For over 900 years, cotton was the world’s most important manufacturing industry. It was a “global web of agriculture, commerce and industrial production” that ranged from the Americas and Britain to Egypt, Anatolia, India and Brazil. But this was commerce dependent on brutal slavery, staggering social inequality and frightening factory conditions. How did such a system evolve? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with SVEN BECKERT, the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University about his new eye-opening social and economic history: EMPIRE OF COTTON: A GLOBAL HISTORY.
Inquiry welcomes back DAVID J. MORRIS, author, former Marine infantry officer and journalist who has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We continue our conversation about his book THE EVIL HOURS: A BIOGRAPHY OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. PTSD was first recognized after the Vietnam War, but did it exist before that and just go unrecognized? Tonight David Morris discusses the history of PTSD, and what is known about trauma and PTSD from the Civil War and World War I and II.
Pianist/singer Champian Fulton talks about the advantages of starting a music career outside of L.A. or NY and how her father’s taste in music has influenced her since before her birth. Hint: He held headphones up to her mama’s baby bump. Baby Bud Powell, anyone?
Well, not really, but join host Tom Shaker for soul songs that'll make you feel like it's summer outside. We can all use it right about now. Starts at 7pm!
Fifty years ago this month, John Coltrane released his iconic album, A Love Supreme. Jazz Night in America probes the seismic impact the record had on the world of jazz.
West Points class of 1915 remains one of the most famous. It was the year in which the stars fell on West Point as both Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley graduated to become great leaders. That year also so 40% of it's graduates attain the rank of General. So what made this such a remarkable year? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with best selling author and noted historian, Michael Haskew. His new book West Point 1915 chronicles a period in American history that has yet to be rivaled.
In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Rick Saia, editor of Worcester Business Journal. They talk about WBJ’s “25th Anniversary” and “2015 Economic Forecast” issues.
This episode aired originally on November 23, 2014. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve did freelance writing and editing for WBJ’s “25th Anniversary” issue.
As Worcester Business Journal observed in its recent “25th Anniversary” issue, “There’s the old adage, ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’ To a certain degree, that applies to the Central Mass. business community. Banking, finance, technology, retail and education continue to be our economic pillars. But much change has also occurred over the last quarter century. Most of our regional banks are no longer locally based and many of our local retailers – Spag’s, O’Coin’s and Building 19, among them – have gone out of business.
“In examining business and the economy on Central Mass. over the last 25 years, we have discerned key patterns. Perhaps the dominant one is the importance of the region’s economic diversity in both good times and bad. Because Central Mass. and its main city, Worcester, have always had more than one industry to rely on, even bad times weren’t as bad as they might have been in a place with a single type of business. That advantage has been put to the test over the past quarter century, though. Because of the increasing globalization of world markets, Central Mass. and the rest of the nation have struggled to discard old business models and help construct the economy of the 21st century. It will be one based largely on highly skilled and trained labor and focused on emerging markets, including clean energy, medical devices, fitness and nutrition.”
Adolescence is typically portrayed as a time of out of control emotions, fed by hormones, that is, at best, survived. In the last two decades, there has been a tremendous “growth in the scientific study of adolescence” and this has enabled researchers and parents to better understand what is really happening in the teen brain. It turns out that adolescence is a time of heightened neuroplasticity and it is an exciting time when the teenager learns some of the most important strategies for success in adulthood. Tune in tonight for an exciting conversation with LAURENCE STEINBERG, Ph. D. author of AGE OF OPPORTUNITY: LESSONS FROM THE NEW SCIENCE OF ADOLESCENCE.
In the 17th Century both England and Italy were recovering from a period of political and social chaos. The Catholic Church had lost a lot of ground to the new Protestant movement and Britain was still reeling from the Interregnum and revolution. Powers in both countries railed against a modern mathematical idea, and condemned those who used it. In Italy, this mathematical notion was banned for all eternity. What was this rather simple and abstract mathematical idea and why did those who believed in order and authority hate it so much? Tune in and find out when we talk to writer, historian, teacher and mathematician AMIR ALEXANDER about his new book INFINITESIMAL: HOW A DANGEROUS MATHEMATICAL THEORY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD.
Jazz vocalist/guitarist Allan Harris talks with Bonnie Johnson about his new CD Black Bar Jukebox. The Harlem-based composer, bandleader and jazz advocate is celebrating this melodic chart topper all over the world. Harris reminisces on "growing up in the 70's [when] every black bar had a jukebox" and successfully captures what he describes as "the feeling you could listen to anybody as long as it had a groove and was getting down musically". With eight covers and five originals, his versatility shines through an array of tunes; from a rhythmic twist on John Mayer's Daughters to a hip and soulful My Funny Valentine.
The Allan Harris Band celebrates Black History Month with the CD release at Scullers Jazz Club on Friday, February 27th at 8 & 10 pm. Catch his Colors of Jazz on Sunday at noon.
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