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.
Host Chet Williamson chats with harmonica player Yvonnic Prene and pianist Jason Yeager.
In his new book "The Antidote" author Barry Werth takes us on a unprecedented access to Vertex and its founder, Josh Boger, to tell the story of how the company went from a cash-starved startup to one of the great triumphs of American innovation and revolutionized the drug industry. It is a story of just how cutthroat and challenging the pharmaceutical business really is. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author Barry Werth.
In an encore episode, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Tim McGourthy (shown, left), former chief development officer of the City of Worcester, and Craig Blais (shown, right), executive director of the Worcester Business Development Corp. They talk about the proposed Theater District for downtown Worcester. This episode aired originally on March 31, 2013.
(This February 3, Tim McGourthy left City Hall to become executive director of the Worcester Regional Regional Bureau, replacing Roberta Schaefer, who has retired.)
In January 2013, there was a packed house at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, for a public hearing on a draft plan by the WBDC and the City of Worcester for a Theater District in downtown Worcester. Despite certain news-media obsession with it, the draft plan did not call for an indoor skating rink on part of the Salem Street parking lot that serves the main branch of Worcester Public Library.
However, the draft plan for the Theater District did call for a "building envelope" there, to contain some sort of public-purpose building or buildings, to, along with other attractions such as food trucks, draw more pedestrian traffic to the area. And, if the market demand, infrastructure capacity and development financing are there, the "building envelope" space could contain an indoor skating rink. In addition, the draft plan included a parking garage on the parking lot along Portland Street that had been used for Telegram & Gazette parking and which, along with the former T&G buildings, the WBDC now owns. That parking lot is only one block away from the library.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist, editor and writer Jonathan Black about his very entertaining new social history Making The American Body: The Remarkable Saga Of The Men And Women Whose Feats, Feuds, And Passions Shaped Fitness History. Tonight Jonathan talks about the early years in bodybuilding and fitness training with the likes of Charles Atlas, Muscle Beach, Abbye Pudgy Stockton, and Jack Lalanne.
Then: Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist and photographer Tara Sellios. Tara’s extraordinary photographic series are meditation on fragility, impermanence, carnality and death. Her work, sensual but also shocking, relates to themes found in memento mori canvasses from the 16th century. To see some fine examples of Tara’s work go to her website: http://tarasellios.com/
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