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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with GORDON B. ARNOLD. He is a professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art, where he teaches film and art history. His new book is ANIMATION AND THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION: A BRIEF HISTORY. Tune in tonight and listen as we talk about the beginnings of American animation and characters like Gertie, Felix, Betty Boop and Popeye.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

Guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, talks about Eddie Lang, Dick McDonough, and others who influenced him, and what it takes to be a great rhythm guitarist.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 10:00pm

POSITIVE NOISE celebrates the upcoming INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (Wednesday March 8) with an entire evening of women rock artists. We will feature classic artists like Darlene Love and Joanie Summers; great singers of the late 60s like Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin; hard rocking punk and New Wave artists like Deb Harry and Siouxsie; and a good sampling of new releases from the likes of Sleater Kinney,  Yuki of Young Juvenile Youth and Jesca Hoop. Uncle Mark hosts.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

This week's Soul Spolight will be on Bobby Womack. You know his big hits "Lookin' for a Love" (for J. Geils) and "It's All Over Now" (Rolling Stones), but Bobby Womack's voice is its own kind of soulful. Find out who's "The Bravest Man in the Universe", and enjoy three hours of R&B gems with Tom Lucci.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America goes to La La Land to get the real story of what it takes to make it as a jazz musician in the City of Stars. We'll check out pianist Josh Nelson’s latest project inspired by the history of Los Angeles - from Hollywood to amusement parks to Tiki music. And we'll ask some LA musicians what the award-winning movie gets right … and wrong.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 10:30pm

In 1912, a group of ambitious young men, including future Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter and future journalistic giant Walter Lippmann, became disillusioned by the sluggish progress of change in the Taft Administration. The individuals started to band together informally, joined initially by their enthusiasm for Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Moose campaign. They self-mockingly called the 19th Street row house in which they congregated the "House of Truth," playing off the lively dinner discussions with frequent guest such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. about life's verities. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and historian Brad Snyder about his new book: THE HOUSE of TRUTH.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Amy Collinsworth, president of the Boston Rotaract Club, Sheryl Meehan, governor of Rotary District 7930, of which Boston Rotaract is a part, and Dave Gardner, governor-elect of District 7930. They talk about Women in Rotary: Three Decades After A Landmark Supreme Court Ruling. This episode aired originally on September 25, 2016.

Boston Rotaract hosted the Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club forum on October 5, 2016 at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. This event focused on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.

Founded in 1905, Rotary International is a global community of more than 1.2 million like-minded individuals in 35,000 clubs who have a passion for service. However, the Rotary International Constitution required membership to be limited to just men until 1989 - two years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that mandated gender equality in Rotary in the United States. Today, there are more than 200,000 women in Rotary, comprising nearly 20% of Rotary’s membership.

Rotaract - a Rotary Club partner - is targeted toward young professionals who extend Rotary’s value of “service above self, and who want to join in making a difference in their local and international communities. Rotary and the world it serves have transformed since 1905. Women now hold more prominent roles in the workplace, their communities, and in Rotary International – from club presidents to district governors to Rotary International vice president. The “Women in Rotary” forum will focus on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino is president of the Auburn Rotary Club.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with BENJAMIN KLEIN. He teaches European and world history at California State University, East Bay. He is also the nephew of photographer Irwin Klein. Benjamin Klein has edited a beautiful new book of Irwin Klein’s photography: IRWIN KLEIN AND THE NEW SETTLERS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF COUNTERCULTURE IN NEW MEXICO. Tune in an dlearn about the life of Irwin Klein and about the commune culture in the southwest.

Inquiry welcomes back DONALD KROODSMA. He is a well-known authority on birdsong and professor emeritus if ornithology at the University of Massachusetts. A few years back, Kroodsma was wrestling with what he wanted from his academic career and he decided to bicycle across America with his 24 year old son, listening to the changing avifauna along the way. It was a great adventure. His account of this road trip is told in the new book LISTENING TO A CONTINENT SING: BIRDSONG BY BICYCLE FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC. This is a unique book that you not only read, but listen to. Tune in and learn all about it.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 2:30pm

Celebrate Women's History Month with the jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, educator, actress and visual artist Carmen Lundy. She returns to Scullers Jazz Club on Friday night to celebrate the release of her 15th album Code Noir (Afrasia 2017). Among her performance, collaborations and recordings, Ms. Lundy is featured on Terri Lyne Carrington's GRAMMY winning Mosaic Project.  In the last year, the critically acclaimed Miami, Florida native became the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award by Black Women In Jazz & the Arts (Atlanta) and was presented keys to the city with a proclamation of "Carmen Lundy Day" by Miami-Dade's County Office of the Mayor. She joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about her career, the legacy of her evolving songbook that led to the first publication of the Carmen Lundy Songbook (2007) and this latest project that includes new songs with social commentary. Posted by 

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 1:30pm

Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, educator Vijay Iyer talks with Bonnie Johnson in advance of his March 9th Celebrity Series concert at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA. Iyer was named DownBeat Magazine's 2015 Artist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a professor at Harvard University and an artistic director at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. He will perform with his sextet, an expansion of his trio, featuring drummer Marcus Gilmore, bassist Stephan Crump, alto-saxophonist Steve Lehman, tenor-saxophonist Mark Shim, and cornet & flugelhorn player Graham Haynes. Since releasing his latest album Break Stuff, Iyer plans on releasing his next album with the sextet on ECM Records in the fall of 2017. Posted by


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