• 01:08

    Carnivorous Plants - Nepenthes

    in Environment

    On Friday December 5th at 8pm est, 7pm cst and 5pm pst, Nature's Talk Show host Ken McKeighen and Ken Boorman will continue their discussion of the carnivorous plants with Nepenthes. These large pit trap plants can catch birds, small mammals and other animals that they slowly digest for their nutrients  A few are considered tropical alpine, with cool days and nights near freezing. The name "monkey cups" refers to the fact that monkeys have been observed drinking rainwater from these plants.



  • 01:52

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - Last Show of the Year with The Ault Sisters!

    in Music

    Back in those days when families were gathered around the TV, yours truly remembers enjoying certain artists from "The Lawrence Welk Show."  One of those acts was The McGuire Sisters.  Their harmonies were amazing - the kind of blending and weaving that only family members can give us.  And they conveyed such joy and hope!  When listening to The Ault Sisters, you hear the same kind of magic.  They sound absolutely angelic.  So - how fitting to have them as guests this time of year?

    In fact, The Ault Sisters will be our last guests of 2014.  So, the show on 12/18 will truly be special :)  Just a little background on Amanda, Alicia and Alanna - they are from Toronto and have been singing for a long time.  Even though they are still quite young!  All have had formal music education.  And, though their musical tastes are different, they agree that Jazz lends itself to the complex harmonies that they so love.  They first performed as a trio in 2004.  In 2006, they released "Christmas Feelings" - and that album paved the way for so much to happen.  Including a yearly holiday event at the popular Hugh's Room in their city.  It's always a benefit show.  And it's always much anticipated - many have said that it's not the season until they hear the Sisters perform at Hugh's!

    That show this year is coming up - and, at the same time - the single by our trio, "May You Always", is doing REALLY well for them.  It's the kind of song that lingers in your spirit once you've heard it.  

    Please join us for a triumverate of beautiful young ladies who have been blessed with fabulous voices.  They will truly make you feel Christmas!

    See you in The Chat Room - we'll miss you in the days to come as "Hybrid Jazz" takes an extended hiatus.  Blessings to ALL!

  • 00:56

    Carnivorous Plants - Bladderworts

    in Environment

    On Wednesday November 19th at 8pm est, 7pm cst and 5pm pst. join host Ken McKeighen as he and Ken Boorman continue their discussion of the carnivorous plants with the bladderworts, which are fully aquatic plants that feed on water creatures they trap. This will be an interesting show about another unusual plant family. Bladderworts are unusual and highly specialized plants, and the vegetative organs are not clearly separated into roots, leaves, and stems as in most other angiosperms.



  • 01:17

    Q&A on Plants With Scott Cowden and Tarri Bain/Plants Dying

    in Pets

    In this episode of Aquatics Euphoria Tarri Bain grills Scott Cowden on plants in the first session of show. Then in the second session William T will answer someone's question in reference to plants dying consistently. Come join us for a great show about plants in general and more here on Aquatics Euphoria. November 29th 3 pm EST. Call in live at 1-347-677-1837 to ask Scott Cowden and Tarri Bain my co host questions on plants. Come and get involved....I love live callers.

  • 01:02

    Carnivorous Plants - Aldorandra

    in Education

    On Friday Octuber 31st, at 8pm est, 7pm cst and 5pm pst, Join host Ken McKeighen as he is joined by Ken Boorman to continue their discussion on carnivorous plants. The genus Aldorandra will be investigated and it's amazing ability to trap it's prey with the fastest trap action of any plant. Aldrovanda is a free-floating and rootless aquatic plant. This plant is closely related to the Venus flytrap Dionaea muscipula, and shares many of its attributes--it functions as a snap-trap carnivore, just under water! A common name for it is the waterwheel plant because a single whorl of leaves, cut from a stem, is wheel-like, as you can see to the right! The genus name commemorates the Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605). In fact, the name for the genus was originally "Aldrovandia", but Linnaeus misspelled this, and we use the incorrect spelling even today.

    Each leaf in a whorl terminates in a little clam-like trap. Exactly how the trap captures prey is a little complicated. Just like the traps of a Venus flytrap, the trap lobes of Aldrovanda contain trigger hairs. When stimulated, these cause the traps to close. SNAP! The closure takes about 1/4 to 1/2 second, which is impressive when you reflect upon the fact that the trap lobes must push water as they close. If no prey is captured, the trap reopens in ten to twenty hours.

    The strange snapping behavior of the plant was observed by De Sassus as early as 1861, but it was not until Darwin's careful work was there proof it was probably carnivorous. We now know that indeed, the traps produce phosphate-digesting enzymes, and that traps fed with radioisotope-labeled Daphnia absorb the prey.





  • 01:07

    Carnivorous Plants - Sundews

    in Education

    On Friday October 24th at 8pm est, 7pm cst and 5pm pst, join Ken McKeighen and Ken Boorman  as they discus the sundews, an amazing group of carnivorous plants that can be found worldwide. These interesting plants live in nitrogen poor soils and have evolved to digest insects as a source of nutrients. Ken Boorman will explain how to successfully keep these plants in the home. Join both Kens on Friday, Oct. 24 on Natures Talk Show (formerly the Under the Sea Radio Show) at 8:00 pm eastern, 7:00 pm central and 5:00 pm Pacific on Blogtalk.

  • 00:31

    Talking Aquarium Plants With Don Boyer

    in Hobbies

    In this episode of Aquatics Euphoria Don Boyer and I will be discussing aquatic plants. This will be an interesting topic for all you hobbyists thinking about transitioning over into the planted tank. Plants are great for reducing nitrates in your aquarium and helps in oxygenation of your water. This show will be about the general choosing and care for the plants suitable for your water. Plants also add beauty to your aquarium. Come join us live this Saturday 3 PM EST for a wonderful show.

  • 02:01

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Rick Braun!

    in Music

    Master Publicist Rick Scott has been working tirelessly to make sure that this came together - and he needs to get special recognition!  Rick works HARD for his clients - and Rick Braun is one.  The Ricks are awesome :)

    The one that we'll have on the show TOMORROW, December 8th, has been a previous guest on "Hybrid Jazz."  Why this time, you ask?  Glad you ARE!  Rick has a string of dates with his good friend, Peter White - whose Christmas tour is always hugely successful.  We're speaking to Rick on Monday so that we can get a few events as much mileage as possible.  He and Peter and Mindi Abair will be in Virginia on 12/8 - then at Ram's Head in Annapolis on Wednesday, the 10th.  Several dates in Florida follow.  And there is something else that's important to discuss - that's near and dear to Rick's heart.  That is his BIG event in Tucson, Arizona on New Year's Eve.

    There's even a website for us to ponder: www.rickbraunsnewyearseve.com  Here's why it's so important to Rick - besides having Peter White join him - as well as long-time friend and collaborator, Richard Elliot - this whole endeavor brings focus to The Autism Society.  You'll see that once you peruse the website.  Emma Braun is Rick's teenage daughter.  She is, like your host's son, under the autism spectrum.  That's why it was a priority for us to have this special day and time for Rick to stop by and say hello.  Our kids are everything to us - and awareness of their needs and the needs of other children are "Front Burner" subjects.  

    Here's another reason why I appreciate Rick Braun so deeply.  One of his main inspirations in his most excellent musical journey has been Freddie Hubbard.  Rick appreciates the masters and it shows!  Welcome a beloved artist when he returns on 12/8! 

  • 01:01

    Carnivorous Plants - Cobra Lily

    in Education

    On Friday October 3rd at 8pm est, 7pm cst and 5pm pst please join Ken McKeighen and Ken Boorman for the second discussion on the Carnivorous Plant known as the Cobra Lily. What a truly beautiful carnivorous plant.  It likes cool weather and the roots must be kept cool which can be done with regular watering or ice cubes. Cobra Lilies can grow up to 4 feet tall, but typically average the 18-24 inches. The plant secrets a sweet sticky substance to attract insects. Once there, the insects move deeper into the plants pitcher and they get trapped in hairs. The insect is then digested providing the plant with essential nutrients. Cobra ranges from yellow or light green to purple complete with awesome looking fangs!



  • 02:00

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Joyce Cooling!

    in Music

    Oh, yes, I HEAR you!  "What?  Where has she BEEN?!"  Hah!  We all missed her, didn't we?  We'll get those Where's Waldo answers tomorrow - when Joyce Cooling visits us at three p.m. Eastern time!  Remember that - for Tuesday, 11/18 - the show STARTS at TWO.  We'll have three two-hour shows this week!

    Back to our sublime guest: Joyce has been making beautiful music with her guitar for QUITE a while now.  Self-taught, her influences and inspirations range from Brazilian to Classical to Rock - and it all pours forth into a pulsating, dynamic and driving deliciousness that is profoundly JAZZ!  

    #1 radio singles, six Top Ten, multiple music awards - and nominated for several others.  "Global Cooling" was her seventh studio album and that was released in 2009.

    Well, it HAS been quite an absence on the scene...and the reason for this visit from Joyce (a reunion!) is specific: she has a new HOLIDAY single!  Produced by longtime producer, Jay Wagner, "The Holiday's On" is meant to convey a 1940's Swing era vibe with a spin that's infectious :)  We'll hear it - and more tracks that are meaningful - and we'll talk to Joyce about a favorite subject: mental health.  This fascinating artist has worked with some of the best in the business (Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Al Jarreau!) and has made friends all over the world.  But the urgency of her life's path has much to do with the focus on keeping us emotionally afloat.  That's why Joyce is a national advocate for NAMI: the National Alliance for Mental Health.  As we near Thanksgiving and get into gear for the season, nothing is more important that focusing attention on how we're coping.  How we can help ourselves and help others live better lives.  Please join us for a SPECIAL "Hybrid Jazz!"  11/18/2014.

  • 03:00

    Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with "Adventurous Soul" Keith Andrew!

    in Music

    Immediately, there's a connection: Keith Andrew spent his childhood in Baltimore (small world!) - then moved to the San Francisco Bay area when he was a teen.  He had been playing guitar since he was ten - and the rich diversity of music in Northern California fueled him further.  Led to Los Angeles, he studied some of the most prestigious guitarists on the planet: Robben Ford, Joe Pass and more.  

    Keith made sure that he received an education that was suited for the future he was seeking.  He was part of the Chaffey College Jazz Ensemble - and excelled so much that he won awards from The National Association of Jazz Educators.  He did exceptionally well at the Guitar Institute of Technology, too.  And became a staff instructor there.  The best of paths followed our guest because he became associated with a very successful L.A. based group called Himilaya.  The band got serious buzz and received national airplay - and also had a chance to tour.

    Fast forward to 2014 and Keith Andrew has "Adventurous Soul" up and running - with 13 tracks and a who's who of Contemporary Jazz.  The COOL piece of this Hybrid puzzle is that Keith has made some terrific choices, regarding who's around him, what he composes, and how he views his music.  He found in fellow guitarist, Nils, a kindred spirit. Nils produced six of the songs on "Soul" - and these two exceptional artists found that their FEEL encompassed a fusion that included a vision of World music.  Keith developed a passion for expanding his vision when he spent time with the California based group, Zulu Spear.  He's an interesting guy, as well as the consummate guitarist.  He loves the outdoors and is not a lightweight about it - Keith has been to countries to hike that have only been a part of many of our dreams :)  Please join us in welcoming Keith Andrew on 12/4/2014!

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