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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning "Duets II" CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, k.d. lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" as well as the Grammy for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for his duet, "Body and Soul" with Amy Winehouse.

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

One word says it all. It's William "Smokey" Robinson's birthday and we're going to celebrate all the great music he's made on this edition of The Soul Serenade.
It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Leroy Jones started playing New Orleans back when Bourbon Street was lined with jazz clubs instead of bars. The city has changed since then and Leroy has evolved right along with it. He’s led second lines with the Fairview Brass Band and its successor, The Leroy Jones Hurricane Brass Band, played club gigs with modern jazz combos, and toured with Harry Connick Jr’s band for two decades. Always dapper and always swinging, Leroy Jones is known in the Big Easy as the “Keeper of the Flame” for keeping these New Orleans traditions foremost in his playing and his personal character. He brings his septet to the historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, LA for a special Big Easy Jazz Night in America.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:30pm

In her new book BLACK EDGE best selling author Sheelah Kolhatkar takes readers inside the government’s  aggressive pursuit of Steven Cohen and the employees of his company SAC Capital, and raises urgent and troubling questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of modern Wall Street. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Sheelah Kolhatkar.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dr. Stephen Mecca, professor in the Department of Engineering-Physics-Systems at Providence College and also a past president of the Jamestown Rotary Club in Rhode Island. They talk about the business of reinventing the toilet. This episode aired originally on July 24, 2016.

As the Jamestown (Rhode Island) Press reported in 2012: “’Someone said you are what you think about everyday,’ said Dr. Stephen Mecca, a Jamestown resident who has been on the faculty at Providence College since 1969. ‘If that’s the case, I’m a toilet.’” While Dr. Mecca began his teaching career as a nuclear physicist, in recent years he has been awarded two grants for work in his current area of interest: toilets. Specifically, microflush toilets.

Dr. Mecca grew up in New York and he first visited Rhode Island when he was a junior in high school to look at Providence College. He ended up enrolling at PC, where he stayed through graduate school. He earned a master’s degree in physics, and from there went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his doctorate.

Although Dr. Mecca still teaches nuclear physics and is chairman of the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission, in recent years his interests have turned to complex problem-solving and economics. It was when he was working as a visiting professor eight years ago in the African country of Ghana, that he became appalled by the sanitation situation there. He decided that something had to be done.

According to Dr. Mecca, the sanitation crisis is off the scale. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death of children in the developing world. In the schools, there are often no toilets – if there are, then they’re filthy. Disease that results from the unclean conditions leads to absenteeism in schools. All of this adds up to a profoundly negative impact on the quality of education.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about “the discovery and science of the cosmic rhythm that governs our planet”: the tides!  We speak with HUGH ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS curator and author of several books exploring science, design and architecture. His latest book is: TIDES: THE SCIENCE AND LORE OF THE GREATEST FORCE ON EARTH. Tune in and learn about tidal bores, mud larking and the terror of the Maelstrom!

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANNE STENGLE, PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, about Timber Rattlesnakes in Massachusetts and the proposed reintroduction program at Quabbin.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

Award-winning cultural activist, performance artist, griot, poet, soul singer, actress Nana Camille Yarbrough talks with Bonnie Johnson about her life and career which  coalesced with Nina Simone's contributions to jazz, the civil rights movement and the African diaspora. As a colleague and friend, Simone admired Yarbrough’s writing and often covered her songs onstage.

Born and raised in 1938, Chicago, Camille Yarbrough got her start in dance, touring the world with the pioneer dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham as a member of The Katherine Dunham Company of Dancers, Singers, and Musicians. Nana Yarbrough's stage credits include James Weldon Johnson's "God's Trombones" and the full cast production, recording and national tour of Lorraine Hansberry's "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"; her film and television credits include acting in the soap operas "Search for Tomorrow" and "Where the Heart Is" as well as the original movie "Shaft". She formerly produced and hosted  "Ancestor House", a long-running local cable television show on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. She spent twelve years teaching African Studies at City College of New York, wrote four children's books and also taught drama and poetry to young students while working with Jazz Mobile, a program that utilized poets in the public schools. Notably, vocals from "Take Yo'. Praise", a track on her first solo album  The Iron Pot Cooker (Vanguard Records) were sampled on the international chart topping hit "Praise You", by techno-musician Fatboy Nana Yarbrough's most recent projects include writing her autobiography; she is an active lecturer and arts presenter. In 2016, she was honored for her contributions to education and community by Make The Grade Foundation and also received The Lorraine Hansberry Award.

Tune in! ~ #ColorsOfJazz ~ Sunday, 12 pm-ET.

In tribute to Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon) February 21, 1933 - April 21, 2003

By Bonnie Johnson




Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Just two days after Valentine’s Day, host Nick Noble plays four hours of songs about love, in all its forms and challenges. Curl up with a loved one and tune in!

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00pm


Vocalist Tracy Clark with Bob Christopherson/Piano, Greg Holt/Bass and Casey Scherell/Drums

Vocalist Lynda D’Amour with Billy Duffy/Piano

Vocalist Mili Bermejo with Eugene Friesen/cello, Tim Ray/Piano and Dan Greenspan/Bass

Vocalist and Guitarist Julie Lavender

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about the recent 2017 HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE. Our in-studio guests are DAVID WACKELL, Administrative Assisstant, Lecturer and Preparator at Anna Maria; JAIMEE  TABORDA, instructor from Oxford High School; and artists in the exhibition ERIN REID, MEG BEAUREGARD, OLIVIA OBREBSKI, GRACE BOUTIETTE,MORGAN AMOUR and BECCA HOPE.


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