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Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:00pm

In 1960, Duke Ellington joined Billy Strayhorn to arrange and record The Nutcracker Suite, an album comprised of jazz interpretations of "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky. In 2001, their music was featured in the premiere of the Urban Nutcracker at Dorchester's Strand Theater.  Dancer, founder and artistic director Anthony Williams of Tony Williams Dance Center remains at the helm of this fourteen year old multi-cultural production that blends ballet, urban tap, hip-hop and flamenco. Catch Colors when Mr. Williams joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about this season's performance and the center's mission to "provide quality dance instruction to a diverse urban community".

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Including old favorites and songs from CDs newly arrived in the station. Always a good time!

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with musician, former guitarist for the Slits, visual artist and filmmaker VIV ALBERTINE. Her wonderful and refreshingly honest new autobiography is titled CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS. Tune in tonight for part one of our conversation.  Viv talks about her “Ping Pong Affair” with Mick Jones of the Clash, her first band “Flowers of Romance”, and the Slits first record “Cut”. Through all her considerable trials and tribulations, Viv Albertine remains one of the most interesting and original artists in rock. Viv’s latest record is called “The Vermillion Border.”

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 9:30am

Inquiry welcomes back writer and biographer JAMES GAVIN. His new book is titled IS THAT ALL THERE IS? THE STRANGE LIFE OF PEGGY LEE. Peggy Lee grew up in a small town in North Dakota but grew up to become one of the most unique, hard working and tenacious singers. Tonight we talk about her signature songs “Fever” and “Is That All There Is?” as well as her film work in “Pete Kelly’s Blues” and her lawsuit against Disney. Peggy Lee was a one of a kind singer that has inspired many other artists over the years, tune in and find out why.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 4:00pm

Cyberspace has become a battlefield and the next major international conflict may very well be fought over the Internet. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist SHANE HARRIS about his latest book @ WAR: THE RISE OF THE MILITARY-INTERNET COMPLEX. This frightening and revealing account traces the development of the NSA’s cadre of elite hackers and how they use “zero day” programs to attack critical enemy targets like nuclear facilities. Of course the United States government and major corporations have themselves been hacked by cyber warriors from China and Russia. Tune in and learn about this new kind of warfare and what it means for the privacy of your cell phones and home computers. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 2:30pm

Is it getting warm in here or is it me? We have all experienced fevers and don’t think much about them, but centuries ago fevers were feared because they were poorly understood and could be life threatening.  Fevers weren't a symptom, they were the disease itself. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CHRISTOPHER HAMLIN, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His latest book is titled MORE THAN HOT: A SHORT HISTORY OF FEVER. This fascinating history traces the evolution of different culture’s theories about why we get warm and weird when we are sick. Tune in and learn about fever vigils, fever manuals, the invention of the thermometer and the wild world of delirium. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

German boogie-woogie pianist Axel Zwingenberger and American vocalist Lila Ammons (opera singer and granddaughter of pianist Albert and niece of saxophonist Gene) talk about working together, in spite of their very different cultural and musical backgrounds.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker s he celebrates the life and music of one of soul's most recognizable voices, Billy Paul. His recording of the iconic Me and Mrs. Jones shot him to stardom from his native Philadelphia in 1972 and landed him a number 1 hit and a Grammy award as well. It all starts at 7pm

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 10:30pm

The 2014 midterm elections are over and the new Congress is gearing up for 2015. Yet before 2015 can begin, the country must still be governed. President Obama seems to be indicating that he will govern by executive orders especially on the issue of immigration. Republicans have been warning him not to do this. Where is this headed? Is this based on politics or policy? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with political strategist and author Kevin Paul Scott. Will the new Congress begin the new year with a stalemate? 

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Stu Esty, founder and owner of Dr. Gonzo's Private Stock. They talk about the re-awakening of the "Good Doctor's" all-natural condiment recipes.

“Tired of the same old, same old when it comes to condiments? Do you often forget what you ate at your last meal? Life is too short to be bland! Man bites hot dog: No news. Hot dog bites man: BIG NEWS!”

That’s how my guest, J. Stuart Esty – a.k.a. the "Good Doctor" – was promoting his products when I last interviewed him in 2008. Back then, he was founder and owner of Dr. Gonzo’s Uncommon Condiments, located on North Main Street in Worcester. At the time, he produced a line of all natural condiments with no fillers or preservatives -- just what's in the produce -- that can be used in a ariety of ways.

These days, in keeping with the “Hot dog bites man: BIG NEWS!” approach to the business of condiments, Stu has returned with Dr. Gonzo’s Private Stock. And he’s doing so without a bricks-and-mortar store. He is also taking an uncommon approach to funding his new, online-only business – with a Kickstarter campaign that kicks off this December 1. His new version of Dr. Gonzo’s will have 30 days to raise the target goal of $75,000, to fund for production, infrastructure and payroll.

Click here for Stu Esty's three-minute-45-second "Gimme My Gonzo's" video, which promotes his Kickstarter fundraising campaign.


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