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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 9:00pm

Why does it seem that more people with unconventional lifestyles live in Florida? Is it the climate that attracts fringe groups? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with intrepid journalist and free-lance writer LYNN WADDELL who has spent time with a number of these people and groups with very alternative lifestyles. Tune in and learn about Joe Redner who owns the lap dance capital of the world and has been voted “best troublemaker” in Tampa. We also discuss the numerous UFO sightings in Gulf Breeze and the numerous carny folk of Showtown. Waddell’s book is titled FRINGE FLORIDA: TRAVELS AMONG MUD BOGGERS, FURRIES, UFOLOGISTS, NUDISTS AND OTHER LOVERS OF UNCONVENTIONAL LIFESTYLES.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about some of the most unique creatures in the oceans when we speak with STEPHEN R. PALUMBI, Professor of Biology and Director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University. His new book, written with his son writer and journalist Anthony R. Palumbi is titled THE EXTREME LIFE OF THE SEA. This book is a run down of some of the life found in the deepest, most shallow, coldest and warmest parts of the world’s oceans. This is natural history at it’s best. Tune in and learn about worms that turn snails into zombies, fish that skip over the land and a coral that has been growing since before the pyramids were built.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

It's JAZZ Plus... MODERN DANCE when rehearsal director & guest artist MATTHEW RUSHING of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater talks with WICN's Bonnie Johnson about the repertory dance company and their upcoming performances presented by the 75th Celebrity Series of Boston.

Born in Rogers, TX in 1921 and passing in 1989, Alvin Ailey founded the dance company in 1958 and was the first African American choreographer to gain international recognition. Mr. Ailey had a strong desire to incorporate the music of his heritage including jazz, gospel and spirituals which is reflected in the company's modern dance repertoire.

Lauded for it's community outreach and global appeal, The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is passing on this amazing art form along with the music from generation to generation.Audiences will hear the music of Duke Ellington among others when the dancers take the stage at Citi Wang Theater on May 1-4, 2014. Listen Now.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

Acoustic guitar duo Strunz & Farah talks with Host Bonnie Johnson about their new album, Moods and Visions. The 2014 release was self-produced on their own label Selva Records and features new compositions with multi-cultural rhythmic grooves. Celebrating 35 years of playing & recording together, the band performs live at Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8 & 10pm.  Tune in at 4pm.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

A diverse lineup of tracks from distinctive folk voices (Dylan, Baez, Ochs, Buffy St Marie, and more) as well as in-studio interviews with and performances by Beth DeSombre, Robert Tincher and Andrew McKnight.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

Earl Klugh is an American smooth jazz/crossover jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and composer.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:30pm

Professor of Biology and Director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University STEPHEN R. PALUMBI returns to Inquiry to continue talking about his new book THE EXTREME LIFE OF THE SEA. This book was co-written with his son Anthony R. Palumbi. Tonight we talk about creatures that live in the hottest parts of the oceans and others that live in the coldest. These include Pompeii Worms, Rift Shrimp and Icefish. We also talk about how the animation Little Nemo could have been a lot weirder. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:00pm

Writer LYANDA LYNN HAUPT returns to Inquiry to talk about her book CROW PLANET: ESSENTIAL WISDOM FROM THE URBAN WILDERNESS. Crows are all around us even in cities and as Lyanda writes they are the single most often encountered native wild animals we are likely to see. And everyone has a crow story. Part of the reason is that crows are very intelligent and display elements of reasoning and even imagination. Crows also allow us to enter the world of wild nature that is right outside our door. Forget Hitchcock’s The Birds, tune in and learn just how fascinating these birds really are. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

NEA Jazz Master winner, legendary drummer Chico Hamilton discusses starting the West Coast jazz sound in the early years of his career, his appearance in the film classic “Sweet Smell of Success” and why so many young musicians today can’t swing.

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

The vibrant sound of Latin jazz is rooted in the musical heritage of Dizzy Gillespie and ‘The Mambo King’ Tito Puente. Bassist Carlos Henriquez leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with conguero Giovanni Hidalgo and drummer Ignacio Berroa. Selections include ‘Manteca,’ ‘Ran Kan Kan,’ ‘Oye Como Va’ and more.

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ray Raphael (shown,right), author of The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and ConcordJoining him toward the end of the interview, is Bill Wallace (shown,left) , executive director of the Worcester Historical Museum. They talk about the Worcester Revolution of 1774.

Over the last decade Ray Raphael has emerged as one of our leading writers on the birth of the United States. In 2001, his acclaimed People’s History of the American Revolution widened history’s lens to include those not generally present in tales of our nation’s founding. In 2002, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord led to marked rethinking about the Revolution’s beginnings in academic circles. In 2004, Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past established new standards for future renderings of our nation’s birth.

Five years later, in 2009, Ray incorporated his work into an original synthesis featuring seven diverse characters, titled Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation. And in 2011, he was asked to create another broad synthesis for a different audience, titled The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Founding Fathers and the Birth of Our Nation.  Also in 2011, with Gary Nash and Alfred Young, he co-edited a book of biographical essays from 22 noted scholars, titled Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation.

The  next year, 2012,Ray focused on the historical context of the Constitution, with the publication of Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive. And in 2013, he set the historical record straight – and sounded the call for reasoned, evidence-driven discussions and interpretations – regarding our founding document, with the publication of Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right .

On March 13, Ray visited the Worcester Historical Museum to give a talk as part of the Museum’s Worcester Revolution of 1774 celebration. The recognition of Worcester County’s role in the American Revolution began last fall and runs through September 7, 2014. It includes activities across the cultural and historical organizations of Worcester and the 37 towns that participated in the Worcester Revolution of 1774.

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