Why does it seem that more people with unconventional lifestyles live in Florida? Is it the climate that attracts fringe groups? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with intrepid journalist and free-lance writer LYNN WADDELL who has spent time with a number of these people and groups with very alternative lifestyles. Tune in and learn about Joe Redner who owns the lap dance capital of the world and has been voted “best troublemaker” in Tampa. We also discuss the numerous UFO sightings in Gulf Breeze and the numerous carny folk of Showtown. Waddell’s book is titled FRINGE FLORIDA: TRAVELS AMONG MUD BOGGERS, FURRIES, UFOLOGISTS, NUDISTS AND OTHER LOVERS OF UNCONVENTIONAL LIFESTYLES.
Bobby talks with Vibraphonist Gary Burton about his new release "Guided Tour" and his new autobiography (15 years in the making) "Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton". Gary shares passages from his book about a couple of the people that have been important in his career -- and talks candidly about coming to terms with aspects of his personal life.
Host Chet Williamson chats with legendary pianist Randy Weston.
Inquiry welcomes back WILLIAM L. BIRD JR. , Curator in the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Tonight we talk about his unique history HOLIDAYS ON DISPLAY a history of outdoor holiday lighting, animated department store windows and parade floats. Tune in and learn about mechanical cows, illuminated ice piles and mail order float kits. It’s American cultural history at its best.
Inquiry welcomes naturalist, eco-philosopher, speaker and writer LYANDA LYNN HAUPT. She has written a wonderful new book about those wild creatures that we now find in our urban environments. These are animals like coyotes, raccoons, possums and even moles. We are deeply conflicted about these wild creatures on our home turf. As Lyanda writes: “we hope that they thrive. We wish they would leave.” He new book is titled THE URBAN BESTIARY: ENCOUNTERING THE EVERYDAY WILD
Bassist Pat O’Leary has helped some of the best musicians in jazz swing like mad: Diana Krall, Bob Dorough, Lionel Hampton, Mel Lewis and others. O’Leary is also a composer and passionate teacher and talked to Judy about a fascinating project in Serbia where he combined his talents, working with students and professionals to present his arrangements of Serbian folk songs as reborn jazz orchestrations.
Host Chet Williamson chats with Russian pianist Eldar and bandleader Ken Schaphorst.
William "Smokey" Robinson helped create the Great American Soul Book with songs like "The Tracks of My Tears, " "I Second That Emotion," & "The Tears of A Clown." He turns 74 this week. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of The Miracles and all of Smokey's solo work, too. If you're a fan of Motown you don't want to miss this….It all starts at 7pm!!
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by musical director Vincent Gardner and joined by vocalists Dennis Rowland and Marlena Shaw, collaborates with the late, legendary Count Basie composer and arranger Frank Foster. The works are composed in an ode to romance.
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