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Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 10:00pm

Kevin Whitehead is a well-known writer about jazz and the jazz critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His new book Why Jazz? A Concise Guide is a marvelous guide to the history and art of jazz in an engaging “question and answer” format. The book begins by answering some of the most basic questions about jazz like “Why listen to jazz?” This guide then proceeds to build into a lively description of jazz in its many forms and discussions of its key players. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves jazz at any level of interest. Tonight, our conversation ranges widely from who made the first jazz recording, to a definition of the art, and from bebop through Coltrane and beyond. Don’t miss this show!

Tonight on Inquiry we have a special discussion about the new documentary
All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film. In the early 1980s a dynamic homegrown music scene evolved around local hardcore rock bands. This included bands like S.S. Decontrol, Gang Green and Jerry’s Kids. The fans were loyal, independent, and very supportive of the local musicians. This unique music scene became famous around the country for its fierce “do-it-yourself” ethic and chaotic audience participation. The film All Ages captures all the energy and youthful bravado of this era in Boston through footage from the era as well as contemporary interviews with an amazing variety of people who were there. Tune in as we talk with Drew Stone (Director), Duane Lucia (Executive Producer) and Katie Goldman (Producer). To see the film trailer go to: http://allagesbostonhardcore.com

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 6:00pm

Everyone in this band composes for the band -- Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland in Boston. Sponsored by Berklee College of Music and recorded by WGBH.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 7:00pm

Maritime folk in anticipation of the upcoming Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, perhaps with a guest artist or two, and featuring recordings from Burl Ives, Schooner Fare, the Johnson Girls, Gordon Bok, the Shaw Brothers, Roll & Go, Mudhook, the Jolly Beggars, and more!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 6:00pm

Vibraphonist and bandleader Stefon Harris is one of the busiest musicians in jazz: He tours with his band Blackout and the SF Jazz Collective, teaches at NYU and is an artist-in-residence at institutions across the U.S. Born with asthma, Harris took to piano and percussion at an early age, but that never stopped him from admiring a trumpeter like Miles Davis.

"The thing I admire most about Miles is his ability as a leader," Harris says. "He is my hero and someone who I model myself after as a leader. He was able to bring incredibly gifted people together and allow them to be fully creative in that space."

Harris is also a three-time Grammy nominee and has been named Best Mallet Player by the Jazz Journalists Association six times. Here, Harris showcases his fiery work on the vibes through a polished set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 10:00am

“Faster than a speeding bullet…More powerful than a locomotive….Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superman!” Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer LARRY TYE. He was an award-winning journalist at the Boston Globe and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. His latest book is a complete biography of SUPERMAN: THE HIGH-FLYING HISTORY OF AMERICA’S MOST ENDURING SUPER HERO. From his humble beginnings, created by lonely nerds Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, through decades of comics, radio shows, television and numerous films, Superman remains the greatest super hero creation of the twentieth century. Tune in and find out just some of the secrets of the world’s mightiest mortal. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

In her new book “The Insanity Hoax” Schlesinger lays siege to the popular notion that to be truly creative, a person must be mentally unbalanced. A PhD psychologist and a jazz critic, Schlesinger discusses myths about Charlie Parker, Chet Baker and other jazz musicians presumed to have been insane to some degree. Judy and Judith discuss the psychology of genius and Judith’s fascinating and multi-faceted career.

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 7:00pm

Soul singers don't get any better than the "Big O." His tragic
death at age 26 cut short the life of an artist who was just
reaching his prime. Also known as "The King of Soul" Otis
released his first record for Stax in 1964. Join host Tom
Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of one of soul's most
emotional and powerful voices. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes is today's ultimate jazz ambassador - from deep Afro-Cuban roots and improvisational jazz mastery, he creates a sophisticated style all his own. For their first stateside performance in seven years, Valdes brings his Afro Cuban Messengers to the Allen Room. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 10:30pm

A recent study by PewResearch found that a majority (64 percent) of Americans support labor unions and believe that they are a necessary part of America’s workforce. But to what extent? Oscar Weil former executive director of the Illinois Federation of Teachers joins Al to talk about his new book, "Teachers Beyond the Law": How Teachers Changed Their World. Oscar details how he put IFT on the forefront of public worker litigation as well as his views on the current state of labor today. So tune in this Sunday September  16 at 10:30 for "The Public Eye".

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 9:00pm

Filmmaker and teacher SHAWN CAREY returns to Inquiry to talk about Migration Productions new dynamic film EPIC JOURNEYS. Shorebirds make dramatic migratory journeys every year, many species traveling from their breeding grounds in northern Canada and Alaska all the way south to South America and back again. Along the way, they fuel they fuel their efforts by feeding in very specific areas along the eastern seaboard. Epic Journeys tells the story of three species through dramatic and beautiful footage of the birds and interviews with conservationists and scientists studying these birds. To find out where you can see this film, go to:
http://www.migrationproductions.com/video-epic-journeys/

Edith Piaf was one of the great singers and song interpreters of the twentieth century. Yet her life reads like a latter day version of Les Miserables. Described as a Gallic fusion of Billie Holiday and Judy Garland, my guest tonight describes her as more feral than that. She rose above an impoverished and violent childhood and survived the Nazi occupation of France to become a world renown sensation. Tonight, on Inquiry, we talk with teacher, writer and biographer CAROLYN BURKE about her wonderful new biography NO REGRETS: THE
LIFE OF EDITH PIAF
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