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Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:00am

On Inquiry tonight our “in studio” guests are HONEE  HESS, Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts and THOMAS DOUGHTON, Senior Lecturer, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Holy Cross. They both will be talking about the upcoming Crafts Center exhibition: BANDITS & HEROES, POETS & SAINTS: POPULAR ARTS OF THE NORTHEAST OF BRAZIL. For more information on this exhibition, go to: 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JEFF CHANG: executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. We will continue our conversation about his book: WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT: NOTES ON RACE AND RESEGREGATION. Tonight we talk about his reporting from Ferguson and the meaning of the term “Asian American.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about mysterious arcane tomes with ALLISON KAVEY, assistant professor of history at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Who wrote these books on alchemy and medicine that promised to reveal secrets that no one else knew? Who published these books and who bought them? Tune in tonight when we talk about Kavey’s  BOOKS OF SECRETS: NATURAL PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLAND 1550-1600.

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:

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!


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