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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

Eddie Henderson is a jazz trumpeter who was born into a very popular family. His mother was a dancer at the original Cotton Club, and counted Billie Holiday, Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughan as friends. His birth father was in a major vocal group, The Charioteers. And his stepfather was a doctor to the stars: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and more. With all of that talent surrounding him during childhood, he just had to turn out a jazz musician. Eddie Henderson has just released what he considers an audio autobiography, an album that covers many of the tunes he's played through his career. It's calledCollective Portrait.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 9:30pm

Did you know the you can file a “whistleblower” case under the "False Claims Act" which allows an insider to file a sealed lawsuit on behalf of the People of the United States against any company or organization that defrauds the government or public at large? If you've never heard of this before then be sure to tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by one of the few attorneys in America to win such a case, Brian Mahany. It was Mahnay and his firm who took on the Country Wide Financial organization and his whistleblower client reaped millions in reward.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome JP JOFRE, bandoneon player and composer. His pieces combine new conceptions of traditional forms including tangos. Also in the studio is KRISTA BUCKLAND REISNER, General manager and Principal Violinist for the Worcester Chamber Music Society. They are presenting two wonderful concerts that feature JP Jofre. For more information on those concerts, go to:
To visit JP Jofre’s site, go to:

Photographer and author TRAER SCOTT’s newest published collection of her photography is titled NOCTURNE: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT and features stunning and close up photographs of some of the world’s most engaging nocturnal animals and birds. Tune in and find out about her adventures with porcupines and bushbabies.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

Celebrate National Women's History Month when host Bonnie Johnson talks with singer/actress Betty Buckley about her life and "award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe". Dubbed "The Voice of Broadway", Ms. Buckley is currently on tour celebrating her new CD release GHOSTLIGHT produced by her friend and Grammy/Oscar legend T Bone Burnett. She'll perform with pianist Christian Jacob in Boston at Scullers Jazz Club on March 13 and 14, 2015.

Photo by: Myriam Santos

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 7:00pm

Live broadcast from the WICN Performance Studio, with special guests Neptune’s Car, Kim Jennings, Side Street, Peg Espinola, Ryan Foss, The Lied To’s, Gail Finnie, Jason Eslick, Ari Charbonneau, Tom Smith, Sandy Haddon & Kathryn Kauffman, and more!

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 6:00pm


Catherine Bent/Cello
Adam Barhami/7-stringed Guitar
Marian Campos/Cavaquinho

The musicians of Trio Por Do Sol are modern practitioners of a tradition that's about 140 years old but continues to be re-defined. At its very core, Choro is a hybrid style, with roots in Europe and Africa. Brazil claims Choro as its first own urban music (from Rio). It's also very important to Brazilian identity, which is profoundly multi-racial. Currently, choro is practiced along a continuum of tradition and modernity, and the music has been blended with jazz and bluegrass and klezmer and even baroque music. In most contexts, it is a vehicle for improvisation, although the expectations are somewhat different than in jazz. We have a repertoire that mixes old and new choro compositions; we create our own arrangements and improvise around these forms. Fresh and fascinating music.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome TOM O’MALLEY, ceramics and photography department head at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining him in the studio is CANDACE CASEY, director of the gallery and gallery store at the Worcester Center for Crafts. They discuss two exciting upcoming exhibitions at the Worcester Center for Crafts: “Looking Back” and “The Pottery Invitational”. For information, go to the Center’s website at:

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:30am

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is typically misunderstood by people who don’t suffer from the disorder. It is often a crippling and severe illness that radically affects people’s lives. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and editor DAVID ADAM who suffers with OCD. His fascinating new book is titled THE MAN WHO COULDN’T STOP: OCD AND THE TRUE STORY OF A LIFE LOST IN THOUGHT. Tonight we talk about what triggers OCD, what has been found about neurological and genetic aspects of OCD and what the experience of having OCD is like. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 4:00pm

For over 900 years, cotton was the world’s most important manufacturing industry. It was a “global web of agriculture, commerce and industrial production” that ranged from the Americas and Britain to Egypt, Anatolia, India and Brazil. But this was commerce dependent on brutal slavery, staggering social inequality and frightening factory conditions. How did such a system evolve? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with SVEN BECKERT, the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University about his new eye-opening social and economic history: EMPIRE OF COTTON: A GLOBAL HISTORY. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 2:30pm

Inquiry welcomes back DAVID J. MORRIS, author, former Marine infantry officer and journalist who has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We continue our conversation about his book THE EVIL HOURS: A BIOGRAPHY OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. PTSD was first recognized after the Vietnam War, but did it exist before that and just go unrecognized? Tonight David Morris discusses the history of PTSD, and what is known about trauma and PTSD from the Civil War and World War I and II. 


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