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Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 9:00pm

Certain crime films made in Hollywood between 1944 and the early 1960s have come to be known as Film Noir. These movies challenged many of the beliefs about the American Dream in the socially chaotic period following Word War II. The cherished ideas of upward mobility, the benefits of free enterprise and the ability to remake yourself are all warped and critiqued in films like Gun Crazy, Laura and The Dark Corner. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with MARK OSTEEN. He is a professor of English, Chair of the English Department and founder of the Film Studies Program at Loyola University. His latest book is NIGHTMARE ALLEY: FILM NOIR AND THE AMERICAN DREAM.

Peter Cushing starred in some of the most iconic horror and adventure films of the last half of the 20th Century. He has played Dr. Frankenstein a number of times in Hammer films, as well as van Helsing is another series of films. He had starring roles in The Mummy (1959), She (1964) and was a villain in The Avengers TV series. He has played Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes as was the deliciously evil Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars. But despite his stunning list of film, television and stage credits, he is not as well known here in the States. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with film historian and writer DAVID MILLER about his fine and comprehensive new biography PETER CUSHING: A LIFE IN FILM.

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz when Trumpeter Nicholas Payton talks with Host Bonnie Johnson about his career, newest album and upcoming performances at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Thursday, September 12 at 8 & 10pm. Tune in!

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 6:00pm

Personnel changes have been few over 20 years in the Branford Marsalis Quartet. The players are consistent, Marsalis says, but the music should evolve and be challenging, center on the melody and convey emotions. Branford’s tenor and soprano lead. Pianist Joey Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis compose three of the four tunes. Justin Faulkner plays drums.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

Live from the WICN Performance Hall, this show will feature a lineup of wonderful local New England artists, including Dan & Faith, James Keyes, Sandy Haddon, Doug Kwartler, Jan Luby, Ryan Foss, and others!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 6:00pm

Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson’s self-released debut album landed him in the top ten on iTunes’ album chart. This wry lyricist draws inspiration from the masters, including Lennon & McCartney, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, and Cole Porter. This week he shares the secret to his powerful brand of pop.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 4:30pm

Inquiry welcomes VERLYN KLINKENBORG, writer, teacher, editor and farmer. His new book MORE SCENES FROM THE RURAL LIFE collect years of his columns and pieces for the New York Times and other publications about working and living on a small farm in upstate New York. Tune in for some wonderful conversation about rural life and time, farm animals and the crisis facing small farms in America

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 4:30pm

Inquiry welcomes back WILLIAM WALLACE, Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum. Tonight Bill talks about the upcoming HARVEY BALL awards gala and the exciting WORCESTER IN THE 1960S exhibition. For more information about the Harvey Ball and the exhibition, go to:

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 7:00pm

Summer means hot nights, food & drive in movies. Join host Tom Shaker for a night of classic soul and movie music from the 60s and 70s. Bring your own popcorn! It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 6:00pm

The bandstand wasn’t big enough for Stan Kenton’s musical ideas. His big brassy sound brought dozens of musicians to the stage including a mellophonium section and great West Coast innovators including Bill Holman, Anita O’Day, and jazz master Lee Konitz. Konitz joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for this Kenton celebration.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 9:30pm

America has always had periods of confidence, crisis and compromise. But did we handle it any different? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with award winning author and historian Brenda Wineapple. Her new book, Ecstatic Nation takes a look back at how this country handled such issues.


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