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Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Composer/pianist and Chicago native Brian Friedland's music displays a relentless creativity and open-mindedness that is quickly evident when one examines his written repertoire. A composer from age 13, his output consists of 8 big band charts, 12 chamber works, a film score, and hundreds of compositions for small and large jazz ensembles. In addition to writing music drawing on mainstream jazz and classical traditions, Friedand's pieces include diverse instrumentations and unusual ideas. Friedland studied with jazz composers Vince Mendoza and Kim Richmond and pianists Shelly Berg, Allan Pasqua, and Danilo Perez. He has a master's degree in jazz composition from New England Conservatory and a bachelor's degree in jazz performance from the University of Southern California. He comes to DreamFarm with a full, rich horn section and lots of amazing ideas to share.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:30am

We tend to think about atheism as a modern creation, a product of the Enlightenment. In fact, there have been skeptics and non-believers since ancient times. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with TIM WHITMARSH, the A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge about his fascinating new book: BATTLING THE GODS: ATHEISM IN THE ANCIENT WORLD

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 9:30am

The year 1606 was a disastrous one for England. There was the plague, and the infamous Gunpowder Plot and unrest and even demonic possession. King James had succeeded Queen Elizabeth and the transition was a difficult one. But it was a great year for William Shakespeare who wrote King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. How did Shakespeare incorporate what was going on around him in England into his plays? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES SHAPIRO, the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University about his latest book: THE YEAR OF LEAR: SHAKESPEARE IN 1606.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we present a special full hour conversation with journalist, writer, novelist and essayist JAMES KAPLAN about his monumental new biography: SINATRA: THE CHAIRMAN. This is the second volume of Kaplan’s definitive life of Frank Sinatra. Tune in tonight, while we talk about Sinatra’s relationship with Ava Gardner; President John F Kennedy, and the mob. Was there ever really a “Rat Pack”? What did arrangers like Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins bring to Sinatra’s recordings? What about his film career? All this and more tonight on Inquiry.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

Multi-Emmy and Grammy nominee, vocalist/pianist Michael Feinstein how jazz influences every part of his music and his efforts in expanding the audience for classic American standards.

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

In this week's 9 PM Spotlight is Mr. Lou Rawls. "When you say Lou... you've said it all." Tom Lucci brings the non-stop soul and R&B faves - and some cookin' discoveries - starting at 7 PM.

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

Every year for about 23 years, one group has held a midnight to 5 a.m. time slot on Saturday nights. It's a quirky band, co-led by saxophonist Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, which swings hard (and a little off-kilter) among the hardcore fans, the rowdy drunks, the musicians coming off their own gigs. And it happens in the jazz haven of Chicago, in a club called the Green Mill which doesn't look to have changed much since its days as a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Jazz Night in America follows Pat and Cameron to the gig, then stays up all night with the Sabertooth organ quartet.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 10:30pm

"This was more than an attack on France. ISIS has declared war on the West for two years, and now they are carrying it out. ISIS is not just a terrorist group. They have grown to the size of an army. Christians have been a target of this evil killing machine in the Middle East but they refuse to give in even if it cost's them their life. Recent stats show that the underground church in the Middle East is now growing faster than ever. And a significant number of new converts are Muslims who are leaving Islam to embrace Jesus.” So says Tom Doyle, Author of Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Doyle about this troubling event.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ray Pfau, a member of Bolton Local and organizer of the Bolton Repair Café; and, Bob Johnson, a Bolton Repair Café volunteer. They talk about reducing waste while building community. This episode aired originally on March 22, 2015.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for Rotary District 7910, which contains the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, which in turn sponsors the Bolton Repair Café.

The Repair Café was initiated by Martine Postma. Since 2007, she has been striving for sustainability on the local level in many ways. She organized the very first Repair Café in 2009 in Amsterdam. It was a great success.

This prompted Martine to start the Repair Café Foundation. In 2010, this Dutch non-profit organization was officially set up. Since 2011, the foundation has provided professional support to local groups in the Netherlands and other countries wishing to start their own Repair Café.

At Repair Cafés, everything centers on making repairs. By promoting repairs, Repair Cafés want to help reduce mountains of waste. Repair Cafés are also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way, to help people save money, and to help people discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home.


In Central Massachusetts, Bolton Local runs the Bolton Repair Café, which is supported by the Repair Café Foundation. Bolton Local is a grassroots group of people whose mission is “to build a strong, self-reliant community made up of people committed to living sustainably on the planet, in a way that inspires, builds friendships, and offers a hopeful vision for the future.”

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 9:00pm

Most young teens are fascinated with pop music or sports, but Taylor Wilson was obsessed with nuclear physics, collecting radioactive materials and building a fusion reactor. Imagine being the parents of this extraordinary and gifted boy! What is the best strategy for raising and educating a gifted child? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and editor TOM CLYNES about his wonderful new biography of Taylor: THE BOY WHO PLAYED WITH FUSION: EXTREME SCIENCE, EXTREME PARENTING AND HOW TO MAKE A SUN.

Is the entire philosophical basis of bioethics off the tracks? Does the reality of bioethics match what the public was hoping it would accomplish? Are we moving away from the ethics of medicine as first set down by Hippocrites? Tonight on Inquiry we discuss these questions when we talk with TOM KOCH, journalist, author of many books and articles and Adjunct Professor of Medical Geography at the University of British Columbia Tom talks about his book THIEVES OF VIRTUE: WHEN BIOETHICS STOLE MEDICINE.

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