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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:00pm

Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has captivated audiences with his fusion of jazz and rock. He appeared on the Grammy Award-winning Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans; he's also worked with the Dave Douglas Quintet and the adventurous quartet, Lan Xang. This week McCaslin joins host Weber to perform a few of his favorite tunes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 3:00pm

There are 389 species of birds that are considered “Endangered”. An additional
197 species are considered to be “Critically Endangered” meaning that if something is not done quickly, these species will soon become extinct. An additional 4 species are effectively extinct in the wild, but hang on in small captive populations. Why are so many species of birds in trouble and what can be done about it? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ERIK HIRSCHFELD, a freelance writer, guide and consultant in ornithology. Together with Andy Swash and Robert Sill, they have written THE WORLD’S RAREST BIRDS, a state of the art volume that describes and illustrates all of those endangered bird species and explains why those species got to be so rare. It is one of the finest books on the challenges facing the natural world today and what it will take to save these endangered species for future generations to enjoy.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 6:00pm

We revisit Judy’s 2008 conversation with stage and screen star, John Lithgow, who talks about his love for classic jazz, recording a jazz-inspired children’s record, and how improvisational acting influences even the most scripted performance.

Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 9:00pm

The first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony are instantly recognizable to music listeners around the world. Since the symphony’s premiere in 1808, people of many cultures have found special meaning in those four notes. Some have heard fate knocking on a door, while others have heard the spirit of revolution or the essence of the Romantic sublime. The Chinese Communist government initially banned it then embraced it. Some listeners even heard the call of a common European sparrow. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MATTHEW GUERRÍERÍ about his wonderful new book: THE FIRST FOUR NOTES: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back TOM O’MALLEY, the head of the Ceramics and Photography Departments at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. With him is Artist In Residence and glass blower EMERY WENGER. Tom talks about the Center’s wonderful Artists In Residence program and how you can apply and Emery talks about his life working with glass. To look at application requirements for this program at the WCC, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 6:00pm

Since this set a year ago, high-energy drummer Miller has traveled to Cuba, released Live at Willisau on vinyl (DownBeat Editor’s Pick), showcased her Great Women of Blues & Jazz project, and a lot more. Boom Tic Boom is Dan Tepfer, piano; Marty Ehrlich, saxophone; Todd Sickafoose, bass.

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 7:00pm

Live from the WICN Performance Hall, a Celebration of Local Artists--in the spirit of the recent Worcester Music Award given to WICN in recognition as the station that does the most to support local artists, we will feature 4 hours of music from local artists old and new!

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 11:30am

This week on Inquiry we welcome MICHAEL DOVER, retired environmental scientist member of the Hitchcock Center board and co-editor of the new compendium of essays titled EARTH MATTERS: ESSAYS ON THE NATURE OF THE PIONEER VALLEY. The essays in this wonderful collection were first printed as a bi-weekly newspaper column and written by a variety of people associated with the Hitchcock Center, one of the leading New England centers for environmental education of children and adults. The subjects range from observations of birds, mammals, salamanders and invertebrates to pieces on the local farms, how to eat locally and even where to find a place to take a nap outdoors in the Valley. Together, these essays make up one of the most interesting and entertaining books on our local environment.  Tonight we talk about the Big Night (for salamanders), how to talk to your children about global climate change and why it’s important to get out of your car and simply walk. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 6:00pm

A five-time Grammy nominee, blues guitarist Robben Ford has played with renowned musicians including Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, and Bob Dylan. Named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine, he recently started his first rock-focused project, Renegade Creation. Ford joins Jon Weber for this episode of Piano Jazz, which includes duets of "On That Morning" and "Set A Date."

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 6:00pm

New Orleans painter talks about how growing up in the south and experiencing jazz has influenced his painting – from his “Blue Dog” portraits to his posters for “Jazz Fest.”

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates a true southern soul original. Along with Al Green,  Ann Peebles was one of the artists who defined Willie Mitchell's legendary Memphis soul label Hi Records. Peebles ranked among the finest deep Southern soul singers of all time with her instant classic 1973 hit "I Can't Stand the Rain." It starts at 7pm!!

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