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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 6:00pm

We revisit Judy’s 2008 conversation with stage and screen star, John Lithgow, who talks about his love for classic jazz, recording a jazz-inspired children’s record, and how improvisational acting influences even the most scripted performance.

Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 9:00pm

The first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony are instantly recognizable to music listeners around the world. Since the symphony’s premiere in 1808, people of many cultures have found special meaning in those four notes. Some have heard fate knocking on a door, while others have heard the spirit of revolution or the essence of the Romantic sublime. The Chinese Communist government initially banned it then embraced it. Some listeners even heard the call of a common European sparrow. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MATTHEW GUERRÍERÍ about his wonderful new book: THE FIRST FOUR NOTES: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back TOM O’MALLEY, the head of the Ceramics and Photography Departments at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. With him is Artist In Residence and glass blower EMERY WENGER. Tom talks about the Center’s wonderful Artists In Residence program and how you can apply and Emery talks about his life working with glass. To look at application requirements for this program at the WCC, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 6:00pm

Since this set a year ago, high-energy drummer Miller has traveled to Cuba, released Live at Willisau on vinyl (DownBeat Editor’s Pick), showcased her Great Women of Blues & Jazz project, and a lot more. Boom Tic Boom is Dan Tepfer, piano; Marty Ehrlich, saxophone; Todd Sickafoose, bass.

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:00pm

Live from the WICN Performance Hall, a Celebration of Local Artists--in the spirit of the recent Worcester Music Award given to WICN in recognition as the station that does the most to support local artists, we will feature 4 hours of music from local artists old and new!

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 11:30am

This week on Inquiry we welcome MICHAEL DOVER, retired environmental scientist member of the Hitchcock Center board and co-editor of the new compendium of essays titled EARTH MATTERS: ESSAYS ON THE NATURE OF THE PIONEER VALLEY. The essays in this wonderful collection were first printed as a bi-weekly newspaper column and written by a variety of people associated with the Hitchcock Center, one of the leading New England centers for environmental education of children and adults. The subjects range from observations of birds, mammals, salamanders and invertebrates to pieces on the local farms, how to eat locally and even where to find a place to take a nap outdoors in the Valley. Together, these essays make up one of the most interesting and entertaining books on our local environment.  Tonight we talk about the Big Night (for salamanders), how to talk to your children about global climate change and why it’s important to get out of your car and simply walk. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 6:00pm

A five-time Grammy nominee, blues guitarist Robben Ford has played with renowned musicians including Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, and Bob Dylan. Named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine, he recently started his first rock-focused project, Renegade Creation. Ford joins Jon Weber for this episode of Piano Jazz, which includes duets of "On That Morning" and "Set A Date."

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 6:00pm

New Orleans painter talks about how growing up in the south and experiencing jazz has influenced his painting – from his “Blue Dog” portraits to his posters for “Jazz Fest.”

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates a true southern soul original. Along with Al Green,  Ann Peebles was one of the artists who defined Willie Mitchell's legendary Memphis soul label Hi Records. Peebles ranked among the finest deep Southern soul singers of all time with her instant classic 1973 hit "I Can't Stand the Rain." It starts at 7pm!!

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 6:00pm

Joe Henderson's distinctive lyrical tenor sax could embellish bop, blues, bossa nova and his big band sound.  His friends and musical collaborators celebrate the man's lifetime of invention.  We feature pianist Renee Rosnes, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and Chris Potter to mark the late Joe Henderson's birthday.

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino of Best Rate of Climb interviews Gary Pfeil, president of Roche Brothers, a chain of supermarkets based in Wellesley, MA. They talk about how supermarket chains are filling their profit baskets in a tough economy. 

Since 2009, Gary Pfeil has been president of Roche Brothers, which is owned and operated by brothers Ed and Rick Roche. He had been with the company since 1996 and was named vice president and general manager in 2004.

The company's stores are primarily located in the Boston metro area. Roche Brothers also operates the supermarket chain Sudbury Farms.

Pat and Bud Roche opened their first store in 1952 in Roslindale. This first meat-and-produce store expanded in 1957 to include a grocery department. From there, the company began to grow with the opening of a store in Needham in 1959 and in West Roxbury in 1967.

The company’s first Sudbury Farms store had its debut in 1980 in Sudbury. At that time, Sudbury Farms was a new and exciting concept in the supermarket industry. It featured one of the largest bulk-produce departments, a deli kitchen with a large variety of home-made, quality entrees and side dishes, and a fresh fish department with exclusive rights to sell Foley Fish, which had only been available in the finest restaurants in the United States.

The second Sudbury Farms was opened in Randolph in 1983 and the third Sudbury Farms opened in Needham in 1990. In 2007, Roche Brothers opened its 18th store in Westboro with all the concepts of its previous stores as well even more selections of organic, natural and fresh products throughout the store.

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