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Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

Award-winning cultural activist, performance artist, griot, poet, soul singer, actress Nana Camille Yarbrough talks with Bonnie Johnson about her life and career which  coalesced with Nina Simone's contributions to jazz, the civil rights movement and the African diaspora. As a colleague and friend, Simone admired Yarbrough’s writing and often covered her songs onstage.

Born and raised in 1938, Chicago, Camille Yarbrough got her start in dance, touring the world with the pioneer dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham as a member of The Katherine Dunham Company of Dancers, Singers, and Musicians. Nana Yarbrough's stage credits include James Weldon Johnson's "God's Trombones" and the full cast production, recording and national tour of Lorraine Hansberry's "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"; her film and television credits include acting in the soap operas "Search for Tomorrow" and "Where the Heart Is" as well as the original movie "Shaft". She formerly produced and hosted  "Ancestor House", a long-running local cable television show on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. She spent twelve years teaching African Studies at City College of New York, wrote four children's books and also taught drama and poetry to young students while working with Jazz Mobile, a program that utilized poets in the public schools. Notably, vocals from "Take Yo'. Praise", a track on her first solo album  The Iron Pot Cooker (Vanguard Records) were sampled on the international chart topping hit "Praise You", by techno-musician Fatboy Nana Yarbrough's most recent projects include writing her autobiography; she is an active lecturer and arts presenter. In 2016, she was honored for her contributions to education and community by Make The Grade Foundation and also received The Lorraine Hansberry Award.

Tune in! ~ #ColorsOfJazz ~ Sunday, 12 pm-ET.

In tribute to Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon) February 21, 1933 - April 21, 2003

By Bonnie Johnson




Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Just two days after Valentine’s Day, host Nick Noble plays four hours of songs about love, in all its forms and challenges. Curl up with a loved one and tune in!

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00pm


Vocalist Tracy Clark with Bob Christopherson/Piano, Greg Holt/Bass and Casey Scherell/Drums

Vocalist Lynda D’Amour with Billy Duffy/Piano

Vocalist Mili Bermejo with Eugene Friesen/cello, Tim Ray/Piano and Dan Greenspan/Bass

Vocalist and Guitarist Julie Lavender

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about the recent 2017 HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE. Our in-studio guests are DAVID WACKELL, Administrative Assisstant, Lecturer and Preparator at Anna Maria; JAIMEE  TABORDA, instructor from Oxford High School; and artists in the exhibition ERIN REID, MEG BEAUREGARD, OLIVIA OBREBSKI, GRACE BOUTIETTE,MORGAN AMOUR and BECCA HOPE.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning "Duets II" CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, k.d. lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" as well as the Grammy for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for his duet, "Body and Soul" with Amy Winehouse.

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Love? Hate? Sex? Jealousy? Revenge? Soul music has it all and on this Valentine's Day eve show we'll pull out all the emotions to celebrate that "special" relationship. This is not your average Valentine's Day show! Join host Tom Shaker, it all starts at 7pm!

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

88-year old singer and actress Marilyn Maye is a living legend. She’s shared the stage with artists like Count Basie and Charlie Parker, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson an unprecedented 76 times.  Now, for the first time, May performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s most intimate venue — Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.  She also joins Jazz Night in America Host, Christian McBride, for an interview.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 10:30pm

In Escape Games, Worcester's hands-on adventures, players work together in a real-life escape-room game. Described as being in the midst of a movie, Escape Games Worcester brings a challenging and exciting quest to life - a cross between a real-life Clue game, a scavenger hunt and a complex puzzle with unlimited possibilities. An escape room provides a fun place to meet up with friends, family, and/or coworkers for true social interaction - mixed with a healthy dose of competition. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Escape Games founder Jason Eastty.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 9:00pm

Could there be a genuine mathematical genius waiting to be discovered in some corner of the world? Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back mathematician and author KEN ONO. He is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. Tonight he will talk about the SPIRIT OF RAMANUJAN MATH TALENT INITIATIVE a new global search for young mathematical talent. WE also talk about the recent Us victory at the International Math Olympiad.

Many people fear snakes and try to kill them on sight. And of all the snake species here in America,  the most feared is the rattlesnake. But tonight’s guest on Inquiry hopes to change your mind if you are one of those with intense snake angst. TED LEVIN is a writer and wildlife biologist. His new book is AMERICA’S SNAKE: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TIMBER RATTLESNAKE. It is an intimate and loving look at the complex life of this rattlesnake of the northeast and explores why their populations around the area are so endangered. Tune in and find out why this species is so special and deserving of protection.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

(and Songwriting) – with special guests August First, The Lied To’s , Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, and Sandy Haddon, all live in the studio.


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