Frank Gehry explores how architecture, like jazz, is a dynamic art that absorbs the times and culture it inhabits constantly reinventing itself while retaining its historic connection. In the second half of the show, Oscar winning actor (Best Actor, Amadeus) F. Murray Abraham discusses improvisation, spontaneity and jazz as great theater.
On Tuesday Cyprus-born, Boston-based drummer George Lernis and his band join us on Jazz New England. They'll be performing tunes from George's debut recording as a leader. "Shapes of Nature." Join us at 2 pm.
Check out photos from the quintet performing live in the WICN studio!
Inquiry welcomes photographer and teacher RON ROSENSTOCK. Ron’s stunningly beautiful photography celebrates the quiet majesty and natural spirituality of places as diverse as Ireland, Morocco, Italy and Bhutan. Whether studying the shadows and patterns of desert dunes or the mystery of the Taj Mahal in mist, Ron Rosenstock’s photography captures an unique and ineffable moment of time and place that is both personal and otherworldly. Ron is also an indefatigable teacher, who brings his classes on trips all over the world to learn how to see like a photographer. Tune in tonight and listen to Ron talk about his beginnings as a photographer, how the digital revolution changed the way he worked and how he looks at a landscape. A show of Ron Rosenstock’s work HYMN TO THE EARTH is currently on view at the Worcester Art Museum until March 18. To view some examples of his work and learn more about his tours, go to: http://www.ronrosenstock.com/
Bill Charlap belongs to the new class of cool. With his trio and special guests Frank Wess and Mary Stallings, Charlap revisits the stomping grounds of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Lester Young. We'll hear "Pennies from Heaven," "Israel," "Lady Be Good" and more. (reprise of our 03/12/09 show)
Are there deep mythical themes to be found in popular literature as diverse as John Keel’s reporting on the Mothman creature, Charles Fort’s roll call of “damned” phenomena, John Uri Lloyd’s bizarre hollow earth novel “Etidorhpa” and Jack Kirby’s classic Silver Surfer and New Gods comics? Tonight we speak with JEFFREY J. KRIPAL. He is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. His latest wide ranging book MUTANTS AND MYSTICS: SCIENCE FICTION, SUPERHERO COMICS AND THE PARANORMAL looks at the metamyths and ages old religious themes and traditions that occur time again in modern popular literature, film and obsessions.
Have lobbyists in Washington impacted human population growth? This week Al is joined by Amy Harwood of the Center For Biological Diversity. They recently awarded the US Chamber of Commerce with the annual "Rubber Dodo" award for blocking efforts to initiate new laws to preserve endangered animal species and address issues relating to human population growth. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM for a real eye opener.
As Worcester Mag reported in April 2011, “In 1998, Monsanto contacted Canadian canola farmer Percy Schmeiser, informing him that he was using their Roundup Ready canola seed in his fields without paying a yearly fee for it. The previous year, Schmeiser found a portion of his crop resistant to Roundup and harvested the seeds for future planting, claiming ignorance in regards to how it got there or knowing where it came from.
"Eventually, the property-rights versus patent-rights lawsuit (instigated by Monsanto) went to the Canadian Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 in favor of the bio-agricultural company, with the majority arguing that even if Schmeiser inadvertently planted patented seeds, he knew what they were when he harvested them for future use.
"The Public Patent Foundation is a non-profit legal-services organization that represents the public interest in the patent system – specifically, the public interest against undeserved patents and unsound patent policy.
"PUBPAT currently represents several chapters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, including NOFA Massachusetts, in a lawsuit against Monsanto relating to the agricultural giant's patents on genetically modified seed.
"In the lawsuit, PUBPAT is seeking a declaration that if any of NOFA's members are ever contaminated by Monsanto's GMO seed, Monsanto would not as a result be allowed to sue or threaten to sue them for patent infringement."
In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Daniel Ravicher, executive director of the Public Patent Foundation and a lecturer in law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does voluntary public-relations work for NOFA.
Back by listener request! A four hour celebration of the Folk Revival period, from 1948 (Burl Ives "Blue Tail Fly") to the early 70s (Pozo-Seco Singers "Time"), when folk music found its way regularly on to the Billboard charts. Featuring the aforementioned Mr. Ives, the Weavers, Harry Belafonte, the Tarriers, the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, the Brothers Four, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Joan Baez, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Bob Dylan, the New Christy Minstrels, the Serendipity Singers, the Rooftop Singers, the Singing Nun, the Brandywine Singers, the Cumberland Trio, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Melanie, the Pozo-Seco Singers, and a few surprises!
Tonight on Jazz Rhythm, special guest hosts Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker continue the musical portrait of the life of one of Jazz’s greatest voices.
Stephen Sondheim is undeniably the best-known living composer and lyricist working in the American theatre, having earned multiple Tony and Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. He was mentored by playwright Oscar Hammerstein II and studied theory with composer Milton Babbitt. This episode showcases a selection of tunes penned by Sondheim, including "Send In The Clowns, "Old Friends, and "I Wish I Could Forget, on which he sings and plays piano.
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