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Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:00am

In the 1890s New York City was truly a “Sin City”. Illegal gambling was rampant. Countless bars and taverns guaranteed spectacular alcohol consumption even on Sundays when the bars were supposed to be closed. It was estimated that there were minimally 30, 000 prostitutes active in the metropolis at the time, and shocking live sex shows could be found any night in certain sections of the city. So where were the city’s police force? The police were part of the city’s Tammany Hall political machine and were astonishingly corrupt and on the take. Then came the infamous muckracking Lexow Committee and an election that swept many of the corrupt politicians out. Future President and anti-vice crusader Teddy Roosevelt was brought on as Police Commissioner. But were the rank and file New Yorkers ready to give up their vices like drinking on Sunday? Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks to writer RICHARD ZACKS about his rollicking history ISLAND OF VICE: THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S DOOMED QUEST TO CLEAN UP SIN LOVING NEW YORK. 

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 6:00pm

Get whisked away to "Autumn in New York," "April in Paris" or "A Cabin in the Sky." Vocalist Ethel Ennis joins pianist Bill Charlap with Houston Person (saxophone), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums) to light up the book of composer Vernon Duke. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 10:30pm

Gustav Niebaum founded the famed Inglenook Winery  in California in 1879. It became one the most sought after wines in the country. Today Niebaum's grandniece Robin Lail runs Lail Vineyards in Napa California. She too produces world class wine. Her philosophy is to focus on quality rather than quantity. She joins Al this Sunday evening at 10:30 to discuss her family history and a passion for winemaking that has been the hallmark of her life.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back cosmologist, writer, science consultant and broadcaster MARCUS CHOWN. His new eye-popping book is SOLAR SYSTEM: A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF THE PLANTS, MOONS, AND OTHER HEAVENLY BODIES THAT ORBIT OUR SUN, a book based on the popular app for the  iPad,  Tune in tonight as explore the weird and wild moons of Jupiter and Saturn. We also will learn why Pluto was downgraded to a mere dwarf planet and take a mind-blowing trip descending through the atmosphere of Jupiter. “The great thing about the solar system is that it continually confounds our expectations.”

As soon as the first extra-solar planets were discovered, the race was on to find plants around other suns that could support life. Tonight on Inquiry, we have a conversation with DIMITAR SASSELOV, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and Founder and Director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative. Professor Sasselov on the forefront of this exciting search for “super earths”: giant earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. So how do you find these planets when they are so distant from earth? How can we tell what these planets are like and whether there is water on them? This amazing search for a twin earth has also led some scientists to a profound re-thinking of the role of life in the universe. Perhaps life is just another typical cosmic process. Earth is not the “cradle of life” but the planet and life are one. Professor Sasselov’s thought-provoking book is titled: THE LIFE OF THE SUPER-EARTHS: HOW THE HUNT FOR ALIEN WORLDS AND ARTIFICIAL CELLS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE LIFE ON OUR PLANET.

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 6:00pm

James Farm offers flexible originals in jittery, bobble-head rhythms served up with panache. Beantown Jazz says the acoustic foursome "reads from a new book, airing less jazz and blues than folk and pop, delivered with swaggering chops. Joshua Redman, the standout improviser in this leaderless cooperative, blows tenor with robust conviction alongside Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 7:00pm

This edition of The Folk Revival features and eclectic mix of traditional music, music from or about history, as well as contemporary artists. Nick will be co-hosting with special in-studio guests Robert Tincher (around 7:30 PM) and Daryl Purpose (around 8:30 PM).

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 2:00pm

Legendary pianist Fred Hersch is our guest on Thursday. He'll be performing his critically acclaimed Walt Whitman's opus "Leaves of Grass" in NEC's Jordan Hall later this month. We'll hear about that and more when the always-exciting Fred Hersch join us at 2 pm.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

Feinstein welcomes one of the most dynamic duos in the classical music world—violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk. The two have been recording and performing together in the classical repertoire for almost a decade, and have become equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook. On this week’s Song Travels, Bell and Denk perform selections from their latest project,French Impressions, an album of works by César Franck, Maurice Ravél and Camille Saint-Saëns. Through conversation and music, Feinstein and his guests connect the dots between classical music and standards.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 2:00pm

On Wednesday's Jazz New England we'll be in the WICN Performance Studio for some live music. Jazz Trane, an ensemble of students from The Joy Of Music Program, will show us the future of jazz. Jazz Trane: Peter Hodskins, piano; Christopher Huck, trumpet; Gretchen Henrich, flute; Victor Pacek, bass; Sam Palermo, drums make up Jazz Trane and they'll be joined by  Educators Rich Ardizone & Jerry Sabatini.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Legendary drummer Chico Hamilton has enjoyed a long career playing with everyone from Billie Holiday and Count Basie to Sammy Davis Jr. and Lena Horne. Chico discusses his busy touring schedule, teaching and how he continues to be as enthusiastic about music as he was in his youth.

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