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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with jazz singer-songwriter Anna-Frida Abrahamsson and harmonica player Yvonnic Prene.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

George Duke was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Scott Jeppesen.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Italian pianist is equally smitten with jazz of the Barry Harris/Tommy Flanagan era and the great stride pianists who came before them. Rossano Sportiello, while extensively trained in classical music, loves jazz and enjoys combining the two.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with saxophonist Anat Cohen and vocalist Lauren Kinhan.

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

In the second half of the 20th Century a cadre of stars emerged from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. "Do you teach them what to play?" Blakey was asked. "Hell no! I teach them what NOT to play." From the House of Swing we'll hear from Blakey's son, Takashi Blakey, along with appearances from graduates of "Blakey University" from over three decades: Bobby Watson, Javon Jackson, John Hicks, and Wynton Marsalis.

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with torch singer Jillian Parsons and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 10:30pm

Recently Gov.  Deval Patrick announced a plan to make the electric grid more resilient.   The plan sounds engaging but what happens if the grid goes down? Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry Executive Director of the EMP task force on national and homeland security, a Congressional advisory board dedicated to protecting the United States from weapons of mass destruction and the eventual destruction of our energy grids.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Richard Turner, manager of employment and training, and John Valis, employment and training specialist at Veterans Inc. and Farah Diba Sahnoun, associate recruiter of Manpower’s Boston office. They talk about transitioning veterans out of homelessness.

Based in Worcester, Veterans Inc., is a national leader in ending homelessness among veterans. It has one of the highest rates in the nation – 85 percent – for transitioning veterans out of homelessness.

Since 1991, Veterans Inc., the largest provider of services to veterans and their families in New England, has helped more than 50,000 veterans and their families. Operations are expanding further into New England and beyond in the organization’s effort to achieve its goal of eradicating homelessness among veterans.

Veterans Inc.’s clinical-case management approach addresses the “total veteran”, incorporating job training and employment, health and wellness, and supportive services ranging from transportation to legal advice. This holistic methodology earned Veterans Inc. a “Best Practice” citation from the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

In 2009, Veternans Inc. received two national awards for outstanding performance, from Secretary Eric Shinseki of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 9:00pm

Panoramic pictures didn’t start with the iPhone. Starting in the 1840s, photographers began to take exquisite panoramic shots of special events, unique groups of people and even everyday life. These detailed long photographs are wonderful windows into the history of transportation, woman’s rights, racial equality and popular culture of an America long gone by. On Inquiry tonight, we speak with Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Media, the company that operates the cable channels AMC, IFC, WEtv and the Sundance Channel. Josh discusses his new book The Big Picture: America In Panorama a collection of panoramic photographs with commentary by Josh Sapan as well as such luminaries as Yogi Berra, Dick Cavett, Kathleen Turner and Martha Stewart.

William L. Bird, Jr., Curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution returns to Inquiry to talk about his catalog for the exhibition Paint By Number: The How To Craze That Swept The Nation. The hobby kits that were Paint By Number were immensely popular in America of the 1950s, but they became a flashpoint in heated arguments about what constitutes art and high and low culture. Art critics railed against them, but the public loved them. Tune in tonight and learn how these kits were made and who loved them and what kits were the most popular.

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