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Monday, March 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

A true soul survivor, Bobby turns 70 years old this week. Join host Tom Shaker as we take a look at his gospel career, his time with Sam Cooke & The Valentinos, and all his solo work, from the classic "Across 110th Street" to his many chart topping singles and albums. This is old school soul at its best. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 6:00pm

Moacir Santos' career didn't invite casual listeners - he composed largely for radio, film, and television, rarely touring and never leading a band. But his ingenious combination of traditional Brazilian jazz tropes with futurist leanings is celebrated at Jazz At Lincoln Center with guitarist Mario Adnet, saxophonist Zé Nogueira, and an orchestra of Brazilian talent. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 10:30pm

When she moved to Barrington, Rhode Island, Andrea Caesar was an active, happy, vivacious ten-year-old who loved to play kickball and hang from the monkey bars. A year later, Andrea had trouble catching her breath while running, was plagued by migraines, and battled constant muscle aches. Andrea had changed as a person; she was the kid who was always missing school. Although she did not know it at the time, she had contracted Borrelia burgdorferi, better known as Lyme disease. Caesar, who was finally diagnosed at age thirty-six, shares a raw and honest look inside the mind of a woman tormented by treatment in her pursuit of wellness. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Caesar about this disease and her advice to others.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 9:00pm

In the Pacific Northwest, there is a large group of underground mushroom foragers who make their living gathering mushrooms for high-end restaurants. Our guest tonight is Langdon Cook, writer and journalist, who got to know some of the key people in this interesting subculture that scours the deep woods from Alaska to California searching for the mother lode of chanterelles, porcinis, matsutake and even truffles. Tune in and listen to Langdon discuss his unique and fascinating book The Mushroom Hunters: On The Trail Of An Underground America.

Inquiry welcomes back writer and historian Lincoln Paine to continue our discussion about his monumental history The Sea And Civilization: A Maritime History Of The World. Tonight, we talk about Europe in the 15th and 16th Centuries, a time of exploration, conquest of the Indian Ocean and the “New World”, and changes in how countries thought about the ocean. This was the time of Prince Henry, Columbus, the spice trade and the escalation of the slave trade. If you love the sea and ships, don’t miss this show!

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 4:00pm

Catch Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and his multi-Colors of Jazz when he speaks with Bonnie Johnson. Bringing his voice to the people through piano and creative musical collaborations, 2013 has paved the way to a year of many firsts for Iyer. Among them, he joined long time collaborator, poet and performer Mike Ladd to produce Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project, an album featuring U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in a mix of spoken word interviews and original music that "capture[s] the poetry of war".  Iyer also joined the 2013 class of MacArthur Foundation Fellows, receiving the coveted "genius" grant in September and later becoming a member of Harvard University's faculty as the first Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in January 2014.

Quite the "renaissance" man, Vijay Iyer is featured among artists and celebrities in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. Notably, this is the Smithsonian Institute’s "first in-depth examination into the history of Indian Americans in the United States".  Over the years, the pianist has played alongside trio members drummer Marcus Gilmore and bassist Stephan Crump as well as highly acclaimed jazz instrumentalists and mentors such as Steve Coleman, Andrew Hill, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell and Rudresh Mahanthappa. With eighteen albums to his name, Iyer's latest CD Mutations , is just being released. The commissioned work composed for a chamber ensemble of piano, strings and electronic music highlights Iyer's Mutations I-X and is his debut recording on the ECM label.

On March 14, 2014, the 75th Celebrity Series of Boston brings Vijay Iyer Trio to the stage at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge with three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky for the latest iteration of POEMJAZZ.  Tune in at 4pm-EST.


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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

two hours of songs, spirituals, and contemporary singer-songwriter recordings reflecting the influence of religious music on the folk genre; and also a two-hour tribute to maritime singer and instrumentalist Tom Hall, who's memorial event will take place on Marvch 1 in Portsmouth, NH

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with flutist Ali Ryerson.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with Glen Gardner of Simply Fargone Productions

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 3:30pm

Thornton W. Burgess is probably best known for writing some of the most beloved children’s nature literature of the twentieth century. But he hosted a very popular radio program, created a grass roots nature sanctuary effort and even worked with scientists documenting  the last Heath Hen in Massachusetts. Tune in and learn about this talented writer and environmental educator when we talk with writer and teacher CHRISTIE PALMER LOWRANCE and her new book NATURE’S AMBASSADOR: THE LEGACY OF THORNTON W. BURGESS. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 2:30pm

“Hipness is not a state of mind, it is a fact of life” wrote Cannonball Adderley, a musician who embodied the 1960s and changed jazz with his joy and exuberance in performance. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with award-winning author, annotator, discographer and music historian CARY GINELL about his great new biography WALK TALL: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF JULIAN “CANNONBALL” ADDERLEY. Cannonball was more than a great sax musician; he was an enthusiastic innovator and a dedicated teacher, spreading the joy of jazz across the nation. Tune in and find out why. 


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