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Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 10:30pm

Being a vegan has a number of health and diet benefits involved with the lifestyle. Vegans don't partake in the consumption and use of animal products, but there is far more to being a vegan than just the food choices. Tune in Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by Vegan expert and author, Cathy Unruh. She talks about about the vegan lifestyle and it's many benefits.

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 9:00pm

Jazz was born in New Orleans but rapidly traveled to Chicago, New York City and eventually to Los Angeles, changing its form and style along the way. The history of early jazz is a complex story of culture, race, and the changing technologies that allowed jazz to be heard by larger and larger audiences. Tune in tonight when we speak with COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin University, about wonderful new musical history CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR.

Nothing up our sleeve!
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with science journalist and author ALEX STONE. Alex also happens to be a practitioner of “close-up magic”, the kind of intimate sleight of hand that can be viewed only by a small audience. Alex’s new book FOOLING HOUDINI: MAGICIANS, MENTALISTS, MATH GEEKS AND THE HIDDEN POWERS OF THE MIND is a wild and wonderful personal history of his life in the world of the unique people who perform stage magic. Tune in and learn about the Magic Olympics, the so-called Extreme Hand Sports and some of the living legends of magic and card cheating. Presto! Chango!

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

Four hours of love songs and love ballads in the folk tradition: happy and sad, old and new, from a host of talented musicians.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

Grammy-winning R&B /soul singer Aaron Neville has been a radio mainstay for over five decades. And he has been ambassador to the world for New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. On this week’s episode, Neville’s silky smooth voice is sure to get everyone in the Valentine’s Day spirit, as he performs a set of Doo-Wop greats including “This Magic Moment” and “Under The Boardwalk.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SHARON PRESTON-FOLTA, author, marketing media planner, chef and Louis Armstrong’s daughter. Sharon is his only child. But she had to keep this secret because public knowledge of her mother’s twenty year-long affair with the famous jazz musician could have ruined his career. So Sharon grew up leading a double life: rejoicing in her fathers presence and even touring with him and his band yet having to keep her father’s identity secret from friends and school mates. Sharon Preston-Folta’s memoir of her life as Armstrong’s daughter, written with Denene Millner, is titled LITTLE SATCHMO: LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER, LOUIS DANIEL ARMSTRONG

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 4:00pm

The WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM has opened a brand new, state of the art family gallery that introduces young museumgoers to the history of the city. The George I Alden Family Gallery has been years in the making and is interactive with many options for imaginative play. Tune in when we speak with CHAD SIROIS, Communications Manager of the WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM about this new exciting “museum within a museum” designed specially  for children. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 6:00pm

Pianist Conal Fowkes discusses his long participation in Woody Allen’s jazz band and his recent part doing the vocals and piano work of the Cole Porter character in Woody’s film Midnight in Paris.

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 6:00pm

Featuring Monty Alexander, piano, vocals, melodica; Hassan Shakur, bass; Courtney Panton, drums; percussion; Joshua Thomas, Jamaican bass; Earl Appleton, keyboards; Andy Bashford, guitar; Karl Wright, Jamaican drums. Tune in!

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 10:30pm

People don't always speak their minds. Perhaps because they don't always know their own minds. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by nationally recognized psychologist and author, Mahzarin Banaji. In his new book, "Blindspot" he talks about the hidden biases of good people. How we unconsciously develop preferences and prejudices that shape our lives. Perhaps this might be somewhat bias, but this is one segment you don't want to miss.

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 9:00pm

In the 1930s and 40s the great Hollywood studios were ruled by a small group of men who had complete control over which films got made and what stars got to appear in those films. These moguls rule was absolute and together they had a feeling of “absolute immortality.” They were the real gods of Hollywood. But after they died, the era of the classic Hollywood studio also came to an end and the studios lost their individual identities. Tune in tonight for a lively conversation about classic Hollywood with WHEELER WINSTON DIXON, the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His new book is DEATH OF THE MOGULS: THE END OF CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD.

The 1998 film THE BIG LEBOWSKI has become one of the greatest cult films of all time. What is it about this complex shaggy dog story that is so appealing? Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with author and cinema historian JENNY M. JONES about her new sprawling and endlessly entertaining history THE BIG LEBOWSKI: AN ILLUSTRATED, ANNOTATED  HISTORY OF THE GREATEST  CULT FILM OF ALL TIME. Tune in and learn about how the Coen brothers work together when filming; about who might have been cast as “the Dude” instead of Jeff Bridges,Maude Lebowski’s connection to the Fluxus art movement and the inspiration for Walter Sobchuk. The Dude abides.

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