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Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 10:00pm

Boston GreenFest is organized by the Foundation for a Green Future. As the region's largest multicultural, environmental festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities.

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Karen Weber, the founder and chief organizer of Boston GreenFest as well as the founder and driving force behind the Foundation for a Green Future.

Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 9:00pm

In the late 70s and early 80s, bands like The Talking Heads, Devo, the B52s and OMD help define an exciting and progressive modern pop music that was called “New Wave”. But is there an easy definition for this extremely varied music ? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with THEO CATEFORIS, Assistant Professor of Music History and Culture in the Department of Art and Music Histories at Syracuse University. His new book ARE WE NOT NEW WAVE? MODERN POP AT THE TURN OF THE 1980S brings a surprising scholarly analysis to this progressive music that defined a generation of alternative music listeners. Tune in and find out why Devo epitomizes a neurotic disorder of the late nineteenth century, how Adam Ant found his groove in the Burundi Beat and whether The Knack were Postmodernists.

Joan Jett was and continues to be one of the hardest rocking and hardest working musicians in rock. The fact that she was a pioneer for women to be considered serious players in the rock world is only one of her many accomplishments. Today, in her 50s, she continues to play and write music that is quintessential rock and roll. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with prolific author DAVE THOMPSON about his new biography: BAD REPUTATION: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF JOAN JETT. Tune in and learn about Jett’s early days in the Runaways and how the Black Hearts eventually came to be.
 

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 6:00pm

Rene Marie asks rhetorically, "Do you remember when it was not unusual for jazz composers to write about social issues? What happened?" and answers her question in song. Enjoy the only night on record with the exuberant Rene Marie, Carla Cook and Allan Harris together, singing music by Eric Bibb, Oscar Brown Jr., Donnie Hathaway, Gene McDaniel and Leonard Cohen. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 7:00pm

 5th Annual FOLK REVIVAL MEMORIAL TRIBUTE SHOW to those artists who passed away in the last year. Join Nick Noble and special guest co-host Beth DeSombre to say farewell to Jack Hardy, Gil Robbins, Bill Morrissey, Jessy Dixon, Bert Jansch, Bob Burnett, Ishmel MacAskill, Calvin Russell, Ruth Roberts, Mike Waterson, Nonie Lynch, Francisco Mata, Eneas Perdomo, Hans Kronauer, and many others!

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 6:00pm

Ella was a major song stylist, partnering with the greatest names in jazz like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, while leaving an indelible mark on jazz. 

Special guest hosts are actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker.
 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

Vibraphonist Gary Burton started out gigging with Chet Atkins, George Shearing, and Stan Getz. Along with his own groups he has turned out notable projects with Chick Corea, Pat Metheney, and recently, Julian Lage. He also has been an influential professor at the Berklee College of Music. On this Piano Jazz, Burton solos on Jobim's "O Grande Amor and joins McPartland for "Sophisticated Lady. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 6:00pm

Guitarist Howard Alden has been hailed as one of the greatest of his generation. Howard and I worked together in the early years of our careers and this conversation, our first in a series recorded on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, gave us a chance to play together again, and talk about Howard’s experience teaching Sean Penn to play the guitar for Woody Allen’s film Sweet and Lowdown.

Monday, December 26, 2011 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Kim Burrell fills the Allen Room with the sounds of holiday spirit. Her festive ensemble includes musical director Damien Sneed, Leon Lacy & Orchestra, and special guests. They offer soulful renditions of holiday classics including Silent Night, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and Little Drummer Boy. Join us for this musical feast.  

Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 10:30pm

She sat on the throne of Peter The Great and ruled the largest empire on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree could mean life or death for any of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well read and a shrewd judge of character. As rare as it was for a woman to behold such power she did so with rationality and practical efficiency. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Robert Massie. His new book "Catherine The Great" is a true portrait of a woman destined for greatness.

Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 10:00pm

The Blackstone Valley Regional Economic Development Council is a private, non-profit organization that provides resources and information to businesses operating in or entering the region by aiding in expansion, relocation and networking.

The Council’s mission is to deliver services and business resources that will enable companies to thrive within in the Blackstone Valley, and its closely aligned neighbors in south central Massachusetts, while improving the region's economy and lifestyle through the creation of quality jobs and enhanced public and private investment.

The Council aims accomplish this through its own work and the collective efforts of its eight affiliated partner organizations: the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Joseph Deliso, chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce.
 

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