This week on Inquiry we welcome MICHAEL DOVER, retired environmental scientist member of the Hitchcock Center board and co-editor of the new compendium of essays titled EARTH MATTERS: ESSAYS ON THE NATURE OF THE PIONEER VALLEY. The essays in this wonderful collection were first printed as a bi-weekly newspaper column and written by a variety of people associated with the Hitchcock Center, one of the leading New England centers for environmental education of children and adults. The subjects range from observations of birds, mammals, salamanders and invertebrates to pieces on the local farms, how to eat locally and even where to find a place to take a nap outdoors in the Valley. Together, these essays make up one of the most interesting and entertaining books on our local environment. Tonight we talk about the Big Night (for salamanders), how to talk to your children about global climate change and why it’s important to get out of your car and simply walk.
A five-time Grammy nominee, blues guitarist Robben Ford has played with renowned musicians including Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, and Bob Dylan. Named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine, he recently started his first rock-focused project, Renegade Creation. Ford joins Jon Weber for this episode of Piano Jazz, which includes duets of "On That Morning" and "Set A Date."
New Orleans painter talks about how growing up in the south and experiencing jazz has influenced his painting – from his “Blue Dog” portraits to his posters for “Jazz Fest.”
Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates a true southern soul original. Along with Al Green, Ann Peebles was one of the artists who defined Willie Mitchell's legendary Memphis soul label Hi Records. Peebles ranked among the finest deep Southern soul singers of all time with her instant classic 1973 hit "I Can't Stand the Rain." It starts at 7pm!!
Joe Henderson's distinctive lyrical tenor sax could embellish bop, blues, bossa nova and his big band sound. His friends and musical collaborators celebrate the man's lifetime of invention. We feature pianist Renee Rosnes, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and Chris Potter to mark the late Joe Henderson's birthday.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino of Best Rate of Climb interviews Gary Pfeil, president of Roche Brothers, a chain of supermarkets based in Wellesley, MA. They talk about how supermarket chains are filling their profit baskets in a tough economy.
Since 2009, Gary Pfeil has been president of Roche Brothers, which is owned and operated by brothers Ed and Rick Roche. He had been with the company since 1996 and was named vice president and general manager in 2004.
The company's stores are primarily located in the Boston metro area. Roche Brothers also operates the supermarket chain Sudbury Farms.
Pat and Bud Roche opened their first store in 1952 in Roslindale. This first meat-and-produce store expanded in 1957 to include a grocery department. From there, the company began to grow with the opening of a store in Needham in 1959 and in West Roxbury in 1967.
The company’s first Sudbury Farms store had its debut in 1980 in Sudbury. At that time, Sudbury Farms was a new and exciting concept in the supermarket industry. It featured one of the largest bulk-produce departments, a deli kitchen with a large variety of home-made, quality entrees and side dishes, and a fresh fish department with exclusive rights to sell Foley Fish, which had only been available in the finest restaurants in the United States.
The second Sudbury Farms was opened in Randolph in 1983 and the third Sudbury Farms opened in Needham in 1990. In 2007, Roche Brothers opened its 18th store in Westboro with all the concepts of its previous stores as well even more selections of organic, natural and fresh products throughout the store.
Our guest tonight on Inquiry is JOHN A. LONG, Strategic Professor in Paleontology at Flinders University in Adelaide. Professor Long has made one of the most amazing and unexpected discoveries in paleontology: evidence of internal fertilization in prehistoric fish that lived 380 million years ago. This means these ancient creatures were not externally fertilizing eggs like many fish today do, but instead were having sex. If you have ever wondered about sex long, long ago, and even how dinosaurs “did it”, tune in and listen to Professor long discuss his new book THE DAWN OF THE DEED: THE PREHISTORIC ORIGINS OF SEX.
PETER TRACHTENBERG is a writer and Assistant Professor at the University Of Pittsburgh. His latest book is titled ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION: ON THE LOVE OF CATS AND PERSONS is a singular memoir that looks at his odd but intense relationships with felines and humans through the years. This is a work of non-fiction, though “still the facts in this book vary in their density.” This book wanders effortlessly from a discussion of blinking at cats to an intense interpretation of Masaccio’s “The Expulsion of Adam and Eve From the Garden of Eden “. This book is an enlightening and unexpected dissection of love through the ages. Can our love of cats inform our romantic love of people? Tune in to get a taste of this unique and fascinating book.
Special guest Kim Jennings joining Nick Noble in the studio.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back TOM O’MALLEY, the head of the Ceramics and Photography Departments at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. With him is Artist In Residence and glass blower EMERY WENGER. Tom talks about the Center’s wonderful Artists In Residence program and how you can apply and Emery talks about his life working with glass. To look at application requirements for this program at the WCC, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx
Inquiry welcomes back COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University. His latest book is a fascinating history of jazz, race and media titled CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR. Tonight, in part two of our conversation about his book, we talk about the jazz scene in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 30s, who were the movers and shakers, and how they figure into the larger history of jazz. We also talk about jazz in the early days of film, silents and talkies. If you are interested in the history of jazz, do not miss this show.
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