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Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 10:30pm

On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by twenty nine-year-old Iron Cross and King's Cross recipient Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with sixty-two souls on board.

Most aboard were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family: Ray and Ina, and their two children, eight-year-old Sonny and eleven-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no idea that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, chaos ensued ― and each family member had to find their own path to survival.

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Alison O'Leary author of "So Close To Home" and hear how this remarkable family struggled to safety.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 9:00pm

Black and white cinematography is virtually a lost art form. At their best, black and white films were a “transformative art” and “a meditation on reality”. Black and white films have a unique beauty, and aesthetic all their own. You cannot imagine films like Citizen Kane or Psycho in anything but black and white. Tune in tonight when we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON, the James Ryan Professor of Film Studies, the coordinator of the film studies program and a professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Tonight we talk about his wonderful new history: BLACK AND WHITE CINEMA: A SHORT HISTORY.

Alexander von Humboldt was a driven European scientist who traveled throughout South America and Russia and changed the way we think about the natural world. He invented isobars and the concept of “the web of life”. He was a friend of people like Goethe, Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson and his writings influenced  Darwin, Thoreau and John Muir. Yet his name is almost unknown in America. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and historian ANDREA WULF about her wonderful new book THE INVENTION OF NATURE: ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT’S NEW WORLD. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 6:00pm


Tune in to this week's edition of Tonal Rhythm as host Brian Vinik welcomes 23-year-old singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard, whose 2015 debut album has been hailed as one of the best records of the year. Blanchard was born and raised in France, traveled the globe with her family and settled in the Vermont countryside when she was ten years old. Her artfully crafted, emotionally intimate songs have earned her comparisons to Norah Jones and Eva Cassidy blended with the French chic of Françoise Hardy and Carla Bruni. It all starts at 6PM!

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 1:00pm

Chilean-born, third-generation saxophonist Melissa Aldana talks with host Bonnie Johnson about her career and new release “Back Home”. Ms. Aldana is the first female instrumentalist to take first prize in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz annual competition for young musicians. She plays Regatta Bar in Cambridge, MA on April 26, 2016.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

On this week's edition of The Folk Revival join host Nick Noble and experience folk classics and fan favorites with songs from The Cumblerland Trio, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Highwaymen, The Limeliters, Beth DeSombre, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Ian & Sylvia, Burl Ives, John Denver, the Nields, Cadence Carroll, Joel Rafael, the Smothers Brothers, and MANY MORE!

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

DreamFarm Radio takes you to a live CD release concert in the historic Amoskeag Mill in Manchester, NH where we are introduced to the music of Fugue Mill.

Fugue Mill weaves jazz through the fabric of Americana, world, and classical music, creating a complex yet attractive blend of musical and improvisational styles. Original group pieces are featured side by side with music by such composers as Leonard Cohen and Samuel Barber. Violin and mandolin augment the quartet of piano, guitar, bass, and drums, creating a transparent and vibrant palette of improvisation and counterpoint. Featuring: Mark Shilansky/Piano, Sara Caswell/Violin, Kathleen Flynn/Vocals, Eric Byers/Guitar, Lee Harris Jr./Drums, Keala Laumetheiwa/Bass 

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist ROSE LEBEAU, whose work ranges from surprising assemblages and collages, to altered photographs and hand made books. Joining Rose in the studio is her daughter, CHELSEA LEBEAU HUETER, a painter whose canvases celebrate light and surface (see detail of one of her works to the left). Together they will be presenting their work at an open house: May 21-May 22 at 218 West Street, Auburn MA. See: rosemarylebeau.com for more information. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:30am

If two black holes collided, what would it sound like? Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JANNA LEVIN. She is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a center for arts and sciences in Brooklyn. Her new book is wild and wonderful history of the search for “a sonic record of the history of the universe” and the building of the LIGO, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. It is a story of human genius and ego and folly that has a great ending. Janna Levin’s new book is BLACK HOLE BLUES: AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

Javon Jackson is a jazz tenor saxophonist who came into international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. As a member of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Javon toured and made many recordings with the legendary drummer. In addition to Blakey, Jackson has toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller and Stanley Turrentine. He's appeared on 125 recordings, including his own as bandleader.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Violinist Andy Stein talks about playing music from classical to Western Swing to writing an opera with Garrison Keillor and how jazz inspires it all.

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