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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 6:00pm

Imagine the cabarets of Buenos Aires and the intimate jazz clubs of New York under one roof—in the House of Swing. Argentine bassist and composer Pablo Aslan fuses sultry tango with cool jazz rhythms. He's joined by Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 10:30pm

Top quality year in and year out is the hallmark of a great wine. This weeks Al spekas with Lisa Forbes, Director of winemaking for Chalk Hill winery in California. Tune in at 10:30 PM and listen to what Lisa considers to be her recipe for success and how she views the future of winemaking in California.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 9:00pm

KEVIN WHITEHEAD is a well-known writer about jazz and the jazz critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His new book WHY JAZZ? A CONCISE GUIDE is a marvelous guide to the history and art of jazz in an engaging “question and answer” format. The book begins by answering some of the most basic questions about jazz like “Why listen to jazz?” This guide then proceeds to build into a lively description of jazz in its many forms and discussions of its key players. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves jazz at any level of interest. Tonight, our conversation ranges widely from who made the first jazz recording, to a definition of the art, and from bebop through Coltrane and beyond. Don’t miss this show!

Edith Piaf was one of the great singers and song interpreters of the twentieth century. Yet her life reads like a latter day version of Les Miserables. Described as a Gallic fusion of Billie Holiday and Judy Garland, my guest tonight describes her as more feral than that. She rose above an impoverished and violent childhood and survived the Nazi occupation of France to become a world renown sensation. Tonight, on Inquiry, we talk with teacher, writer and biographer CAROLYN BURKE about her wonderful new biography NO REGRETS: THELIFE OF EDITH PIAF.

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

Imagine her excitement as this creative and determined pianist, originally from Azerbijan, makes it to Newport to play her own music with her fine Dutch band.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 7:00pm

The theme speaks for itself... Enjoy at least two versions of "500 Miles", a track or two from The Flatlanders, Cadence Carroll's "Sunday Afternoon Love", Josh Joffen, Joan Baez, the Highwaymen, the Cumberland Trio, Suzi Brown, and MUCH MORE! Four hours of what you like, what I like, what WE like to hear.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 6:00pm

Ella was a major song stylist, partnering with the greatest names in jazz like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, while leaving an indelible mark on jazz.  Special guest hosts are actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 6:00pm

Drummer Joe Morello was known for his pioneering work with Dave Brubeck, but in the early 1950s he performed with Marian McPartland and bassist Bill Crow in the Hickory House Trio. In 1991, the trio reunited for a special Piano Jazz session to share music and memories from their days on New York's 52nd Street jazz scene. Tunes include "Skylark, "Falling in Love with Love, and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be. Morello passed away earlier this year at age 82.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 11:30am

It's all about the Apps. There is little doubt that Apple’s iPhone has revolutionized personal communications gadgets. It has introduced us to an “anything-anytime-anywhere” feeling . But at what price? Are devices like the iPhone “distracting brain mushers” that are making us dumber? Is the idea of privacy now a quaint concept of the past? Apple and the iPhone are also about extreme close corporate control, and the App store has been accused of imposing censorship, stifling innovation and fostering conformity. Is there any basis for any of these concerns? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome BRIAN X. CHEN, former Associate Editor for Macworld Magazine and currently a writer for Wired.com. His new book addresses all these and also describes the evolution of the iPhone and why Apple has been such a successful company. Brain’s book is ALWAYS ON: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future-and Locked Us In. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 6:00pm

Australian violinist with a name as unique as his musical approach, discusses continuing the jazz tradition on violin while still performing country western and classical music.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 11:00am

What’s the oldest song in the world? Did Ben Franklin invent a musical instrument that drove people mad? What are the actual lyrics to the classic rock song “Louie Louie”? All these fascinating stories are in writer and documentary film maker RICK BEYER’S latest rollicking compendium THE GREATEST MUSIC STORIES NEVER TOLD: 100 TALES FROM MUSIC HISTORY TO ASTONISH, BEWILDER AND STUPEFY. Tune and find out where to find the largest man-made dog in the world and other wild tales. 

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