VIDEO: DR. RAJNI AGARWAL-HASHMI OF STANFORD’S CHILDREN HOSPITAL ON STEM CELL TRANSPLANT

We sat down to speak with Dr. Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi about her work in stem cell transplant for children and how they go from the bench to the bedside in treating their patients. She is Associate Prof & Medical Director, Pediatric Cell Transplant Program, Stanford Children’s Health.

Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi’s developed an interest in stem cell or cord cell transplant in the 1980s after listening to a talk by a doctor in India. She eventually came to the US and worked at the National Institute of Health with Dr. Arhtur Neinhuis and Dr. Cynthia Dunbar. She went on to work at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. She helped establish a research lab on stem cells at the hospital.

We were curious to find out what led Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi to pursue a career in medicine? How did she prepare for a career in medicine? What was the role of her parents? What advice did her mother give that prompted her to pursue a career in pediatrics? What were the challenges she overcame when went to medical school? Tune in to find out.

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VIDEO: AARON LINGTON & CHRIS MOTTER ON JAZZ AND JAZZ IMPROVISATION

We sat down to speak with Dr. Aaron Lington and Chris Motter on jazz and jazz improvisation.  Dr. Lington shares how technology has changed the way people play and learn to play jazz. There is a lot students can do with technology today he shares.  Mother shares how he uses technology to transcribe the music on his computer and learn to play tracks.

How and when do they start improvising well-known jazz standards? It is a 3-stage process explains Dr. Lington. It starts with mimicking, followed by assimilation and finally innovate on that track. Not every jazz musician gets to that third stage of innovation he points out. Louis Armstrong was an innovator as was Duke Ellington among others he adds.

Dr.Lington and Motter then do a show and tell of jazz improvisation. They play a few well-known jazz standards like Billy Strayhorn’s Take The A Train followed by their version of improvisation.

Dr. Lington plays the baritone saxophone and Motter plays jazz guitar. Dr. Lington is a musician, teacher and composer, who teaches at San Jose State University. He is also a member of the Grammy winning band Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Motter graduated from San Jose University in music.

April is #jazzappreciation month.

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VIDEO: FILMMAKER JAMES GRAY ON “THE LOST CITY OF Z”

We caught up with filmmaker James Gray to talk about his new film The Lost City of Z. Gray was in San Francisco to attend the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival. We spoke to Gray about why Brad Pitt sent him the novel and how he got attached to the project and what did he learn from making the film.

The Lost City of Z is based on David Grann’s best-selling novel by the same name. Gray wrote, directed and co-produced the film that was largely shot in Columbia, South America.  This is a true story about an early 20th British explorer Lt. Colonel Percy Fawcett, who was convinced there was a lost civilization in the Amazon. Finding that lost city became Fawett’s magificient obsession and over a course of 20 odd years he made multiple trips to South America in search of the city. He was convinced he had found the remnants of an ancient civilization, but he had a hard time convincing others of his finding.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland among others.

The Lost City of Z  releases in the San Francisco March 10, 2017.

  • Title: THE LOST CITY OF Z
  • Running Time: 150 minutes
  • Status: Releases April 21, 2017
  • Country:USA
  • GENRE: DRAMA

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VIDEO: NICOLE LAZZARO ON VIRTUAL REALITY & DESIGNING GAMES

We sit down to talk to Nicole Lazzaro,CEO of XEO Design about the fun and emotion of games and why we play them. This is part of our Women in Science and Tech series.

Lazzaro talks about her fascination with designing and creating games and about Virtual Reality (VR). Lazzaro has been designing games for over 20 years and she has a VR game called Follow The White Rabbit that is inspired by her childhood memories of wonder and awe and traveling.

Wha advice does she have if someone is interested in designing games. Her reply was – learn to code and read lots of science fiction books.

This interview aired on TV in the US and is part of our Women in Science & Tech series sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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REMEMBERING BILLIE HOLIDAY ON HER BIRTHDAY

Jazz musician and composer Billie Holiday would have been 102 years old today. She was born on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia  and died rather young on  July 17, 1959.

Holiday was a gifted singer, whose voice captured deep and complex emotions in an effortless manner. You simply can’t be indifferent to Holiday’s music, especially her voice. Emotional, moody, soulful are some of the words that come to mind when you listen to her sing. There was something magical about her voice that made you sit up and take notice. You simply cannot ignore Holiday’s voice.

Holiday has the ability to convey emotion writes Tom Vitale in this article. He points out that Holiday was greatly influence by Louis Armstrong’s vocal style. Until I read Vitale’s article I had not made the connection on how strong Armstrong’s influence was on Holiday.

“Even when she sang a happy song, she seemed half in a dream world she wasn’t sure she should share,” writes Geoffrey Himes in What Makes Billie Holiday’s Music So Powerful Today.

Holiday started singing in the 1930s. “There was something special about her. Jazz musicians and some fans heard it, and so did a young record producer named John Hammond. He heard an 18-year-old Holiday sing in a small club in April 1933, writes John McDonough. Holiday came to be noticed in 1939 when she sang Strange Fruit.

Here a rare interview of Holiday talking about jazz and the book she wrote The Lady Sings The Blues.

Here are a couple of songs from Holiday for your listening pleasure. Did I mention that April is #JazzAppreciation month?

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VIDEO: NOAH COWAN OF SFFILM ON 60th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Noah Cowan of SFFILM shares what is in store for the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the US. The festival runs from April 5th to April 19th 2017 in San Francisco and Berkeley.

This year’s festival features over 180 films. And, for the first time the festival will honor a Bollywood star. Well-known Bollywood start Shah Rukh Khan will be in town on April 14th.

For tickets and information go to SFFILM’s website.

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VIDEO: NIKI CARO ON THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, JESSICA CHASTAIN & ANDRIJ PAREKH

Director Niki Caro talks about her new film The Zookeeper’s Wife, Jessica Chastain and Andrij Parekh, who is the director of photography for the film.

The Zookeeper’s Wife is set in Warsaw, Poland during WW-II.  The film is based on a true story on how the husband and wife team of Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain)  and  Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh),  devoted their time in saving humans and animals from the Nazis.

Caro’s next project is Disney’s Mulan.

  • Title: THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE
  • Running Time: 126 minutes
  • Status: Film Released on March 31, 207 in SF Bay area
  • Country: USA
  • GENRE: DRAMA

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