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Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback and jazz pianist Joey Harrington, discusses the important role jazz has played in his sports and musical life and the joy he gets from encouraging young boys (often against the pressure of their peers) to continue their piano pursuits, as well as their athletic adventures.

Monday, December 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

The telling of Ratatat Man begins in 1969 as Oliver Denton is settling into fourth grade at Saint Michael’s Parish School.  Tapping the drum in the children’s Christmas choir gives the lad a bit of stability despite a precarious upbringing.  Losing a dad to Vietnam and a mama to
despair, Oli finds himself in the care of his aunt. Yet, in the close quarters where the two live, he unwittingly finds himself in the cross-fire of a
troubled marriage between two neighbors.  Did the beat of his drum create the perfect cover for the perfect crime?  One thing for certain, the
memory of that December night follows him still.  Now, in the nightclub scene of jazz and blues, Christmas, again, draws nigh.  But this year, an unexpected friendship helps him to finally unwrap the truth.

This 54-minute play features stunning writing and voice actors, a wondrous children's choir, soulful sax, piano and original music to deliver a redeeming holiday message.  In fact, all soundtrack performances were recorded exclusively for Ratatat Man.

Repeat broadcast on Tuesday,  December 25, 2012 at 8am.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 9:00pm

JOHN H. McCORMACK is a truly unique artist and landscape designer. Tune in tonight and learn about the stunningly beautiful Stuck gardens in Westport that he created, his projects in the Himalayas, his career in “wearable” art and what it takes to create a garden that is also a piece of installation art. To learn more about John’s art and gardening, go to his website: www.westportartandgarden.com
Note: the photograph by Sheila Carroll  is of an uncommon SACHEM butterfly nectaring in the Stuck Gardens.

Play balll!!!! Writer and researcher JOHN FOX has written a fascinating and entertaining book that investigates why humans are so passionate about ball games. His research took him around the world to witness some amazing ball games. Tune in tonight and learn about the absolute chaos of ba’ which is played the day after Christmas in the Orkneys. John Fox also talks about the jeu de paume, the old predecessor to tennis, still played today. Finally Fox describes the incredible ancient Meso American ball game called ulama that was once played in elaborate stone courts throughout Central America. Fox’s book is titled THE BALL: DISCOVERING THE OBJECT OF THE GAME

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 6:00pm

The audience is so happy, they swarm the stage on New Year's Eve 2011. Wynton and his men (about a dozen) put early New Orleans jazz -- Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong -- front and center with a few brief and beautiful stories about the birth of jazz.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back award-winning author and illustrator GRACE LIN. Her two new books are WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEETS THE MOON and STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY. These are complex wonderful imaginative novels profusely illustrated by full color plates and intricate drawings that echo Chinese paper cut art. Both books are inspired by traditional Chinese stories and culture, yet are also unique expressions of Lin’s imagination. Tune in and learn about how Grace Lin’s recent trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China inspired parts of her books and Grace even tells the listener how to eat with five-foot long chop sticks. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 10:00am

Have you ever wanted one good field guide to the birds, animals, flowers and plants of our area? One compact resource with state of the art illustrations that you could bring on hikes or keep in the car? Well, it’s here. The new KAUFMAN FIELD GUIDE TO NATURE OF NEW ENGLAND covers all that and much more including the constellations to the night sky, a basic guide to the shells and other invertebrates found along our coastline,  and even the geology of New England. Tonight’s guests are the two authors of this wonderful guide: KIMBERLY KAUFMAN, Executive Director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio and contributing Editor to Birds and Blooms magazine. She is joined by KENN KAUFMAN, nationally known natural historian, author, and originator of the Kaufman Field Guide Series.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

We revisit Judy’s conversation with the great-great grandson of the founder of Steinway and Sons Pianos, the late Henry Steinway, who discusses his long life in music, making the greatest piano in existence, and his unique perspective on what it takes to be the best.

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 7:00pm

Get in the holiday spirit with James Brown, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, The O'Jays and many others. Join host Tom Shaker for great holiday classics with a funky soul twist! It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 10:30pm

In the world of wine, the Mondavi name is highly respected. For generations members of the Mondavi family have cultivated and advanced the notion of making high quality wine from the mother natures bounty. This week Al is joined by Peter Mondavi of Charles Krug winery in Napa California. His passion and dedication toward his craft is easily felt. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 as Mondavi talks candidly about the love he has for his family and his passion for wine.

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 10:00pm

Worcester Regional Flight Academy, established in May 2010, is a family-owned and -operated Part 61 flight school located at the Worcester Regional Airport. The Allen family, which owns and operates the school, is strongly committed to bringing general aviation and Worcester’s airport into a more positive light by making a presence within the city and the surrounding communities. 

To achieve this, the Academy supports and works closely with local businesses, news media and community organizations, colleges and universities, and technical/vocational high schools, to create a web of mutually beneficial partnerships. The Allen family is particularly interested in helping young adults to discover and explore various aviation careers through the Flight Academy’s Youth Programs, and to assist them in cultivating their interests and realizing their potential by making aviation as affordable as possible.

In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews George Charles Allen, founding director, vice president and chief financial officer of Worcester Regional Flight Academy. He has been living and breathing aviation since he was a toddler, experiencing his first flight in a Cessna 150 at Robertson Airport in Connecticut, at the age of three. He began logging lessons when he was six. He’s also a teacher, published author, classical pianist and independent scholar.

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