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Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 9:00pm

From the late Depression era into the 1940s , a striking urban fashion became widespread among certain circles across America. The Zoot Suit was identified with the youth culture East Coast African American communities; the pachucos of Los Angeles and wherever jitterbugs and jive talkers could be found. But it was also a fashion that was considered unpatriotic by the War Production Board and the target for white racial hatred during the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943. What kind of men’s fashion could cause such extreme reactions? Tune in tonight, when Inquiry talks with KATHY PEISS, writer and the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of ZOOT SUIT: THE ENIGMATIC CAREER OF AN EXTREME STYLE.

Noted writer and novelist CHUCK PALAHNUIK returns to Inquiry to talk about his latest book DAMNED, the first volume in a three volume series. Damned is narrated by Madison, a prepubescent privileged daughter of classic Hollywood types who finds herself very much in the depths of hell wearing the right shoes. So what’s it like to create a detailed vision of the depths of eternal damnation? Tune in and find out. All I will say is avoid the popcorn balls.
 

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 5:00pm

Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969 called largest solo artist deal of it’s time, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, – Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock (a la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.) Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Norm Rosen interviews Johnny Winter on Saturday Night Fish Fry this Saturday at 7 pm. 

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 6:00pm

Toward the end of Lincoln's life, Bridgewater personally assured the songwriter that her original music would survive her, and live on as others sing Abbey. That conversation led to this three-woman concert -- affectionate, moving and humorous -- and a climactic staging of We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, the historic 1961 recording with Abbey as vocalist. Musical Director of this concert is Terri Lyne Carrington. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 7:00pm

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the holiday in his memory, songs like “Abraham, Martin & John” (Dion) and “Take it from Dr. King” (Pete Seeger), music celebrating the African-American experience and featuring African-American artists, recordings of “We Shall Overcome”, and much more. With special guest P.E. James.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:00pm

During this installment of Jazz Rhythm, host Dave Radlauer expands on his look at influential Chicago bandleader Tiny Parham, including comparisons of his original Victor recordings and contemporary interpretations of his music. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 5:30pm

Inquiry welcomes the new Director of the WORCESTER ART MUSEUM MATTHIAS WASCHEK. In this wide-ranging and fascinating discussion, Matthias Waschek talks about what art museums need to do to stay vital in the twenty-first century, why we need to redefine the Worcester Art Museum’s  “story”, and how art museums can connect more successfully with modern diverse audiences. This is a new and exciting look ahead at what is in store for the Worcester Art Museum for the next decade, so don’t miss this show!

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 5:30pm

On August 1, 1981 MTV was launched. It was an idea that most people thought ridiculous and doomed to failure. Most people associated with the start up of MTV, on the air and behind the scenes, had had no previous experience in the media. If that wasn’t daunting enough, when MTV started there was an incredibly slim selection of music videos to play. But it soon became obvious that MTV would play an important role in shaping the musical tastes of Middle America as well as having a dramatic impact on the artists whose videos were shown. Tune in tonight as Inquiry talks with writer and editor CRAIG MARKS. Along with writer Rob Tannebaum, Craig has written the definitive history of this music video revolution, the wild careers of the early VJs, the accusations of racism in MTVs early programming and the craziness of trying to come up with ideas for the new music vids. Marks and Tannebaum’s book is titled I WANT MY MTV: THE UNCENSORED STORY OF THE MUSIC VIDEO REVOLUTION

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 2:00pm

She considered by many to be one of the most original jazz vocalists around and has mentored and taught many of today's brightest singing stars. Dominique Eade visits on Thursday's "Jazz New England."  She's taught at New England Conservatory for over 25 years, collaborated with just about every major player in jazz and has a new recording with one of her major influences, pianist Ran Blake. Join us Thursday when the amazing Dominique Eade  visits Jazz New England, Thursday at 2 pm.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

As a child, Julian Lage was quickly recognized as a guitar prodigy. He recorded with David Grisman and toured with Gary Burton before he was old enough to drive. Since then he has evolved into a composer with a deep understanding of the scope of American music, expressed on his acclaimed 2011 album, Gladwell. Lage solos on his “Etude  #1” and “Alone Together,” and joins Jon Weber for “Just Friends.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Bassist Pat O’Leary has helped some of the best musicians in jazz swing like mad: Diana Krall, Bob Dorough, Lionel Hampton, Mel Lewis and others. O’Leary is also a composer and passionate teacher and talked to Judy about a fascinating project in Serbia where he combined his talents, working with students and professionals to present his arrangements of Serbian folk songs as reborn jazz orchestrations

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