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Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Marketing Manager at the Fitchburg Art Museum, weight lifter, artist and performance artist KLEDIA SPIRO. Her unique performances use weightlifting as symbols of survival, empowerment, women’s roles in society, and immigration. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer and reader in history at the University of Sussex CHARLOTTE SLEIGH. Her new stunning book traces the depictions of animal life in prints and books over the centuries. This is a complicated story that reflects how human societies have thought about the natural world. Sleigh’s book is: THE PAPER ZOO: 500 YEARS OF ANIMALS IN ART.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

He has been called “America’s songwriter”  and tonight on Inquiry we speak with the legendary singer and songwriter JIMMY WEBB. He will be discussing his new memoir THE CAKE AND THE RAIN, a must-read wild account of just the first decades of his prolific career. Don’t miss this interview!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER to talk about her new collection ENTER HERE. “L.A. spreads out below me like an autopsy”. Tune in and hear her read several of her poems.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

Musician/historian/archivist/jazz scholar. Vince Giordano is all of these things. And with his band The Nighthawks, he is one of the greatest performers of early big band jazz. Vince Giordano has done multiple projects with Martin Scorcese and Woody Allen, and he did the music for and appeared in the TV series Boardwalk Empire. Judy discusses Vince’s unique career and the new documentary on his life: Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past.

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 7:00pm

Everybody loves a great cover song! Join host Tom Shaker as we play Top 40 songs reinvented and covered by soul artists like The Isley Brothers, Bobby Womack & Aretha Franklin. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 6:00pm

In Spaces, Wynton Marsalis' new dance suite for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, each movement corresponds to a different animal — a chicken, a lion, a frog and more.

He enlisted tap dancer Jared Grimes and "jooker" (street dancer) Lil Buck to embody the animals in their performances. In this piece, Marsalis also describes his fascination with the animal kingdom, his process of writing, and the way he attempts to draw on the spaces that all creatures inhabit.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,”: Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Frank Callahan Jr., president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council. They talk about the present and future of America’s and the Bay State’s labor-union movements.

The Building Trades Council is a 96-year-old organization dedicated to helping working people improve their quality of life. It’s comprised of 74 locals representing more than 75,000 working men and women across the state.

For the unions represented by the Building Trades Council, the Council’s goal has been, and continues to be, improving the standard of living for construction workers and their families throughout the state. By achieving this goal, according to the Council, everyone benefits, including the Council’s members as well as employers, customers and, most importantly, the communities where Council members live and work.

Through the efforts of the Building Trades Council and its member unions, members receive the best training available, vital health-care coverage, and the security of pension and annuity benefits.

Employers, according to the Council, benefit through joint investments between labor and management in training current and future employees. This joint effort between contractors and member unions, the Council states, “benefits customers because with trained workers, the job is done right the first time.”

Communities in the Commonwealth are also benefiting, the Council adds, through union-outreach activities, which means that more women and minorities are getting the training they need to earn high wages with good benefits and good working conditions in the construction industry.

But most importantly, the Council continues, all of us benefit because building-trade members are active in their communities – whether assisting in the rehabilitation of a community center, raising funds for diabetes research, or sponsoring a Little League team. Last year alone, member locals of the Building Trades Council donated to more than 700 local charities and charitable events. In addition, its members have donated millions of dollars in volunteer labor to numerous charitable organizations and other community-building endeavors.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 9:00pm

Since Ancient Greece, people have been enthralled by orchids. Orchids were believed to have healing or magical properties. The 18 th Century mania for collecting and growing orchids in England supported numerous expeditions to the jungles of the world where hundreds and sometimes thousands of orchids were shipped home to affluent buyers. Darwin even wrote a book about orchids. And that’s just the beginning of the orchid story. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome JIM ENDERSBY. He is a reader in the history of science at the University of Sussex. His new book traces the wild and sometimes sexy history of humans and orchids: ORCHID: A CULTURAL HISTORY.

Some of the most beautiful and well-preserved fossils of prehistoric birds in the world have been found in the Jehol shale formations of China. Many of these Mesozoic fossils have even preserved the details of the feathers of these early toothed birds. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Dr. LUIS M. CHIAPPE, adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and vice president for research and collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where he directs the museums Dinosaur Institute. His new book, co-authored with Meng Qingin, is BIRDS OF STONE: CHINESE AVIAN FOSSILS FROM THE AGE OF DINOSAURS.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, the annual FOLK REVIVAL show on the eve of the annual Newport Folk Festival, featuring tracks from earlier festivals and songs from artists who will be at the 2017 Festival.


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