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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 6:00pm

Joey Singer’s career has spanned many different arenas, from nightclubs and concert halls to television and recording studios. He is presently Music Director for Debbie Reynolds a post he has held for eighteen years. In addition to conducting the national tour of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, for Ms. Reynolds, he also accompanied her with the Boston Pops on their 4th of July celebration, “Pops Goes the Fourth” for A&E television and has appeared several times on the “Tonight Show”. Joey has also played and conducted for a host of other celebrities including Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Toni Tenille and Dame Shirley Bassey in her triumphant Las Vegas return. Joey can be heard with Mr. Mathis on the highly acclaimed “Chances Are-Live in Concert” for PBS and also on the popular daytime drama “Days of our Lives”. Mr. Singer has conducted some of the country’s finest orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony. An accomplished jazz musician, Joey has performed with many notable artists including Rosemary Clooney, Eileen Farrell, Harry James, the Mills Brothers, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims and Kevin Stout.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 12:00pm

Noted writer and novelist CHUCK PALAHNUIK returns to Inquiry to talk about his latest book DAMNED, the first volume in a three volume series. Damned is narrated by Madison, a prepubescent privileged daughter of classic Hollywood types who finds herself very much in the depths of hell wearing the right shoes. So what’s it like to create a detailed vision of the depths of eternal damnation? Tune in and find out. All I will say is avoid the popcorn balls. 

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 7:00pm

The 1960s gave birth to so many great female soul singers. One of the best, who never got the acclaim she deserved was Bettye Swann. Born Betty Jean Champion in Shreveport, Louisiana, she recorded country songs for Capitol records in the 1960s and in the early 70’s recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studios. If you like Gladys Knight, Dusty Springfield or Aretha, you’ll just love Bettye Swann!
Join host Tom Shaker, starting at 7pm!!

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 6:00pm

Bobby McFerrin introduces a major work for a rhythmically-charged, internationally-cast, 22-vboice, improvising choir. McFerrin's sprawling work VOCAbuLarieS evokes African chant, gospel energy, Motown soul, minimalism and jazz polyphony - and this exhilarating performance also features a role for the Rose Theater audience. Wendell Pierce hosts

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 12:30pm

Even if he didn’t “kill him a b’ar when he was only three”, as the Disney song extolled, David Crockett was probably our first celebrity hero. A true “Son of Tennessee”, which was the frontier of America in the very early 1800s, Crockett was a very successful bear hunter; the archetypical frontiersman, and a gifted raconteur. The wilderness was indeed his cathedral. Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with writer MICHAEL WALLIS about his thrilling history of the idiosyncratic DAVID CROCKETT: THE LION OF THE WEST. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 10:30pm

Author Brooke Hauser spent an entire year at Brooklyn’s International High School at Prospect Heights, a vibrant public high school that teaches English to recently arrived immigrants from around the world. In her new book THE NEW KIDS: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens she takes us inside the hallways and classrooms and into the complicated lives of the students who go there. This week Al speaks with Hauser about her experiences and  just how new immigrants learn and what their hopes and dreams are here in the United States.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 10:00pm

Join us as we welcome Patrick Hughes of Fallon Community Health Plan for an encore talk on revitalizing America’s health-care and health-insurance sectors in the era of Obamacare and Romneycare.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 10:00pm

Patrick Hughes has served as president and CEO of Fallon Community Health Plan since February 2010, replacing Eric Schultz, who left for Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, where he is now president and CEO. He joined Fallon in 2007 as senior vice president and chief marketing and sales officer. That same year, he assumed extensive responsibility for all health-plan operations in the new role of division president. Under his leadership, Fallon membership grew to its highest level in the company’s history. A 10-year veteran of the National Football League, Hughes continues to foster a deep appreciation and respect for teamwork. He also credits his experience as a linebacker with the New York Giants (1970-1976) and the New Orleans Saints (1977-1979) for helping him to develop a keen ability to quickly identify and respond to challenges and opportunities in his present-day field of play: today’s dynamic health-care market and environment.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 9:00pm


Science Fairs are no longer about exploding Plaster of Paris volcanoes or mouse traps and ping-pong balls to demonstrate nuclear fission. Today’s high schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years and the stakes involves prize money of many thousands of dollars and an assured future career in science. For many of these current science fair participants, winning means being able to go to the college of their choice. Writer JUDY DUTTON followed twelve contestants in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and tells their amazing stories in her new book SCIENCE FAIR SEASON: TWELVE KIDS, A ROBOT NAMED SCORCH AND WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN. Tune in and learn about what these new Einsteins and Gates are up to.

Whether throwing a well aimed rock, shooting an arrow at a bulls eye, or taking aim with a cannon at a fortress, if you want to hit your target,  it’s all about ballistics. Tonight on Inquiry we talk one again with MARK DENNY, physicist and prolific writer, about his new book THEIR ARROWS WILL DARKEN THE SKY: THE EVOLUTION AND SCIENCE OF BALLISTICS. Tonight, we talk about the earliest black powder weapons, Matchlocks, Flintlocks, cannons and carronades and how these weapons changed how wars were fought.

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 6:00pm

At the piano, Randy Weston's knees come up as high as the keys. He is a tall man with a deep sound on his instrument of 70 years. For him jazz is not a genre. It's spirit. It's home, celebrated in music from the opening "African Rhythms to his long-time theme, "Love, the Mystery Of. 

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A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.

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