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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz pianist John Sheridan discusses his years playing with Jim Cullum's Band on the radio show "Live From the Landing" and his thoughts on being a great ensemble player.

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

What do Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin & Bob Dylan all have in common? The legendary Jerry Wexler produced them all! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of a man who influenced rhythm & blues, soul, jazz and rock music. It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

The fruitful collaboration between Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington brought us such classics as "Take The 'A' Train," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Isfahan." But behind the music, Billy Strayhorn led a complex and often difficult life. While composing some of the most harmonically-rich jazz of all time, Strayhorn was an openly gay black man in the homophobic 1940s. This episode of Jazz Night in America features interviews with family Strayhorn family members and Strayhorn's biographer, and rare archival tape of Strayhorn himself, peering inside his journey from working-class Pittsburgh to New York City and the world of elegance and "twelve o'clock tales." Pianist and vocalist Johnny O'Neal joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to present the music of Billy Strayhorn.

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 10:30pm

Civilianized is a new memoir by  young Iraq war veteran, Michael Anthony who is from Massachusetts. This book is not only important (it tackles issues of Veteran suicide, PTSD, drug abuse, and alcoholism) but it is a poignant, sometimes funny, and a great read. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Michael Anthony.

For information on where veterans can reach out for assistance and help with any issues they are dealing with: http://www.masscasualties.com/

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Walter Bird Jr., editor of Worcester Magazine, about the business of local journalism 40 years ago – and today. This episode aired originally on November 6, 2016.

Forty years ago, two young entrepreneurs named Dan Kaplan and Ryck Bird Lent – who were new to Worcester, to Massachusetts, and to New England – founded Worcester Magazine as a monthly. It went weekly two years later, in 1978. This past September 22, WoMag published a jam-packed 40th Anniversay issue.

During the past four decades, WoMag has gone through numerous ownerships. Dan and Ryck sold it in 1986. More than two decades later, in, 2008, the Holden Landmark Corporation, owned by Kirk Davis, bought WoMag.

Holden Landmark Corporation, which is based in Millbury, also owns the weekly Holden Landmark  plus the monthly Bay State Parent, and the weekly Grafton News, Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Leominster Champion. Together with Worcester Magazine, they have a combined circulation of more than 85,000.

Since 2014, Kirk Davis has also been CEO of Gatehouse Media, a separate company based in Pittsford, New York. Gatehouse Media owns 620 community and business publications, along with 125 daily newspapers, including the Telegram & Gazette and Metrowest Daily News, plus more than 530 local-affiliated websites.

Worcester Magazine has gone through many transformations during the past 40 years – from monthly to weekly, and from alternative to mainstream. Through it all, WoMag has survived, thrived, delivered consistently on a slogan that it touted than a decade ago: “Love It. Hate It. Read It.”

Steve’s guest, Walter Bird Jr., has been editor of Worcester Magazine since 2014.

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome JOHN DOE, bassist and vocalist for the legendary band “X”, musician and actor. He has written and compiled a new book of essays on the emergence of the punk movement in Los Angeles  in the late 1970s and early 80s. Besides Doe’s own writing, UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF L.A. PUNK features pieces written by key musicians  at the time from bands like The Plugz, The Flesheaters and even The Go-Gos. Johns new album is titled THE WESTERNER.

Bzzzzt! Have you ever been stung by a yellow jacket or honey bee? Why do wasp stings hurt so much? Tonight’s Inquiry is all about the biology, ecology and biochemistry of stinging insects. We talk with JUSTIN O. SCHMIDT, a biologist at Southwestern Biological Institute and is affiliated with the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona. His new book, THE STING OF THE WILD, recounts his wild adventures collecting, and sometimes getting stung by, some of the most venomous insects in the world.

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tracks from CDs recently arrived at the station, and looking back at Nick Noble's choices for best albums of 2016. We'll hear from the Belle Hollows, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Ricards, Carrigan & Blair, Six String Soldiers, and more!

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz prodigy pianist Matt Savage, 24 has recorded his 12th album since he was gained national attention by the time he was a teen and continues to take the Jazz world by storm. He joins Julie to play pieces from his new solo album and also brings his new band “Groove Experiment” to the farm and creates a program of musical contrasts that reveal his many musical abilities and interests. Wow.

Featuring:

Matt Savage/Piano and Keyboards
James Dale/Bass
Brandon Ilkinds/Tenor Sax
Allessio Pignoria/Guitar
JK Kim/Drums
Shi Hai Li/Alto Sax
 

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back ERIC R. KANDEL. He is the University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Psychiatry at Columbia University. In 2000 he was awarded the Nobel prize in Physiology and Medicine. His latest book is REDUCTIONISM IN ART AND BRAIN SCIENCE  and you can listen to our conversation about that book by clicking on Inquiry podcasts. Tonight we will be discussing he fascinating autobiography IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW SCIENCE OF THE MIND. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with STACY LORD, Chairman of the Board, and LAURA MAROTTA, Executive Director of the ambitious CREATIVE HUB  WORCESTER project. 

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