Banjoist Cynthia Sayer is regarded as one of the best in the world, able to perform in virtually any genre. Her accolades include the National Banjo Hall of Fame, a New York Philharmonic appearance, and performing for two US Presidents. She's played with director Woody Allen's jazz band for over ten years, and on this week's show Sayer diplays a fresh take on an old time sound.
Many of the smaller industrial cities of America are in serious decline due to the forces of de-industrialization, outsourcing, globalization and white flight. Many of these medium-sized urban areas like Detroit, Buffalo, Grand Rapids and Akron have suffered decades of neglect because most of the national attention and money has gone to the big urban centers. But can there be a future for these cities? Tune in tonight when we talk with CATHERINE TUMBER, journalist, historian and Research Affiliate in the Community Innovators Lab in M.I.T.’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her important new book is SMALL, GRITTY AND GREEN: THE PROMISE OF AMERICA’S SMALLER INDUSTRIAL CITIES IN A LOW-CARBON WORLD and it details her visits to twenty-five of these small cities and describes some of the new ideas that city leaders are implementing to re-imagine a productive and exciting future for these urban areas.
“A corpse is always a problem” writes author, researcher and editor BESS LOVEJOY in the introduction to her wild new book REST IN PIECES: THE CURIOUS FATES OF FAMOUS CORPSES. You may think that when a person dies and put into the ground, that is the end of the story. But in fact there is a lot of post mortem hanky panky that can occur. Bodies can get lost, they can travel all over the planet, they can get stolen, pieces may be taken as trophies. Tune in tonight and learn about the after death antics of such luminaries as Saint Nicholas, Moliere, Edgar Allen Poe and Eva Peron.
Trumpet man Wayne Bergeron is known for his amazing high notes and studio work, and making everyone else sound great. In Judy’s 2007 discussion with Wayne he revealed what it was like to finally record under his own name and receive a Grammy nomination for his efforts.
In the nineteen sixties – as rock music was changing the pop world, saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, pianist Horace Silver and drummer Art Blakey drew bebop, rhythm and blues and gospel into a powerful small-group sound. Alto saxophonist Wess ‘Warmdaddy’ Anderson and drummer Kenny Washington lead inspired sets in tribute to their soulful predecessors.
As a result of the growing hunger strikes in Guantanamo Bay, force-feeding prisoners continue. But is it ethical? Is it considered further torture? Some say ‘yes.’ Over one hundred detainees, roughly half of the prison population are now involved in the hunger strike and it has drawn worldwide attention to their indefinite detention. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Kent Eiler, counsel for The Constitution Projects Task Force on Detainee Treatment.
In a encore episode, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Worcester native Alicia Witt, a film, stage and television actress as well as a singer/songwriter who performed her live music show last December 31 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The New Year’s Eve concert was sponsored by First Night Worcester.
Best known as an actress, Alicia has appeared on several well-known television shows, including The Mentalist, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI: Miami, The Sopranos and Ally McBeal. She also starred for four seasons on the hit CBS sitcom Cybill, where she played Cybill Shepherd’s daughter Zoey. Numerous film credits include her latest in Cowgirls n Angels, I Do, Joint Body and Pasadena. She also starred in 88 Minutes opposite Al Pacino and Last Holiday opposite Queen Latifah.
In addition to Alicia’s impressive body of acting work, she is a classically trained pianist and talented singer/songwriter. In recent years, she’s turned her focus to a longstanding love of all things musical. She has been performing her original songs at venues across the country such as Hotel Cafe and The Viper Room in Los Angeles, and Joe's Cafe and The Living Room in New York City. Her first self-titled EP was released on iTunes in June 2009. Her music can be heard at AliciaWittMusic.com and her music video for the single 'Anyway', has played on MTVu and VH1.com. She has also appeared as a musical guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and was featured as the cover story in Sound+Vision Magazine.
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Inquiry welcomes NICK CAPASSO, the new Director of the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM and MARY M. TINTI, the new Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Tune in and learn about their visions for the future of this wonderful institution, learn about the history of the museum and some of the up coming exhibitions. For more information on the exhibitions we talk about on this show, directions to the museum and when the museum is open, please go to:
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.
Happy Birthday, Kenny Barron, born June 9, 1943
Understated but amazing, those words fit Kenny Barron’s piano and personal style. By age 20, he had left Philadelphia to work and record with Dizzy Gillespie, then Yusef Lateef, Stan Getz, the Monk-inspired quartet Sphere, and KB’s own groups including Canta Brasil. In 2010 the NEA named him a Jazz Master. We’ll celebrate his birthday with his current duo with bassist Dave Holland at the Kennedy Center, and solo Barron from last summer’s Caramoor Festival.
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