Canadien singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer returns to Expressions for another half hour of soulful tunes. Sarah has been writing and recording music for close to twenty years and has released five albums over her career. Two of those records, “All of our Names” and “I’m a Mountain” are certified for gold sales in Canada while “You Were Here” is certified platinum. Sarah is backed by an ensemble of talented musicians who truly delighted the live studio audience at the WSKG Studios. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jJ6NbRjcoo
BAND MEMBERS: Sarah Harmer, Julie Fader, Paul Mathew, Dean Drouillard, Kieran Adams
For more information about Sarah Harmer please visit her website at: http://www.sarahharmer.com
Diane Ackerman writes about the inner and outer world and has taken on some enormous topics. Her books include “Dawn Light”, a scientific and poetic appreciation of the first hours of the day; “The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral”; “A Natural History of the Senses”, which explored how we see/hear/feel/know the world around us and was made into a PBS science series; “A Natural History of Love” and “An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain”. She is also an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. Diane lives in Ithaca and has become one of America’s best-selling authors, her productivity and creativity nurtured by her author-husband Paul West. Paul is the author of more than two dozen novels as well as poetry and non-fiction; Diane calls him “a born phrasemaker” and remarks that “our household had been saturated with wordplay”. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-984104.mp3
One of Paul West’s books is the 1995 memoir “A Stroke of Genius: Illness and Self-Discovery” in which he tells of the “weird constellation of my symptoms” from migraines to heart disease to a mild stroke. His health had taken a turn for the worse in June of 2004 when Paul was hospitalized for the installation of a heart pacemaker and was also suffering from a kidney infection. He recovered sufficiently to be released from the hospital and was alone in his room with Diane when he was felled by a massive stroke. Because of the other drugs in his system he couldn’t be safely treated with the powerful anticoagulants that, if applied in time, could reverse the condition. A man considered one of the most creative and prolific writers of his time suddenly lost the power to communicate. His wife, who had clarified for countless readers the workings of the mind, understood too well the nature of this crisis. “In nonretractable moments, whole networks of neurons had died, a lifetime’s verbal skills, knacks, memories.” The effects of global aphasia reduced Paul’s verbal capacity to a series of monosyllables: “mem-mem-mem”. If possible (and there was no assurance that it was) his brain would have to be retrained. With rehabilitation, professional attention and the ongoing assistance of a loving and resouceful wife he began the effort, and Diane has documented their progress. It wasn’t easy.
Jamie Willard has been performing for more than thirty years and his music has in that time evolved into a rendition of beauty and a distillation of grace. His compositions are variously described as “intricately detailed, a pleasure not only to listen to but to see”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LUe6vzq3Og&feature=player_embedded#!
In the autumn of 1881, a poor, uneducated shoemaker from Massachusetts stepped off a train in Binghamton, New York. It would mark the beginning of an era that transformed and defined the region for the next 100 years. Johnson, a new documentary film from WSKG, chronicles the incredible life and legacy of the man, George F. Johnson, who shaped the Southern Tier into what it would become. Produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Brian Frey and utilizing rare photographs and archival film footage, Johnson traces the rise of what would become one of the largest shoe-making firms in the world, the Endicott Johnson Shoe Corporation. Johnson built more than just boots and factories; his true legacy would be the community that grew from the industrial community he created – a community so rich in tradition and culture it would become forever known as the Valley of Opportunity.
In the fall of 1914, Thomas John Watson was a broken man. Fired from a job he loved and convicted of a crime he claimed to be innocent of, his future looked bleak. But Watson would turn it all around by rebuilding his life and creating one of the world’s most influential and successful companies, IBM. Watson, a new documentary film from WSKG’s Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Brian Frey, tells the fascinating story of Watson’s rise from an impoverished childhood to a player on the world’s stage. Watson focuses on the history of IBM’s birth in Endicott, New York, and on how the company grew and evolved along with the lives and dreams of the children of the immigrants who came to the region a half century earlier.