As a result of the growing hunger strikes in Guantanamo Bay, force-feeding prisoners continue. But is it ethical? Is it considered further torture? Some say ‘yes.’ Over one hundred detainees, roughly half of the prison population are now involved in the hunger strike and it has drawn worldwide attention to their indefinite detention. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Kent Eiler, counsel for The Constitution Projects Task Force on Detainee Treatment.
In a encore episode, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Worcester native Alicia Witt, a film, stage and television actress as well as a singer/songwriter who performed her live music show last December 31 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The New Year’s Eve concert was sponsored by First Night Worcester.
Best known as an actress, Alicia has appeared on several well-known television shows, including The Mentalist, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI: Miami, The Sopranos and Ally McBeal. She also starred for four seasons on the hit CBS sitcom Cybill, where she played Cybill Shepherd’s daughter Zoey. Numerous film credits include her latest in Cowgirls n Angels, I Do, Joint Body and Pasadena. She also starred in 88 Minutes opposite Al Pacino and Last Holiday opposite Queen Latifah.
In addition to Alicia’s impressive body of acting work, she is a classically trained pianist and talented singer/songwriter. In recent years, she’s turned her focus to a longstanding love of all things musical. She has been performing her original songs at venues across the country such as Hotel Cafe and The Viper Room in Los Angeles, and Joe's Cafe and The Living Room in New York City. Her first self-titled EP was released on iTunes in June 2009. Her music can be heard at AliciaWittMusic.com and her music video for the single 'Anyway', has played on MTVu and VH1.com. She has also appeared as a musical guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and was featured as the cover story in Sound+Vision Magazine.
Read now: Steve Jones-D'Agostino's latest GoLocalWorcester article, Babe Ruth Would Have Tipped His Hat to the Hanover Museum
Inquiry welcomes NICK CAPASSO, the new Director of the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM and MARY M. TINTI, the new Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Tune in and learn about their visions for the future of this wonderful institution, learn about the history of the museum and some of the up coming exhibitions. For more information on the exhibitions we talk about on this show, directions to the museum and when the museum is open, please go to:
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.
Happy Birthday, Kenny Barron, born June 9, 1943
Understated but amazing, those words fit Kenny Barron’s piano and personal style. By age 20, he had left Philadelphia to work and record with Dizzy Gillespie, then Yusef Lateef, Stan Getz, the Monk-inspired quartet Sphere, and KB’s own groups including Canta Brasil. In 2010 the NEA named him a Jazz Master. We’ll celebrate his birthday with his current duo with bassist Dave Holland at the Kennedy Center, and solo Barron from last summer’s Caramoor Festival.
Host Nick Noble, just back from a NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference in Rhode Island, will share the music he brought back from that adventure. Also, live in the studio, local singer-songwriter Sarah Huber.
Writer and children’s book author MELISSA STEWART returns to Inquiry to talk about her latest title in her wonderful series. This volume is titled A PLACE FOR TURTLES. Tune in tonight and learn what problems turtles are facing in our oceans, ponds and marshes and learn what young readers can do to help them.
Is there really an “epidemic” of obesity in America? What are the social consequences of addressing people’s weight as a health crisis? What do issues of body size and inequality have to do with class, race and gender? Tonight we speak with DR. ABIGAIL C. SAGUY, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Professor of Gender Studies at UCLA. Her new controversial book WHAT’S WRONG WITH FAT? will change the way you think about weight and obesity.
Vocalist Marissa Mulder has made her mark on the New York cabaret scene with a voice that recalls the legendary Blossom Dearie. She earned a spot on the Times Square Chronicles' Top Ten list in 2011, and her current show, Illusions, has gained acclaim. This week Mulder and host Weber talk about bringing new life to old standards and perform a set of the songs that she holds dear.
Trombone virtuoso talks about the influence his trombone-playing father Bill Allred had on him growing up and what it takes to be a great player in every setting.
Curtis Mayfield is perhaps the most prolific soul performer ever. From his early Chicago soul days with Major Lance, to The Impressions, to Superfly and beyond, this producer, writer, guitarist and singer left a legacy like no one else. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Curtis Mayfield's birthday on this Monday's show. It all starts at 7pm!
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