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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Pianist Steve Hunt, throughout his career, has stayed true to an uncompromising vision of composing and performing Jazz music from his heart. Steve has continued to push himself technically, focusing on a musical style which is both challenging and meaningful. Steve's desire towards challenging himself is nowhere more evident than with his long time association with Allan Holdsworth, whose progressive and innovative style has helped Steve to further his own musical development. Steve continues to compose and study and grow. His technique is masterful and his music is tasteful and melodious. Truly. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome JOHN DOE, bassist and vocalist for the legendary band “X”, musician and actor. He has written and compiled a new book of essays on the emergence of the punk movement in Los Angeles  in the late 1970s and early 80s. Besides Doe’s own writing, UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF L.A. PUNK features pieces written by key musicians  at the time from bands like The Plugz, The Flesheaters and even The Go-Gos. Johns new album is titled THE WESTERNER.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 4:00pm

Bzzzzt! Have you ever been stung by a yellow jacket or honey bee? Why do wasp stings hurt so much? Tonight’s Inquiry is all about the biology, ecology and biochemistry of stinging insects. We talk with JUSTIN O. SCHMIDT, a biologist at Southwestern Biological Institute and is affiliated with the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona. His new book, THE STING OF THE WILD, recounts his wild adventures collecting, and sometimes getting stung by, some of the most venomous insects in the world. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

British guitarist Sam Dunn discusses the challenges of the jazz scene in England and combining his equal passion for the music of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and English rock.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 4:00pm

Peter Eldridge visits Cassandre McKinley on this edition of "Standard Time". Peter is one-fourth of the pre-eminent jazz vocal group New York Voices, and an outstanding singer and composer in his own right. He'll perform live in-studio songs from his upcoming album "Disappearing Day" and talk about his life as a jazz headliner, teacher, mentor, and much more.

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the musical legacy of a great soul trumpet player. Along with Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson formed the Memphis Horns and played, not only as part of the Stax house band, but also with the biggest rock and soul acts ever. The Memphis Horns were in high demand playing with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Otis Redding to Elvis, Neil Diamond and U2. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:30pm

In his new book, The Boys in the Bunkhouse New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.
In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author, Dan Barry and hear how this tragic story unfolded.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Mark Henderson and Fred Hurlbrink Jr., co-founders and co-owners of the Worcester Sun. They talk about the business and journalism of online news and information. This episode aired originally on February 7, 2016.
“,” the digital home of the Worcester Sun, is a startup news organization dedicated to “providing the best journalism in Worcester. With more than 300 years of professional journalism experience, our contributors make sense of the news that matters to Worcester.”
The owners and operators of the Worcester Sun are Mark Henderson and Fred Hurlbrink Jr., who launched their business in August 2015 with the stated goal of “putting ‘local’ back in local journalism.” Both Mark and Fred live locally, so the Worcester Sun is locally owned – unlike the Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Magazine and GoLocalWorcester, among a growing number of other non-locally-owned local media – a trend that’s happening both here in Central Massachusetts and throughout the rest of America.
On the Worcester Sun website, Mark and Fred state, “We believe journalism supported by advertising only puts publishers in the position of searching for stories that gather the most clicks. Unfortunately, most of the time popularity and meaning are not the same.”

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 9:00pm

Gerry Mulligan was a legendary composer, arranger, bandleader and baritone saxophonist. He was able to sit in with any musician because he could embrace all styles of jazz regardless of his specialty. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with writer, jazz historian and jazz journalist SANFORD JOSEPHSON about his new biography: JERU’S JOURNEY: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF GERRY MULLIGAN.

From 1969 to 1972, Howard Smith interviewed some of the most iconic musicians and cultural figures of the time and aired those fascinating interviews on his New York radio show. These interviews included luminaries like Lou Reed, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol and Jim Morrison. Smith talked with Janis Joplin just days before she died. Nobody knew what happened to the tapes of those interviews until very recently when they were rediscovered. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with filmmaker and sculptor EZRA BOOKSTEIN who has edited these interviews and gotten them published in THE SMITH TAPES: ROCK STARS AND ICONS: 1969-1972.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 2:00pm

Tenor Saxophonist, Afro-Cuban jazz composer and educator Carlos Averhoff, Jr. visits Bonnie Johnson in advance of his "Iresi Curtain Call Concert" . Following his father's legacy, the second generation saxophonist, Latin GRAMMY nominated Averhoff, Jr will lead his trio at Regatta Bar in Cambridge on Thursday, July 14, 2016.


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