Eric Jackson accepts the 2012 Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award (Annie Shreffler/WGBH)
Listen to Jackson and Combs talk about the award and Duke Dubois.
Last month at the JazzWeek Awards in Detroit, Michigan, saxophonist Paul Combs accepted the Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award on behalf of this years honoree, WGBH 89.7 Jazz host Eric Jackson. Combs visited the WGBH studios to deliver the award in person.
This prestigious lifetime achievement award is named for the late jazz radio promoter Duke Dubois, who was a pioneer in the field and a mentor to many, including Jackson himself, in the jazz radio and record business. to an individual to recognize a longstanding commitment to jazz, jazz radio, jazz education and generous service to the jazz community.
This is Jackson’s second award from JazzWeek as he was honored in 2008 as Major Market Programmer of the Year.
Combs' performs and teaches in the Boston area and has recently completed his book, Dameronia, about the influence of Jazz composer and pianist, Tadd Dameron.
By Anne Mostue | Wednesday, May 30, 2012
May 31, 2012
Teacher Kathleen Turner at the WGBH studios. (Annie Shreffler/WGBH)
BOSTON — The newly appointed Massachusetts Teacher of the Year is about to spend 12 months traveling the state, making speeches and conducting workshops, in addition to teaching. And she's already voiced concern for the wide variations in funding for public schools from town to town.
Kathleen Turner teaches French at Sharon High School. She said the demographic makeup of her town is always changing.
BOSTON — Buzz Bissinger knew from the minute his son Zach was born, the second of twin boys to be born prematurely and weighing in at just over a pound, that he was faced with the challenge of getting to know the kind of son he never expected or wanted.
"In some ways this book is about three minutes," Bissinger said, explaining that because Zach was deprived of oxygen and suffered brain damage, his family's life was changed instantly. Read More
Playwright Kirsten Greenidge's latest play, "The Luck of the Irish", is about an upwardly mobile African American family in the 1950s that moves from inner-city Boston to a white part of town.
"Luck of the Irish"(Hungtington Theatre)
BOSTON — In the late 1950s, Lucy and Rex Taylor, a well-to-do African-American couple living in Boston’s South End, aspire to move to a nearby suburb to provide a better life for their two daughters. Unable to purchase a home in a segregated neighborhood themselves, they pay Patty Ann and Joe Donovan, a struggling Irish family to “ghost-buy” the house on their behalf and then sign over the deed. Fifty years later, Lucy’s granddaughter Hannah lives in the house with her family, where she grapples with the contemporary racial and social issues that stem from living in a primarily white community. When Lucy dies and leaves the house to Hannah and her sister Nessa, the now elderly Donovans return and ask for “their” house back.
NPR Hosts Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal, the dynamic duo from the weekly radio show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" visited the WGBH studios. (WGBH/Annie Shreffler)
BOSTON — The cast from one of NPR's award-winning weekend shows, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! (The NPR News Quiz) was in town this week for a live taping of their show at the Citi Performing Arts Center. The hosts of the show, Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal, paid a visit to the WGBH studios to greet public media supporters, and they sat down for a few minutes with WGBH's own All Things Considered host, Jordan Weinstein.
Weinstein subjected the pair to his own game, which he called "Stump the Boston Visitors with Our Favorite Trivia," with questions sent to him by WGBH Facebook fans. Listen to the uncut interview to find out just how well Sagal could recall Boston trivia from his days here as a Harvard student, and also learn a few fun Massachusetts facts to share at your next party. Sagal did call foul on Weinstein's question about the original name of the Boston Red Sox, claiming the first name was the Boston Pilgrims, not the Red Stockings.
However, it's clear that WGBH didn't have the answer quite right, either. As teams for the National and American Leagues started to establish themselves in the early 1900s, all kinds of nicknames were applied to both of Boston's baseball teams: Pilgrims, Puritans, Plymouth Rocks, Somersets, Collinsmen, Beaneaters, Triumvirs or Seleemen (after manager Frank Selee).
But the name that really stuck with the early Red Sox team, if you judge by the "BA" uniform in an old photograph Nowlin displays, wasThe Americans.
Thanks to the WGBH staff and supporters who contributed a trivia question for Sagal and Kasell.
Alison Cohen, Maria Daniels, Richie Downing, Carrie English, Joel Lempicki, Seth Mascolo, Michele O'Brien, Tere Ramos-Dunne, Rachel Silverman-Sommer, Mike Wood and Olivia Wong.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, shows off a pint of Sam Adams in the WGBH studios. Photo: Annie Shreffler
BOSTON — Jim Koch started Samuel Adams as a niche craft brewery in 1984, using a brewing recipe developed by his great-great-grandfather. Koch grew it into the second largest U.S. beer maker, and one of Boston's most recognizable exports.
He talked with Callie Crossley about the new beer Samuel Adams is brewing up: a "26.2 Brew" in honor of the Boston Marathon. The limited-run beer will be served at the finish line next Monday, as well as in bars along the Marathon route.