Virginia natives Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are the Honey Dewdrops. Writing and singing in the veins of folk and old country music, the Honey Dewdrops entwine harmony singing with tight instrumentation and craft songs that are simple and fine-tuned. Theirs are new songs from the southern mountains that ring with originality. After their appearance and first place win on a 2008 talent show broadcast of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, the Dewdrops began their careers as songwriters and have since released two critically acclaimed albums, If the Sun Will Shine (2009) and These Old Roots (2010) both of which have charted at the #1 and #2 positions on the Folk DJ-L Charts for 2010. “We travel through a lot of mountains,” Wortman explains, and the environmental effects in the area inspire the song “Hills of My Home”.
Gifted jazz vocalist Jane Monheit shows her skill and lives up to her numerous accolades. An extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds, Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and stayed on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category. Video not available at this time.
In the house of horrors that we all occupy from time to time there are many unwelcome visitors: ghouls, goblins, demons, witches (whose reputation has improved in recent years), ghosts (the words “ghost”and “guest” spring from the same root), vampires, shades and maybe the most horrid and disgusting of all, the zombies. Like their frightful brethren zombies have a human origin that is denied any semblance of kindness or mercy. They have lost all sense of hope and they spread that sentiment to unwitting subjects who may still have the full measure of their humanity. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1023099.mp3
The notion of the zombie — a person risen from the dead with a need to draw the living into the realm of the lost — is ancient and enduring. The word itself is of West African origin, from the Kongo “nzambi”, a name for the deity. The concept was carried to the Caribbean and came into voodoo belief as a snake god or “a will-less and speechless human” that takes control of the dead. But such a vision is not confined to that tradition.
Chances are that you who are reading this, or listening to the OFF THE PAGE interview with Molly Morgan about “The Skinny Rules”, already eat too much and weigh too much. The statistics are worrysome: in the United States 68% of us are overweight and about a third of the population is classified as obese. Weight problems in childhood have become a major health concern; it has been predicted that by 2015 over 40% of adults in this country will be obese. Since listening to the radio isn’t an activity implicated in weight gain (watching TV excessively may be) we can in good conscience point you toward Molly Morgan’s new book as a way of bringing your weight and your life under control. There is a definite philosophy to “The Skinny Rules”, subtitled “The 101 Secrets Every Skinny Girl Knows”. The medical community defines Skinny by your body mass index (BMI) — the ratio of your height to your weight. And the dictionary defines Skinny as: being thin. Yet, as a nutrition expert I have my own definition of Skinny. I believe that Skinny is actually defined by the lifestyle you lead and not by the size clothes you wear… If you are eating well, exercising and taking care of your body then, yes, this is living a healthy Skinny life.
Whether the publication in the magazine rack is Foreign Affairs, Field & Stream or The Progressive Grocer, it took organization and intelligent efforts for it to appear on schedule and meet with the approval of its intended readership. Mass circulation magazines are not only a service to readers in our society, they reflect the interests and values of that society. For nearly a century Time Magazine has been a primary news source. Along with its sister publications Life and Fortune, it contributed to a shared view of the world and for its public, according to historian Robert Vanderlan in his book “Intellectuals Incorporated”, it served “to bolster the shaky cultural self-confidence of its middle class readers.” http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-972270.mp3
To speak effectively to the great American middle class publisher Henry Luce turned to some of the nation’s prominent intellectuals. In both form, content and editorial bias, over the years the publications of Time, Inc. were influenced by the work of Archibald MacLeish, James Agee, Whittaker Chambers, William H. Whyte and many others who lent their talents and outlook (though seldom their signatures) to magazines that “functioned like an updated Chatauqua, the adult education camps of the turn of the century that stressed cultural enrichment,” writes Vanderlan. “Time may have been good for you, but it went down more like ice cream than Castor oil.” Much of “Intellectuals Inc.” details the biographies, attitudes and contributions of Time founders Henry Luce and Briton Hadden and the intellectuals who worked with them.
John Covelli is Conductor Laureate of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and founding Conductor of the Belleayre Festival Orchestra. Currently he is Music Director and Conductor of The International Repertory Orchestra, Music Director of A Company for Chamber Opera, Artistic Director of Kaleidoscope Concert Productions and serves on the Advisory Board of Goodwill Theatre, Inc., while fulfilling engagements as guest conductor, solo pianist, master teacher and chamber player. http://youtu.be/b0WTRZlj6I0
John came to WSKG studios in June 2011 performing in front of a live studio audience.