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Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 9:00pm

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.

Could medical cannabis be the next big cash crop for America? What is the real cost of America’s on-going drug war? Tune in tonight when we talk with writer and reporter DOUG FINE who spent a year with the hard-working cannabis farmers of Mendocino County, California where under strict control people are legally growing marijuana for medicinal use despite constant harassment by the Federal government. Doug Fine’s book is: TOO HIGH TO FAIL: CANNABIS AND THE NEW GREEN ECONOMIC REVOLUTION.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs about singing and songs (pre-recorded).

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 2:30pm

Inquiry welcomes back ADAM ZAHLER Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Worcester State University.  Tonight, Professor Zahler talks about a very exciting and unique theatre production at the university: WAR CHILDREN which premier’s APRIL 18. This is a brand new play about the horrific experiences of young children who are abducted by rebel armies and forced to participate in torture, rape, and killing. War Children explores their experiences, recovery and rehabilitation. This play is an example of “devised theatre” in which the actors and others create and perfect the play from class to class and week to week.  It’s a dynamic and exciting process. For information about tickets and show times, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/events/369235459814093/

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

Singer Sandy Stewart discusses her most recent CD with her son pianist Bill Charlap and the special musical connection they share.

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate a true soul legend. Bobby Womack started his career as Sam Cooke's guitarist and lead singer of the Valentino's.  Over 50 years later this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is still going strong. It all starts at 7pm!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

In 1949 Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. And onstage, Bird lives – as we feature saxophonists Wes Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.

Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 10:30pm

Who says great wine has to be expensive? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 Pm when Al will be speaking with winemaker Nesti Bajda of Don Miguel Gascon winery in Argentina. The Gascon wines are incredibly delicious and a great bargain to boot. Find out just how this South American winery has been able to produce wonderful wines at a fair price.

Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 9:00pm

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.

Our returning guest tonight is journalist, author and contributing editor at Orion Magazine GINGER STRAND. Her latest book is KILLER ON THE ROAD: VIOLENCE AND THE AMERICAN INTERSTATE . The Federal Aid Highway act of 1950s was one of the planets largest public works projects costing billions of dollars. This project was driven by a desire to counter recession, connect the cities of America and fueled the dream of endless mobility and growth. But before long, as more and more of America was paved over, the public’s attitudes towards the highways system changed. Some stretches of highways became ugly places of grim isolation. To make matters worse, as this highway system grew, a number of horrific serial murders occurred along the endless miles of lonely roads. Was there a connection? Tune in tonight and find out.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 4:00pm

Influenced by the blues and gospel music of the Texas Delta, legendary pianist, composer Joe Sample is "seasoned with soul".  Born and raised in Southeast Houston Texas, Sample grew up hearing not only jazz but also rural LaLa music (aka Zydeco) from his family's native home of Louisiana.  Joe Sample is a self-proclaimed "Creole writer", blending jazz, funk, soul and R&B; as a pioneer keyboardist in jazz fusion, he has touched generations with his music. World-renowned for his role as a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, which became The Crusaders in the ‘70s, Mr. Sample has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, George Benson, B. B. King and Marvin Gaye as well as notable women in music including saxophonist Jessy J, vocalists The Supremes, Lalah Hathaway, Anita Baker, Tina Turner and longtime collaborator Randy Crawford.  In 2010, Sample was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree conferred by his alma mater Texas Southern University in acknowledgement of his influence on American music. Catch Colors of Jazz when "CREOLE" Joe joins host Bonnie Johnson in between weekend concerts at Scullers Jazz Club to share his story.  Tune in at 4pm.

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 6:00pm

As soon as composer Cuadrado of Barcelona earned his Master's in Jazz Performance at Queens College and settled in Brooklyn, the stock market plummeted. Cuadrado remembered that 80 years earlier, in 1929, poet Federico García Lorca of Granada was visiting New York when the stock market crashed. Lorca wrote verse about it, collected in Poeta en Nueva York (A Poet in New York). Now, Cuadrado has set Lorca's poetry to music, performed by Claudia Acuña, voice; Miguel Zenón, saxophone; Dan Tepfer, piano; the composer on bass; Mark Ferber, drums.

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