In his new book "Countdown" best selling author Alan Weisman vividly details the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence. Can overpopulation ever be controlled? Will the earths natural resources be enough to sustain life? Tune in this Sunday evening when Al sits down with Alan Weisman to discuss the future of our beloved planet.
Listen now to an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways. They talk about why JetBlue is launching service out of Worcester.
On April 3, JetBlue announced the newest addition to its growing network: Worcester. Service to the airline's 80th city took flight on November 7, with daily service to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida.
As a leading air-passenger service, with hubs in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York City and San Juan, JetBlue carries 29 million customers a year to 79 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Upcoming destinations include Savannah, Georgia; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Lima, Peru, subject to receipt of government approval; and on November 7, Worcester.
With JetBlue, all seats on its more than 600 daily flights are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. JetBlue's fleet totals 188 aircraft, comprising 129 Airbus A320s and 59 Embraer E190s.
Barger was part of JetBlue's founding team and serves on the company’s Board of Directors. His interest in airlines came from his father, who was a United Airlines pilot for 37 years. From 1982 to 1988, Dave served in several positions with New York Air. In 1992, he joined Continental Airlines and held various management positions, including vice president of Continental's hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Barger was part of the JetBlue founding team in 1998, and served as the COO for Jet Blue until 2007. During the airline's first months of operation, when a JetBlue plane was forced to divert en route so that a diabetic passenger could receive emergency care, he personally apologized to each passenger for the delay, and offered a free flight as compensation.
Following a 2007 incident in which the airline was forced to cancel nearly 1,700 flights due to winter storms, JetBlue's Board of Directors replaced David Neeleman with Barger as CEO. Neeleman, the company's largest individual investor, became a non-executive chairman as a result of the change. In 2009, Barger also became the president of JetBlue.
JetBlue is an official sponsor of the Boston Reds Sox, the Boston Bruins and the Worcester Sharks, a minor-league hockey team affiliated with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
Tonight we talk with the one and only Mike O’Conner, the owner of Bird Watcher’s general Store and author of a great newspaper column on birds. A second collection of these funny and informative pieces has been published as Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me? More Answers To Common and Not So Common Questions About Birding. Tune in tonight and learn about why there are no birds at your feeder, the James Bond of birds and all about That Quail Robert.
Inquiry welcomes back internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and author Rchard Crossley. Tonight, Richard talks about the grassroots organization called Pledge to Fledge that aims to encourage birders from around the world to turn on friends, neighbors and anyone to the wonders of the natural world through an appreciation of birds. For more information, go to: http://www.globalbirdinginitiative.org/pledge-2-fledge/
The Tom Nutile Big Band goes back to 1946, when Roy Nutile, Tom’s father, formed the Roy Nutile Band. Tom began playing the clarinet in the 4th grade, and later learned from his father how to run a big band and took over the leadership of his father’s in 2006, which became the Tom Nutile Band. It has amassed over 700 arrangements and is a 15 piece big band that plays a wide variety of swing, Latin dance, jazz and pop throughout New England.
Singer/songwriter and poet, Offiong Bassey stops by the studio to talk with Host Bonnie Johnson about her debut album Offiong Bassey and upcoming birthday concert. Nominated as New Artist of the Year for the 2013 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, Ms. Bassey's music reflects "Afro-Peruvian rhythms and funk to R&B and Nigerian Ekombi". She will perform on Tuesday, November 12th 2013 (8pm) at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. Tune in at 4pm.
...along with a few new tracks from CDs recently arrived in the station.
Every year the summers seem to go by faster and faster. We seem to be careening through life. Yet at other times, like waiting in line at the Registry or listening to a boring lecture, time slows to a crawl. Is the experience of time actively created in our own mind? Tune in tonight to Inquiry for a enlightening talk about our perception of time and what affects it when we speak with CLAUDIA HAMMOND, writer, broadcaster and psychology lecturer. Her new endlessly fascinating book is titled TIME WARPED: UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF TIME PERCEPTION
In colonial South Carolina, the growing of indigo and the making of the beautiful blue dye from that plant was an important cash crop that England depended on. But it was a labor-intensive agriculture that used not only slave labor but also depended on the land and sometimes the slave labor of Native Americans. Tune in tonight and learn about the political and material cultural history of indigo, a color that touched the lives of the rich and wealthy in America and Europe as well as slaves and Native Americans. We talk with ANDREA FEESER, Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Clemson University. Her new book is RED, WHITE, AND BLACK MAKE BLUE: INDIGO IN THE FABRIC OF COLONIAL SOUTH CAROLINA.
Endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from depth of experience on the jazz performance campaign trail, Vanessa Rubin is an ever-evolving classic singer in the making. The development of a true jazz singer is a long-range prospect, laden with learning experiences that forge the voice into a true instrument, rich with passion, deeply invested in living through life’s joys and perils; such is the journey of Vanessa Rubin, jazz singer extraordinaire. Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, the mature Ms. Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye; from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up tempo swinging and scatting like a fluent saxophone, she delivers the goods.
British film maker, Hannah Rothschild, explores the extraordinary life of her great-aunt Pannonica de Koenigswarter, (close friend of Thelonius Monk and other jazz greats) who supported bebop long before it was appreciated by the general public.
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Nick DiBiasio’s passion for music began on the evening of Sunday, February 9, 1964, when The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Against The Grain features Americana music by many local and international artists.
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