Join host Tom Shaker as he profiles the legendary southern soul singer Overton Vertis Wright. Although OV Wright died young at age 41, his voice is still considered the standard for southern soul singers. Find out why his songs “You’re Gonna Make Me Cry” and “A Nickel & A Nail” made him one of music’s “Lost Souls.” It all starts at 7pm!
Prohibition was intended to stifle vice - but instead, it nourished clubs run by organized crime and created a hot bed for jazz -- where "The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser" (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Ken Burns joins host Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies. Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson are on the menu as Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.
An enduring image of Dwight Eisenhower as president is that of an affable,golf-playing, detached chief executive who too often delegated authority to powerful, more politically savvy aides. But Al's guest this week author and editor Jim Newton has revealed a much different story. In his new book "Eisenhower" The White House Years" he portrays our 34th president as engaged, decisive and morally strong. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and re-live this historic moment.
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. He 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, Tasch 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 him one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”
Tasch's new book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, is published by Chelsea Green.
Tonight on a special Inquiry, we welcome star of screen, stage and television actress TERRY MOORE. She has starred in such notable films as mighty Joe Young; Beneath the 12 Mile Reef; Man on a Tightrope and was Oscar nominated for her role in Come Back Little Sheba. Her considerable television work includes acting in such classic series as Burke’s Law; Checkmate and Batman. She continues working in film to this day. Tune in tonight as the always fascinating and vivacious Terry recalls what it was like to work with such leading men as Tyrone Power and Burt Lancaster and being married to Howard Hughes. Terry Moore is just one of the celebrities in Hanover Theatre’s NIGHT OF STARS celebrity gala to benefit Saint John’s Food for the Poor program. For information on tickets, go to: http://www.thehanovertheatre.org/shows/index.php
Inquiry welcomes journalist and birder MARK OBMASCIK. His gripping and hilarious book THE BIG YEAR is a fast paced account of a crazy three way race between hardcore birders to see how many species they can spot in North America in a year. This is a tale of obsession and competition unlike anything non-birders are likely to be familiar with. The Big Year is now also a major motion picture starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
Born October 3, 1923, in Chicago, "Vonski is a founder of the Chicago School of jazz tenor saxophonists, cited by the National Endowment for the Arts. "With his individual sound, at once husky and melodic, he makes every song his own. And he does, at the Green Mill with fellow tenor Ed Petersen, New Year's Eve 2010, on JazzSet
Join us as we bring you part two of our show highlighting the artists and musicians who have fused Jazz with Symphonic music.
Toots Thielemans is the unrivaled master of the jazz harmonica. He penned the standard "Bluesette, and his recording credits include television and film scores (that's him on the Sesame Street theme), commercials, and working with greats from Ella Fitzgerald to Quincy Jones. Thielemans duets with McPartland on "Georgia and "Lullaby of Birdland.
Inquiry welcomes back writer, teacher and critic MAGGIE NELSON, here to talk about two books JANE (A MURDER) and THE RED PARTS (A MEMOIR). It was only as an adult that Ms Nelson discovered that her aunt, Jane, had been brutally murdered by a serial killer. Jane had been a brilliant student at the University of Michigan in the late 1960s, but her brutalized body was found in a remote rural cemetery. In JANE, Maggie Nelson attempts to let Jane speak for herself though long excerpts from Jane’s journals combined with Maggie’s uncovering how this shocking event had affected her family. Just as she was mailing in the manuscript for JANE, Michigan police call Maggie’s family to reveal that due to new DNA evidence they are about to arrest Jane’s killer decades after the crime. While JANE is poetic, deeply tragic and lyrical, THE RED PARTS (A MEMOIR) is a powerful, shocking, scary, gripping and brutally honest account of Maggie’s Nelson’s experience in court while trying to make some sense of this violent crime.
Join us as we explore the music of Leroy Jones, a celebrated jazz trumpeter. Leroy has been playing music live since he was 10 years old, and has made a name for himself by blending funk with good ole' New Orleans Jazz. His most recent album, "Sweeter Than a Summer Breeze" has reinvented his traditional romantic jazz style by bringing string instruments in to the studio, and on the road, an uncommon practice among many jazz musicians that has given his newest music a new, rich sound.
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