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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 11:00am

Feeling blue? Tune in tonight as Inquiry welcomes back JAMES A. WELU, Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum and NANCY BURNS, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Worcester Art Museum. They will be talking about the current show at the Worcester Art Museum CYANOTYPES: PHOTOGRAPHY’S BLUE PERIOD as well as the catalogue FREDERICK COULSEN: BLUEPRINTS OF A GOLDEN AGE.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 10:00am

Inquiry welcomes JANE MAYER, staff writer  for the New Yorker and award-winning journalist. She will be talking about her latest stunning and frightening book: DARK MONEY: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE BILLIONAIRES BEHIND THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT. Tune in and learn about the Citizen" United case and how American elections are being bought by a select few interested only in maximizing their profits.  Don’t miss this show.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 4:00pm

E. PAUL ZEHR, writer and professor at the University of Victoria returns to Inquiry to talk about his amazing and fun new book for young readers: PROJECT SUPERHERO. Part fiction, part real training guide and part examination of what it means to be a real hero, this book is like no other. Tune in and find out why.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 3:00pm

The Red Knot is a small shorebird that  migrates from it’s breeding grounds in the Arctic south to Tierra del Fuego. In between, it stops to eats at a few select coastal spots that have large numbers of horseshoe crabs laying eggs. Knot numbers are declining worldwide. The interrelationship of the knot and the horseshoe crab is one of the great stories of ecology and what is going on in the environment. Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is writer and natural historian DEBORAH CRAMER. Her new book is one of the finest accounts of coastal ecology and the human impact on the environment: THE NARROW EDGE: A TINY BIRD, AN ANCIENT CRAB AND AN EPIC JOURNEY.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

British saxophonist/composer Alan Barnes uses poetry and literature to inspire jazz compositions. Alan talks about his work with everyone from Van Morrison and Jamie Cullum to Bjork and Sting.

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tonight we welcome local author, radio personality and Motown historian Tom Ingrassia to the show to talk about his new book "Reflections of a Love Supreme." Tom will talk about the book as well as spin some great Motown tunes! It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 6:00pm

Our host Christian McBride happens to be a rather talented bassist and composer, but he told us not to feature him unless it was something special. It so happens that he’s written a special work: a bluesy and soulful oratorio for jazz big band, gospel choir and soloists, and four speakers representing great figures of the Civil Rights Movement. It’s called The Movement Revisited, and is inspired by the words of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr. Jazz Night In America follows McBride around his own hometown of Philadelphia, speaking with the people who raised him at home and in the music, and featuring a performance of The Movement Revisited from the Kimmel Center in downtown Philly.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 10:30pm

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book, "The Confidence Game". Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al discusses ways to avoid these so called hustlers with Maria Konnikova.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we bring back photographer ELEANOR BRIGGS. This summer there was a wonderful exhibition of her work at the Fitchburg Art Museum, but she has also documented the wildlife and human life of Tonle Sap, a vast natural wetlands in the heart of Cambodia and has traveled to the Sunderbans in India to search for tigers. Tune in and find out about her adventures!

Can religion and science “get along”? Not according to tonight’s guest on Inquiry. JERRY A. COYNE is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He believes that religion and science are adversaries in an all out war between rationality and superstition. Tune in tonight when we talk about Professor Coyne’s new book FAITH VS. FACT: WHY SCIENCE AND RELIGION ARE INCOMPATIBLE.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr’s life and legacy in song. Back by popular demand: special guest co-host Logan Matthews.

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