In the Pocket:
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With Good Reason with Sarah McConnell
Wednesday at 11am
World-renowned naturalist Joe Hutto, subject of the Emmy winning BBC documentary "My Life as a Turkey", discusses the complexity and richness of being he finds in wild creatures.
And: The brown or "bronze-feathered" turkey is making a comeback, with the help of organic, free-range farmers like Paul Kelly.
Plus: Anton Treuer, author of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, shares how he and his family give thanks.
Strike Up the Band with Ted Otten & Michael Kownacky
Tonight we will have more Recent Acquisitions. Among the performers are Jo Stafford, Tommy Dorsey, Arte Shaw,
Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Russ Morgan and the Andrew Sisters.
HOLIDAY SPECIAL - Feeling Good: The Nina Simone Story
Told by her daughter, vocalist Lisa Simone Kelly, Feeling Good: The Nina Simone Story is a touching, intimate look at life, work and genius of jazz composer, pianist, vocalist and civil rights activist Nina Simone.
Whether it was a song she composed or one she interpreted, Nina had the ability to communicate its meaning beyond words. She excavated the essential soul of every song that she sang.
Whether it was belting out a protest song, moaning out a love ballad or blues tune, or playing the piano with classical virtuosity, Nina commanded her audience. And in her offstage life she demanded to be treated with respect and dignity at all times. For a black woman of her time, that stance alone was revolutionary.
But in this documentary we also hear about the tender, vulnerable, and sometimes funny Nina from the people that she loved and trusted... Her close circle of friends (including former NPR Host Verta Mae Grosvenor), family members, people in her band, recording industry professionals who had the rare opportunity to call her a friend. Most of all, we hear a daughter sharing first-hand insight into the heights and depths of the life of a musical genius she knew as "Mommy".
We all knew that Nina knew pain. When she expressed it in song, she bravely exposed the raw emotions that most of us tamp down in order to get by. She was our zeitgeist, because she had the intuition and bravery to call out and capture these emotions, and the brilliance to channel them in high definition. But it meant that Nina was not without her own shadows. For this reason her daughter reflects that Nina was most free when she performed.
In Feeling Good we get to hear lots of Nina's music, and remember how nimbly she could transition from jazz to gospel to blues to classical piano licks in a way that seemed effortless. Nina Simone deserves to be honored, and this documentary does it elegantly.
Trenton365 with Jacque Howard
Jacque Howard is off this week, enjoying the holiday season with his family. He'll be back, next week, with a look at the region and some great music.
Block Party Radio with Kim Scott
Block Party Radio is an upbeat, urbane show, with a host that is brimming with enthusiasm about the Contemporary Jazz scene today. New to radio, Kim is a fresh voice and an advocate for the new artists of her generation. And she introduces us to many of them in the show each week.
MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer
Where the Wind Leads: Vinh Chung was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty.
Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary "boat people" and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas.
Where the Wind Leads follows Vinh Chung and his family on their desperate journey from pre-war Vietnam, through pirate attacks on a lawless sea, to a miraculous rescue and a new home in the unlikely town of Fort Smith, Arkansas and in many ways - that is just the beginning of Dr. Chung's story!
12th Street Jump with Pearl McDonald & Pete Weber
Celebrating the Birthday of Teddy Wilson: On this week's archive episode of 12th Street Jump, we celebrate the music of Teddy Wilson, with our own Joe Cartwright. Miss Wardine helps President Obama thru some mid-terms and public speaking advice is offered to Mitch McConnell at Sarina's School for Scat.