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Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back the one and only Bill Thompson III, Editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and author of many books on birds. His latest book is titled Bird Homes and Habitats. This book is a great source for learning about what will make your home property more “bird friendly” and how best to feed and attract birds. Tune in tonight for some great tips!

Tonight we speak with Stan Ulanski, Professor or Meteorology, Oceanography and Marine Resources in the Geology and Environmental Science Department. He has written a very entertaining and informative book on billfish: those large and fast fish that have the long pointy “swords”. The book is part natural history, part angling adventure and part cultural history. Tune in and learn all about how swordfish live, how sailfish can change color, and how Blue Marlin are most people’s favorite gamefish. We will also talk about how two famous American fiction writers, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey, wrote about the thrill of fishing for billfish. Professor Ulanski’s book is titled: The Billfish Story: Swordfish, Sailfish, Marlin and Other Gladiators of the Sea.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand: a pre-recorded show for Thanksgiving night.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 6:00pm

Stanley Clarke is an American jazz musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and electric bass as well as for his numerous film and television scores.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 6:00pm

Ava Astaire McKenzie grew up surrounded by creativity. She draws on this experience lecturing around the world about her father Fred, and has expressed her own creativity in her book “At Home In Ireland” Cooking and Entertaining with Ava Astaire McKenzie. Ava talked with Judy about her life-long love of jazz and the influence jazz had on her father.

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker for a tasty salute to Thanksgiving with a plate full ‘o” soul food songs. You can do the “Funky Chicken” with Rufus Thomas while you hunker down with some “Green Onions” with Booker T & the MGs. For the main course, it’s a “Jive Turkey” with the Ohio Players and some “Cornbread” with the Blackbyrds. Have some coffee from “The Sexy Coffee Pot” with Tony Alvon & the Belairs and join the Dynamics for “The Ice Cream Song.” The menu’s just right for some soul food on this week’s Thanksgiving edition of The Soul Serenade at 7pm!!

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Kurt Elling and French accordionist Richard Galliano transport us from the New York vista of the Allen Room to the cafes of Paris and the plazas of Buenos Aires.  Don't miss this heartfelt collaboration exploring the art of the ballad.  We'll hear classics like Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht, an arrangement of the Beatles' Norwegian Wood, and La Vie en Rose. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 10:30pm

This week Al is joined by New York Times White House Correspondent Peter Baker. In his new book; Days Of Fire, Baker takes readers on a gripping and intimate journey through the eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration in a tour-de-force narrative of a dramatic and sometimes controversial presidency. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for this very engaging discussion.

Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 9:00pm

“All people long for justice, but we feel horrible when those who have created harm go unpunished”. We are of two minds about revenge: we talk about it and joke about it, enjoy movies about the hero seeking revenge, but feel conflicted about actually doing it ourselves. Our courts offer victims very little solace. Victims are rarely allowed to make statements in court and plea-bargaining subverts any possibility of the victim feeling like justice was served. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Thane Rosenbaum. He is the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer at Fordam Law School and directs the Forum on Law, Culture and Society. His new powerful book is titled PAYBACK: THE CASE FOR REVENGE and it may change how you think about revenge and justice.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with photographer Ruby Ray. Her new book, which also contains a great CD, is titled FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: CALIFORNIA PUNK 1977-81. This collection of photos documents the bands and people that made the punk scene in Los Angeles and San Francisco featuring photographs of bands like D.O.A.; the Mutants, X; and Devo. She has also written and produced a more extensive  e-book on the subject titled PUNK PASSAGE: A TRAGICOMIC ROMP THRU THE HARDCORE AXIS OF THE SF/LA PUNK SCENE 1977-1981.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 4:00pm

GRAMMY winning composer, saxophonist Wayne Shorter talks with host Bonnie Johnson in advance of his 80th Birthday Celebration and all-star performance in the 75th Celebrity Series of Boston at Symphony Hall on November 24, 2013. Find out what color is influencing his day and the "evolving adventure of...life" though music in the 21st Century.  Tune in at 4pm.

Photo credit: Robert Ascroft

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 4:00pm

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington talks with host Bonnie Johnson about  ACS Trio's "jazz cooperative". ACS includes "three of the most important female instrumentalists in current jazz" with composer, pianist Geri Allen, GRAMMY winners Carrington and bassist Esperanza Spalding. The highly acclaimed ensemble appears on stage celebrating Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday tour at Boston Symphony Hall on November 24, 2013. Tune in at 4pm.

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