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Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 9:00pm

VIV ALBERTINE is an artist, filmmaker, musician and former guitarist for the legendary band The Slits. Her latest solo album is titled The Vermillion Border. Viv returns to Inquiry tonight to continue her discussion of her autobiography; CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS. After she left the Slits, Viv Albertime had to redefine her life, to discover what she really wanted to become. She became a filmmaker, got married, had a daughter and had a long brutal battle with cancer and pneumonia. After all of that, she decided to make music again, but it was a long and tough slog getting back up on stage and performing in front of a live audience alone. Tune in and find out the rest of her amazing story, so far.

During the 70s and 80s, Stiff Records was the small British recording label that broke all the rules and turned the heat up on the majors. Artists that at one time or another were associated with Stiff Records included Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, The Damned, The Go-Gos, Devo, Madness, The Pogues, Tracey Ullman and many more. What was the secret of Stiff’s incredible success? Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with journalist RICHARD BALLS about his new musical history BE STIFF: THE STIFF RECORDS STORY.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

One of the most successful flamenco guitarists and world-fusion artists, Jesse Cook, joins Brian Vinik by phone tonight. Cook is a major player in the world fusion scene.  Tune in tonight!

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 12:00pm

Guitarist/Educator Larry Coryell rocks jazz with his latest album "Heavy Feel" on Wide Hive Records. He talks with host Bonnie Johnson in advance of his concert at Scullers Jazz Club where  he'll perform with Strings Attached on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

The day before May Day—songs of the labor movement, etc. “Proletariat Arise, Sing Off Your Chains!”

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a 5-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords. As with his home-made guitar, Albino wanted to combine styles and incorporate diverse elements in his music. Today, Albino’s music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique "Moz-Jazz" sound.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 3:30pm

We have an ever-increasing need for some of the rarest metals on the planet. These include elements like niobium, tantalum, rhodium and platinum. You may never have heard of them, but these names from the bottom of the Periodic Table are used in smartphones, cars,  medicine and dentistry. But there are very finite deposits of these metals and mining them is complex and often not environmentally friendly. It’s a growing recipe for disaster. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with KEITH VERONESE, science writer and journalist,  about his fascinating new book: RARE: THE HIGH STAKES RACE TO SATISFY OUR NEED FOR THE SCARCEST METALS ON EARTH. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 2:30pm

Ethel Payne was considered the First Lady of the Black press from the fifties and for decades after “but she was generally out of sight of white America.”. This driven and intrepid journalist was there to cover the modern history of the struggle for civil rights and was a Wasington correspondent, did field reporting from the Vietnam War, reported from many countries in Africa and around the world. She was a tenacious reporter who witnessed race relations in an international arena. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer and biographer JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS about his wonderful new biography: EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: ETHEL PAYNE, THE FIRST LADY OF THE BLACK PRESS. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00pm

In celebration of the last season of “Mad Men," we revisit Judy’s conversation with Bryan Batt who played the character of Sal Ramano, the closeted gay art director for the Sterling Cooper Agency on that great series.

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 7:00pm

She's the gold standard for southern soul singers. Songs like "I Can't Stand The Rain," "99 Lbs," and "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" still sound as fresh today as they did in the 1970s. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Ann Peebles 68th birthday on Monday. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Hammond electronic organ was developed with churches in mind, as a lower-cost alternative to pipe organs. But in Philadelphia, a keyboard player named Jimmy Smith was inspired by early jazz experiments on the instrument, and found a devastating way to adapt the new bebop style to the Hammond B-3.

It seeded a new tradition of organ players in Philadelphia — major figures like"Groove" Holmes, Jimmy McGriff, Papa John and Joey DeFrancesco, andTrudy Pitts — and started a new sound in jazz at large.

NPR's Jazz Night In America visits Philadelphia for a history lesson and dance party: a tribute to organ masters Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott and Charles Earland with six local organists, multiple bands, and guest vocalists.

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