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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with LYNN COMELLA, Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her new book traces the history, evolution,  and social impact of women run sex-toy stores: VIBRATOR NATION: HOW FEMINIST SEX-TOY STORES CHANGED THE BUSINESS OF PLEASURE.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with THOMAS S. MULLANEY, Associate Professor of History at Stanford University. His new book is a fascinating history of technology, language, and invention: THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER: A HISTORY. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 3:00pm

Fairfield County in Connecticut  in the 1950s and 1960s was home to an amazing number of newspaper and magazine comic artists. This included people like Dik Browne (“Hi and Lois” and “Hägar the Horrible”), Ernie Bushmiller (“Nancy”), Chuck Saxon (his work appeared in the New Yorker and other publications) and John Cullen Murphy (“Big Ben Bolt” and “Prince Valiant” after Hal Foster retired). Tonight’s guest is CULLEN MURPHY, editor at large at Vanity Fair and the son of John Cullen Murphy. His new book is a wonderful memoir growing up in the house of a comic artist: CARTOON COUNTY: MY FATHER AND HIS FRIENDS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF MAKE-BELIEVE. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

The great British drummer discusses his wide range of influences and his work with Scott Hamilton, John Bunch, Barry Harris and other jazz giants.

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

One half of the famed soul duo Sam & Dave, Sam Moore has been called "The Greatest Living Soul Singer." Find out why as we celebrate his music on tonight's Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

"Thelonious Monk is the most important musician, period," Jason Moran says. He laughs out loud. "In all the world. Period!"

Moran is in a dressing room deep within the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he's the artistic director for jazz. He's not really wearing that hat at the moment, though. He's talking as a musician himself — and very personally, at that.

"OK, in my world, he is the most important musician," Moran says. He clarifies: Thelonious Monk was his chief inspiration as a 13-year-old in Houston; Monk was the musician who made him want to be a pianist. "I heard Thelonious Monk in that time when everything about me was transitioning, and it was the thing I could grab on to and focus on through my teenage years that pulled me through that time of wondering about everything that a teenager wonders about."

He's still obsessed with the pianist and composer, as well he ought to be. Monk left such a strikingly distinct body of work and personal style that one could dig deep yet hardly scratch the surface.

A few years ago, Jason Moran developed a tribute concert to Monk. Moran being who he is, it was more than a simple tribute. First, he started at a particular concert held at New York City's Town Hall in 1959 — notable because it featured Thelonious Monk backed by a large ensemble which had rehearsed intently for the date. Then he kept digging. He found audio tapes and photographs from the rehearsals. ("It's how to learn Monk from Monk," Moran says.) He looked into Monk's personal history. And he assembled a new band to do much more than re-create the music from that evening: He wanted players to perform his original arrangements of those tunes, along with a video projection by David Dempewolf.

Jazz Night In America took in a recent performance of Jason Moran's In My Mind: Monk At Town Hall, 1959 at the Kennedy Center. Watch highlights from the concert in our video feature — and on the radio program, hear more music and learn more about Monk's original presentation.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:30pm

For more than twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Ford, known for his black eye patch and for his hard-drinking, brawling masculinity, was a son of Irish immigrants and was renowned as a director for both his craftsmanship and his brutality. John “Duke” Wayne was a mere stagehand and bit player in “B” Westerns, but he was strapping and handsome, and Ford saw his potential. In 1939 Ford made Wayne a star in Stagecoach, and from there the two men established a close, often turbulent relationship. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when AL speaks with bestselling author; Nancy Schoenberger about her new book: Wayne and Ford a look at this remarkable relationship.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Amy Ebbeson of Wheelock College. They talk about what it means to be a private college with a public mission

Wheelock College bills itself as “a private college with a public mission.” Since 1888, Wheelock has been providing a transformational education to students passionate about making the world a better place—especially for children and families.

While most of Wheelock’s students elect to work in the helping professions of education, social work, child life, and youth justice and advocacy, many pursue, and make exceptional contributions to, a wide variety of professions. The catalysts for change offered by Wheelock College help its students develop the knowledge, confidence, perspective and drive to pursue personal and professional lives of substance, meaning, and satisfaction anywhere in the world they choose to live and work. As a highly respected advocate for social policy, Wheelock also helps to shape and strengthen the social systems that positively impact children and families around the globe.

In April, Wheelock@Worcester, Wheelock's off-campus Master of Social Work program, announced plans to move to the campus of the College of the Holy Cross in the heart of Worcester. And, in August, Wheelock agreed to enter into formal discussions with Boston University with the goal of merging Wheelock with BU, which is located about one mile away on Boston.

Amy Ebbeson is an instructor of Social Work Coordinator at the Wheelock@Worcester School, and of Social Work, and Leadership, and Youth Advocacy at Wheelock College.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is Dyllis Schlosser Braithwaite, designer of beautiful and unique wearable art. A new collection of her pieces has been published: “OH! I LOVE WHAT YOU’RE WEARING” 2.

Have you always wanted to have plants around your house and yard but have been afraid that everything you’ll plant will die? We have the solution tonight on Inquiry. We talk with Stacy Tornio, journalist and garden writer. She has some great recommendations for your first gardens. Her new book is: PLANTS YOU CAN’T KILL: 101 EASY-TO-GROW SPECIES FOR BEGINNING GARDENERS.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 2:00pm

Four-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist, educator, innovator and Mack Avenue recording artist Christian McBride is wearing multiple hats, leading in the jazz world. His latest release Bringin' It (2017) follows the Christian McBride Big Band's 2011 Grammy® Award-winning debut,The Good Feeling. The Christian McBride Trio returns to perform in the Celebrity Series of Boston at Sanders Theatre - Cambridge on Sunday, October 29th, 7pm. This week he talks with Bonnie Johnson about the host of his many ongoing projects including artistic leadership of Newport Jazz Festival, hosting the NPR program Jazz Night In America and bringing jazz into the lives of the next generation. Tune in at 12pm.


Photo by R. Andrew Lepley



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