Tonight’s guest is KEN ONO. He is the Asa Griggs Chandler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University and a Fellow of the Mathematical Society. His parents were first generation Japanese emigrants to the United States at a time when there was tremendous racism expressed to the Japanese. His father was a brilliant mathematician and it was expected that Ken would follow in his footsteps. But he struggled to find himself for many years until he became inspired by one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. Ken Ono’s book is titled MY SEARCH FOR RAMANUJAN: HOW I LEARNED TO COUNT written with Amir D. Aczel.
Biographer Al Green will discuss his new biography about his father, guitarist Freddie Green, who was a native of Charleston and an integral part of the Count Basie sound. Guitarist James Chirillo will illustrate what is called the “Freddie Green style” and join Judy, Harry Allen and Pat O’Leary in performing songs associated with Freddie Green and Count Basie. This episode was recorded live from Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
One of the greatest voices in soul music is turning 70 this week! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the sultry, seductive, joyous sides of the Rev. Green. He IS soul music! It all starts at 7pm!
The trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf was born in Lebanon and grew up in France; like his father, he studied Western classical music, but also microtonal Arabic music using a custom-built instrument. His latest project in a career full of cross-pollinating ventures was inspired by the late Umm Kulthum, the Arab world's greatest vocalist. With the arranging help of pianist Frank Woeste and some major American talent, he constructed a jazz take on one of her greatest suites, "Alf Leila Wa Leila" ("1001 Nights") and recorded it on an album called Kalthoum. Tonight, Jazz Night In America features a performance of this music from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola inside Jazz at Lincoln Center, and takes a closer look into the intersecting worlds of Kulthum and Maalouf.
Before Americans got their news from television, they got it from LIFE, the weekly magazine that set the standard for photojournalism. In LIFE Story, writer/editor Gerald Moore who worked at the magazine in its glory years recalls the dizzying excitement and glamor of its fast-moving, powerful approach to spreading the news. Moore covered the major stories of the late 1960s and early 1970s: LSD, assassinations, the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, the McCarthy campaign, urban riots, the My Lai massacre, and the beginnings of feminism. His story is a wonderful look back at the good and the bad old days of journalism. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author/journalist Gerald Moore.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Mark Henderson and Fred Hurlbrink Jr., co-founders and co-owners of the Worcester Sun. They talk about the business and journalism of online news and information. This episode aired originally on February 7, 2016.
“Worcester.ma,” the digital home of the Worcester Sun, is a startup news organization dedicated to “providing the best journalism in Worcester. With more than 300 years of professional journalism experience, our contributors make sense of the news that matters to Worcester.”
The owners and operators of the Worcester Sun are Mark Henderson and Fred Hurlbrink Jr., who launched their business in August 2015 with the stated goal of “putting ‘local’ back in local journalism.” Both Mark and Fred live locally, so the Worcester Sun is locally owned – unlike the Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Magazine and GoLocalWorcester, among a growing number of other non-locally-owned local media – a trend that’s happening both here in Central Massachusetts and throughout the rest of America.
On the Worcester Sun website, Mark and Fred state, “We believe journalism supported by advertising only puts publishers in the position of searching for stories that gather the most clicks. Unfortunately, most of the time popularity and meaning are not the same.”
Can making and reading comics help doctors better understand what their patients are going through? Can graphic art also help doctors express what their experiences are to a wider public? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with IAN WILLIAMS, visual artist and illustrator, a medical doctor and an independent humanities scholar and MK CZERWEIC, a nurse and comics artist. They are two of the authors of the GRAPHIC MEDICINE MANIFESTO. Tune in and find out what drawing comics can add to our understanding of the experience of being ill.
Food allergies seem to be everywhere today, but did people historically also suffer from allergies to peanuts or shellfish? Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with MATTHEW SMITH, senior lecturer at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre of the Social History of Health and Healthcare. His new book is a fascinating account of the history of food allergies and the evolution of medicine’s understanding of this sometimes life-threatening condition: ANOTHER PERSON’S POISON: A HISTORY OF FOOD ALLERGY.
When saxophonist, composer, songwriter and teacher, Roy Nathanson celebrated longtime friendships through at a two week residency at The Stone/NYC in 2015, the music was captured in a live recording. Fast-forward, the co-founder of the Jazz Passengers, world-renowned for his avant garde post-bop and free-jazz reunites the musicians Marc Ribot, Arturo O'Farrill, Curtis Fowlkes & Anthony Coleman to celebrate the 2016 Clean Feed Records release of "Nearness & You" || Duets & Improvisations. Nathanson talks with Host Bonnie Johnson about the project and Album Release Concert happening at Brooklyn's Littlefield on Sunday April 17, 2016. Tune in at 1 pm.
VoicePlay's co-founder, bass singer, arranger and aca-innovator Geoff Castellucci joins Host Bonnie Johnson to talk about his musical journey that began with classical and jazz piano. Today he shares the stage with the Orlando, Florida-based a cappella collaborative that performs theatrical concerts for all ages. The group gained international acclaim after competing then touring with NBC’s 4th Season of “The Sing-Off”. VoicePlay brings their "music-without-music" to The Hanover Theatre in Worcester on April 10, 2016.
Catch @theVoicePlay @Bonnie_WICN #ColorsOfJazz this Sunday at 12:15 pm
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Founded in 1929 by Dr. John Fallon, Reliant Medical Group was the first group medical practice established in Central Massachusetts. Reliant is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization. Reliant Medical Group has over 500 providers and cares for over 320,000 patients, offering a full range of primary care and over 30 different specialties from podiatry to vascular surgery.