Saxophonist Chris Potter, bright-toned and gymnastically powerful, has been reading Homer lately. That's inspired his latest suite, The Sirens, a collection of tuneful numbers based on The Odyssey and geared largely around a quartet of widely admired musicians, not least of whom is Potter himself, writes Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR Music.
Four hours of songs, many of them reflecting a Memorial Day theme. Also, special guest Michael Johnathon joins us live in the studio.
Working men of the 1940s and the 1950s have been idealized, satirized and criticized in print, in film and on television. But what was it really like to be a middle class working stiff in those decades before The Pill and Women’s Liberation? Was everything martinis and harassing women like on Madmen? Were they really “the greatest generation” like Tom Brokaw declares? Tune in when we welcome back journalist and author SUSAN JACOBY who has just written a book that is in part a memoir of her father, part social history and part media criticism called THE LAST MEN ON TOP.
AMY ELIZABETH SKINNER is a photographer and Director of Digital Communications at the Guggenheim Foundation. For almost a year now she has been taking photographs of herself in the office, at home and on the streets of New York City every single day and posting them for the public to critique. These photographs are very beautiful yet very mysterious and unlike any other photographs you have seen before. Because she posts these daily on social media sites, she now has a group of followers who eagerly await her next picture. It is an art project like no other. Tune in and find out how she manages to take such wonderful pictures of herself, how she chooses her settings and how she started this amazing project. To look at Amy’s work, go to:
Bassist Linda Oh was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, and moved to Western Australia where she started out playing bass in rock bands. Since discovering the double bass, Oh become a steady presence on the scene whether playing with a string quartet, composing for film, or covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Oh brings her unique low end flavor to this set with Jon Weber.
Even Simon Cowell was wowed by vocalist Melinda Doolittle, on the sixth season of American Idol, and although he said she should have won, she placed third in the competition. Melinda discusses what her music education and career as a back up singer brings to the solo career she enjoys now.
Michael Gerhardt is one of Americas leading authorities on Constitutional law. In his new book " The Forgotten Presidents" he documents how some of our lesser presidents did indeed distinguish themselves by the way they shaped constitutional order in this country. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by historian Michael Gerhardt. This segment will certainly get you thinking.
How does Hollywood view the institution of marriage? Tonight on Inquiry, my guest is Jeanine Basinger, Chair of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and curator of the Cinema Archives there. She has written none previous books on film, and "I Do and I don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies" is an insightful, witty and thought provoking history of the evolution of marriage in the movies. Tune in for a wonderful conversation about celluloid marital bliss.
Artist and teacher BARRY VAN DUSEN returns to Inquiry to talk about his new work, his teaching, and working with Guy Tudor on the monumental Birds of Brazil. Barry has a new show up at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, where he is the Resident Artist this year, titled BIRDS, BEASTS, AND BLOSSOMS: PAINTINGS BY BARRY VAN DUSEN. This exhibition will feature a wide range of his beautiful watercolor paintings. For directions, times and other information, go to: http://www.towerhillbg.org/
Special songs from special artistes: each hour a different collection of tracks highlighting a different theme or particular style. There will also be conversations with a handful of special guests who will also be sharing their music. Stay tuned for more information!
Radio France describes vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant as "disarmingly musical." In her early twenties, she's already won the Thelonious Monk competition and gained the ear of Wynton Marsalis. On this week's Piano Jazz, Salvant discusses her journey to discover jazz, and host Weber accompanies her on "I Can't Dance" and "A Fine Romance."
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