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Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 4:00pm

Maria Tecce is a renaissance woman... Raised in the Metrowest area of Massachusetts, the "Italo-American chanteuse" currently resides in Ireland, bringing her voice and captivating presence to the world stage as a guitarist, vocalist, comedienne, actress and teacher.

Ms. Tecce will bring her cabaret style performance to Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, October 24th, 8:00pm.

Catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Maria Tecce about latest projects and the return to her "roots in America [showcasing] original and new folk & blues songs". Be sure to tune in at 4pm this Saturday!

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tune in for four hours of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Joni Mitchell!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Together, violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk make for one of the most dynamic duos in the classical music world. The two have been recording and performing together in the classical repertoire for almost a decade, and have become equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook. On this episode of Song Travels, Bell and Denk perform selections from their latest project, French Impressions, an album of works by César Franck, Maurice Ravél and Camille Saint-Saëns, whose Violin Sonata in A Major — Allegro opens the show.

"This piece is very much a romantic epic, but without words," Denk says. "So the words are sort of the recurring themes and who the characters are in a way — the protagonists in a struggle. There's a feeling of good versus evil in the piece."

"Which is interesting, because it was written as a wedding present," Bell says, laughing.

Through conversation and music, host Michael Feinstein and his guests connect the dots between classical music and standards.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

Kristi Zea is a multifaceted filmmaker who has worked as costume designer, production designer and/or director for Silverado, Birdy, Philadelphia, As Good As It Gets, Broadcast News and many other films. I talked with Kristi while we were cruising around the Southern tip of South America aboard the Silver Spirit cruise ship, where we were both lecturing and I was performing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:30am

Imagine in the middle of a job interview being asked the following question: “You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced, so your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?” For some years now, corporations like Google, Microsoft and even Walmart have begun to ask applicants tough thought problems and odd riddles that are meant to showcase how an applicant can creatively solve problems. How hard are these questions? Tune in tonight when we talk with author WILLIAM POUNDSTONE about his new informative and fun book: ARE YOU SMART ENOUGH TO WORK AT GOOGLE? TRICK QUESTIONS, ZEN-LIKE RIDDLE, INSANELY DIFFICULT PUZZLES AND OTHER DEVIOUS INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET A JOB ANYWHERE IN THE NEW ECONOMY. Tune in and learn how you would go about weighing your head.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 10:00am

America’s trade relationship with China began right after the Revolutionary War. But trade with China at that time was not easy. The Middle Kingdom did not trust foreigners and confined American and European ships to the port of Canton. There were very strict rules set down by the emperor about how trade with foreign nations could occur. American traders brought sea otter pelts; sealskins; sandalwood, běche de mer (sea cucumbers) to trade for Chinese tea, silks, spices, jade and porcelain. American and British ships also smuggled in opium, despite that fact that Chinese law prohibited trade in that drug. This would eventually lead to The Opium War, which would affect China’s attitudes to outside influences to this day. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with award-winning author ERIC JAY DOLIN about his exciting new history WHEN AMERICA FIRST MET CHINA: AN EXOTIC HISTORY OF TEA, DRUGS, AND MONEY IN THE AGE OF SAIL. 

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker to celebrate the birthday of one of soul music's greatest guitarists, Steve Cropper. A member of the Stax house band, Bookert T & the MGs, Steve is still having a legendary career playing and writing with eveyone from Otis Redding to the Blues Brothers and many more. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 10:30pm

Recently The Speech Improvement Company of Brookline, MASS produced a special youth election podcast. The podcast focused on getting the viewpoint on the presidential campaign from the youth of the nation as represented by different groups in the teenage world. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dr. Dennis Becker who moderated the event. Find out just what influences are shaping the way young people view the political process.

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Michelle Fontaine, principal of FBSmarty. They talk about how to use social-media tools to build a sustainable business.

With an MBA and 20 years of experience in the marketing-communications world, Michelle is well-versed, experienced and poised to make you shine, More importantly in this constantly changing era of social media, she constantly keeps up with the latest trends to bring new marketing skills to her clients.  

Michelle is social-media guru for the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Association and a member of the Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau. She’s also, as she likes to put it, “always a student.”

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 9:00pm

Mark welcomes Jennifer Sahn, Editor of Orion Magazine and of the newly published book for the 30th Anniversary of the magazine, "Thirty-Year Plan: Thirty Writers on What We Need To Build a Better Future." Sahn discusses the book and its significance by encouraging people to create positive change in the next thirty years. Later on the program, writer and chef Tamar Adler joins Mark and discuses her new book, "An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace." Though not technically a cookbook, Adler pushes taking a different approach to food and cooking "that is both simpler and more necessary than we imagine." Be sure to catch the show Sunday, October 14th at 9:30PM.

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