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Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 9:00pm

Researcher and writer ELLEN PRAGER has written what amounts to a “tell all” of life in the oceans. This features unusual creatures with very bizarre sex lives and lots and lots of slime. Prager has also included some amazing notes on why these creatures, strange and weird as they are, are important to humanity. Tune into tonight and learn how hagfish can tie themselves into knots; why a giant sea slug is critical to research on the human brain and why you should never, EVER eat the lobster’s tomalley. Prager’s vastly entertaining  account of marine life is titled SEX, DRUGS AND SEASLIME: THE OCEAN’S ODDEST CREATURES AND WHY THEY MATTER.

Every bird’s nest is a wonderful example of non-human architecture. Imagine trying to weave and intricate tight cup of moss, lichen and spider’s webs using only your mouth and sometimes your feet! Yet birds do this every breeding season. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome PETER GOODFELLOW, retired English teacher and lifelong birder, who has written one of the most beautiful books on the nests that birds create and how they build them: AVIAN ARCHITECTURE: HOW BIRDS DESIGN, ENGINEER AND BUILD. From simple scrapes in the ground, to monumental platforms high in trees, from enormous mounds of sand to mind-boggling complex hanging woven baskets, birds create structures of stunning complexity and variety. If you have ever marveled at the nest of a robin or oriole, be sure to tune in.
 

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 12:00pm

Join us this Sunday on Jazz Matinee with special guests Dan Gabel from the authentic 18-piece Big Band “Dan Gabel and The Abletones” and vocalists Amanda Carrand. Dan will bring few selections from his vinyl collection of over 6,000 records from the big band era. Amanda will be speaking about the American Big Band Preservation Society, an educational organization dedicated to collecting and archiving arrangements of the big bands, which are made available to high school and college music departments free of charge. The American Big Band Preservation Society also holds clinics in the greater Worcester area to teach students about big band playing, history, and the present and future of the big bands.

For information on the upcoming dance-concert to benefit the American Big Band Preservation Society, please CLICK HERE.

Friday, November 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us as we showcase the live musical collaboration of Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner, which has been described by critics as "Effortless Mastery." The harmonica - piano duo has been making waves in the Jazz world since they recorded an album together back in 2002. The romantic melodicism and nimble fills in Thielemans’s playing matched his equally by Werner's marvelous accompaniment. This is definetly not a one to miss, so tune in on Friday at 6pm!

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7:00pm

Tune into the Folk Revival as we pay tribute to folk songs old & new in the protest and reform tradition!

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 6:00pm

Tune in to Jazz Rhythm as we pay tribute to some of the most notable blues musicians in history! Expect to hear the likes of  Jummyy Rushing, Count Basie (and his orchestra), Roosevelt Sykes, Jack Teagarden, Cakewalk into town, Big Joe Turner, and Oran "Hot Lips" Page! Dont forget to tune in next thursday, for part II!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 6:00pm

Guitarist Julian Lage is a true jazz prodigy. Discovered by Gary Burton when he was just 12 years old, Lage has since played with Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano and Carlos Santana. Lage shows off his amazing technique and improvisatory abilities on "My Funny Valentine" before teaming with Marian McPartland on "You and the Night and the Music."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 6:00pm

Tune in to Jazz Inspired as we celebrate George Wein,  an American jazz promoter and producer who has been called "the most famous jazz impresario" and "the most important non-player... in jazz history". He is the founder of what is probably the best-known jazz festival in the United States, the Newport Jazz Festival, which is held every summer in Newport, Rhode Island. George Wein is also a pianist and has also performed at numerous jazz festivals and events including his own Newport Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:00am

Armed ONLY with a letter of introduction by Norman Mailer, JAMES WOLCOTT left college and headed for what he hoped would be a brilliant career as a critic in New York City in the early 1970s. As luck would have it, he managed to land an entry position at the Village Voice. Thus began a whirlwind decade for Wolcott as he was introduced into the heady world of the legendary writers who worked in the city during what he calls “the Feudal Age of film criticism”. He becomes one of Pauline Kael’s posse and a regular at CBGB’s and there witnesses the first performances of the likes of Patti Smith and the Ramones. And that’s only the beginning of his story. Today, James Wolcott is long-time columnist and blogger for Vanity Fair, and a well-known critic and fiction writer. Tune in tonight as James Wolcott talks about his salad days as recounted in his just published fabulous memoir LUCKING OUT: MY LIFE GETTING DOWN AND SEMI-DIRTY IN SEVENTIES NEW YORK. 

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 7:00pm

Expect the unexpected on this week’s show. Join host Tom Shaker as he conjures up soulful (and soulless) ghosts, goblins, devils and unworldly creatures. Tricks and treats galore on this special edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 6:00pm

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra romp through the Kansas City songbook of the Count Basie Band. Basie alum and saxophonist Frank Wess joins pianist Eldar Djangirov for "One O'clock Jump," "The Golden Bullet," "Moten Swing" and more. Wendell Pierce hosts. 

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