We celebrate the holidays with four hours of music from local artists, LIVE from our WICN Performance Hall! (artists TBA)
Visual artist ETHAN MURROW stops by Inquiry tonight. His monumental drawing installation titled FLOTILLA is currently on view as part of the Decordova’s 2013 Biennial. (http://www.decordova.org/ ). Ethan talks about that work, his solo show in Paris and the importance of collaborations. To see more of his work, go to: http://www.bigpaperairplane.com/
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and film maker NANCY ANDREWS about her latest wonderful film “Behind the Eyes Are the Ears” currently being shown as part of the Decordova’s 2013 Biennial. Nancy talks about her various film techniques, about writing and performing the film score and her cinema influences. Tune in and listen about this film and her work on a new feature length film.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Russ Davis, executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, which partners with Raise Up Massachusetts. They talk about providing an increased minimum wage and earned sick time to Bay State workers.
In 1912, Massachusetts passed the first minimum-wage law in the U.S. – after workers in Lawrence went on strike and won higher wages. In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing a national minimum wage and guaranteeing basic rights to workers.
The Bay State’s minimum wage has been stuck at $8 an hour since 2008, yet costs keep rising – and workers are long overdue for a raise. For nearly 1 million workers in Massachusetts, staying home to care for themselves or a sick child could mean losing their job.
A 2012 Economic Policy Institute report analyzed three federal-minimum-wage proposals: $10.10, $9.00, and $9.80 an hour. The EPI report concluded that by increasing the minimum wage in Mass. to $10 per hour, more than half a million Bay State workers would benefit from the raise, and create thousands of new jobs.
You think you know their story. You’ve read about royalty and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real princesses couldn’t be more different. Sure, many were graceful and benevolent leaders—but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author Linda McRobbie. Her new book 'Princesses Behaving Badly" paints a much different picture of those whose royal blood really boils.
"The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser" (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Prohibition was intended to stifle vice - but instead, it nourished crime and the clubs that would become a hot bed for jazz. Ken Burns joins Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies in the work of Beiderbecke, Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson. Songs like Snake Dance, New Orleans Bump, and Variety Stomp will doubtless provoke merrymaking on par with the era of bathtub gin and backroom carousing. Special guests Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.
We revisit Judy’s conversation from 2000 (one of her first for Jazz Inspired) with author and movie critic Leonard Maltin where he discusses his favorite jazz, his own piano playing and his four-hand duet with Judy on Entertainment Tonight.
Jazz guitarist and composer Pat Martino, a versatile artist who plays fusion, mainstream jazz, soul jazz and hard bop.
Four hours of holiday songs spun from WICN’s wide-ranging CD collection by host Nick Noble. Also telling tribute to the late great Phil Ochs on his 73rd birthday, in anticipation of next week’s show.
Gloria Swanson had a singular film career. She starred with Rudolf Valentino during the Silent Era and with William Holden in Sunset Boulevard in what has been called the most celebrated film comeback in history. During the Silent Film era her fans worshiped her. But her career took a crushing downturn in the 1930s. But she never stopped working and Gloria appeared in numerous films, on stage and television. Always acting as the penultimate star on and off screen. Tune in tonight when we speak with writer Stephen Michael Shearer about his monumental new biography Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. If you love film and Hollywood history, don’t miss tonight’s show.
Tonight Inquiry welcomes Scott Yanow. Scott has been writing about jazz since 1975. He has written pieces for all the major jazz publications, has penned 750 sets of liner notes and reviewed more jazz CDs than anyone in history. So you can imagine what his new book The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide is like. Tune in and find out.
New York Times writer Stephen Holden calls her "both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova." Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz with the soul of her native Brazil. Andrade is inspired and accompanied by reedman and friend Paquito D'Rivera through bossa nova, sambas and choros including Manha de Carnival, Batida Diferente and Ceu e Mar. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.
Bobby talks with the time-honored, ever creative and adaptive collective - the Yellowjackets, about the new release of their 22nd recording "A Rise in the Road".
Some old favorites to soothe the post-holiday jangles, a few new tracks from CDs only recently arrived at the station, and more music from the immortal Phil Ochs.
Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with jazz journalist and writer Paul De Barros about his new thorough and thoroughly enjoyable biography Shall We Play That One Together? The Life And Art Of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. Tune in and learn about Marion’s early years in England, how she met Jimmy, her hot and heavy affair with her drummer Joe Morello and how Piano Jazz began.
In colonial South Carolina, the growing of indigo and the making of the beautiful blue dye from that plant was an important cash crop that England depended on. But it was a labor-intensive agriculture that depended not only on slave labor but also Native Americans. Tune in tonight and learn about the political and material cultural history of indigo, a color that touched the lives of the rich and wealthy in America and Europe as well as slaves and Native Americans. We talk with Andrea Feeser, Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Clemson University. Her new book is Red, White, And Black Make Blue: Indigo In The Fabric Of Colonial South Carolina.
No one throws a holiday party like Jazz At Lincoln Center! Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup through a Yuletide romp. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter for a New Orleans style holiday treatment of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland and We Three Kings. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Part Two: Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.
As an energetic six year old, Ben Williams was as curious as a cat. Ben’s mother worked for Congressman John Conyers (an avid jazz lover) on Capitol Hill, so when she took the youngster into the office on his school break, a watchful eye was in order. One afternoon, while rambling around Conyers’ large, leather appointed office, Ben discovered a huge object that instantly captured his imagination. The shiny upright bass was like nothing the kid had ever seen. He tapped on it. He popped a string. He climbed up on it. “What is this thing?” he wondered.
Our 7th Annual Tribute Show commemorating those artists who passed away in the last year, with special guest co-host Beth DeSombre.
Have you ever smiled when a rival co-worker experiences a misfortune? Do you enjoy watching “Reality TV” shows like Cops and laugh watching the lowlifes get busted? Did you get a kick out of seeing Martha Stewart get her comeuppance? Then you have experienced “schadenfreude”, a German term meaning “shameful joy”. It’s when we get a pleasurable feeling from watching other people do poorly. We don’t like to talk about it, but we all feel it at times. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Richard H. Smith, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky about his new fascinating book: The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and The Dark Side of Human Nature.
Alexander Wilson founded American ornithology and his eight-volume masterwork remains one of the great American scientific endeavors. Though many people know of John James Audubon, few people have even heard of Wilson or know much about his life. Tonight on Inquiry we will help to change that when we speak with Edward H. Burtt Jr.., The Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. His new book, written with William E. Davis Jr, is Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology. This book is a long overdue biography of Wilson as well as a beautiful appreciation of his art and an assessment of his work.
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Nick DiBiasio’s passion for music began on the evening of Sunday, February 9, 1964, when The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Against The Grain features Americana music by many local and international artists.
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