and the meaning of the term “Asian American.”
Tonight on Inquiry we talk about mysterious arcane tomes with ALLISON KAVEY, assistant professor of history at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Who wrote these books on alchemy and medicine that promised to reveal secrets that no one else knew? Who published these books and who bought them? Tune in tonight when we talk about Kavey’s BOOKS OF SECRETS: NATURAL PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLAND 1550-1600.
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