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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 4:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back writer and journalist GINGER STRAND to talk about her new dual biography THE BROTHERS VONNEGUT: SCIENCE AND FICTION IN THE HOUSE OF MAGIC. After World War II, Kurt was a struggling writer working on his first novel Player Piano and brother Bernie was an accomplished scientist interested in learning how to control weather. And they both worked at GE. Tune in and learn their amazing stories. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz great Mark Murphy talks about his advice to his vocal students to listen to jazz drummers to improve their scat singing.

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now. Even longer, if you consider how long his 10-piece working band has known each other: Most of its members, known collectively as The Next Step or The West Coast Get Down, have known each other since at least high school decades ago in South Central Los Angeles, and in some instances well before that. Even as their diverse careers have made it difficult to focus exclusively on this band — Washington is, for instance, the saxophone player heard on the new Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar albums — they've all continually committed to experimenting with a brand of jazz that resonates with their own generation's lived experience.

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating the music of William "Smokey" Robinson this week in Cleveland. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate this soul music icon right here in Worcester. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:30pm

Dr. Kenneth Geiser is Professor of Work Environment and Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Dr. Geiser is one of the authors of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served as Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute from its founding in 1990 to 2003. His research and writing focus on pollution prevention and cleaner production, toxic chemicals management, international chemicals policy and green chemistry.  He has served on various advisory committees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nations Environment Program. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Geiser about environmental issues facing Massachusetts.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Allison Chisolm, author of The Inventive Life of Charles Hill Morgan: The Power of Improvement in Industry, Education and Civic Life.

A man of deep convictions, quiet generosity and constant curiosity about new ideas and the world, Charles Hill Morgan was far from the "starchy Puritan" that his grandchildren recalled. When he learned how to use specialized drafting tools in the 1840s, his professional-grade compass precisely centered measurements for foundations and steam engines. His mastery of these tools led to a future of vast new possibilities.

Morgan’s  life reflected a strong moral compass, centered on church, family and service to others while running a Philadelphia paper bag business, overseeing the world’s largest producer of barbed wire, and then founding his own steel rolling mill company in Worcester. His life journey serves to personalize the early development and subsequent successes of the American industrial revolution -- a time in history when the power of ideas coupled with mechanical ability fueled those with a strong desire to find new solutions to old problems.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 9:00pm

“Strangers in the night…”. Love songs have been sung since ancient times, but they have often been marginalized and considered radical and disruptive. From Assyrian marriage songs to the crooning of Sinatra and beyond, we all enjoy love songs. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with TED GIOIA, author and music historian about his wonderful new book LOVE SONGS: THE HIDDEN HISTORY. Tonight we talk about those rowdy and lusty troubadours!

Our guest tonight on Inquiry is DAVE GOULSON, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Stirling and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. In 2003 he bought a run-down farm in rural France to create a sanctuary for bees and other invertebrates. And there begins the marvelous story found in his book A BUZZ IN THE MEADOW: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM. Tune in tonight and learn why the food you eat is so dependant on those buzzy bees.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, band leader Arnetta Johnson talks with host Bonnie Johnson about her musical journey and upcoming performance in the Roxbury Jazz and World Music SeriesArnetta will perform live at RCC with her band S.U.N.N.Y (Sounds Uplifting Nobility through Notes and Youth) on Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7 pm at Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center. Currently a senior at Berklee College of Music, the accomplished trumpeter has played with R&B vocalists Janelle Monae, Ledisi and more. Between her course of studies, Ms. Johnson is accompanying drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's tour and appears on the recent album The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul. Tune in at 12 pm.



Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Pianist George Cables talks with Bonnie Johnson about his newest album, "In Good Company" and upcoming residency at Harvard University. Cables will be a guest artist co-sponsored by The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) and Harvard Jazz Bands. Open to the public campus events include Friday, November 13, 4 pm: “A Conversation with George Cables”  moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music at Leverett House Theatre; and Saturday, November 14, 8 pm: “A Concert with the Harvard Jazz Bands and guest artist George Cables”  at Lowell Lecture Hall in Cambridge.


Photo by Terrence Jennings

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join us as we celebrate Nick Noble's 400th show as host of THE FOLK REVIVAL. Joining Nick live in the studio will be the legendary Tom Rush, as well as local artists Jason & Sarah Eslick, Stephen Hebert, and Chris Kent. Lots of great music, including folk songs from the original folk revival period and new tracks from Hoot n' Holler, just to name a few!


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