Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SHARON PRESTON-FOLTA, author, marketing media planner, chef and Louis Armstrong’s daughter. Sharon is his only child. But she had to keep this secret because public knowledge of her mother’s twenty year-long affair with the famous jazz musician could have ruined his career. So Sharon grew up leading a double life: rejoicing in her fathers presence and even touring with him and his band yet having to keep her father’s identity secret from friends and school mates. Sharon Preston-Folta’s memoir of her life as Armstrong’s daughter, written with Denene Millner, is titled LITTLE SATCHMO: LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER, LOUIS DANIEL ARMSTRONG
The WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM has opened a brand new, state of the art family gallery that introduces young museumgoers to the history of the city. The George I Alden Family Gallery has been years in the making and is interactive with many options for imaginative play. Tune in when we speak with CHAD SIROIS, Communications Manager of the WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM about this new exciting “museum within a museum” designed specially for children.
Pianist Conal Fowkes discusses his long participation in Woody Allen’s jazz band and his recent part doing the vocals and piano work of the Cole Porter character in Woody’s film Midnight in Paris.
Featuring Monty Alexander, piano, vocals, melodica; Hassan Shakur, bass; Courtney Panton, drums; percussion; Joshua Thomas, Jamaican bass; Earl Appleton, keyboards; Andy Bashford, guitar; Karl Wright, Jamaican drums. Tune in!
People don't always speak their minds. Perhaps because they don't always know their own minds. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by nationally recognized psychologist and author, Mahzarin Banaji. In his new book, "Blindspot" he talks about the hidden biases of good people. How we unconsciously develop preferences and prejudices that shape our lives. Perhaps this might be somewhat bias, but this is one segment you don't want to miss.
In the 1930s and 40s the great Hollywood studios were ruled by a small group of men who had complete control over which films got made and what stars got to appear in those films. These moguls rule was absolute and together they had a feeling of “absolute immortality.” They were the real gods of Hollywood. But after they died, the era of the classic Hollywood studio also came to an end and the studios lost their individual identities. Tune in tonight for a lively conversation about classic Hollywood with WHEELER WINSTON DIXON, the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His new book is DEATH OF THE MOGULS: THE END OF CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD.
The 1998 film THE BIG LEBOWSKI has become one of the greatest cult films of all time. What is it about this complex shaggy dog story that is so appealing? Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with author and cinema historian JENNY M. JONES about her new sprawling and endlessly entertaining history THE BIG LEBOWSKI: AN ILLUSTRATED, ANNOTATED HISTORY OF THE GREATEST CULT FILM OF ALL TIME. Tune in and learn about how the Coen brothers work together when filming; about who might have been cast as “the Dude” instead of Jeff Bridges,Maude Lebowski’s connection to the Fluxus art movement and the inspiration for Walter Sobchuk. The Dude abides.
Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson celebrates Black History Month with the music of Terri Lyne Carrington and her new CD, Money Jungle: Provocative Blue. On the heels of her 2012 GRAMMY ® Award-winning CD, The Mosaic Project, drummer, composer and Berklee College of Music Professor Carrington reimagines pianist, composer and big band leader Duke Ellington's original recording Money Jungle with new arrangements. Carrington's album is full of surprises, incorporating spoken word by key historical figures along with original compositions laid down by stellar guest jazz artists including keyboardist Gerald Clayton and bassist Christian McBride. Fifty years after Ellington's album was released, this 21st century trio presents what Carrington describes as "fresh light and fresh energy to some of Duke’s music", which featured bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach. On Thursday, February 14th, Ms. Carrington will celebrate the album and the legacy of jazz in a concert at Berklee Performance Center in Boston featuring Clayton on piano along with Berklee students. Be sure to tune in on Saturday at 4pm to hear her story first hand.
Singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham has made the unlikely journey from rodeo rider to Grammy and Oscar winner for the Crazy Heart soundtrack. His gritty-beyond-his-years voice echoes the rough and tumble life he’s known. On this Song Travels, Bingham performs tunes with a roadhouse tinge, including his own “As I Do My Dancing” and “Too Deep To Fill.”
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with GEORGE B. SCHALLER. He has spent more than half a century studying wildlife in over twenty countries. He has helped protect some of the planets most endangered and iconic animals including the mountain gorillas, tigers, giant pandas, jaguars and the snow leopard. Tonight George Schaller talks about his new book TIBET WILD: A NATURALIST’S JOURNEYS ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD. This book chronicles Schaller’s three decades long research on the remote Tibetan Plateau, “a place nowhere intimate”, studying wild yak, chiru, argali and of course the snow leopard. If you would like to learn more about the conservation organizations that George Schaller talks about in the interview see: PANTHERA at http://www.panthera.org who work to conserve the large cats throughout the world and the WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY at: http://www.wcs.org.
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