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Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 9:00pm

The conventional wisdom is that World War I had little effect on American art. But is this really true? Tonight on Inquiry our guest is DAVID M. LUBIN, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University. His new thought provoking book that discusses the art that defined the American experience in that war is titled GRAND ILLUSIONS: AMERICAN ART AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about frogs and toads, snakes and lizards, salamanders and turtles! We welcome DR. ROBERT POWELL, Professor of Biology at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. He will be talking about the new edition of the venerable PETERSON FIELD GUIDE TO REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS OF EASTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH AMERICA, which he co-authored with Roger Conant and Joseph T. Collins.

Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra is an eclectic big band founded in 1973 by bandleader/trumpeter Mark Harvey. As one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in North America, the award winning band is celebrating its 44th season in 2016-17. An internationally acclaimed composer, educator and minister, Dr. Harvey teaches jazz studies at MIT. He talks with host Bonnie Johnson about their Annual Christmas concert featuring "[his] piece No Walls, an anthem of inclusivity, healing and joy, together with jazz carols and selections from the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – an exuberant big band take on the perennial classic". 

This year's concert will benefit the Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) ~ Saturday, December 10th, 7:30 pm at Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston.



Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, the annual FOLK REVIVAL Thanksgiving show, featuring songs about songs and music about music. [Thanksgiving Evergreen]

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 6:00pm

Rinat Tregerman and Sagit Zilberman are sojourners to the East Coast from Israel. Attracted by the Jazz scene in Boston they came to expand their creative horizons and found a collaboration that spans musical styles and national cultures. Influenced by Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies and the improvisational language of Jazz, they perform together worldwide and bring the sound of Shalom to the farm.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

Bassist/composer David Finck discusses his collaborations with everyone from Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin to Rosemary Clooney and Dizzy Gillespie. He sings occasionally too, which is shown to advantage on his newest CD “Low Standards."

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Thanksgiving is the best holiday. Just food and family and friends. And more food! Join host Tom Shaker for our annual Thanksgiving show where we play soul songs about food. "The Mashed Potato" "Jive Turkey" & "Grits & Gravy" to name just a few. It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

In the world of Brazilian percussion, few players have shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo-Ma, Trey Anastasio (Phish), and Sting. Cyro Baptista transcends borders and style, and he brings more than three decades of wizardry and ingenuity. Our concert showcases Cyro's wild take on traditional Brazilian grooves like forró and samba with jazz, experimental and funk undertones, and our story follows Cyro to Home Depot and into the woods, as he creates a new percussion instrument for his arsenal.

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:30pm

Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell was the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, the ups and downs of which he addressed in his 2015 memoir The Negotiator. A little more than a decade later, Mitchell served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2011, working to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike his experience with Northern Ireland, diplomacy did not prevail this time around.  In his new book, A PATH TO PEACE Mitchell offers his take on how the Israelis and the Palestinians have progressed (and regressed) in their negotiations over the years. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by former US senator and author George Mitchell.

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 9:00pm

“Why are some people so amazingly good at what they do?” Have you ever tried to learn golf or the piano and given up after months of practice because you never seemed to improve? Do you think that people who excel at singing or chess are gifted? That they are born that way? Tune in tonight, when Inquiry welcomes ANDERS ERICSSON, Ph.D., a Conradi Eminent Scholar and professor of psychology at Florida State University. His new book, written with Robert Pool, debunks the “gifted” concept and reveals what all masters have done to become the star performers in their fields. His book is titled: PEAK: SECRETS FROM THE NEW SCIENCE OF EXPERTISE.

Woodpeckers fascinate everybody. But how do they avoid getting concussions when they drum on trees? Do sapsuckers really sick sap? How can we change forestry practices to help conserve woodpeckers? We will discover the answers to these questions and many more when we talk with conservationist and author STEPHEN A. SHUNK about his new book, the PETERSON REFERENCE GUIDE TO WOODPECKERS OF NORTH AMERICA.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

Folk songs that made the Billboard and Cashbox charts from the 40s through the 70s. Burl Ives, the Weavers, Harry Belafonte, the Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four, Joan Baez, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul-and-Mary, the New Christy Minstrels, the Serendipity Singers, the Seekers, the Pozo-Seco Singers, and many more will be featured!


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