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Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 9:00pm

“We have become a deadly virus to nature” and we are heading rapidly towards another “mass extinction event”. What does this mean for the future of our species and future biodiversity? Do humans have a future on Mars? Another planet? Or is our next step in evolution to become a machine? Tonight on Inquiry our guest asks these very questions and the answers are unsettling. Tonight we talk with Michael Tennesen, science writer and writer-in- residence at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. His new book is entertaining, thought provoking and frightening: The Next Species: The Future Of Evolution in The Aftermath of Man.

Most accounts of religious conversions are written by the true believers of that religion. But what would a secular history of conversion reveal? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back writer and researcher Susan Jacoby who has written the scholarly and revealing Strange Gods: A Secular History Of Conversion, which addresses the real political and social contexts for some of the most famous conversion stories.

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 2:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson continues her "Sounds of Summer" series with pianist, composer, and arranger John Beasley about his new release  MONK’estra, Volume 1 (Mack Avenue Records). The GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-nominated bandleader will take his 15-piece big band out on a European tour in anticipation of Thelonious Monk's imminent centennial in 2017. Reimagining Monk's Legacy, they'll celebrate the CD release live at Jazz Standard in New York City on August 18-21, 2016.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

Featuring classic tracks from the Weavers, the Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, the Tarriers, Joan Baez, the Brothers Four, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul- &-Mary, Odetta, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, the New Christy Minstrels, and MANY more!

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Yabuno Ettun Project is a highly creative collaboration between Japanese pianist Haruka Yabuno and Israeli bassist Ehud Ettun. Each one an imaginative composer, Ehud and Haruka have created, during the past few years, a unique interaction on stage. Their performances have also been described by listeners as "captivating" and "fascinating."

"The beauty is that we came together through music way before we could find a common verbal language," explains Haruka. "Once music took over, once we knew that improvising could take us anywhere, the journey itself was our destination.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 3:00pm

Inquiry welcomes artist LYNNETTE VÁZQUEZ POLANCO. She was the First Prize Winner at the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 80th Annual Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft last year and this year an exhibition of her work “Reflections of the Soul” is currently on view. Also in studio is LISA CROSSMAN, Koch Curatorial Fellow at the Fitchburg Art Museum and KLEDIA SPIRO, Marketing Manager at FAM. Both of them will talk about upcoming shows and programming At FAM. NB: Lynnette’s translator is: Omayra Bahtista.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 1:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with legendary comic and cartoon artist M.K. BROWN. A new collection of her work has just been published titled STRANGER THAN LIFE: 1970-2013 CARTOONS AND COMICS. Tune in and learn about her early days at National Lampoon and what happened when she got angry with Billie Jean King. M. K. Brown’s work remains some of the wildest and most original comic work ever to be published tune in and learn why.. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

Legendary Washington D.C. based pianist John Eaton discusses his influences from Art Tatum to Bill Evans and his one, memorable performance at the Supreme Court!

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

On Monday August 8 From 7pm To 10pm, tune in to Soul Serenade for a celebration of George Clinton. Clinton turned 75 a few weeks back and to celebrate this one of a kind music pioneer, Uncle Mark (filling in for a vacationing Tom Shaker) will be playing music of Parliament and Funkadelic sprinkled throughout the evening. We'll even play some funk by Bootsy Collins too. All that and the usual great soul music. So load up your Bop Gun, channel your inner Star Child and get prepared to tear the roof off the sucka!

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

Jazz has its capital cities: major hubs like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. But the music manages plenty well in many other places, too. What goes into those smaller ecosystems to enable jazz to thrive? How do talented musicians make it happen? In search of some answers, we sought out the DIY concert producers of CapitalBop in Washington, D.C., as they presented artists from the Baltimore-Washington area. And we met with the musicians themselves — in one case, touring the place he calls home.

Jazz Night In America presents highlights from CapitalBop's converted-warehouse "loft" stage at the 2015 DC Jazz Festival, featuring bands led by vibraphonist Warren Wolf and bassist Kris Funn.

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 10:30pm

Author Elizabeth Greenwood grew up right here in Worcester, Massachusetts. Today she teaches creative nonfiction at Columbia University. In her new book Playing Dead she chronicles the extreme measures some people take to fake their deaths. Be it money woes or otherwise these people go to extreme measures start a new life while leaving behind the old. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author, Elizabeth Greenwood.



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