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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 3:00pm

What do T-Rex, David Bowie, Alice Cooper and Lou Reed all have in common? Glam! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer SIMON REYNOLDS. He is the author of seven books about music and pop culture. Tonight we are talking about his latest: SHOCK AND AWE: GLAM ROCK AND ITS LEGACY, FROM THE SEVENTIES TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. So slip on something decadent put on “Jeepster” and listen!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

Filmmaker and design consultant discusses the influence his grandparents, design icons Charles and Ray Eames, have had on his work.

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 10:00pm

Stay up late and getup early to vote! And to further get your mind off this troubling election season, at 11PM we will have a special salute to Saturday morning cartoons and classic TV themes. So, take  a break from worrying about the future of the planet, and enjoy some great music. THEN GO AND VOTE ON TUESDAY! (of course, those of us who did early voting can sleeping).

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

It's Election Day eve, let's have a funky dance party and celebrate making it through all the name-calling, lies, making faces, debates and polls. After you've voted, join host Tom Shaker and hear some of the best funk songs ever recorded. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 6:00pm

There's no better place than New Orleans to explore the ties of family and tradition in jazz. This episode of Jazz Night in America visits the Crescent City to get inside two of the city's favorite musicians: singer John Boutte and drummer Shannon Powell. With music from their twin bill at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, this episode spends time with each of them at their homes, tracing their NOLA familial roots and exploring why they've chosen stay local.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 10:30pm

In his new book PEARL HARBOR,  best selling author Craig Nelson provides a comprehensive and dramatic retelling of the attack on Pearl Harbor from both the American and Japanese perspectives.  From journal and diary entries by FDR, U.S. Secretary of War Henry Stimson, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr,  and Premier of Japan Prince Konoye, Nelson explains why the attack dissolved relations between Japan and the US. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by NY Times bestselling author Craig Nelson.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and photographer MARA TRACHTENBERG. She creates fantastic worlds of monstrous topiary and creatures using confectionery materials and then photographs those dream-like tableaux. An exhibition of her work will be on view at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE from October 26-December 2.

Tonight on Inquiry, our guest is novelist and poet MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL. He is the son of Holocaust survivors. His new book is a tribute to his friend RITA MILJO. She spent her life rehabilitating and caring for orphaned and abused baboons in South Africa. She was also a childhood member of the Hitler Youth. Their extraordinary friendship and Rita’s amazing work with baboons is the subject of Michael’s book: “BECAUSE THEY NEEDED ME”: RITA MILJO AND THE ORPHANED BABOONS OF AFRICA.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 3:00pm

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter Davina Sowers talks with host Bonnie Johnson about making music, celebrating pre-war jazz and the American songbook. With a flare for nostalgia, sense of humor and authentic vocalise, the bandleader brings high energy and her Vagabonds to the stage at Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.



Photo Credit: Garrett Born


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

BOUND FOR GLORY LIVE! from the WICN Performance Studio, a broadcast version (with an audience) of the annual Woody Guthrie tribute show put on by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston. Featuring a large cast of talented local New England artists singing the songs of Woody Guthrie.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Why is a chamber-jazz quartet lead by Bert Seager, American jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, and educator. The Why also features cello, upright bass, and hand percussion and together reveal new ways to hear dance rhythms from many cultures. The music makes one wonder what Schubert would have sounded like had he lived in Peru and played odd meters, or if Ravel had lived in Ghana and had been able to improvise over chord changes.

Cadence Magazine says Bert’s music is filled with “effervescent optimism.” And the Boston Globe wrote that his “kind of exuberance makes the jazz world go round.”



Bert Seager/Piano
Cathrine Bent/Cello
Ehud Ettun/Bass
Brian O’Neill/Percussion


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