During World War II there was an army unit that specialized in deception. They used inflatable tanks, created sound effects of troop movements and impersonated Morse code senders. They were the Ghost Army, an incredible group that included many artists like Ellsworth Kelly and Bill Blass. When they were not involved in an operation, they drew and painted what was happening around them and therefore left a visual legacy of the war like no other. Tune in tonight when we speak with historian and film maker RICK BEYER about his book, written with Elizabeth Sayles, THE GHOST ARMY OF WORLD WAR II. Rick and others are working hard to get the Ghost Army awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with artist MICHELLE SAMOUR, whose work was recently on exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Her work is about the aesthetics of the natural world and our obsession with classification and collecting. Eyes and viruses are just a few of the inspirations for her work, which is made with pigmented abaca fiber among other material. Tune in for a fascinating talk with a very unique artist. To see examples of Michelle’s work that she talks about in the interview, go to: http://www.michellesamour.com/
New England music fans are well aware that the Boston folk music scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s was also a hot bed of Bluegrass and Classic Country pioneers. Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs were among some of the well-known Bluegrass acts that played Club 47. The Lilly Brothers from West Virginia played almost every night for 16 years at Boston’s Hillbilly Ranch. Many people used to go to the Ranch and sit in with the Lillys such as Joe Val, Herb Applin, Herb Hooven , Jim Field, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith and a college kid named Victor Evdokimoff. Victor has some historic reel to reel tapes from that era including live recordings and recorded broadcasts of the Wheeling Jamboree on WWVA. Victor had a band with Dave Dillon (later with The New England Bluegrass Boys) and also played with Alex Campbell and OlaBelle Reed. Victor will be live in studio to share his recollections and play some of his re-mastered recordings from that golden age of Bluegrass.
New Orleans singer/composer John Boutté discussing the influence New Orleans has had on his music and his work on the series “Treme."
Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate the life and music of Motown's "psychedelic soul" producer, Norman Whitfield. Known for songs like "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" "War" & especially 1976's "Car Wash" his music sounds as fresh today as it did over 40 years ago! It all starts at 7pm!
Two years ago Jamison Ross took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The 26-year-old drummer has played with both veterans Carmen Lundy and Wess Anderson, and young talents like Jon Batiste and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Ross’ roots in jazz and gospel give him unfailing feel, and thrill-inducing chops. His trio celebrates Prestige Records’ 65th anniversary, live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
When David McCullough Jr. son of Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough gave a commencement address late one the afternoon in June, 2012, to the senior class of the public high school in Wellesley, Massachusetts where he is an English teacher, his message caught fire. “You are not special. You are not exceptional,” he told the graduating class. "Think about this: even if you're one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you." Now, expanding upon his popular address, viewed by more than two million people on YouTube, McCullough has written YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL, a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life. Tune in this Sunday evening May 10 at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with McCullough about that speech and how students and parents have reacted.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Jill Dagilis (shown, center), executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council, and Charla Hixon (shown, right), director of WCAC’s Jobs and Education Center. They talk about ending family homelessness. (They are posing with Ellen Ganley, WCAC's director of development.)
WCAC was started in 50 years ago – in 1965 - as the locally designated “community action” agency for the federal Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency for 18 education and social-service programs.
The mission of WCAC, which is the federally mandated antipoverty agency for Central Massachusetts, is “helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy.” More than 130 employees serve more than 72,000 individuals and families through 18 programs and services annually.
WCAC’s offices are located in downtown Worcester, Southbridge, Spencer, Millbury, and Oxford.
In the 17th Century, more than 350,000 English people crossed the Atlantic to become colonists in what would later be called America. They still considered themselves “English” and their relationship over the decades with what they considered their homeland was complex. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MALCOM GASKILL, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. His new book is titled BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: HOW THE ENGLISH BECAME AMERICANS. This history of the evolution of the colonists feelings about England is a “national history without borders, an English epic told through stories of adventure.” Tune in and hear a very different perspective on Early American history.
Otis Shepard and Dorothy Van Gorder were two gifted artists who married and teamed up to produce some of the most eye-catching and beautiful outdoors advertising in the middle decades of the 20th Century. Through their friendship with P.K. Wrigley of Wrigely’s gum, they also got to completely redesign Catalina Island and the Chicago Cubs. Their graphic art helped bring modernist design to America and helped to visually define an era. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with art director and design historian NORMAN HATHAWAY. With writer and editor Dan Nadel, he has written a stunningly beautiful book about these two unrecognized graphic artists who helped create the look of modern America: DOROTHY AND OTIS: DESIGNING THE AMERICAN DREAM.
Shlomit & RebbeSoul is the mesmerizing duo of Shlomit Levi, one of Israel’s finest vocalists, and Bruce Burger, a.k.a. RebbeSoul, recording artist from America who created what is now the modern version of Jewish Roots and World Music. Israeli-born Shlomit recently moved to the US and Californian RebbeSoul emigrated to Israel, thus truly blending cultures.
The songs are in Hebrew, English, Arabic, Yemenite, and Aramaic. The instruments played come from numerous countries including: Russia (balalaika), Middle East (riq, darbouka, finger cymbals, ney, daf and bendir), Brazil (caxixi, Pandro), and Yemen (oil can). Altogether, it creates a unique blend of World Music with a distinct Yemenite spice. These infectious grooves and memorable melodies combine to create a wholly new and exciting genre that has earned attention in Israel, the UK, and now the US.
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