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Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 10:30pm

Italy’s highest court recently ordered Amanda Knox must be tried again for murder but it may not happen says one of America’s leading criminal defense lawyers, Norm Pattis. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by New England criminal defense lawyer, Norm Pattis. Pattis believes the court may have no case and tells us why.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino of Best Rate of Climb interviews Sister Hilda Ponte (shown, center), president of the Board of Trustees, Dr. David Fredette, EdD (shown, left), head of school, and Paul Jourcin (shown, right), co-director of admissions at Venerini Academy. They talk about surviving and thriving as a private, Catholic school in a tough economy.

Venerini Academy in Worcester is a 67-year-old, private, Catholic, pre-kindergarten-through-grade-8 school that provides well-rounded, faith-based and comparably priced education. The school is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The motto of Venerini Academy: “To Educate Is To Liberate.” The school does this by teaching its students how to liberate their minds, empower their souls and live the Good Word in a highly supportive atmosphere of academic excellence, safety, small class size, and innovative, values-based learning that fosters mutual respect and self-discipline. 

A couple of years after “the troubles,” which are discussed during the interview, Venerini Academy is alive and well. It is maintaining a remarkably low teacher-to-student ratio. In addition, Venerini Academy is one of the local schools taking an educational lead with an iPad program for 3rd and 6th grades. It also has a co-curricular Mandarin Chinese language program, with French, Latin and Spanish as parts of that curriculum.

Venerini Academy teaches in the Catholic tradition. However, it is open to children of all faiths and non-faiths, with limited financial aid available for those in need.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve D'Agostino serves as a volunteer member of the Board of Trustees and does volunteer public-relations work for Venerini Academy.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 4:00pm

This April 6th, Brooklyn born pianist-composer and bandleader Randy Weston celebrates his 87th birthday. Described by Piano Jazz luminary Marian McPartland as "one of the world's great visionary pianists and composers", Weston has been an influential voice not only in jazz but also the U.S. civil rights movement and raising awareness to the African diaspora. World renown for his storytelling, Weston released his Autobiography entitled African Rhythms in 2010. Weston's signature percussive rhythmic style reflects his dedication to connecting the American "classical" music with its African roots. Catch Colors of Jazz when the NEA Jazz Master jazz pianist and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about his musical journey, cultural explorations and upcoming April 18th performance at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, MA.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:00am

Our special guest on Inquiry tonight is KATRINA van GROUW. She was the former Curator of the ornithological collections at London’s Natural History Museum. She is also a taxidermist, birder, bird bander and a fine artist. The book THE UNFEATHERED BIRD is a stunning collection of her unconventional drawings of birds from around the world. Most of these artworks show species of birds without feathers, many without skin and muscles. But this is not a book about bird anatomy, but rather a rich visual mediation on how birds move and live, done with deep beauty and wit. The Unfeathered Bird is like no other contemporary natural history art book. Tune in and learn why. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:00am

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, there the “Big Five” studios that included  MGM, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers. But in addition to these giants of film making, there were also a number of smaller studios. Some of these lesser studios produced fine major films like Gone With the Wind and Spellbound, while others concentrated on serials and “B” films. Each of them has a fascinating history. On this Inquiry we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON and we continue our conversation about his book DEATH OF THE MOGULS: THE END OF CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD. Tonight we concentrate on the stories of these smaller studios like United Artists, David O. Selznick (shown here with Jennifer Jones) and Republic Pictures, the films they produced, the stars, and the unusual lives of the men who headed these studios. If you love film, do not miss this interview!. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 6:00pm

Film maker “Huey” discusses his documentary about pianist Marian McPartland, which is part of his series of films about fascinating older artists.

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 6:00pm

Perpetually sensitive in style and spirit, pianist Bill Evans was driven by a ‘quiet fire’ that has influenced entire generations of pianists. Guest musical director Bill Charlap with guitarist, and Evans collaborator Jim Hall and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute with classics like Waltz for Debby, Five and Peri’s Scope. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 10:30pm

Josephine Marcus Earp is not exactly a household name. But her husband was. You see, Josephine was the common law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30  when Al's guest will be best selling author and educator Ann Kirschner. She will be talking about her new book, Lady at the O.K. Coral, a tribute to Josephine Earp.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 9:00pm

Eva Tanguay was the Madonna or Lady Gaga of her day. She was the undisputed queen of the vaudeville stage. Her energetic and saucy act inspired writers to call her “the cyclonic comedienne”. She headlined at every venue and wowed every crowd. But suddenly she was no longer in demand and she had a long and sad decline. Tonight we talk with writer and researcher ANDREW L. ERDMAN about his wonderful biography of the QUEEN OF VAUDEVILLE: THE STORY OF EVA TANGUAY.

Inquiry welcomes back ADAM ZAHLER Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Worcester State University.  Tonight, Professor Zahler talks about a very exciting and unique theatre production at the university: WAR CHILDREN which premier’s APRIL 18. This is a brand new play about the horrific experiences of young children who are abducted by rebel armies and forced to participate in torture, rape, and killing. War Children explores their experiences, recovery and rehabilitation. This play is an example of “devised theatre” in which the actors and others create and perfect the play from class to class and week to week.  It’s a dynamic and exciting process. For information about tickets and show times, go to:

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green and Lewis Nash are six stars on one 40-city tour, getting marvelous reviews countrywide. McBride’s arrangements showcase each player and spark musical chemistry in Monterey’s name. From two sold-out shows, February 1 at the Kennedy Center, we’ll make one amazing JazzSet.


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