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Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 8:30am

On Inquiry tonight, we talk with returning guest writer MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL.  He is a visiting professor of law and co-director of the Immigration Clinic  at the West Virginia University College of Law. His new book is a powerful recounting of his growing up under very complicated circumstances: ALL MY MOTHERS AND FATHERS: A MEMOIR. Be sure to tune in and listen to Michael read a section of this powerful book. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:00pm

In 1901, the Pan-American Exposition opened in Buffalo New York. It was hoped this “world’s fair” would do for Buffalo what the “White City” did for Chicago. Instead, a President of the United States was assassinated there. And that’s just part of what occurred at this off kilter exposition. It’s a story of going over the falls in barrels, the kidnapping of the “Doll Lady” and the attempt to electrocute a beloved elephant. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer MARGARET CREIGHTON, professor of history at Bates College. Her new book is THE ELECTRIFYING FALL OF RAINBOW CITY: SPECTACLE AND ASSASSINATION AT THE 1901 WORLD’S FAIR. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with OLIVER KOMAR, ornithologist and professor of natural resources management at Zamorano University in Honduras. He is the co-author, with Jesse Fagan, of a beautiful new field guide: THE PETERSON FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF NORTHERN CENTRAL AMERICA.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:00pm

Banjoist Bela Fleck has collaborated with the top musicians in every style of music and has the 16 Grammys to prove it.

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

Lordy Lordy we need something uplifting these days! Soul Serenade to the rescue! We're no angels, but tune in this week to listen to some uplifting gospel soul music with host Tom Shaker. Robes optional....

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 10:30pm

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the system operating in their favor―all while retreating into enclaves that separate them further and further from the poor and working class. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Boston author Chuck Collins about his new book: Born On Third Base. Collins an heir to the Oscar Meyer fortune gave away his inheritance and now devotes his time to helping those less fortunate.

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with LISA CROSSMAN, Koch Curatorial Fellow at the Fitchburg  Art Museum. Joining her in the studio is artist LISA BARTHELSON. Together they will be talking about the wild and colorful new exhibition at FAM: PLASTIC IMAGINATION, a show of artists who have embraced plastics as their material of choice. This exhibition is on view at FAM till January 15, 2017. For more information, go to:

For a long time it has always been assumed that birds are, well….”bird brained”. Birds have small brains and it has been assumed that they are therefore not anywhere near as intelligent as mammals. But in the last several decades, researchers have begun to discover that birds like the New Caledonian Crow (shown), the California Scrub Jay and even the lowly House Sparrow can be creative, solve complex problems and are quite smart. Learn why tonight on Inquiry we talk with science and natural history writer JENNIFER ACKERMAN about her brilliant new book THE GENIUS OF BIRDS.

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 1:30pm

GRAMMY-nominated artist, singer-songwriter, educator and jazz ambassador Carolyn Malachi talks with Bonnie Johnson. Malachi has traveled the world performing as part of the American Music Abroad program which is co-produced by Jazz by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Washington, DC native, R&B, jazz and soul singer brings her voice to a panel discussion and special live performance when BAMS Fest presents "Souls of Women" - Exploring arts, music and social change on October 20, 2016 at Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

Photo by Drew Xeron

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tracks from CD's by local N.E. artist past and present, and live in-studio appearances by 15-year-old Massachusetts guitarist/singer Quentin Callewaert and local singer-songwritter Susan Ursprung.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

At DreamFarm we love eclectic jazz influences but there is nothing quite like Classic trio jazz to bring you home to a happy listening place.

And these guys do it with such finesse that it is fresh and new, especially since they write original trio music and have released 2 new albums of it.

After many years of playing, recording and writing, these fellows truly shine and it was such fun to have them at the farm. I was taken to new heights as they backed me up on my own trio jazz tune “Velvet Arms of Midnight.” Thank you, Steve, Bruce and Jack.

Steve Hunt /Piano
Jack Diefendorf,/Drums
Bruce Gertz/Bass


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