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. Berlin became a kind of laboratory of sexuality. 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.
Novelist E. L. Doctorow (Ragtime, The Book of Daniel) was first introduced to jazz through his father who owned a record store in the thirties and helped John Hammond build his early record collection.
Joining host Chet Williamson at 4:20pm on this edition of Jazz Matinee is singer/songwriter Felix Cavaliere. Although he was a member of Joey Dee and the Starliters, best known for their hit Peppermint Twist, he is best known for his association with The Young Rascals during the 1960s.
Jerry Butler is a soul legend! He sang in a church choir with his boyhood friend Curtis Mayfield, was an original member of The Impressions and went on to a very successful solo career singing, writing and producing. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of one of soul music's most prolific artists. it all starts at 7pm!
Joining host Chet Williamson at 5:20pm live in the studio is pianist David Maxwell. David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and well- known musicians in the blues. David plays many styles of blues, jazz and improvised music, but he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to reach the heart of post-war Chicago Blues. Through his work, he has gained the respect of artists, critics and fans and has established a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive.
Mark M. Smith is widely considered to be America's leading practitioner of the new and burgeoning field of “sensory history.” His new book, Smell of Battle, Taste of Siege engages accounts from diaries, letters, and journals to provide a matchless perspective on how the Civil War was felt and lived – indeed, no other book has looked at the Civil War through the prism of the five senses, or considered their impact on various groups of individuals. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with historian and author Mark Smith
Listen now to an all-new episode of The Business Beat. Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate Of Climb, interviews Greg Judy (shown, left), co-operator of Green Pasture Farms, and Cathleen O’Keefe (shown, right), Winter Conference and bulk-order coordinator for the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. They talk about building a profitable farming business while caring for the health of the land.
The Winter Conference of NOFA’s Mass. chapter takes place on January 10 at Worcester State University. The keynote speaker is Greg Judy, who, along with his wife Jan Judy, operate Green Pasture Farms on leased land in Rucker, Missouri. The NOFA-Mass. Winter Conference will also have several workshop presenters who are local to Worcester and the surrounding area.
Greg is a rotational grazier and carbon-sequestration advocate. He is also the author of two books: No Risk Ranching: Custom Grazing on Leased Land; and Comeback Farms: Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Management Practices. In his NOFA-Mass. Winter Conference seminar, he will share his lessons learned on building a profitable business while caring for the health of the land he works. He will also discuss all the steps involved in setting up a profitable, managed, grazing operation, from scratch. Among other things, he will cover calving, winter stockpiling, developing your grazier’s eye, drought management, and daily monitoring to ensure success in starting your own grazing operation.
We often hear about the lone genius, but in reality some of the most creative people work in pairs: John Lennon and Paul McCartney; C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkein; Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The list is endless. How do these dynamic duos meet; how do they work together and what leads to their eventual break up? Tonight on Inquiry I talk with curator, writer and essayist Joshua Wolf Shenk about his fascinating new book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs.
A rusted wreck of a 1957 Chevy wagon led tonight’s guest on Inquiry into an exploration into the history of the American middle class and a meditation on what cars mean to us. Our love affair with our cars in a fact of life, but like all romances, it goes through stages and often has an unhappy ending. Earl Swift is a writer, journalist and residential fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia. His new book is part cultural history and part auto romance and much more. His book is titled Autobiography: A Classic Car, An Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream. If you have had a love affair with a car you have owned, be sure to tune in!
Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/actress Peggy Lee is the focus of author James Gavin's new biography Is That All There Is? The Strange Life of Peggy Lee (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster). Gavin, who also penned the acclaimed Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne as well as Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker will join host Bonnie Johnson to talk about the the ups, downs and triumphs of the "genre- and generation-bridging artist" Peggy Lee. Tune in at 12 pm-EST.
In 1960, Duke Ellington joined Billy Strayhorn to arrange and record The Nutcracker Suite, an album comprised of jazz interpretations of "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky. In 2001, their music was featured in the premiere of the Urban Nutcracker at Dorchester's Strand Theater. Dancer, founder and artistic director Anthony Williams of Tony Williams Dance Center remains at the helm of this fourteen year old multi-cultural production that blends ballet, urban tap, hip-hop and flamenco. Catch Colors when Mr. Williams joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about this season's performance and the center's mission to "provide quality dance instruction to a diverse urban community".
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