When James Williamson took an early retirement offer from his job as a Vice President at Sony Electronics he went back to an earlier career that his bosses knew nothing about … and one James never expected to repeat. Back in the 1970s he was lead guitarist and songwriter for one of the most influential punk rock bands ever – Iggy and the Stooges. James has just returned from a world tour with the band and today is relishing the re-issue of an iconic album he and Iggy Pop recorded 35 years ago - Kill City. Also: two stories from listeners, a part of our "At Home" series.
Violinist Phil Kates was about to leave on a tour of Asia with the Philadelphia Orchestra when he heard about the devastating earthquake in southern China. So he decided that once he got there, he would give concerts to children in the stricken areas.Also in this episode, we received a lot of mail about Deyanira Chavez, the young woman who came illegally to this country from Mexico when she was 12. Deyanira had pushed herself hard enough to win a coveted spot in a prestigious college architecture program, but had to drop out because she doesn't qualify for aid and can't afford tuition. Many listeners wrote in about Deyanira. And, when Diane Gallagher was 52 years old, she decided to fulfill her dream of volunteering for the Peace Corps. She was assigned to Cape Verde - a country she at first had difficulty finding on a map.
Today is the final episode in our weeklong series, “Time for a Change." Ruthie Foster is an up-and-coming blues singer. She is on a roll with a Grammy nomination and national recognition. Ruthie was in the Navy when she decided she needed to make a change - a big one. Guest host David Brown brings us Ruthie’s story.