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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

This week on The Folk Revival, Nick Noble follows the progress of music from the Celtic tradition-- Ireland, Scotland etc-- to the New World-- Appalachia and throughout the United States. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join Julie on location in LA with stellar studio pianist and gifted composer, Mike Lang. Mike has played on literally 1000’s of hit records and movie and sound tracks. He shares fascinating insights into his life as well as his studio work. Come and explore “all the things” he is. From the studios of Rich Eames, in Los Angeles, CA. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining her in the studio is LORI MADER, ceramics faculty member and PAM FARREN, metals instructor. They will be talking about their work and the upcoming FACULTY SHOW at the Center for Crafts. For more information about upcoming shows and classes at the Craft Center, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:00am

When JULIANA BUHRING set off on her record breaking 18,063 mile trip around the world on her bicycle Pegasus she had no sponsors or funding. Even more amazing is the fact that when she had come up with the idea of doing this feat she had not ever seriously ridden a bike!  Her book is THE ROAD I RIDE: SOMETIMES IT TAKES LOSING EVERYTHING TO FIND YOURSELF. Tune in and find out how she did it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

Canadian saxophonist Grant Stewart discusses his new CD “Trio” and his using the unusual instrumentation of sax, bass and drums.

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

The often-overlooked older brother of The Temptations David Ruffin, Jimmy had a Motown hit with his soul standard "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted" in 1966. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of this lost soul on Monday night's edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

In 1965, the trumpeter, composer and arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big-band music originally intended for the Count Basie Orchestra — and nobody to perform it. So they made their own. They handpicked some of New York's top talent and called rehearsals on Monday nights, when the studio musicians could actually make it. And by the time they debuted on a Monday in February 1966 at the famed Village Vanguard, they were already a force to be reckoned with — soon to become the most influential big band of the last 50 years. The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, still plays every Monday night.

Jazz Night In America heads to the basement jazz shrine to see the band's 50th anniversary show in February 2016, full of cuts from the original Thad Jones songbook. Our radio program tells the story of how the band came to be.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:30pm

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with best selling author and former senior political advisor to Bill Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal. In his just released book "A Self Made Man" Blumenthal uncovers new and compelling information about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Just when you think you've heard all there is about our 16th president Blumenthal through his intense research has re-introduced another aspect to the great mans life.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Peter Stefan, owner and president of Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors. They talk about the death and life of locally owned funeral homes. This episode aired originally on November 1, 2015.

As Worcester Magazine wrote in 2013 in its Person of the Year profile, “Over the course of several days in early May 2013, [Peter] Stefan and the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor he runs out of an historic white building on Main Street graced the cover of just about every major newspaper in the US, popped up on TV screens as part of daily and evening newscasts and ignited a controversy that, all these months later, still lingers. For Stefan, it started late on a Thursday night in May, the second of May to be exact. That is when he opened the doors of his funeral home to the body of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It was the sort of under-the-cover-of-darkness intrigue you see in movies.”

As WoMag’s report continued, “Stefan ended up in the middle of it all, dealing with a political hot potato that saw nearly every local, state and federal lawmaker do their best not to handle. Believing with all his heart that everyone deserves a burial, the man whose mother worked in hotels and whose father toiled away at the old American Optical factory in Southbridge before dying when Stefan was only 3, decided to offer up his services to prepare Tsarnaev for burial when just about every other city and funeral director was saying no.”

As the 2013 Worcester Magazine profile noted, “Stefan, now far from the limelight and free of the pursuit of the TV personalities who were nipping at his heels for interviews back then, is unfazed. He is as secure and content with his decision as the day he made it. And he believes public sentiment, by and large, has swung toward him. Even if it did not, Stefan believes he – and by extension, his country – did the right thing. After all, as he said many times during the ordeal, ‘We bury our dead.’”

As a son to hardworking Greek and Albanian immigrant parents, Peter Stefan is a first-generation funeral director with more than 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. He is also a very active member of the Worcester community, and has been involved with numerous local organizations, such as, the P.I.P. Shelter, AIDS Project Worcester, the Nigerian American Organization, the Veteran's Shelter, and many more.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is writer and critic GREIL MARCUS to talk about his two new books: REAL LIFE ROCK: THE COMPLETE TOP TEN COLUMNS 1986-2014 and THREE SONGS, THREE SINGERS, THREE NATIONS. Real Life Rock are the collected “top ten” columns that Marcus has written for various publications over decades about music, film, art and much more. Three Songs…are a series of three lectures Marcus gave at Harvard that explores different aspects of folk music in America.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with naturalist and researcher SCOTT WEIDENSAUL about his new beautiful guide, the PETERSON REFERENCE GUIDE TO OWLS OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN. Tune in and find out what is the most likely owl to see in your backyard and also learn about the extinct giant owls of the Caribbean and much more.
 

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