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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

Musician and early jazz scholar Vince Giordano fell in love with twenties and thirties jazz at an early age and carries on the tradition performing with his band “The Nighthawks.”  Vince discusses bringing this music to a broader audience and especially the importance of young people hearing jazz live.

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes the lead singer of the legendary Manhattans to the Soul Serenade. For over five decades the Manhattans have been one of soul music's most successful groups, with hits like "Kiss & Say Goodbye" & "Shining Star." It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

"Mambo," translated from Kikongo (the Creole language of Cuba), means "conversation with the gods." With Afro-Cuban rhythms and other notes from this divine conversation, Cuban bassist "Cachao" Lopez (and his brother) enlightened the jazz world and brought forth the mambo. Led by bassist Carlos Henriquez, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rocks Rose Theater with the ultimate "discarga" jam session, in honor of the late "Cachao." Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 10:30pm

The cartoon, Nancy has been an iconic part of America for over 80 years. Even with the demise of newspapers and the comic sheet it still retains its popularity. Now with mobile apps and the internet Nancy is being introduced to a new generation. Why does Nancy after 80 years and without changing retain such popularity? Why are so many cartoons that made their debuts in the 1930s still going strong? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Guy Gilchrist the mind behind Nancy for the past 20 years.

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, chair of Ivy Child International’s First Annual Mindful Kids Yogathon. They talk about the business of helping each child achieve their best. This episode aired originally on March 2, 2014.

Ivy Child is a non-profit organization for “teaching children to use their mindfulness, self-regulation and leadership to build their resilience, emotional intelligence and healthy habits for life.” On April 5, Ivy Child, which is based in both Georgia and Worcester, held New England’s first Mindful Kids Yogathon at the Boys and Girls Club in Worcester.  

Mayor Wong, one of Ivy Child’s board members, is at the forefront of an important movement in child health. She is also in her fourth two-year term as mayor of the City of Fitchburg - having won her latest re-election last fall. Mayor Wong was first elected to that office in 2007 at the age of 28. She is the first minority mayor in Fitchburg and the first female Asian-American mayor in Massachusetts.

Mayor Wong has become known throughout the state as one of the most effective leaders in economic restructuring, environmental-affairs, and redevelopment projects. She and Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll co-chair the MassInc Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, which “envisions vibrant midsize cities driving regional economies.”

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 9:00pm

Young people’s author and artist JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA returns to Inquiry to talk about all his new projects: His new book Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, the next volume in the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, a new title in the Platypus Police Squad series and the Comics Squad : Recess book, a wonderful anthology of young people’s comics writers and authors. All this and  a trip to the Library of Congress too. PLUS: 2 SPECIAL GUEST STARS!

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DANAH BOYD. She is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor at New York University and Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She has done years of research that included talking with teens about how they use and view the social media. What she found out will surprise you. Boyd’s book is titled: IT’S COMPLICATED: THE SOCIAL LIVES OF NETWORKED TEENS.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 7:00pm

Some tracks from artists who were at the 2014 NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL—Nickel Creek and Dan Blakeslee, to name just two—over the first two hours; over the last two hours, Bob Dylan songs covered by other artists (Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Ian & Sylvia, Pete Seeger, the Byrds, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Jefferson Starship, and even Mylie Cyrus, to name just a few).

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:00am

Justice John Marshall Harlan is considered one of the “great” Supreme Court Justices of the United States. Mainly because he dissented on the famous Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896 which promoted the idea of “separate but equal.” He had a long tenure on the court and voted on some 14,000 cases. But he came from a slave holding family and opposed emancipation. How can we explain this apparent contrast in his attitudes to race? Associate Professor of History at Notre Dame LINDA PRZYBYZEWSKI has written a very untraditional biography of this justice that looks in depth at the ideas Justice Harlan had on religion, race and rights to explain his voting record. Tune in tonight for an in depth discussion on THE REPUBLIC ACCORDING TO JOHN MARSHALL HARLAN. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Writer and teacher BEVERLY GRAY returns to Inquiry to talk about her biography RON HOWARD: FROM MAYBERRY TO THE MOON…AND BEYOND. Ron Howard starred in two of the most iconic television series, but from an early age dreamed of being a serious film director. Tune in and learn about his early film and television career and how he got his break sitting in the Director’s chair thanks to Roger Corman. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, poet MARTHA SILANO returns to discuss the recent controversy about the poet laureate of North Carolina and what being a laureate entails. She also reads a work from her recently published collection RECKLESS LOVELY: “The Untied States of America”. 

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