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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 6:00pm

Raised in England and Pakistan, Sarah Joyce (widely recognized by her stage name, Rumer) possesses a deep connection to the heyday of the early-'70s singer-songwriter era, along with shades of Broadway, '30s jazz and gospel. After years of effort, Rumer is beginning to reap the rewards: Her debut album, Seasons of My Soul, reached No. 3 on the U.K. charts and was certified platinum.

Here, Rumer joins host Michael Feinstein to talk about Judy Garland, Burt Bacharach and old Hollywood, all of which inspire her to perform a few tunes from the Great American Songbook, as well as a few of her own songs.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jazz vocal great, Mark Murphy discusses his inspirations and the advice he give to young singers: listen to drummers to improve scat singing.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 12:00pm

Could medical cannabis be the next big cash crop for America? What is the real cost of America’s on-going drug war? Tune in tonight when we talk with writer and reporter DOUG FINE who spent a year with the hard-working cannabis farmers of Mendocino County, California where under strict control people are legally growing marijuana for medicinal use despite constant harassment by the Federal government. This question about the decriminalization of marijuana is on the Massachusetts State ballot this November, so if you want to know what’s at stake, listen in. Doug Fine’s book is: TOO HIGH TO FAIL: CANNABIS AND THE NEW GREEN ECONOMIC REVOLUTION. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 11:00am

What is human consciousness and does it emerge from some particular part of our brain? Do other animals experience consciousness and is there any proof for the evolution of consciousness. These are some of the most essential and important questions of our existence. Our guest tonight on Inquiry is DANIEL BOR, a research fellow at the Sackler Center for Consciousness Science and the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex. His new book THE RAVENOUS BRAIN: HOW THE NEW SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINS OUR INSATIABLE SEARCH FOR MEANING is a dynamic and fascinating review of the latest scientific discoveries in the neurosciences and what it can tell us about our experience of who we are

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 7:00pm

Turn the sound down on the debate and get the real truth from soul artists like James Brown, Johnny Taylor and Cirtis Mayfield. Songs about the president on this week's Soul Serenade, with host Tom Shaker. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino will interview John Odell, manager of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Program for the City of Worcester. They will talk about the Worcester Energy Program's Residential Rebate Pilot.

Tired of being too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, all while paying high utility bills? If you own a residential property in Worcester, you may qualify to receive up to $5,000 (even more for two-to-four-family homes) for qualifying energy-improvement projects that will increase the comfort and value of your home.

The Pilot, funded through the city’s Green Communities Grant, is designed to encourage energy-saving investments for Worcester residences with one-to-four dwelling units. Visit the Take Action page of the Worcester Energy Program website, to download PDF documents containing detailed information on this Pilot.

In the spirit  of full disclosure, Steve D'Agostino does public-relations work for the Worcester Energy Program's Residential Rebate Pilot.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 9:00pm

Writer, journalist and Contributing Editor to Outside Magazine, FLORENCE WILLIAMS really didn’t think much about her breasts until she became a mother. It was then that she began a years long investigation into what is known about the evolution and health of human breasts. For instance, though much is now known about the medical benefits of breast feeding babies, it is now also known that breasts can concentrate environmental pollutants particularly non-natural estrogens. Tune in tonight when Ms Williams discusses the mystery of the
increasing early onset of puberty in our children; the benefits and possible risks of breast-feeding and the strange concentration of cases of male breast cancer among the Marines of Camp Lejeune. William’s entertaining and very informative book is titled: BREASTS: A NATURAL AND UNNATURAL HISTORY.

Thomas Hart Benton was one of the great Regionalist painters during the American Depression. He painted some of the greatest murals of the twentieth century and captured a unique sensibility of life in the Midwest and rural America on his canvases. Yet he was at times ornery, crude, dogmatic and virulently homophobic. He had personal lifetime fueds with artists like Alfred Stieglitz, Stuart Davis and his student Jackson Pollack. What are we to make of such an “anti-intellectual intellectual” artist?. Tune in tonight for some answers when
Inquiry welcomes JUSTIN WOLFF, assistant professor of art history at the University of Maine. Professor Wolff discusses his revealing and dynamic new book THOMAS HART BENTON: A LIFE.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 4:00pm

Maria Tecce is a renaissance woman... Raised in the Metrowest area of Massachusetts, the "Italo-American chanteuse" currently resides in Ireland, bringing her voice and captivating presence to the world stage as a guitarist, vocalist, comedienne, actress and teacher.

Ms. Tecce will bring her cabaret style performance to Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, October 24th, 8:00pm.

Catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Maria Tecce about latest projects and the return to her "roots in America [showcasing] original and new folk & blues songs". Be sure to tune in at 4pm this Saturday!

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tune in for four hours of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Joni Mitchell!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Together, violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk make for one of the most dynamic duos in the classical music world. The two have been recording and performing together in the classical repertoire for almost a decade, and have become equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook. On this episode of Song Travels, Bell and Denk perform selections from their latest project, French Impressions, an album of works by César Franck, Maurice Ravél and Camille Saint-Saëns, whose Violin Sonata in A Major — Allegro opens the show.

"This piece is very much a romantic epic, but without words," Denk says. "So the words are sort of the recurring themes and who the characters are in a way — the protagonists in a struggle. There's a feeling of good versus evil in the piece."

"Which is interesting, because it was written as a wedding present," Bell says, laughing.

Through conversation and music, host Michael Feinstein and his guests connect the dots between classical music and standards.


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