Poet Janet Kauffman sees similarities in her father’s Alzheimer’s disease and the way humanity treats the earth. She says it’s a kind of mental illness to destroy the planet we call home, the place that sustains all life. Kauffman writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her new poetry collection is Eco-dementia (Wayne State University Press, 2017).
Jazz guitarist Randy Napoleon , a soloist and collaborator with Freddy Cole and Michael Bublé , visits with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall for an hour of music and conversation in the Takeda Studio at WMUK. They cover a wide range of topics, including Napoleon's upbringing in Ann Arbor, Michigan; his move to New York City to pursue a career in jazz, his breakthrough gigs, and how his technique contributes to his sound. Napoleon also plays a selection of standards and originals.