With 46 years under its belt, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Bob Brookmeyer and Thad Jones at the Village Vanguard.
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It started in 1966 as a three-week agreement among composer and conductor Thad Jones, drummer Mel Lewis and Max Gordon, the proprietor of The Village Vanguard in New York. And it continues, gloriously.
California is known as the land of fruits and nuts, but it also happens to be the country's largest milk-producing state. So it's no surprise that its dairy farmers are front and center in the debate over reforming the milk marketing system, which hasn't really changed much in 30 years.
Alec Snead, Luke Green, and Dan Roll began playing music together in the 7th grade at family cookouts. Soon they realized they needed a drummer and invited classmate Robert Rutledge to join the band. Amnesia has gone through several stylistic changes over the years reflecting the band members evolving musical tastes. The members are now recent high school graduates and have recently released their self-titled debut album.
Amnesia visited the WYSO studio to perform a live set and spoke with Kaliedoscope host Juliet Fromholt about their evolving sound and upcoming plans.
Taking a shower may help inspire big ideas. Working in a blue room may help, too.
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Innovation is the name of the game these days — in business, in science and technology, even in art. We all want to get those big ideas, but most of us really have no idea what sets off those sparks of insight. Science can help! In the past few years, neuroscientists and psychologists have started to gain a better understanding of the creative process. Some triggers of innovation may be surprisingly simple. Here are five things that may well increase the odds of having an "Aha!" moment.
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A female mosquito acquires a blood meal. This species, <em>Aedes aegypti</em>, carries and transmits the dengue fever virus.
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There's an easy way to spot diseases that aren't getting much attention.
You don't even have to leave your chair, if you've got a computer and access to databases of scientific papers published around the world. Just compare the number of papers on a disease with the number of people affected by it.
This interview was originally broadcast on August 8, 1990.
Andrew Sarris, who popularized the auteur theory and was called the "dean of American film critics," died on Wednesday. He was 83.
In 1962, Sarris became the first American film critic to write about the auteur theory. That's the idea that the director of a movie is the person most responsible for it, and that movies can be better understood if they're seen in the context of a director's complete body of work.