Public libraries are at the cultural and social center of every town and city where they are found. But these days libraries are also woefully under funded and under appreciated. After all, “why do we need a library when we have Google?”. Libraries are going to need to radically change, not only to keep up with the avalanche of new material, electronic and printed, but to meet the needs of modern patrons. Today on Inquiry we talk with JOHN PALFREY, professor of law, founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America and Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover. His new book BIBIO TECH: WHY LIBRARIES MATTER MORE THAN EVER IN THE AGE OF GOOGLE offers some thought-provoking suggestions for how modernize the public library.
British jazz vocalist Jacqui Dankworth came to jazz after pursuing a theatre career, performing everywhere from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the West End. Jacqui talks about the advantages and challenges of having two well-known parents, Dame Cleo Lane and Sir John Dankworth.
Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now. Even longer, if you consider how long his 10-piece working band has known each other: Most of its members, known collectively as The Next Step or The West Coast Get Down, have known each other since at least high school decades ago in South Central Los Angeles, and in some instances well before that. Even as their diverse careers have made it difficult to focus exclusively on this band — Washington is, for instance, the saxophone player heard on the new Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar albums — they've all continually committed to experimenting with a brand of jazz that resonates with their own generation's lived experience.
Jazz Night In America features Kamasi Washington and the music of The Epic at its release party, and in its full glory. From the Regent Theater in Downtown L.A., Washington presents his new album with his working band, a choir, a string section and plenty of special guests.
In December 1941, as American forces tallied the dead at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt gathered with his senior military counselors to plan an ambitious counterstrike against the heart of the Japanese Empire: Tokyo. Four months later, on April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way mission to pummel the enemy’s factories, refineries, and dockyards and then escape to Free China. Tune in this Sunday at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by historian and best selling author, James Scott. His new book: Target Tokyo chronicles the planning of this highly critical mission.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR+ Best Rate of Climb, interviews Lisa Piehler (shown, right), executive director, and Elizabeth Wambui (shown, center), major-gifts associate, for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts and Lauren Petit (shown, left), manager of communications and community relations for Saint-Gobain Corporation, one of the sponsors of the Red Cross Central Mass. chapter's 2015 Hometown Heroes. They talk about what it takes to be a Red Cross Central Mass. Hometown Hero. Shown, is a Red Cross photo of some past Hometown Heroes. This episode aired originally on March 8, 2015.
Each April, the American Red Cross of Central Mass. holds its Hometown Heroes Breakfast. And each year during that event, local people who have done remarkable things in the community are honored. The annual signature event, which this year took place on April 8, began as a way to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001. In the years since, it has grown into a celebration of the courage, kindness and unselfish character displayed by incredible people across Central Mass.
Past honorees include people who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or fellow man by saving a life or through community service. Members of the community are invited to nominate a local hero for consideration. Honorees will be selected by a committee of individuals from the local community, including former award recipients.
Here are the 2015 Hometown Heroes honorees, in alphabetical order by last name:
- Mark E. Leary of Fitchburg, who helped pull a man from a burning building in Fitchburg
- Kaitlin K. O’Connell of Leominster, who donated a kidney to a person that she did not know
- Terry and Pam Parker of Charlton, who founded Nick’s House, a home for returning veterans suffering from PTSD, in memory of their son, Nick Perry
- Darlene Russell of Gardner, who helped rescue a mother and her baby from their burning car on I-190
This year’s Britney Gengel International Humanitarian Award will be awarded to a group of doctors and nurses for their work in response to the Ebola crisis. The group is comprised of:
- ACCEL (Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia) of theGreater Worcester area
- Moses Makor of Worcester, who worked with the Liberian Association of Worcester County to raise awareness and funds to combat Ebola
- Richard Sacra, MD, of Holden, who contracted Ebola, was cured, and has returned to Liberia continue his work
Here are the 2015 Hometown Heroes honorable mentions, in alphabetical order by last name:
- Engineers Without Borders USA – Worcester Polytechnic Institute Student Chapter in Worcester, which, through a Global Grant from Rotary International, is embarking on a expanded project to harvest rainwater in Guachtuq, Guatemala. This will bring a much-needed clean-water supply to additional households in this community
- Michael McCallan of National Grid, who, through his role as director of emergency planning, is training employees on how to respond to emergency situations
- Senior Allied Help Students in Worcester, which hosted a CPR marathon at Worcester Technical High School that certified 135 people.
- Staff Sergeant Daniel R. Papagno of Clinton, who was the only person to assist a Worcester police officer in restraining a young man wielding a gun as a crowed stood and watched
- Kevin Shaughnessy of Worcester, who has worked to improve the lives of veterans in Worcester through his work with Habitat for Humanity and Veterans Inc.
- Laura Wonderlie of Worcester, who has implemented a literacy plan at the Seven Hills Charter Public School in Worcester to help improve reading levels of students from kindergarten through grade 8
Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with ROBERT BEACHY, associate professor of history at the Underwood International College of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. His new book is titled GAY BERLIN: BIRTHPLACE OF A MODERN IDENTITY. It is Beachy’s central argument that our modern understanding of homosexuality and gay culture started in the 19th Century city of Berlin. This is a fascinating history complicated by the extreme politics of Germany in the first decades of the 20th Century. Tune in and learn about the very first gay rights organization and how the Nazis eventually ended decades of progress in sexual rights.
What do Buddy Holly, Joy Division, the Beatles, The Five Satins, Amy Winehouse and the Shagri-Las all have in common? They are all rock and roll musicians mentioned in tonight’s interview with journalist, writer and author of many books GREIL MARCUS. His new book THE HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL IN TEN SONGS is not a simple chronological listing of the artists found in the Hall of fame. Marcus’ history is a fascinating and complex web of affinities based on 10 songs that appealed to him at that one moment. Tune in for one of the best discussions about rock you will likely hear this year.
Virtuoso jazz harmonica player and multi-instrumentalist Grégoire Maret talks with Bonnie Johnson about his musical journey, world tour and upcoming performance in the 5th Annual Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City. He takes the stage Live! at the Highline Ballroom on Monday, June 15, 2015 when The Blue Note Jazz Festival & Jill Newman Productions Present: Grégoire Maret with Special Guest vocalist Lizz Wright and Surprise Guest. Tune in at 12pm.
Brazilian singer/songwriter, as well as an accomplished guitarist and arranger, Joyce Moreno, has infused bossa music with traditional jazz. Growing up, Moreno listened to Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday. She has recorded 21+ solo discs and 300+ songs with company such as Flora Purim, Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina and Gal Costa. On August 21, 2014, Moreno celebrated 50 years in the music industry by releasing "Raiz" (translation: "Roots"). Exploring classic bossa and samba tune with the combination of jazz, she crafts an iconic musical invention!
Playing songs released between 1948-1973, featuring Burl Ives, the Weavers, Harry Belafonte, the Tarriers, Odetta, the Kingston Trip, the Limeliters, the Brothers Four, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Joan Baez, the Highwaymen, Bob Dylan, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, the Seekers, the New Christy Minstrels, and many many others!
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