North American warblers are among the most beautiful of our migrant breeders, but identifying them can be a real challenge. Though often colorful, they are also small, very active and often stay high up in foliage or hiding in dense cover. Writer, photographer, musician and bird tour guide TOM STEPHENSON, along with Scott Whittle, have written and created a new, state of the art guide to this group of birds titled THE WARBLER GUIDE. Tune in tonight and find out what it takes to produce a groundbreaking natural history book in the age of digital media.
Rising Country star Hunter Hayes performed at age four with Hank Williams, Jr. On his debut album, Hayes played all of the instruments and was acknowledged with three Grammy nominations in 2013. On this week’s Song Travels, Hayes performs his original songs including the chart-topping hit, “Somebody’s Heartbreak.”
Cabaret star Steve Ross was one of my early guests on Jazz Inspired and is not only a close pal but a frequent musical collaborator. We revisit this hilarious conversation (Steve’s one of the funniest people I know) about his long career and how the greats, Cole Porter, Noel Coward and others, continue to inspire him.
Along with Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble defined the legendary Philly soul sound. Their Philadelphia International label produced over 170 gold and platinum selling records. They introduced the world to artists like Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Billy Paul and the O'Jays. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Kenny Gamble's birthday this Monday. It all starts at 7pm!
We all know that law enforcement protects us and helps keep us safe. Yet many people don’t understand the stress and consequences law enforcement faces every day in carrying out their duties. Sometimes they have to use force to defend themselves and the people they are sworn to protect. Yet that isn’t the end of the story, it’s just the beginning. They face media scrutiny, internal investigations, and may actually be sued personally by the person they apprehended. They also aren’t compensated for this. What do law enforcement officers go through? How long and convoluted is the process? What should the public at large know? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with former law enforcement officer, now attorney and author , Lance LoRusso his new book, When Cops Kill sheds light on this very controversial topic.
JAMES BARILLA is an assistant professor in the MFA Program of the University of South Carolina where he teaches creative non-fiction and environmental writing. Some years back he moved to Columbia, South Carolina, a large city. He wanted to transfer the small yard into a wildlife Eden where he could grow fresh vegetables and fruits yet also be a sanctuary for wildlife. And therein lies a tale as Barilla became interested in urban wildlife and what it means to co-exist with it and what happens when wildlife moves into a city. He traveled to New Delhi to look a trampaging armies of thug monkeys, to Brooklyn, New York to learn about urban bee keeping and to Northampton Massachusetts to learn the ways of urbanized Black Bears. His new book is MY BACKYARD JUNGLE: THE ADVENTURES OF AN URBAN WILDLIFE LOVER WHO TURNED HIS YARD INTO HABITAT AND LEARNED TO LIVE WITH IT.
The story of Paul DuChaillu’s life was as astounding as it was complex. As a young man he led a pioneering expedition into the interior of Gabon, Africa and brought back specimens of the little known legendary gorilla. He then became the toast of Victorian Britain just when Darwin’s ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES was published and walked right into the hard fought battles over the differences between a man and an ape. Then, suddenly, he became a discredited figure hated by the academics and public who had supported him. This amazing story is captured in all its detail and complexity in a new book titled BETWEEN MAN AND APE: AN UNLIKELY EXPLORER, THE EVOLUTION DEBATES AND THE AFRICAN ADVENTURE THAT TOOK THE VICTORIAN WORLD BY STORM. Author MONTEREEL has woven together all the various threads to give us a fascinating story of celebrity, evolution, academic rivalries, empire, religion and race. Tune in and listen.
Summer Sizzles when Boston and New York based violinist Marissa Licata brings her trademark Gypsy Fusion to Colors of Jazz. Classically trained and holding degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Licata has emerged, bringing her "in demand" talent to the stage. Musically diverse, Licata is crisscrossing strings with the genres, performing live in concert and on projects with an array of singer-songwriter musicians including the likes of Alicia Keys, Ben Harper, Ringo Starr, Jethro Tull and Gloria Estefan, to name a few. As a high energy soloist, Licata captivates then wins the hearts of audiences worldwide. 2012, marked the release of the CD Water Level, an inter-generational collaboration with her father, Shrewsbury's own, saxophonist Charles "Chazz" Licata. Be sure to Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson finds out what's new with our friend Marissa.Tune in at 4pm.
The pianists open with “Never Will I Marry” (though they are, to each other). Cedar Walton’s “Midnight Waltz” and Wayne Shorter’s “Ana Maria” are highlights, along with Lyle Mays’ “Chorinho.”
This JazzSet is dedicated to the memory of Derek Gordon (1955-2012).
Folk music is often a family affair. Pete, Mike, and Peggy Seeger; Woody, Arlo, and Sarah Lee Guthrie; Terry and Eliza Gilkyson; Johnny and Rosanne Cash; and so many more. Their music, and others, will be featured over four hours of cross-generational music, that may even include some cross-genre family recordings (Harry and Shari Belafonte, Peter and Bethany Yarrow, John and Bonnie Raitt, to name a few).
Peter Cushing starred in some of the most iconic horror and adventure films of the last half of the 20th Century. He has played Dr. Frankenstein a number of times in Hammer films, as well as van Helsing is another series of films. He had starring roles in The Mummy (1959), She (1964) and was a villain in The Avengers TV series. He has played Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes as was the deliciously evil Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars. But despite his stunning list of film, television and stage credits, he is not as well known here in the States. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with film historian and writer DAVID MILLER about his fine and comprehensive new biography PETER CUSHING: A LIFE IN FILM
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