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Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

In this ethereal and lovely mélange of sound you will hear harp and voice, bass, flute, saxophone, clarinet and recorder. It’s an airy synergy of Jazz harmonies with modern pop music.


Allegra Cramer/Harp and Voice
Sagit Zilberman/Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder
Suji Kim/Bass

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:30am

It’s a very small dirty-red piece of paper that’s really not much to look it. Yet it is one of the most valuable pieces of paper in the world. Welcome to the insanity of “stamp world”. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES BARRON, reporter for the New York Times. His new book traces the crazy and checkered history of the “one-cent magenta” and the collectors that have coveted that unique stamp over the decades. Barron’s entertaining book is titled: THE ONE-CENT MAGENTA: INSIDE THE QUEST TO OWN THE MOST VALUABLE STAMP IN THE WORLD. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 4:00pm

Is the answer to global climate change for all of us to burrow underground? You may consider that option after listening to tonight’s guest: ANTHONY J. MARTIN. He is a professor at Emory University and is a paleontologist, geologist and one of the world’s most accomplished ichnologist. He has spent his life studying creatures past and present  that burrow. Did prehistoric  burrowing behavior help certain animals survive the great extinction events of the past? His new book is: THE EVOLUTION UNDERGROUND: BURROWS, BUNKERS, AND THE MARVELOUS SUBTERRANEON WORLD BENEATH OUR FEET. Did the Morlocks have the right idea? Tune in and see.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 3:00pm

The life of a museum curator is not an easy one! Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back LANCE GRANDE, the Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History. His new book is titled CURATORS: BEHIND THE SCENES OF A NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.  This is a very entertaining account  of how Grande became a curator, and the people who influenced and helped him along the way as well as biographies of other curators at the museum, past and present. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott brings to life the many influences that fed the early musical scene in that most musical of cities. His original passion for ragtime came from his youth in St. Louis, but once in New Orleans, Tom put a scholarly zeal into studying his favorites-- James Booker, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, as well as into discovering the lesser-known musical gems that formed the sound of New Orleans.

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:00pm

Tonight at 11PM, Uncle Mark will feature a musical salute to Darlene Love, who will be in concert May 7 at Hanover Theatre. Her amazing career began in the early 1960s singing hits like “He’s a Rebel” and “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” as well as singing back up for a long list of artists like the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, the Ronettes and the Crystals. Today she is still rocking and her newest album features songs written for her by Elvis Costello and Joan Jett.

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

He's got numerous nicknames including "Mr. Dynamite" and "Soul Brother No. 1" and amazing songs like "Sex Machine" "Hot Pants" and "Get on the Good Foot." Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the birthdate of one of the architects of soul and funk music.

We also welcome back WICN's Northern Soul connoisseur Steve Moysey with an incredible playlist of little heard soul songs. The soul dance party starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

For more than 30 years, the NEA has been horning some of the most significant living well established, seasoned jazz veterans. The folks who’ve earned their stripes, paid their dues. The first crop was in 1982 with Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sun Ra … the following year, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, and Kenny Clarke. This year, it’s writer Ira Gitler, vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Pianist Dick Hyman. Jazz Night in America salute this year's recipients with interviews with the artists and unearthed rare live recordings.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 11:00pm

Brian Vinik celebrates 100 episodes as host with a look back at some of our favorite songs and artists we've come to know and love! From lush film scores to worldly rhythms, tune in for this special musical journey.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:30pm

Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, code-named “MUSSEL,” flies over the Potomac River. As obvious as the presidential motorcade, the squadron is assumed by most people to be a travel perk for VIPs. They’re only half right: while the helicopters do provide transport, the unit exists to evacuate high-ranking officials in the event of a terrorist or nuclear attack on the capital. In the event of an attack, select officials would be whisked by helicopters to a ring of secret bunkers around Washington, even as ordinary citizens are left to fend for themselves. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and historian Garret Graff as he discusses his new book: RAVEN ROCK.


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