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Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes NICK CAPASSO, the new Director of the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM and MARY M. TINTI, the new Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Tune in and learn about their visions for the future of this wonderful institution, learn about the history of the museum and some of the up coming exhibitions. For more information on the exhibitions we talk about on this show, directions to the museum and when the museum is open, please go to:

This week on Inquiry we welcome MICHAEL DOVER, retired environmental scientist member of the Hitchcock Center board and co-editor of the new compendium of essays titled EARTH MATTERS: ESSAYS ON THE NATURE OF THE PIONEER VALLEY. The essays in this wonderful collection were first printed as a bi-weekly newspaper column and written by a variety of people associated with the Hitchcock Center, one of the leading New England centers for environmental education of children and adults. The subjects range from observations of birds, mammals, salamanders and invertebrates to pieces on the local farms, how to eat locally and even where to find a place to take a nap outdoors in the Valley. Together, these essays make up one of the most interesting and entertaining books on our local environment.  Tonight we talk about the Big Night (for salamanders), how to talk to your children about global climate change, and why it’s important to get out of your car and simply walk.

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 6:00pm

Happy Birthday, Kenny Barron, born June 9, 1943

Understated but amazing, those words fit Kenny Barron’s piano and personal style. By age 20, he had left Philadelphia to work and record with Dizzy Gillespie, then Yusef Lateef, Stan Getz, the Monk-inspired quartet Sphere, and KB’s own groups including Canta Brasil. In 2010 the NEA named him a Jazz Master. We’ll celebrate his birthday with his current duo with bassist Dave Holland at the Kennedy Center, and solo Barron from last summer’s Caramoor Festival.

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble, just back from a NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference in Rhode Island, will share the music he brought back from that adventure. Also, live in the studio, local singer-songwriter Sarah Huber.

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 4:30pm

Writer and children’s book author MELISSA STEWART returns to Inquiry to talk about her latest title in her wonderful series. This volume is titled A PLACE FOR TURTLES. Tune in tonight and learn what problems turtles are facing in our oceans, ponds and marshes and learn what young readers can do to help them. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 4:30pm

Is there really an “epidemic” of obesity in America? What are the social consequences of addressing people’s weight as a health crisis? What do issues of body size and inequality have to do with class, race and gender? Tonight we speak with DR. ABIGAIL C. SAGUY, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Professor of Gender Studies at UCLA. Her new controversial book WHAT’S WRONG WITH FAT? will change the way you think about weight and obesity. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Marissa Mulder has made her mark on the New York cabaret scene with a voice that recalls the legendary Blossom Dearie. She earned a spot on the Times Square Chronicles' Top Ten list in 2011, and her current show, Illusions, has gained acclaim. This week Mulder and host Weber talk about bringing new life to old standards and perform a set of the songs that she holds dear.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

Trombone virtuoso talks about the influence his trombone-playing father Bill Allred had on him growing up and what it takes to be a great player in every setting.

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 7:00pm

Curtis Mayfield is perhaps the most prolific soul performer ever. From his early Chicago soul days with Major Lance, to The Impressions, to Superfly and beyond, this producer, writer, guitarist and singer left a legacy like no one else. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Curtis Mayfield's birthday on this Monday's show. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 6:00pm

Prohibition was intended to stifle vice - but instead, it nourished clubs run by organized crime and created a hot bed for jazz - where "The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser" (F. Scott Fitzgerald).  Ken burns joins host Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies.  Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson are on the menu as Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 10:30pm

In his new book "The Great Convergence" best selling author and respected educator Kishore Mahbubani argues that most of the great errors in foreign policy and diplomacy come from a failure to understand the perspective of other nations. This week Al speaks with Kishore Mahbubani about his views on world diplomacy. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a very riveting discussion.


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