Inquiry welcomes back BEVERLY GRAY, writer, teacher, journalist and biographer. She worked with the legendary Roger Corman editing scripts, writing publicity material, casting and in many other jobs. We continue our conversation (Part II) about her book ROGER CORMAN: BLOOD-SUCKING VAMPIRES, FLESH-EATING COCKROACHES and DRILLER KILLERS. Tonight we talk about Roger Corman’s New World Pictures which hired people like Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, John Sayles and Ron Howard to star, direct and write pictures like Death Race 2000, Piranha and Battle Beyond the Stars. But amazingly, Roger also worked with films by Fellini, Bergman, Truffaut and many other major European and Japanese directors of the time. If you enjoy films and film history DON’T MISS THIS INTERVIEW.
Singer Sandy Stewart discusses her most recent CD with her son, pianist Bill Charlap, and the special musical connection they share.
Did you remember to "spring ahead" over the weekend? Join host Tom Shaker as he plays soul songs with "time" in the title. You'll hear Tyrone Davis, Irma Thomas, David Ruffin and many more on this week's Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!
Louis Armstrong. Sidney Bechet. Jelly Roll Morton. King Oliver. Immortals who directed and defined the development of jazz into the body of work that's celebrated across the globe. Victor Goines, a son of the Crescent City, leads a stellar line up of musicians in celebration of the names that made New Orleans a latter day Atlantis of music. With Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Chris Crenshaw, Don Vappie, Dan Nimmer, and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Host Chet Williamson chats with saxophonist Tim Hegarty.
For years nicotine has been the number one culprit in tobacco and tobacco related illness. Now a new studie reveals that this notorious stimulant may enhance learning and help treat Parkinson's, schizophrenia and other neurological diseases. Is this possible? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Discover magazines Dan Hurley who has followed this story and now reveals the findings.
In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Worcester District 4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera. They talk about the role of community development corporations in inner-city housing development. This episode aired originally on August 11, 2013.
More than a century ago, Main South was a summertime respite for many of Worcester's rich and elite. This was before the advent of the auto, when Main South was relatively rural and remote compared with the downtown area.
In recent decades, developers such as Russell Haims of Main South-based Hampton Properties–whose motto is “Peace, Love & Shelter”–have done marvelous restorations of many of these historical and architectural treasures. And, Clark University has closely worked with City Hall, the Main South Community Development Corporation and many others, to make the neighborhood more safe, secure and attractive.
Long story, short: While Main South has come a long way in recent decades, it's still got a long way to go. My guest, District 4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera, is here to talk about that continuing journey. Her district includes Main South. She is also a clinical therapist and co-senior pastor, along with her husband, Jose Encarnacion, of Christian Community Church.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome journalist, teacher, screenwriter and story editor BEVERLY GRAY. She talks about the latest edition of her wonderful biography ROGER CORMAN: BLOOD-SUCKING VAMPIRES, FLESH-EATING COCKROACHES AND DRILLER KILLERS. Roger Corman specialized in making films that elevated the exploitation genre, films like Little Shop of Horrors and The Trip. He made them fast and he made them cheaply. Beverly Gray worked for Roger Corman in a number of different jobs and has written an incredible insiders look at this legendary director and producer who in turn worked with luminaries like Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, John Sayles, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda. Tonight is part one of our conversation and we concentrate on Corman’s year working for American International Pictures.
Ann Dvorak was a hardworking charismatic star of film beginning in the 1920s. Her career at Warner Brothers was set to take off and the press hailed her as “Hollywood’s new Cinderella.” Then it all began to unravel. Dvorak was a complex and fascinating person who accomplished a lot, but she bravely bucked the Hollywood system and remains largely unknown today. Tune in to Inquiry tonight and find out why when we talk with writer and librarian CHRISTINA RICE about her new biography ANN DVORAK: HOLLYWOOD’S FORGOTTEN REBEL.
Celebrate Women's History Month when pianist, composer and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford talks with host Bonnie Johnson. Melford's 2013 solo piano CD, Life Carries Me This Way (Firehouse 12 Records), has a simple cover yet comprises a colorful selection of "compositions inspired by the artwork of her friend, the late Sacramento-based artist Don Reich (1931-2010)". Among her many pursuits, Melford unites several musicians with ongoing projects that include live and recorded sessions with bassist Mark Dresser, drummer Matt Wilson, clarinetists Ben Goldberg and Marty Ehrlich among others; Mentors have included Ran Blake and Worcester native Jaki Byard. Currently Associate Professor, Improvisation and Jazz at UC Berkley, the arts advocate begins a sabbatical this spring with a stop at Lilypad, Cambridge on March 14th. Catch Colors of Jazz to hear more about Ms. Melford's musical journey into "collaborative creativity". Tune in at 4pm.
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Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.
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