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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University. His latest book is a fascinating history of jazz, race and media titled CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR. Tonight, in part two of our conversation about his book,  we talk about the jazz scene in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 30s, who were the movers and shakers, and how they figure into the larger history of jazz. We also talk about jazz in the early days of film, silents and talkies. If you are interested in the history of jazz, do not miss this show. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 7:00pm

Tonight, we have a special guest on Against the Grain with Nick DiBiasio.

Providence-born Paul Geremia is an internationally-known musician, equally well-regarded in the folk and blues communities. An active performer and major label recording artist for more than 40 years, Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Geremia "One of the best country blues finger-pickers ever." His approach has never been simply that of a preservationist carrying on a tradition – he has always put his own stamp on the music by introducing his original songs as well as material from other genres into the style. His long string of critically-acclaimed albums for Folkways, Sire, Adelphi, Flying Fish and Red House has firmly established him at the forefront of the Americana music scene and he has been a major player in evolving country blues music into the modern era. Paul Geremia will be inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 28th.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 6:00pm

MAC Award-winning vocalist Stacy Sullivan lends her smoky alto to cabaret classics and standards, making them her own. With Jon Weber, she brought the music of the legendary Peggy Lee to the stage with her acclaimed show, "A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee." She reunites with her long-time collaborator for a conversation about the songs that will never fade, including "I Love Being Here with You."

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 7:00pm

Bring soul songs about rain! Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates spring on this week's show. You'll hear the Temptations, Irma Thomas,
the Dramatics and many more. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 6:00pm

Music is like a painting that exists in time; painting is like music that exists in space.  Bill Frisell, Papo Vazquez, Doug Wamble and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra create musical portraits inspired by the paintings of Romare Bearden, Stuart Davis, Piet Mondrian and more.  Join us for this exciting mediation on the art of creation. Hosted by Wendell Pierce.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 9:00pm

Traveling around the world was initially one of the most dangerous enterprises a person could try. It was a “war of attrition against the vastness of the globe”. These early circumnavigators had little idea of where they were going, suffered from disease and fear and encountered hostile native peoples. Yet by the 1700s, travel around the world had become almost commonplace and certainly less dangerous. It was a dramatic evolution in how people thought about the world. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JOYCE E. CHAPLIN, the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. She has written the first history of circumnavigation that includes everything from Magellan to the contemporary spaceflight. ROUND ABOUT THE EARTH: CIRCUMNAVIGATION FROM MAGELLAN TO ORBIT is a wonderful, thought-provoking and thrilling history of the geo-drama that is traveling around the globe.

It may seem hard to believe but well over a hundred tears ago, fishermen from New England began to express concerns about the sustainability of the fish stocks as new ships and fishing technologies began to be introduced. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with W. JEFFREY BOLSTER, Associate Professor in the Department of History about his latest history THE MORTAL SEA: FISHING THE ATLANTIC IN THE AGE OF SAIL. Tune in and learn more about that exciting time of “iron men and wooden ships” and what it took to make a living from the sea in the nineteenth century.

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

Sixty miles from Rome, this ancient hilltop city hosts a renowned late December jazz festival, leading up to New Year’s morning. US artists love to perform there, but our hope is to sample with you some of the supremely musical, non-US virtuosos who are dedicated to jazz.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL, featuring recordings from and songs by artists who were at the 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, and 1965 Newport Folk Festival (there were none in 61 and 62), along with a smattering of tracks from later Festivals. Pete Seeger, Bob Gibson, Joan Baez, Flatt & Scruggs, Bob Dylan, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Bill Monroe, the Kossoy Sisters, the Greenbriar Boys, Ian & Sylvia, the Kingston Trio, Theodore Bikel, Arlo Guthrie, and MANY MORE! Tune in and enjoy both the history AND the music!

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with PHILIP CAFARO, Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University and co-editor of the collection of essays LIFE ON THE BRINK: ENVIRONMENTALISTS CONFRONT OVERPOPULATION. Why have environmentalists stopped talking about the critical problem of overpopulation? The authors in this book feel that the global population explosion coupled with the expectation of perpetual growth is the engine driving almost all environmental problems from extinctions to global climate change. But what can be done about it? My guest tonight has some of the answers and some of them are very controversial. If you care about the state of the global environment, be sure to tune in. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 6:00pm

Variety calls Allan Harris a "velvet-voiced singer, with a savvy manner and music in his veins." Playing to packed houses around the world, he has also penned the musical, Cross That River, an Old West tale told in the voice of a black cowboy. Harris joins Weber this week to tell his own story, with music including "Can't Live My Life" and "Blue Was Angry."


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