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Monday, August 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

Duke Ellington described him as "my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head." Composer Billy Strayhorn penned some of Duke's most enduring songs, but he himself remained in relative obscurity. Vocalist Jose James and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra interpret Strayhorn classics including "Lush Life," "Take the 'A' Train" and "Something to Live For." Wendell Pierce hosts

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 10:30pm

Summer is is in full swing and since schools not, kids have more time to go on the internet. Kids are logging onto social media sites and posting details of their adventures for their friends to see. But this seemingly innocent activity could be potentially dangerous. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al will be joined by Stan Holditch, on-line media safety expert for McAfee and learn what you can do to keep your loved ones safe.

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 10:00pm

Our guest this week is Dr. Ignacio Chapela, PhD, associate professor of microbial ecology at the University of California at Berkeley and senior scientist at the Norwegian Center for Biosafety in Norway. Join us as we talk about reshaping the food system by eliminating genetically modified organisms.

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 9:00pm

What do Zeus, Rama, Sinbad, Finn McCool, Oya, Professor James Moriarity,The White Tights, Darth Vader, The Furies and the Daleks all have in common? They are all considered “badasses” by tonight’s guest, author BEN THOMPSON. His book BADASS: THE BIRTH OF A LEGEND: SPINE CRUSHING TALES OF THE MOST MERCILESS GODS, MONSTERS, HEROES, VILLAINS AND MYTHICAL CREATURES EVER ENVISIONED is a wild romp through the heroic tales of mythology and pop culture, and the men, women, gods, goddesses, and creatures that make them great tales. Tune in for an over the top, entertaining discussion of what it takes to be a legendary “badass” and a heated discussion as to whether James T. Kirk should be up there with Cthulhu and Anubis.

GORDON B. LANKTON is Chairman of the Board, Nypro Inc. An engineering graduate of Cornell University, in 2007 he founded the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, with the largest collection of Russian icons publicly displayed outside of Russia. Back in 1956, fresh out of the Army and stationed in Germany, he decided to take a motorcycle trip like no other: from Germany to Southeast Asia. He had never ridden a motorcycle before. The trip would take him through Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Vietnam and that is just for starters. As you can imagine, the road conditions varied tremendously from just passable to extremely poor, with stretches snow, ice and even sand covered. Along the way, he spent time talking with people along the way, learning about all the cultures encountered at a time when most Americans were totally ignorant
of that part of the globe. It was an epic journey that changed him forever. His memoir of that amazing trip is titled A LONG WAY HOME: A MOTORCYCLE JOURNEY.

Friday, August 5, 2011 - 6:00pm

Maria Schneider says trumpeter Gabriel Alegria from Lima "is creating a sound that few people have heard, with instrumentation that includes a cajon and the jaw of a donkey. Pianist Clayton has a great flow plus humor on "Trapped In A Dream and Dizzy's "Con Alma.

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 4:30pm

Benny Carter should be considered among the greatest jazz alto saxists of the swing era alongside Johnny Hodges. More than merely a giant of jazz saxophone, Benny Carter was a composer and arranger, skilled clarinetist and gifted trumpet player, and an exceptionally versatile, talented musician active for more than three quarters of a century.

As a saxist his significance was teaching the alto saxophone to sing. His signature sound was smooth, flowing and graceful -- displaying ease, confidence and a clear sense of direction when soloing. It’s my impression that alto sax can be a very difficult instrument on which to develop a rich, pleasing tone, but Carter succeeded brilliantly. He had impeccable phrasing giving each note full value, even in rapid arpeggios and runs, exquisitely balancing taste, technique, freshness and emotion while making it all look easy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 7:00pm

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jerry Garcia was best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, the rock band for which he served as de facto leader for 30 years, 1965-1995. Concurrently for much of that time, he also led his own Jerry Garcia Band, and he performed and recorded in a variety of configurations and a variety of styles, particularly styles of folk and country music, sometimes switching to banjo or pedal steel guitar for the purpose. Garcia also formed a jazz-oriented group called Reconstruction  that included Merle Saunders, was part of bluegrass band Old & In The Way, and performed old-timey acoustic music with David Grisman.

Jerome John Garcia, named after the show tune composer Jerome Kern, was born August 1, 1942, in San Francisco, CA, and died on August 9, 1995.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 6:00pm

Pianist Jason Moran had a banner year in 2010. He was awarded a highly coveted "genius award from the MacArthur Foundation, and his trio Bandwagon's album Ten topped the JazzTimes Critics' Poll. On this 2002 session, Moran performs his tune "Ravel/States of Art, and joins McPartland for a duet of "Bemsha Swing".

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 11:00am

Has psychiatry lost its way? DR. DANIEL CARLAT, on the faculty of the Tufts Medical School, believes psychiatry has become too much about prescribing meds and less about sitting and carefully listening to the patient. Many doctors are over prescribing drugs and giving meds to patients who might be better off merely discussing their problems.  Furthermore, the drug companies have far too much influence on which drugs doctors give to their patients. Tune in tonight for an honest assessment of the current state of psychiatry from a doctor in the field. Dr. Carlat’s revealing book is titled UNHINGED: THE TROUBLE WITH PSYCHIATRY-A DOCTOR’S REVELATIONS ABOUT A PROFESSION IN CRISIS. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 11:00am

“When Facebook washed up on the shores of Trinidad, it felt as though someone in the United States, who had never heard of the place, had unwittingly invented an instrument that is the purest expression of Trinidadian culture.” Writes DANIEL MILLER, Professor of Anthropology at University College, London. His new book TALES FROM FACEBOOK examines how the new social media interacts and affects the complex culture of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. It some ways, Facebook , or Fasbook as Trinidadians call it, reinforces certain cultural values of community, but at the same time Fasbook also contributes to very particular notion of chaos or “baccahnal.” Tune in for some fascinating insights into how the new social media is interpreted used by other cultures. 

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