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Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with LISA CROSSMAN, Koch Curatorial Fellow at the Fitchburg  Art Museum. Joining her in the studio is artist LISA BARTHELSON. Together they will be talking about the wild and colorful new exhibition at FAM: PLASTIC IMAGINATION, a show of artists who have embraced plastics as their material of choice. This exhibition is on view at FAM till January 15, 2017. For more information, go to:

For a long time it has always been assumed that birds are, well….”bird brained”. Birds have small brains and it has been assumed that they are therefore not anywhere near as intelligent as mammals. But in the last several decades, researchers have begun to discover that birds like the New Caledonian Crow (shown), the California Scrub Jay and even the lowly House Sparrow can be creative, solve complex problems and are quite smart. Learn why tonight on Inquiry we talk with science and natural history writer JENNIFER ACKERMAN about her brilliant new book THE GENIUS OF BIRDS.

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 1:30pm

GRAMMY-nominated artist, singer-songwriter, educator and jazz ambassador Carolyn Malachi talks with Bonnie Johnson. Malachi has traveled the world performing as part of the American Music Abroad program which is co-produced by Jazz by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Washington, DC native, R&B, jazz and soul singer brings her voice to a panel discussion and special live performance when BAMS Fest presents "Souls of Women" - Exploring arts, music and social change on October 20, 2016 at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

Photo by Drew Xeron

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tracks from CD's by local N.E. artist past and present, and live in-studio appearances by 15-year-old Massachusetts guitarist/singer Quentin Callewaert and local singer-songwritter Susan Ursprung.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

At DreamFarm we love eclectic jazz influences but there is nothing quite like Classic trio jazz to bring you home to a happy listening place.

And these guys do it with such finesse that it is fresh and new, especially since they write original trio music and have released 2 new albums of it.

After many years of playing, recording and writing, these fellows truly shine and it was such fun to have them at the farm. I was taken to new heights as they backed me up on my own trio jazz tune “Velvet Arms of Midnight.” Thank you, Steve, Bruce and Jack.

Steve Hunt /Piano
Jack Diefendorf,/Drums
Bruce Gertz/Bass

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 11:00am

On Friday, April 1 1644 in Bologna, Italy, two reformed prostitutes were abducted from their convent where they had recently become nuns. More than a year later, their brutally murdered bodies were discovered in a wine cellar. The search for their killers and the story of what happened to them reached all the way to the papacy and beyond. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CRAIG A. MONSON. He is the Paul Tietjens Professor Emeritus of Music at Washington University in St. Louis. The complex and thrilling story he uncovered is told in his book HABITUAL OFFENDERS: A TRUE TALE OF NUNS, PROSTITUTES, AND MURDERERS IN 17TH CENTURY ITALY.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 4:00pm

Edward Steichen was a painter, horticulturalist, museum curator, film director and one of the most innovative photographers of the Twentieth Century. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JENNIFER GROSS. She is the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at the DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM. Ms Gross will be talking about a new exhibition at the Decordova, EDWARD STEICHEN: TWENTIETH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHER which is on view from October 7-March 26, 2017. For more information, go to:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and photographer MARA TRACHTENBERG. She creates fantastic worlds of monstrous topiary and creatures using confectionary materials and then photographs these dream-like tableaux. An exhibition of her work will be on view at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE from October 26-December 2.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Clarinetist/saxophonist, Ken Peplowski had his first professional gig when still in elementary school and went on to play with everyone from Marianne Faithfull and Leon Redbone to Peggy Lee and Woody Allen.  BBC2 says, “Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist.”

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 7:00pm

No, really, do you know what it is?

News that NASA recently "changed" everybody's astrological sign by announcing a 13th sign spread like wildfire on social media and got us thinking about soul songs and the zodiac. Join Host Tom Shaker for some heavenly songs about love and astrology.

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

"Thelonious Monk is the most important musician. Period!" That's pianist Jason Moran on "the first pianist who made me want to be a pianist." So Moran decided to present a personal reflection on Monk's music, reconfiguring the 1959 large ensemble concert that Monk presented at Town Hall in New York City. Ever the interdisciplinary thinker, Moran also gathered photographs and archival audio recordings to present a visual companion piece to his new arrangements. In time for Monk's birthday anniversary, Jazz Night takes in the full multimedia presentation that is 'In My Mind' from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


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