Education activist and Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University, Mark Naison, discusses the history and cultural significance of jazz.
Our Point of View is a leaderless supergroup of Blue Note artists assembled for the labels 75th anniversary. The group consists of: Lionel Loueke, guitar and vocals; Marcus Strickland, tenor sax; Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet; Robert Glasper, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; and Kendrick Scott, drums. We’ll hear stories from each artist and Blue Note president Don Was about how Blue Note impacted their lives. This concert is the fourth performance of Our Point of View, and was captured in New York at Le Poisson Rouge.
In recent decades, America has been waging a veritable war on fat in which not just public health authorities, but every sector of society is engaged in constant “fat talk” aimed at educating, badgering, and ridiculing heavy people into shedding pounds. We hear a great deal about the dangers of fatness to the nation, but little about the dangers of today’s epidemic of fat talk to individuals and society at large. The human trauma caused by the war on fat is disturbing—and it is virtually unknown. This week Al speaks with Harvard professor and author Susan Greenhalgh, in her new book, Fat-Talk Nation, she tells the story of today’s fight against excess pounds by giving young people, the campaign’s main target, an opportunity to speak about experiences that have long lain hidden in silence and shame. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Democratic State Senator Jamie Eldridge of Acton, and Jim O’Reilly, director of public policy for the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. They talk about the Kinder Morgan natural-gas-pipeline project known as Northeast Energy Direct. This episode aired originally on February 15, 2015.
As reported in a December 5th Boston Globe article titled In face of opposition, company to reroute gas pipeline, “Stung by intense local opposition to a proposed natural-gas pipeline winding through western and central Massachusetts, a Houston energy company said … that it will pursue an alternative route that bypasses many Massachusetts communities by veering north and shooting across southern New Hampshire.
“Kinder Morgan … said much of the alternative path would follow existing rights-of-way along utility lines in the two states, meaning it would cross fewer residential properties and undeveloped lands. Kinder Morgan plans to file the new route … with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has final say on gas pipelines in New England.
“Kinder Morgan officials said that 14 Massachusetts towns along the northern tier of the state, from Dracut to Northfield, will no longer be in the pipeline’s path. But the pipeline would cross four new Massachusetts towns - Cheshire, Hancock, Lanesborough, and Shelburne - and a southern stretch of New Hampshire.”
As the Globe article continued, “To meet the region’s growing demand for natural gas, Kinder Morgan previously sought to build a 127-mile pipeline stretching from Richmond near the New York border, across Massachusetts’ northern spine to a transmission hub in Dracut, about 30 miles from Boston. Kinder Morgan’s original multibillion-dollar plan aimed to tap abundant, inexpensive natural gas from Eastern shale fields, to help ease a shortage here blamed on inadequate pipeline capacity.
“That shortage has led to skyrocketing electric rates this winter in Massachusetts since most power plants use natural gas to generate electricity. The company hopes to have the pipeline operating by late 2018.”
Tonight’s guest on Inquiry, writer and attorney MOLLY GUPTILL MANNING has written one of the most unexpected histories of World War II: WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR: THE STORIES THAT HELPED US WIN WORLD WAR II. This is the history of the Armed Services Editions: specially printed books specifically designed for our fighting men to carry into combat. Tune in and learn about this amazing history of our GIs love of reading while in the European and Pacific theatres of war, what they read and how it changed their lives.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with entomologist, author, lecturer and photographer ARTHUR V. EVANS about his monumental field guide BEETLES OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA. Beetles are ubiquitous, and account for fully one fifth of all plant and animal life. They come in a mind-blowing variety of shapes, sizes and colors. And they have some unusual behavior too. Tune in and learn about beetles that decorate with dung, use chemical weapons and joust with rivals. All species found here in New England.
"For 22 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been the only national organization dedicated to saving the homes and lives of elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis – musicians who have made our world richer through their music". Providing affordable housing, health care and employment opportunities; "As the cases grow, so does the need".
JFA President Jarrett Lilien talks with host Bonnie Johnson about the foundation's ongoing work, "saving jazz and blues one artist at a time" and the rebirth of New Orleans ten years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Lilien is credited with spearheading the campaign that “directly assisted in rebuilding New Orleans by re-housing and creating work for over 1,000 of the city's most beloved musicians, while helping hundreds of their children as well..." He's pictured above with celebrity jazz supporter and master of ceremonies Danny Glover and Executive Director Wendy Oxenhorn after being honored at the 24th Annual Jazz Loft Party benefiting the foundation. Courtesy Photo (WENN/Derrick Salters)
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Pop, jazz & blues vocal stylist and multi-instrumentalist Suede talks with host Bonnie Johnson about recent projects and her upcoming performance at Scullers Jazz Club. The Provincetown Banner says, "Suede will rub you the right way!" Suede joins her band at Scullers on June 6th at 8 & 10pm.
Clint Eastwood, a movie maven and music legend, has molded modern artistic culture to a revolutionary new standard. Join us for a musical celebration for his 85th birthday! From producing to directing to acting, Eastwood debuted his career in cinematography in 1955. He directed Bird (1988) a film dedication to the pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker). By 1995, he was the lead in The Bridge's of Madison County with Meryl Streep. Since then, Eastwood has also crafted his own musical fingerprint, most recently starring live in Eastwood After Hours at Carnegie Hall in 1997. Honor Mr. Eastwood on this special edition of Jazz Matinee with host Ed Gardella.
Tune in as host Brian Barlow chats with Leila Dunbar. Dunbar is the founder and owner of Leila Dunbar Appraisals and Consulting LLC. She has been a participating appraiser on the PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" since 1996 and is a former SVP and Director of Collectibles at Sotheby's Auction House from 1999-2008.
She was a jazz host on WICN for 7 years (1991-1998). She is back in town and back on the air this Friday. Don't miss this special edition of Mid-Morning Jazz!
In honor of Memorial Day, songs by and about those gone but not forgotten. We’ll hear from artists like Burl Ives, Doug Kwartler, Joan Baez, Kim & Reggie Harris, Pete Seeger, and many others, remembering those who served in so many different ways and are now no longer with us.
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