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Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 10:30pm

Today many health advocates and journalists are raising concerns about such things as the link between chemicals such as BPA and breast cancer. However, should these non-medical people be making claims that may not be based on accurate studies or information? Tune in this Sunday evening when Al speaks with Julie Gunlock, director of the Cultural Alarmism Project in Washington DC. Your health just may depend on it.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 9:00pm

Tonight we talk about the 2013 deCordova Biennial, an always interesting showcase of contemporary artists of New England. Our guests are Lexi Lee Sullivan curator of this year’s biennial and one of the artists featured in the exhibition Lynne Harlow. To see examples of Lynne Harlow’s work, go to: To see the entire schedule of events about the deCordova Biennial, as well as general information about the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, go to:

Sydney and Violet Schiff were an amazing couple. They lived in the 1920s in Britain. They were madly in love with each other and each was a connoisseur of the visual arts and of modernist writing. Their close friends included some of the most legendary writers of that era. Tune in tonight for a story of one of the most unique literary salons. We speak with teacher, editor, reporter and writer Stephen Klaidman about his brilliant new book Sydney and Violet: Their Life with T.S.Eliot, Proust, Joyce and the Excruciatingly Irascible Wyndam Lewis.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 4:00pm

In 2008, Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY® award winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was commissioned to write a celebratory piece for the bicentennial anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. Five years later, Marsalis teams up with friend and colleague, pianist, conductor Damien Sneed, to bring “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration” to stages in 16-cities across the United States.

Catch Colors of Jazz when Marsalis joins Host Bonnie Johnson to discuss the tour and "bringing the church" to the people through a fusion of jazz and gospel that features the 15-person Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau, a diverse gospel choir led by Sneed. The tour concludes at Boston's Symphony Hall on October 27, 2013. Tune in at 4pmEST.

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Photo credit: Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:00pm

The Record is 94. Can we top that? It’ll sure be fun trying. PLENTY of music to listen and even sing along to.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 6:00pm

Al Jarreau is a seven-time Grammy Award winning American jazz singer. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jarreau is the fifth of six children. His father was a Seventh-Day Adventist Church minister and singer, and his mother was a church pianist. He and his family sang together at church concerts and at benefits, and he and his mother performed at PTA meetings. Jarreau has toured and performed with numerous musicians, including Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Rick Braun, and George Benson.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with jazz journalist and writer PAUL DE BARROS about his new thorough and thoroughly enjoyable biography SHALL WE PLAY THAT ONE TOGETHER? THE LIFE AND ART OF JAZZ PIANO LEGEND MARIAN McPARTLAND. Tune in and learn about Marion’s early years in England, how she met Jimmy, her hot and heavy affair with her drummer Joe Morello and how Piano Jazz began

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 6:00pm

Academy Award nominated animation director (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) talks about his life-long interest in jazz and the close connection between animation and music.

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

Did you ever wonder what Mrs. Jones had to say?? Barbara Mason will tell you! Join host Tom Shaker as he plays "answer" songs to popular soul songs. Artists like Carla Thomas, The Chantels, Sugar Pie DeSanto and others all sang "the other side" of the song. This Monday at 7pm!

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 10:30pm

This November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of America's most beloved presidents. Fifty years later, America's fascination with JFK has not diminished, while many questions still remain. Noted historian and New York Times best-selling author James Swanson has provocative answers to the questions a nation is asking 50 years later. These include: Why doesn't the public have access to the evidence, as they do with Lincoln? Why did Jackie save the dress? What are the controversies that surround Lee Harvey Oswald? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author James Swanson as he talks about his new book, End of Days".

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes Verlyn Klinkenborg, writer, teacher, editor and farmer. His new book More Scenes From The Rural Life collect years of his columns and pieces for the New York Times and other publications about working and living on a small farm in upstate New York. Tune in for some wonderful conversation about rural life and time, farm animals and the crisis facing small farms in America.

North American warblers are among the most beautiful of our migrant breeders, but identifying them can be a real challenge. Though often colorful, they are also small, very active and often stay high up in foliage or hiding in dense cover. Writer, photographer, musician and bird tour guide Tom Stephenson, along with Scott Whittle, have written and created a new, state of the art guide to this group of birds titled The Warbler Guide. Tune in tonight and find out what it takes to produce a groundbreaking natural history book in the age of digital media.


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