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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

The 9 pm Soul Spotlight features the songs of Burt Bacharach. Dionne Warwick was Burt's muse, but host Tom Lucci has Aretha, Luther, Mavis, The Iceman, and many more great voices on the case to "sing a little soul for you." Tunes you know and love - plus plenty you didn't know you loved  - from 7 pm.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between big band jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? Between Art Blakey and A Tribe Called Quest; between Freddie Hubbard and J. Dilla? One answer is offered by trumpeter Igmar Thomas, the founder and musical director of the Revive Big Band. Between originals, standard jazz repertoire and orchestrations of contemporary classics, Thomas aligns a multi-generational ensemble with a black music tradition that leads to the present day.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 10:30pm

Current immigration levels—the highest in U.S. history—undermine efforts to achieve a more economically just and ecologically sustainable society. So says Colorado State University professor and author, Phil Cafaro. He argues that  Political progressives favoring a more equitable distribution of wealth, economic security for workers and their families, the preservation of other species on the American landscape, and the political empowerment of common citizens should support reducing immigration into the United States. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Cafaro about his new book, How Many Is Too Many.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with artist RAÚL III. Raul has just illustrated the fantastic new graphic novel LOWRIDERS IN SPACE, which was written by Cathy Camper. This wonderful and wild new book is perfect for young readers from ages 8 and up to adults. Tune in and learn about how to trick out a custom car with different parts of the universe, how to draw a black hole and all about lowrider culture. “Bajito y suavecito”.

BARRY B. POWELL, the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, returns to Inquiry to talk about his new dynamic translation of one of the greatest epics in the world: HOMER’S THE ODYSSEY.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Celebrate International Women's Day when Host Bonnie Johnson talks with Tania Vinokur about "[her] mesmerizing performance that spans from Classical music to Oriental sounds, from Flamenco to Jazz and from Pop to Electronic music". One might describe Ms. Vinokur as a chameleon, changing her "channels of expression" including vocals and percussion. The multi-instrumentalist transcends her Israeli culture, the genres and the globe; born in Moldova and now living in Israel, she is a classically trained violinist and ballet dancer.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

So many folk songs have religious and spiritual themes, so here’s four hours of the best!

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 3:00pm

Kenny Shanker is a saxophonist, pianist, vocalist, and award-winning composer. A gifted musician, Shanker had an ear for composing music and playing the saxophone. Join Chet as he interviews Kenny, live on WICN!

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:00am

Ian Dury was a unique British musical talent. The music he made with his band The Blockheads was part funk, part music hall and part rock. His stage presence was that of a rowdy entertainer, a “lawless brat from a council flat”, not a rock star. Nobody sounded like Ian, before or since. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back journalist RICHARD BALLS to talk about his wild biography that takes it’s title from one of Dury’s iconic anthems: SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE LIFE OF IAN DURY. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00pm

Kevin Fort is a Chicago based jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He has been an active performer in Chicago for nearly 15 years and has worked with such notable musicians as John Clayton, Bill Watrous, Ramsey Lewis, Wayne Bergeron, and Rick Baptist. Join Chet as he interviews Kevin!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Bassist Jay Leonhart starting playing multiple instruments as a child and by his early teens had his own TV show with his banjo-playing brother Bill. Leonhart eventually found his home on the bass, but kept the variety going with collaborations with everyone from Judy Garland and Carly Simon to Sinatra and Sting.

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