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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 9:00pm

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 highway 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.

Have you wondered why there seems to have been such a dramatic rise in disorders like asthma, food allergies, and Multiple Sclerosis in the last decades? Some researchers believe it is because our autoimmune system has run out of control. Some of the reasons for this are startling and counter-intuitive. Is there a connection between our living in more sterile environments and the rise of these disorders? Tune in tonight for a truly thought provoking talk with science journalist Moises Velasquez-Manoff. His new book is titled "An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases."

 

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 4:00pm

Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon inspires and encourages creativity. A native New Englander, Ms. Freelon was born in Boston, raised in Cambridge, and has "chased [her] dreams" into a life-long journey that has manifested a stellar career in music. The composer, producer and arranger brings her voice to numerous recordings, television, films and live performances that have taken her all over the world. Discovered by jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis, the six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee has appeared on stage interpreting music with artists as diverse as the likes of indie hip-hop bands The Roots, and The Beast, a group led by her son Pierce Freelon, the vocal group Take 6, and opera superstar Jessye Norman as well as pianists Herbie Hancock and Marian McPartland. As an educator and ambassador of jazz, Ms. Freelon has been recognized for her advocacy of the arts for all ages. Freelon is currently on tour with the release of the CD "Christmas", a celebration of sacred and secular seasonal music and her first recording dedicated to the holidays and family.

Be sure to Catch Colors of Jazz when Nnenna Freelon joins host Bonnie Johnson to share the latest in music and her engagement with a new project entitled The Clothesline Muse. The collaborative theatrical production developed along with choreographer, Kariamu Welsh and daughter, artist Maya Freelon Asante, celebrates visual art, music, and dance through storytelling. Tune in at 4pm.

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 6:00pm

Accomplished MacAuthor fellows Miguel Zenón and Dafnis Prieto will be joining Dee Dee Bridgwater on this week's JazzSet. Zenón, a saxophonist from Puerto Rico, and Prieto, a drummer out of Cuba, combine their island influences for a worldly jazz experience. Be sure to tune in at 6PM!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Wayne Brady has spent much of his career on television, favoring the popular TV program "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and is now the current host of "Let's Make A Deal" since 2009. The singer, actor, and comedian has also showcased his musical skills on Broadway in stage productions of "Rent" and "Chicago." On this week's Song Travels, Brady joins Michael Feinstein as he discusses his two major influences, Sammy Davis Jr and Sam Cooke. With his musical director Cat Gray at the piano, Brady performs the Cooke classic "You Send Me," and host Michael Feinstein joins Brady in a duet of "It's Only a Paper Moon."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 2:00pm

WICN presents its Annual Holiday Jam! On Wednesday, December 12th during the Jazz Matinee program from 2-4pm, Pamela Hines will host the live show in WICN's performance hall and will feature Dick Lupino, Dick Odgren, April Hall, Greg Abate, Giacomo Gates, Mike Wakefield, Suzanne Cabot, Dan Gabel, George Lernis, Bob Simonelli, and Grace Kelly. Be sure to catch this holiday tradition at WICN!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

Filmmaker talks about his upcoming PBS Christmas special “Heirloom Meals” and his use of jazz throughout (including Judy Carmichael’s appearance singing a swinging “Winter Wonderland”) and his backstage filming of Michael Jackson during preparation for Michael’s last tour.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back editor, writer and chef TAMAR ADLER to talk about eating and cooking in the doldrums of winter. Tamar’s unique book is AN EVER-LASTING MEAL: COOKING WITH ECONOMY AND GRACE and it helps change the way you think about food and cooking. Tune in and learn about the pleasures of lettuce with gravy, making salads with root vegetables,  and what to do when you fall out of love with cooking. 

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 7:00pm

Dubbed the Ice Man by a Philadelphia DJ, Butler has had a legendary career. He was the original lead singer of the Impressions, wrote and recorded the classic "For Your Precious Love" and has worked with Gamble & Huff and Motown. Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate Jerry Butler's great musical legacy Monday night. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 10:30pm

For most of us the holidays are a joyous time. However, elderly loved ones living far away can be a source of sadness and frustration. Especially if their health is in decline. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by Jody Gastfriend of Care.com. She has some advice as to how you can develop a care plan for elderly loved ones that gives everyone piece of mind.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 9:00pm

This week on Inquiry we talk with Madeline Miller. Ms Miller teaches Latin and Ancient Greek and has studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales for modern audiences. Her first novel is The Song of Achilles, a dramatic and complex retelling of the story of Achilles and the Trojan War through the eyes of Achilles' romantic interest, Patroclus. Tune in and learn about how Madeline Miller fleshed out the ancient characters of Achilles, Patroclus, Agamemnon and re-imagined the gods to create this engaging and thrilling novel.

The passage of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth is called “the Transit of Venus”. It is the rarest eclipse in our solar system and occurs typically only twice every century. In the Eighteenth Century, it was of critical importance to observe and carefully measure the Transit of Venus because it would allow a more precise measurement the distances of the planets from the sun. More importantly, these numbers could be used in calculating nautical longitude. The country that could best measure longitude ruled the seas. Tune in tonight when we talk with journalist and author Mark Anderson about his latest book that follows several Venus transit expeditions to the ends of the earth in 1761 and 1769. These scientist adventurers braved wars, disease, hostile locals, and horrible weather all to observe a distant planet pass in front of the sun. Anderson’s amazing book is titled The Day the World Discovered the Sun: An Extraordinary Story of Scientific Adventure and The Race To Track The Transit of Venus.

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