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Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 9:00pm

Since Paleolithic times, human societies have singled out fossil sea urchins as something unique and important. These fossils have been found, sometimes by the hundreds, in burial mounds, fashioned into ancient tools and beads, or used as good luck talismans. Around Europe these odd fossils have been called shepard’s crowns, sheep’s hearts, fairy loaves, snakes eggs and thunderstones. Even in more recent historical times, these beautiful fossils have been singled out to decorate churches or lined up along the windowsills of rural homes to ward off bad luck. But why have cultures for so long been fascinated with these very odd stones? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with KENNETH J. McNAMARA, senior lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences and fellow of Downing College at the University of Cambridge. His new book, part paleontology, part anthropology and part folklore history has some of the answers: THE STAR-CROSSED STONE: THE SECRET LIFE, MYTHS AND HISTORY OF A FASCINATING FOSSIL.

At the end of the Ice Age, an amazing number of species large and fantastic mammals went suddenly extinct. For a long time most paleontologists believed it was climate change that caused this mass extinction event. But recently, some scientists began to find evidence that perhaps invading humans wiped out all the mammoths, mastodons, giant sloths  by over hunting them. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome science writer SHARON LEVY who has spent time with scientists on both sides of this hotly contested debate and has also looked into a similar situation in Australia. Is there in fact a “deadly syncopation” in  that every time humans come in contact with large wildlife, the animals rapidly become extinct? Tune in and find out. Levy’s wonderful book is titled ONCE AND FUTURE GIANTS: WHAT ICE AGE EXTINCTIONS TELL US ABOUT THE FATE OF EARTH’S LARGEST ANIMALS.

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 4:00pm

Prepare to put on your dancing shoes and get your groove on as trombonist and band leader "Big Sam" Williams joins Bonnie Johnson for some conversation and "musical gumbo" this Saturday on Colors of Jazz. Formerly the youngest player in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the New Orleans native and front man is now leading Big Sam's Funky Nation, touring the world and spreading the joy of music. The San Francisco Chronicle dubs Sam as "top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz".  Seen on HBO's Treme, the band takes to the stage fusing elements of jazz improvisation and rock with high-energy urban funk. Be sure to tune in at 4pm - Saturday, September 17th  - It's sure to be a party. 

Big Sam's Funky Nation appears at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, NH for two performances:

Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 7:00 PM  &  9:00 PM

http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/big_sams_funky_nation

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 7:00pm

Tune in to The Latin Jazz Beat with Jim Benitez, September 16th for the 9pm “Dancers Delight” portion featuring “Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor”, among other dance greats!!!

"Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor" is one of the most popular new talents in the salsa world. The band defends the roots of Cuban music with tributes to Cuba's rich musical history, yet offers an updated sound, with a fresh and youthful image. They have an extensive repertoire of popular dance music (salsa), but also compose ballads, fusions and jazz. The group is comprised of seventeen musicians, who together create a unique sound that combines the old with the new. – Be sure to give us a call at 508-752-0700 with your pledge of support or visit us online at WICN.ORG and click “PLEDGE NOW”.
Also drop Jim a line at jim@wicn.org and give us your thoughts!
Friday, September 16, 2011 - 6:00pm

Dee Dee Bridgewater and altoist Grace Kelly (in her teens) join pianist Geri Allen, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, first for music by Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), then for awesome jamming on "Cotton Tail and "All Blues, only on JazzSet

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 7:00pm

looking ahead to the upcoming Maritime Folk Festival in Portsmouth, NH, with special guest Christopher Maden (playing his concertina and sharing sea shanties), plus a few surprises.

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us at 6pm on Thursday night as finish up our two part series on the influential career of Jimmy Noone (1895-1944).

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist, writer, children’s book author and illustrator JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA. He has a brand new book coming out, OLLIE THE PURPLE ELEPHANT; a new volume of his very popular LUNCH LADY  series of graphic novels; a beautiful e-book of his sketches and if all that wasn’t enough a ten year retrospective of his work will be at the Worcester Art Museum’s education Wing October 11-November 13! Titled MONKEY BOY TO LUNCH LADY , a very special “celebration, book signing and more” event will be had at the museum on OCTOBER 23 from 1-4PM. See: http://www.studiojjk.com/10yearretrospective.html

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 6:00pm

Pianist and singer Bobby Short was a champion of American Popular Song and an institution among cabaret singers — he had a gig at the Carlyle in New York for over 35 years. Short accompanies his unforgettable voice as he and McPartland explore some of the lesser known chapters of the Great American Songbook, including "Shout 'Em Aunt Tillie" and Jimmy McHugh's "Where Are You."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 7:00pm

William Smith Monroe (September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996)

As singer, songwriter, bandleader, showman, and instrumentalist, no individual is so closely identified with an American musical style as Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music. For more than half a century, he shaped bluegrass with his forceful mandolin playing; high, lonesome singing; and mastery of his band, the Blue Grass Boys. In doing so, he gave older country sounds new life; gave the mandolin a new role as a lead instrument in country, pop, and rock; and set standards for musicians as diverse as the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, George Jones, and rock star Jerry Garcia.

On Tuesday evening, September 13th, the Bluegrass Junction will pay tribute to our music’s founding father with a show dedicated to his wonderful music.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the music of Ted Rosenthal, an internationally renowned jazz pianist, who has collaborated with jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer and James Moody. 

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