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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6:00pm

Composer/arranger/pianist talks about writing "Here's to Life" for the now classic Shirley Horn CD as well as his pop hits for Barry Manilow ("Copacabana") and others.

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of Phil Chess, co-founder of Chicago's Chess records. He passed away at 95 last week and left a legacy of genre-defining blues, rock and soul recordings. Along with his brother Leonard, he recorded such influential artists as Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Etta James and, of course, Muddy Waters. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 6:00pm

Oliver Jones is among the most famous living jazz musicians you've probably never heard of. The celebrated Canadian pianist was the protege of Oscar Peterson, and he's done much to spread the gospel of Canadian jazz in his 81 years. He marked his retirement this year with a special trio performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Jazz Night was there. We feature his final trio performance in Montreal, interview Cecile Peterson — the daughter of Oscar Peterson — and learn about some of Montreal's rich jazz history.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 10:30pm

Ike’s Gamble is a finely researched, unconventional account of America’s role in the Suez Crisis. Drawing on government documents, diaries, memoirs, and other primary sources, former White House adviser Michael Doran provides a salient portrait of President Eisenhower and the conflict he faced in this tumultuous time, and offers a rich new understanding of how the US became the power broker in the Middle East. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by former White house adviser and author Michael Doran.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Joyce Mandell, founder of Jane Jacobs in the Woo, about making Worcester healthy and sustainable for all people.

Joyce Mandell has lived in Worcester for about 20 years, working for the Oak Hill Community Development Corp. before becoming an academic. In honor of urban theorist Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday this past May, Mandell started the blog, “Jane Jacobs in the Woo,” to inaugurate a full year of community conversations and actions about building a vibrant Worcester. Jacobs was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for more than 40 years. - and who died 10 years ago, in 2006.

The revolutionary ideas in Jacobs’ 1961 classic treatise, Death and Life of Great American Cities, were based on her observations of city life from her apartment above a candy store on Hudson Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village and her immersion out in the city streets.  She was highly critical of modern urban planning and more specifically, urban-renewal practices of the 1950s that cleared out, in one stroke, whole vibrant neighborhoods considered blighted by city planners and developers.

Jacobs eschewed city planners who sat with maps in a room and instead urged people to know the true ecology of cities by going out into urban spaces to experience them. Based on her acute observations on what she described as the “street ballet” of city life, she promoted these main ideas for building thriving cities: mixed-use development; high-density neighborhoods; pedestrian- and bicycle-centered cities; and, bottom-up planning.

We have Jacobs to thank for saving Greenwich Village, a neighborhood targeted by New York powerbroker Robert Moses for construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Because of the activism of neighbors and supporters, the city rejected the proposal for that highway in 1964. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 9:00pm

When JULIANA BUHRING set off on her record breaking 18,063 mile trip around the world on her bicycle Pegasus she had no sponsors or funding. Even more amazing is the fact that when she has came up with the idea of doing this feat she hadn't even seriously ridden a bike! In the end she became the fastest woman to circumnavigate the world by bike and her wild story is told in her new book THE ROAD I RIDE: SOMETIMES IT TAKE LOSING EVERYTHING TO FIND YOURSELF. Tune in and find out how she did it.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome artist, filmmaker and writer SKIP SHEA about the upcoming ShAWNA SHEA FILM FESTIVAL (November 10-12 see: for details). We will also discuss his films Trinity and Ave Maria.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 7:00pm

Traditional folk songs in a variety of arrangements, manifestations, and interpretations.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

Glorious moments of eclectic and jazzy guitar collaborations unfolding here at the farm and beyond.


"Danza Di Cala Luna" - John Williams and Paco Pena

"Dragon Fly", "Spirit Dances" - Peter Jensen and Friends

"Deep Cover" - Ian Ethan Case Open Land Trio

"The Way You Smile" - Ameranouche

"I Never Dreamed" - Julie Lavender & Casper Guildensoe

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome artist, illustrator and comics writer and artist DREW FRIEDMAN. For over 35 years his work has been seen in publications like Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, the New York Times and Field and Stream. Tonight we are talking about his latest book DREW FRIEDMAN’S MORE HEROES OF THE COMICS: 100 NEW PORTRAITS OF THE LEGENDS OF COMIC BOOKS. This is an outstanding collection of  portraits of the artists, inkers, publishers and letterers of the first decades of comic books.  If you have ever enjoyed a comic book: DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 8:30am

On Inquiry tonight, we talk with returning guest writer MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL.  He is a visiting professor of law and co-director of the Immigration Clinic  at the West Virginia University College of Law. His new book is a powerful recounting of his growing up under very complicated circumstances: ALL MY MOTHERS AND FATHERS: A MEMOIR. Be sure to tune in and listen to Michael read a section of this powerful book. 


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