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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 2:30pm

Can an elephant act silly? Do wolves have ethics? Is a Killer Whale sentient? Typically we have thought of animals as unthinking creatures without a human-like consciousness, but is this really true? What are the implications if we humans finally realized that animals have an inner life similar to our own? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CARL SAFINA, an award-winning writer and journalist and the Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University. His challenging and exciting new book BEYOND WORDS: WHAT ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL attempts to answer these questions. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

The first of two shows with the vocal virtuoso about his inspirations and his new CD “Passion World”.

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

There's no one else quite like The Dogg (aka Jerry Williams, Jr.). He's soulful, funky, swampy, socially conscious and fun as anything! He's a producer, arranger, singer and songwriter who's written some of the best soul songs over the last 60 years. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Swamp Dogg's birthday on this edition of the Soul Serenade. The fun starts at 7pm!

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Randy Weston turns 90 this year and Jazz Night in America presents his quintet at the 2016 Panama Jazz Festival, where the pianist was the guest of honor. Bandmate T.K. Blue weighs in on Weston's humility and host Christian McBride travels to Randy's home to talk about the set in Panama, meeting Thelonious Monk, and growing up in Brooklyn.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 10:30pm

Most Americans imagine the Civil War in terms of clear and defined boundaries of freedom and slavery: a straightforward division between the slave states of Kentucky and Missouri and the free states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kansas. However, residents of these western border states, Abraham Lincoln's home region, had far more ambiguous identities-and contested political loyalties-than we commonly assume. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and historian Chris Philips about his new book, The Rivers Ran Backward.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 10:30pm

Recently the Greater Worcester Community Foundation  announced the awarding of $37,900 through the Leicester Savings Bank Fund that will help improve the quality of life for Leicester residents. This special grant is in honor of officer Ronald Tarentino who was recently killed while in  performing his duties as a police officer. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Leicester Police Chief, Jim Hurley who talks about the grant and the towns rallying around the family of the slain officer.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 9:00pm

The Red Knot is a small shorebird that manages to migrate from it’s breeding grounds in the Arctic south to Tierra del Fuego. In between, it stops to eats at a few select coastal spots that have large numbers of horseshoe crabs laying eggs. Knot numbers are declining worldwide. The interrelationship of the knot and the horseshoe crab is one of the great stories of ecology and what is going on in the environment. Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is writer and natural historian DEBORAH CRAMER. Her new book is one of the great accounts of coastal ecology and the human impact on the environment: THE NARROW EDGE: A TINY BIRD, AN ANCIENT CRAB AND AN EPIC JOURNEY.

E. PAUL ZEHR, writer and professor at the University of Victoria returns to Inquiry to talk about his amazing and fun new book for young readers: PROJECT SUPERHERO. Part fiction, part real training guide and part examination of what it means to be a real hero, this book is like no other. Tune in and find out why.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 2:00pm

Bossa nova vocalist and Brazilian Ensemble band leader Anita Coelho talks with Bonnie Johnson about making and presenting world music and jazz. Coelho is founder of Medici Musica Productions.


Photo Credit: Chuck Ferullo, courtesy of the artist

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Celebrating 4th of July week and Independence day with songs about summer, summer around-the-campfire songs, and songs for Independence Day. A great opportunity to sing along at home or in the car.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 6:00pm

Cellist Catherine Bent and vocalist/guitarist Elis Roseira met in the deep of a New England winter and discovered they were both under the spell of Brazilian music. Their music is truly a taste of the sun. It’s a blend, European Dance Music African rhythms and Brazilian Jazz sounds.


Catherine Bent/Cello
Elis Roseira/Guitar and Voice


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