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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist, writer, children’s book author and illustrator JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA. He has a brand new book coming out, OLLIE THE PURPLE ELEPHANT; a new volume of his very popular LUNCH LADY  series of graphic novels; a beautiful e-book of his sketches and if all that wasn’t enough a ten year retrospective of his work will be at the Worcester Art Museum’s education Wing October 11-November 13! Titled MONKEY BOY TO LUNCH LADY , a very special “celebration, book signing and more” event will be had at the museum on OCTOBER 23 from 1-4PM. See: http://www.studiojjk.com/10yearretrospective.html

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 6:00pm

Pianist and singer Bobby Short was a champion of American Popular Song and an institution among cabaret singers — he had a gig at the Carlyle in New York for over 35 years. Short accompanies his unforgettable voice as he and McPartland explore some of the lesser known chapters of the Great American Songbook, including "Shout 'Em Aunt Tillie" and Jimmy McHugh's "Where Are You."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 7:00pm

William Smith Monroe (September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996)

As singer, songwriter, bandleader, showman, and instrumentalist, no individual is so closely identified with an American musical style as Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music. For more than half a century, he shaped bluegrass with his forceful mandolin playing; high, lonesome singing; and mastery of his band, the Blue Grass Boys. In doing so, he gave older country sounds new life; gave the mandolin a new role as a lead instrument in country, pop, and rock; and set standards for musicians as diverse as the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, George Jones, and rock star Jerry Garcia.

On Tuesday evening, September 13th, the Bluegrass Junction will pay tribute to our music’s founding father with a show dedicated to his wonderful music.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the music of Ted Rosenthal, an internationally renowned jazz pianist, who has collaborated with jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer and James Moody. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 3:30pm

Tuesday at 3:30 the man who taught Sean Penn how to look like a guitar player (and provided the guitar playing you hear) in the Woody Allen film "Sweet and Lowdown" calls in. Howard Alden has been at the forefront of jazz guitarists for nearly 40 years. He'll be coming to New England this fall for a festival performance and chats with us on Tuesday's Jazz Matinee.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 10:00am

With everyone texting, Twittering and on Facebook today, there can be little doubt that we live in the age of the incredible shrinking message. Being able to cut through the plethora of voices and posts we read everyday to get someone’s attention requires new rules of writing not found in Strunk and White. We are living in a world wide Algonquin Round Table and to get someone’s attention you need to be pragmatic, economic, witty and creative. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON, verbal branding consultant, blogger and author. His new book, MICROSTYLE: THE ART OF WRITING LITTLE, details this new “rhetoric for the web age” and is for anyone who texts, writes copy or designs a brand. Tune in and learn about the new rules for this new literacy. Johnson’s website is: http://www.thenameinspector.com

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 7:00pm

It’s the “best of the best” on this week’s show! WICN’s northern soul connoisseur Steve Moysey joins host Tom Shaker with a must hear play list of little heard dance gems. The dance party starts at 7pm this Monday!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 6:00pm

Among the creators of the "cool sound," alto man Lee Konitz and drummer Paul Motian trade notes in a study of spontaneous composition. Konitz's rhapsodic improvisations combine with Motian's colorful textured rhythms in this set, composed in the moment and not to be missed. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 10:00pm

Join us as we speak to Worcester-area business owners \Tom Ingrassia, of, of  Revitalize Massage Therapy, who have formed a new joint venture – Mental Massage – the region’s first service to provide self-motivational workshops and stress-reducing massage in a single, transformative group setting.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively discussion with L. HUNTER LOVINS, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions. It is her belief that the best way to solve the impending climate crises just happens to also be the way out of our current economic crisis. Lovins believes that “going green”, designing cities for energy efficiency, lessening our carbon footprint and the new energy economy is where the new job opportunities will be found. The successful economies of the near future will be those that anticipate through design and invention the move beyond oil into renewable energy sources. Her compelling book, written with Boyd Cohen, is CLIMATE CAPITALISM: CAPITALISM IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

Inquiry welcomes back award-winning children’s book author and illustrator LYNNE CHERRY. Tonight Lynne talks about the series of films she is making of young students from across the United States and the world, who have decided to do something on their own about global climate change. Whether it is to create a greener, more fuel-efficient school, starting a school garden to grow their own produce or doing citizen science to measure river flows, these teens are helping create a better future for the planet. To see some of Lynne’s films, go to: http://youngvoicesonclimatechange.com/

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