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This week: the New York Times Food Department reporter and cookbook writerMelissa Clark shares some of her ideas and recipes for Thanksgiving alternatives to turkey (First). Jazz singer Sheila Jordan talks about her 70 year career and the time she was nearly killed on the street in New York City by a group of racists (32:38). Photographer Stephen Shames tells the story of a 1977 assignment to the Bronx, where he began photographing a group of boys coming of age in what was at the time one of the toughest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. We'll also speak with one of Shames' subjects, José "Poncho" Muñoz (49:08).


Ellen Johnson wrote the story of jazz legend Sheila Jordan, because she felt it was an important story that could help other people. ... An uplifting story of transformation, social justice and peace possible through love of music.  Here is Ellen Johnson's account of the life of Sheila Jordan and how love of music helped Sheila Jordan get through the very tough times of poverty, addiction, and racism.  At age 96, Sheila Jordan continues to spread her love of music throughout the globe with her frequent and inspiring performances and workshops.


The Duplex Mystery Jazz Hour (ZBC Rock)

This show is organized around ideas. The idea may be a style, a particular performer, an instrument, a geographical area...I use the full historical range of jazz recordings, going back to the 1910's, in order to make these ideas come alive. Listeners who are already jazz fans will discover new connections and new music, while listeners less familiar with the genre will be engaged by learning more about the lives of the musicians, and about connections between musicians and the milieus in which they created the music.