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Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with GEORGE B. SCHALLER. He has spent more than half a century studying wildlife in over twenty countries. He has helped protect some of the planets most endangered and iconic animals including the mountain gorillas, tigers, giant pandas, jaguars and the snow leopard. Tonight George Schaller talks about his new book TIBET WILD: A NATURALIST’S JOURNEYS ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD. This book chronicles Schaller’s three decades long research on the remote Tibetan Plateau, “a place nowhere intimate”, studying wild yak, chiru, argali and of course the snow leopard. If you would like to learn more about the conservation organizations that George Schaller talks about in the interview see: PANTHERA at http://www.panthera.org who work to conserve the large cats throughout the world and the WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY at: http://www.wcs.org.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS and TOM O’MALLEY, Head of the Departments of Ceramics and Photography at the Worcester Center For Crafts. They talk about two exciting and diverse exhibitions focusing on ceramics: THE JOURNEY OF TWO COLLECTORS: BARRETT AND MAHROO MORGAN and THE POTTERY INVITATIONAL SHOW. For more information go to:http://www.worcester.edu/WCC

Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 4:00pm

As Women's History month ends and Public Radio Month begins, we’re showcasing live performances by some of New England’s leading women in music.  Be sure to catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson welcomes guests Women of the World, a Boston-based collective of musicians; 16-year-old award winning jazz vocalist Claire Dickson; and Worcester’s Native Soulstress Sunta Jones.

Women of the World help celebrate diversity in music bringing their global groove to the airwaves. In a collaborative that represents women from various countries together in “one voice", the ensemble brings multiculturalism, creativity, and music to another level. The band, comprised of ten women vocalists and instrumentalists, just released a new CD entitled Koloro... We'll hear the combined voices of Ayumi Ueda from Japan & founder of the group; Annette Phlip from India; Giorgia Renosto from Italy; Deborah Pierre from USA/Haiti; and Negah Santos from Brazil.   http://womenoftheworldmusic.com

Claire Dickson is inspired by her own musical family and the reminiscent style of Ella Fitzgerald. The Boston-based jazz singer made her first appearance as a soloist at the age of three. By age twelve, Miss Dickson became serious about singing and since then has won numerous awards including Downbeat Magazine's Student Jazz Awards for High School Jazz Vocalist (2012) and Blues and Pop Vocalist (2012). Bringing curiosity and a signature “scat” to her musical voice, Claire's youthful and innovative spirit is being “played” all over the jazz world with her first CD, Scattin’ Doll.   www.clairedicksonmusic.com

Sunta Jones has been a part of Worcester's music scene for the last 10+ years, lending her talent to several bands and projects in and around the city. She is currently writing and recording an original, smooth soul CD with KFingers of KTP Productions. Striving to bring “positive vibrations”, when she’s not in the studio, the band leader can be heard at different community events around the city. Most recently Ms. Jones performed as Billie Holiday at the Worcester Public Library's Renaissance Fair in honor of their Big Read event. Often combining her solo voice with drums, Sunta demonstrates “one love” for the music through her strong a cappella and vocalese.

 

 

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 6:00pm

We’re in California for bassist Chris Lightcap and Bigmouth – two saxes, keys, Chris and drums. Lightcap’s Lost and Found New York is a musical guided tour from Arthur Avenue in the Bronx to the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village, the Cloisters over the Hudson to Coney Island on the ocean.

Lost and Found in New York by Chris Lightcap has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:00pm

A mix of old favorites with new recordings only recently arrived at our WICN studios. And in between sets we'll be chatting with some surprise guests.

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 11:30am

The narwhal has captured people’s imaginations for hundreds of years. Found in the far north, they are a whale species very much connected to the Arctic ice. They also have that fantastic legendary eight-foot long tusk. What is the function of this amazingly modified tooth? Tune in and find out when Inquiry talks with writer and natural historian TODD McLEISH who traveled far north to where the narwhals live in order to write his new book NARWHALS: ARCTIC WHALES IN A MELTING WORLD. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 6:00pm

Singer, virtuoso guitarist, and composer José Feliciano’s holiday tune, “Feliz Navidad,” is essential to any Yuletide playlist. On his latest album, The King, Feliciano pays tribute to Elvis Presley. The eight time Grammy winner joins Feinstein for an electrifying hour of music and conversation, including performances of “Always On My Mind” and “Love Me Tender.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 6:00pm

Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning “Duets II” CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, k.d. lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” as well as the Grammy for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for his duet, “Body and Soul” with Amy Winehouse.

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Aretha Franklin turns 71 on Monday. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates one of the most beloved voices in all of music, Aretha Franklin. She's sold over 75 million records worldwide, earned 16 Grammy awards and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Ethel Waters embodied the blues and brought that soul to every boundary she crossed – black and white, jazz and Broadway, secular and gospel. Now, songmeister Michael Feinstein leads a trio of vocalists – Adriane Lenox, Catherine Russell, and Tracie Thomas – to honor Waters’ classics including Cabin in the Sky, Stormy Weather and His Eye Is on the Sparrow.

Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 9:00pm

Why should you stay clear of lemon wedges in your drinks (and limes, cherries and olives for that matter)? Did you know that drinking from a straw will give you marionette lines? Not only should you not read on the toilet, you shouldn’t sit at all. Don’t get us started on the dangers of Santa Claus and romance novels. These are just a few of the sobering warnings to be found in the ENCYCLOPEDIA PARANOIACA: THE INDESPENSABLE GUIDE TO EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID OF OR WORRIED ABOUT. This compendium of everything that is out to get you, was compiled by our guest tonight:  Emmy and Grammy Award-winning author, composer and producer CHRISTOPHER CERF. Together with Henry Beard and the staff of the all too aptly named Cassandra Institute, they have produced a grand accounting of all the things to avoid at all costs, completely cross referenced and indexed for your paranoid convenience.

Have you wondered why there seems to have been such a dramatic rise in disorders like asthma, food allergies, and Multiple Sclerosis in the last decades? Some researchers believe it is because our autoimmune system has run out of control. Some of the reasons for this are startling and counter-intuitive. Is there a connection between our living in more sterile environments and the rise of these disorders? Tune in tonight for a truly thought provoking talk with science journalist MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF. His new book is titled AN EPIDEMIC OF ABSENCE: A NEW WAY OF UNDERSTANDING ALLERGIES AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES.

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