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Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 4:30pm

Wild salmon are a keystone species of the Pacific Northwest. Prized for their flavor, these anadramous fish have suffered huge declines in recent decades due to the construction of dams, logging, mining, pollution and loss of habitat. Can wild salmon survive all that is being done to them? Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back LANGDON COOK to talk about his new book UPSTREAM: SEARCHING FOR WILD SALMON FROM RIVER TO TABLE.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 3:00pm

Dominick Dunne is best known today for his colorful coverage of the sensational murder trials of people like Claus von Bulow for Vanity Fair. But he started out in Hollywood as a producer and script writer, and therein lays a long and twisted tale. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist, editor and critic ROBERT HOFLER about his new biography: MONEY, MURDER, AND DOMINCIK DUNNE: A LIFE IN SEVERAL ACTS.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

Vocalist/composer Gabrielle Stravelli draws on  influences as varied as Pink Floyd and Duke Ellington, Dolly Parton and Johnny Mercer. She discusses her new CD of standards and originals which was produced by Taylor Swift’s Music Director an early guest on Jazz Inspired, David Cook, another connection showing Stravelli’s wide musical interests.

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:00pm

Since 1972 (and still going strong) brothers Ron and Russell Mael have been recording and performing some very unique rock under the name SPARKS. With lyrics that have been described as “intelligent”,  “witty” and “acerbic” combined with “idiosyncratic and theatrical” stage performances, Sparks is the quintessential cult band. Tonight we’ll be playing Sparks’ hits as well as a fine alternative mélange of new and old rock from other artists. What’s the number one song in heaven? Tune in and find out?

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate our nation's birthday with a soulful and funky 4th of July dance party! It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

Joshua Redman has embraced a vibrant career for more than 25 year. Since being launched into the public eye in 1991 after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Redman has paved his career with acrobatic hard-bop, groove-oriented funk and sensitive ballads. For the first time the saxophonist confronting the music of his father, saxophonist Dewey Redman. In this episode of Jazz Night in America Josh Redman and a group featuring Ron Miles (cornet); Scot Colley (bass); and Brian Blade (drums) play homage to Old and New Dreams — a band from 1976 that lasted until 1987 — that featured Dewey Redman and other contemporaries of Ornette Coleman.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 10:30pm

The life and times of one of the foremost intellects of the twentieth century: Claude Shannon—the neglected architect of the Information Age, whose insights stand behind every computer built, email sent, video streamed, and webpage loaded. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with authors Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman about their new book; A Mind at play the life of Claude Shannon.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Allen Fletcher of Worcester’s Canal District Alliance. They talk about raising the city’s Canal District to the next economic-development level.

As Mass Live reported on June 14, Worcester businessman and community activist Allen Fletcher is increasing the growth and development of Worcester's burgeoning Canal District with the construction of an 70,000-square-foot public market and apartment complex. The market will be indoors open year-around. Construction is expected to begin this summer, and take one year to complete. 

The complex will be built right next to the city's most notorious intersection – Kelley Square - on the dirt lot next to the Crompton Building. But, as Mass Live notes, Fletcher isn't deterred by that six-way intersection of insanity. In fact, he embraces the madness.

"I think already everyone loves Kelley Square, whether they understand it or not. From my standpoint, it's a huge asset. I think it’s an eighth wonder of the world from a traffic standpoint. It’s absolutely wonderful to look out on it," Fletcher tells Mass Live.

Through the Harding Green LLC, Fletcher has submitted a plan to the city's Planning Board calling for a market place on the first floor and 48 apartments above that. The market will have room for 30 to 40 vendors, all of which will serve different types of food. 

Fletcher envisions a hall for fish-mongers, cheese-makers, Albanian, Ghanian, Dominican food vendors and seasonal farmers markets. At the tip of the complex will be a diner.

Fletcher, is a longtime member of the Canal District Alliance, a collaboration of business owners dedicated to improving that neighborhood. He and the group have been at the forefront of improving the entertainment and living options in the Canal District.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 9:00pm

When writer and journalist EMILY WITT turned thirty and found herself single, she began to wonder about the meaning of relationships and sex. Was there something to hope for other than the long-term monogamous relationship sanctioned by society? So she began to explore other options and attitudes including internet dating,  OMing, internet porn, live webcams and polymory. Witt’s new book FUTURE SEX chronicles her journey of sexuality and identity.

Inquiry welcomes back artist, performer and film maker DAME DARCY. Tonight we talk about the new compilation of her “Neo-Victorian” masterpiece comics MEATCAKE BIBLE. If you are a fan of mermaids, possessed dolls, and sailors lured to their doom, be sure to tune in!

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

Hear from the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, the Tarriers, the Gateway Singers, the Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four, the Limeliters, the Cumberland Three, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Highwaymen, the womenfolk, Peter-Paul-and-Mary, the New Christy Minstrels, the Cumberland Trio, the Brandywine Singers, the Tripjacks, the Whisky Hill Singers, We Five, the Byrds, the Seekers, the Rooftop Singers, the Serendipity Singers, the Pozo-Seco Singers, and more!

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