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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CANDACE SMITH Director of CAPELLA ARTEMESIA a group of vocalists and instrumentalists dedicated to performing pieces written by nuns from 16th and 17th Century Italian convents. They are about to start another North American tour , so tune in and find out the details. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:00am

What does the earth weigh? What is the shape of the universe? Did anything come before the Big Bang? These are just some of the subjects we will talk about tonight on Inquiry with our guest JEFF FORSHAW, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester. Together with Brian Cox, professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester, they have written a dynamic guide for the non-scientist titled UNIVERSAL: A GUIDE TO THE COSMOS. Tune in and find out where we are all headed. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, our in-studio guests are artists MICHAEL HACHEY and KAT O’CONNOR. An exhibition of their work is on view at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS  is titled DEFINITE: INDEFINITE. Also joining us in the studio is HONEE A. HESS Executive Director at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Guitarist Greg Ruggiero grew up in New Mexico with swing-dancing parents who encouraged him to listen to the Great American Standards and classic jazz, something he initially resisted.  Greg is now one of the most respected younger musicians on the scene and an enthusiastic proponent of the very music he initially avoided and talks to Judy about his journey from rock musician to jazz player.

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Music critic Joel Selvin sums up the importance of Sly and the Family Stone's influence on African American music by stating "there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone". Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his 74th birthday on tonight's show. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

We hear stories from alumni of “the school of Betty Carter”, an esteemed collection of singers bound together by the thrall of Carter’s titanic influence on jazz. One of the most powerful voices in the American musical tradition, her lasting legacy is celebrated by vocalist Charenee Wade along with many past members of Carter’s band through the years.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:30pm

In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear about the true story of this survivor as Al speaks with author Michael Finkel about his new book, The Stranger in the Woods.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 9:00pm

Are you in too much debt? Facing a criminal conviction? Or are you just unhappy with your family life? Have you ever dreamt about faking your death and starting all over with a clean slate? Tonight’s guest on Inquiry did. Writer and journalist ELIZABETH GREENWOOD started her very strange trip by Googling “faking your death” and what followed is recounted in her wild and bizarre book: PLAYING DEAD: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF DEATH FRAUD. Before you attempt to fake your drowning and run away to Panama, tune in and listen.

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer JEFF CHANG. He is the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. We will discuss his new book WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT: NOTES ON RACE AND RESEGREGATION.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

Let us know what you want to hear. Also playing: songs we know you love, based on requests/preferences over the past several years.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Brazilian guitarist, Caio Afiune blends the music of Brazil with more delightful South American sounds that make Jazz voicing sing new songs.


Caio Afiune/Guitar
Henry Paz/Sax
Henrique Eisenmann/Piano


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