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Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 10:30pm

Duke Ellington captured Manhattan during one of the most exciting and celebrated eras in our history: the Jazz Age. Radio, tabloid newspapers, and movies with sound appeared. The silver screen took over Times Square as Broadway became America's movie mecca. Tremendous new skyscrapers were built in Midtown in one of the greatest building booms in history. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with noted historian and author Donald Miller about his new book, Supreme City. Hear how the jazz age gave birth to a modern American city.

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Dan Gabel, president of the American Big Band Preservation Society, and Bill Doyle, one of the series organizers who, along with Dan, are part of Dan Gabel and the Abletones, which performs Big Band music.

Jazz at Sunset has returned to Central Massachusetts. Started in Worcester at the EcoTarium, Jazz at Sunset has been a premier destination for music-lovers for almost 25 years. The 2014 six-week summer outdoor concert series will be held on the grounds of SAC Park, with a covered stage featuring Big Band performers.

The Jazz at Sunset series is presented by the American Big Band Preservation Society, a 501(c)3 charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and performance of Big Band music, with a focus on keeping alive this original American art form for future generations.

The series is sponsored by 90.5 WICN, Jazz+ for New England, Central Credit Union, Kurlan Music Center,  Polito Development Corp., Telefunken, and Westborough Inn. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D’Agostino does public-relations work on the Jazz at Sunset series for the American Big Band Preservation Society.

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back writer, physicist and physics professor at M.I.T. MAX TEGMARK to continue his conversation about his latest book OUR MATHEMATICAL UNIVERSE: MY QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE NATURE OF REALITY. Tonight we talk about the concept of MUTIVERSES and how the recent discovery of the remnants of the Big Bang may prove that mutiverses are a reality. If the structure of reality and the cosmos fascinates you, don’t miss this amazing conversation!

Historian and curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution WILLIAM L. BIRD JR drops by Inquiry once again to talk about his book AMERICA’S DOLL HOUSE: THE MINIATURE WORLD OF FAITH BRADFORD. Bradford spent her life collecting miniature house furnishing and gave her incredible 23 room, 5 story doll house, complete with family, Mr and Mrs Doll and their pets to the Smithsonian. It became one of the museum’s favorite exhibits. But that is just the beginning of this amazing tale of one’s woman’s obsessive art and the nation’s museum. Tune in and listen to one of the great stories of the Smithsonian’s collection!

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

Dan Gabel will be talking about his plans of the Abletones, his teaching career since he received his doctorate degree from New England Conservatory of Music, the American Big Band Preservation Society and Jazz at Sunset series which begins June 20th.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 4:00pm

Composer, woodwind artist Rob Mosher talks with host Bonnie Johnson about Polebridge, his latest CD that merges classical chamber music with folk & jazz. Inspired by the tiny town in Montana, Polebridge is described as "Chamber Music for the Wild West".  Mosher performs at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 3, 2014 at 10pm.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:00am

Join the fun this Saturday morning on the Big Band Brunch as host Howard Caplan chats with Eddie Mekka - beloved Carmine on the hit TV series "Laverne and Shirley", and Worcester native. They will talk about Mekka's upcoming performance as Tevya in the Greater Lowell Music Theatre's "Fiddler on the Roof" June 27, 28 and 29. They'll also talk about, and play cuts from, his album of great American standards, plus relive memories from the set of Laverne and Shirley!

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 7:00pm

Music from artists who have or will be appearing at the New Bedford Folk Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, and others.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 6:00pm

Tonight Julie Lavender welcomes the Track Clark Band; tune in to hear their exciting music.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

Joseph Paul Locke is an American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 4:00pm

Young people’s author and artist JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA returns to Inquiry to talk about all his new projects: His new book Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, the next volume in the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, a new title in the Platypus Police Squad series and the Comics Squad : Recess book, a wonderful anthology of young people’s comics writers and authors. All this and  a trip to the Library of Congress too. PLUS: 2 SPECIAL GUEST STARS!

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