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Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Highly acclaimed Boston classical guitarist, John Muratore, has appeared extensively across the US, Canada, Europe and Russia and he came to DreamFarm to play gorgeous guitar music. We explore classical guitar repertoire that is touched by jazz idioms. It's fascinating to hear those sounds flowing from John's fingers. I took my favorite place on the barn floor to listen intently. (I find myself there a lot when players come to record for the show.) Take your favorite place and listen to his show.dre

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:30am

Food allergies seem to be everywhere today, but did people historically also suffer from  allergies to peanuts or shellfish? Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with MATTHEW SMITH, senior lecturer at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre of the Social History of Health and Healthcare. His new book is a fascinating account of the history of food allergies and the evolution of medicine’s understanding of this sometimes life-threatening condition: ANOTHER PERSON’S POISON: A HISTORY OF FOOD ALLERGY. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 9:30am

Can making and reading comics help doctors better understand what their patients are going through? Can graphic art also help doctors express what their experiences are to a wider public? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with IAN WILLIAMS, visual artist and illustrator, a medical doctor and an independent humanities scholar and MK CZERWEIC, a nurse and comics artist. They are two of the authors of the GRAPHIC MEDICINE MANIFESTO. Tune in and find out what drawing comics can add to our understanding of the experience of being ill. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

On this special edition of Standard Time, host Al Dean will be joined by Kenny Hadley. They will be talking about and playing the big bands and vocalists of the present. Kenny will be bringing many selections from his library and also talk about his upcoming concerts with his band.

Kenny Hadley began playing drums after hearing Buddy Rich at the age of 14. He has worked with the R&B Drifters, Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington , Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. He has been teaching  at the Franklin School of Performing Arts since 1988 continues to teach  master classes and conducts clinics throughout the US, Europe and South America. His most recent CD was made in 2009 entitled Common Thread.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

The great British drummer Steve Brown discusses his wide range of influences and his work with Scott Hamilton, John Bunch, Barry Harris and other jazz giants.

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

Love it or hate it, school's back in session! Join host Tom Shaker as we "celebrate" the new school year with soul songs about learning and teaching and schoolboy crushes. Be sure to bring your new lunchbox! It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 6:00pm

Legendary trombonist and conch shell virtuoso Steve Turre brings a monster lineup to Jazz at Lincoln Center to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of his influences, the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 10:30pm

Through five years’ worth of interviews and data-gathering educator and author Amanda Lewis has created a powerful and illuminating study of how the racial achievement gap continues to afflict American schools more than fifty years after the formal dismantling of segregation. As students progress from elementary school to middle school to high school, their level of academic achievement increasingly tracks along racial lines, with white and Asian students maintaining higher GPAs and standardized testing scores, taking more advanced classes, and attaining better college admission results than their black and Latina/o counterparts. Why is that? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Amanda Lewis author of the new book: Despite the Best Intentions.

Sunday, September 13, 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 Zach Combs, founder of African Arts in Education. They talk about the business of building awareness of the birthplace of civilization.

This episode aired originally on May 17, 2015. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for African Arts in Education.

African Arts in Education is a Worcester-based, non-profit program that provides an exhibit of authentic African art and produce an educational enrichment program of art, music, history and dance – all, customized for your school. By working in collaboration with professional African performers and teachers, African Arts in Education give our audiences an authentic and inspirational passport to African culture.

African Arts in Education’s mission is to educate, enrich and entertain the broadest audience by sharing the rich music, compelling art and vibrant dance that is Africa, and to give African artists living in America a singular opportunity to be successful cultural ambassadors while earning a living from their arts. The program fulfills its mission of sharing the cultures of Africa through stimulating interactive workshops, compelling performances and engaging school residencies.

African Arts in Education was founded in 2012, in Clinton, and collaboratively developed by Crocodile River Music and Clinton’s Gallery of African Art. Now located in downtown Worcester, AAiE is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Zach Combs is also the founder of the for-profit Crocodile River Music, which performs African music and dance. He attended Connecticut College, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in African Studies and a focus in Elementary Education. It was there that he was first drawn to West African music and culture. He won the prestigious and highly competitive Watson Fellowship, which funds travel and research for a full year outside the United States to exceptional graduating seniors.

Inspired by the traditions of music he learned about as an undergraduate, Zach chose Mali, West Africa to live and study for his year abroad. There, he worked with master drummer Ibrahima Sarr and conducted research on Malian culture in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Since then time, Zach has been working to develop a cultural bridge between the United States and West African traditions.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist, videographer and painter JENNIFER SULLIVAN. One of her pieces, “One Week Walden” was on view in the Decordova’s “Walden, revisited” show. Jennifer’s work is complex, sometimes humorous, often autobiographical  and above all wildly unique. Tune in and get to know the only artist I know that covers “Sexual Healing”, Madonna and Kate Bush in her work. To see some examples of Jennifer Sullivan’s work, go to her blog at:

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with artist WILLIAM LAMSON. His beautiful and meditative work often uses light, water and time as elements in his site specific work. A fine example of his work was on view in the Walden, Revisited show at the Decordova. Lamson’s website is:


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