“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.
Steve Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American television personality, musician, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best-known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He graduated to become the first host of The Tonight Show, where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. Thereafter, he hosted numerous game and variety shows, including The Steve Allen Show, I've Got a Secret, The New Steve Allen Show, and was a regular panel member on CBS' "What's My Line"?
Allen was a "creditable" pianist, and a prolific composer, having penned over 14,000 songs, one of which was recorded by Perry Como and Margaret Whiting, others by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Les Brown, and Gloria Lynne. Allen won a Grammy award in 1963 for best jazz composition, with his song The Gravy Waltz. His vast number of songs have never been equaled, however; singer/songwriter Julian Barry is said to have written over 5000 compositions. Allen wrote more than 50 books and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer makes her WICN debut this week on Jazz New England. Born in Belgium and raised in Israel, Tammy studied at NEC with the likes of Jerry Bergonzi and Dominique Eade before moving to Brooklyn to start her career. She's back in New England this week for a performance and stops by to join us on Jazz New England, Tuesday at 2 pm.
Scientology often describes itself as “the fastest growing religion in the world”. But this is difficult for an outsider to confirm as it is also a very secretive religion. Reporter, writer and editor JANET REITMAN has spent five years researching the history, beliefs and organization of Scientology and has written a fascinating book on what she discovered: INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY: THE STORY OF AMERICA’S MOST SECRETIVE RELIGION. Tune in tonight and learn about Scientology’s beginnings with L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics and how those beliefs grew into the massive organized religion known as Scientology.
Be brash! Jump in and join us when Freddy Cole and Ernestine Anderson romp through "Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Take the A Train and In the Mood with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis Guaranteed to cure the blues.Awilda Rivera hosts.
Our guest this week is author and storyteller Sarah Towle. She is the creator of Time Traveler Tours StoryAPP. By combining storytelling with technology she has discovered a marvelous new way to travel using an IPhone or IPod. Travel back in time and meet Charlotte Corday an infamous figure of the French Revolution and learn how and where the famous and not so famous lived. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and don't forget to pack a suitcase.
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Woody Tasch is founder and chairman of Slow Money, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy.
Woody is also chairman emeritus of Investors' Circle, a non-profit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $145 million to 220 sustainability-minded, early-stage companies and venture funds.
For most of the 1990s, Woody was treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where he pioneered mission-related investing.
He is an experienced venture-capital investor and entrepreneur, has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, which supports venture investing in economically disadvantaged regions
In 2010, Utne Reader named Woody one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”
His new book, "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money," is published by Chelsea Green.
Join us as host Steve D'Agostino talks to Woody Tasch about moving America from fast to slow money.
RICHARD S. OSTFELD is the Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies. For many years now he has been studying the ecology of Lyme Disease. What he and his fellow researchers have discovered will change the way you view this disease. Tune in and learn what animal vectors are the most competent reservoirs for spreading the disease and what habitats are the most productive for Lyme to spread to humans. This is also research that shows that “biodiversity, achieved by preventing forest fragmentation, protects us from Lyme Disease.” Professor Ostfeld’s important book is titled LYME DISEASE: THE ECOLOGY OF A COMPLEX SYSTEM.
Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back prolific author, teacher, tour leader and originator of the Kaufman Field Guide Series KENN KAUFMAN. His new book is a wonderful study guide on how to improve your field skills as a birder. Tonight Kenn talks about why looking at the common birds around us is important; the pitfalls of expectation and desire, why it’s a useful thing to learn taxonomy and why the best birders always leave some birds unidentified. Whether you are a person who is just starting out birding or are a seasoned hardcore, be sure to listen to tonight’s show. Kenn’s new book is titled THE KAUFMAN FIELD GUIDE TO ADVANCED BIRDING: UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR.
Like Ellington, this Maestro leads with sight and musical cues from the piano. And when not playing, Arturo paces and throws cues like a manager in a tight game. Their latest CD is Forty Acres and A Burro. Guest trumpeter Jon Faddis's birthday is July 24.
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