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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr’s life and legacy in song. Back by popular demand: special guest co-host Logan Matthews.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Acclaimed as "a truly impressive Brazilian Pianist" by the Latin Beat Magazine, Henrique Eisenmann is one of the leading young artists in the jazz scene in New York and Boston, operating a daring fusion of unusual contemporary jazz, free improvisation, folk Latin melodies and classical music.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Robert Redford talks about designing his life and work at Sundance around a jazz model and how improvisation is a key to his creative process.

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on tonight’s show. Dr. King’s message had quite a soundtrack, featuring artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, The Impressions and The Staple Singers. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 6:00pm

Today’s finest pianists pay tribute to the Father of Stride Piano -- James P. Johnson. We’ll dig into the James P. Collection in Newark, New Jersey and then head to Dizzy’s for some solo piano from Aaron Diehl, Ethan Iverson, Marc Cary, ELEW and many others at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 10:30pm

Dana Babbin is a local children's clothing entrepreneur whose disruptive brand Pink Truck Designs has gotten plenty of attention. Her unisex clothing line strives to eliminate gender stereotyping of children at such early ages with outfits sporting pink images of trucks, planes, boats, tractors, etc. The clothing communicates "it's time to change gear" by letting girls know it's OK for them to like trucks. Will this be a major cultural change for how children dress? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dana Babin.

Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 9:00pm

Reading existed long before the written word, but writing was both created by human civilization and simultaneously helped create those civilizations. From the ancient cuneiform of Mesopotamia through the alphabets of Ancient Greece and beyond the invention of the printing press, the written word has continuously changed those that write it and read it. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with MATTHEW BATTLES, writer and program fellow at the Berkman Center of Harvard University about his amazing new history: PALIMPSET: A HISTORY OF THE WRITTEN WORD

Writer and historian ARDIS CAMERON returns to Inquiry to talk about her history of the women mill workers of Lawrence, Massachusetts. These laboring women, many recent emigrants, banded together to protest unfair pay and work conditions in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Cameron’s book is titled: RADICALS OF THE WORST SORT: LABORING WOMEN IN LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS 1860-1912.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four hours of music from artists active today on the modern acoustic music scene. Special guests live in the studio will be Arny Spielberg, Cara Brindisi, and Mike Lord: Three Voices, No Waiting!

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 6:00pm

Referencing the exotica of composers ranging from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich to George Gershwin, Martin Denny, and John Adams, Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica—as a vibraphone quintet—performs global jazz and exotic chamber music with world-music flavors sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Led by multi-percussionist, vibraphonist and composer Brian O’Neill, the group also features bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Shane Shanahan), acoustic bass (Brad Barrett), and oud/tanbur/resonator guitar (Tev Stevig). The quintet focuses on original music written by O'Neill ("a first-rate composer"—Huffington Post) that is highly influenced by his fifteen-year career as a multi-percussionist in symphony orchestras, jazz groups, and world music ensembles leading AllAboutJazz to say, "…if John Zorn is an exotica Picasso, O'Neill is his Georges-Braque counterpart in cubism's transposition to music." The Orchestrotica was named the 2012 "Best World Music Act" in the Boston Phoenix's annual readers' poll.

Featuring:

Brian O’Neill/Vibraphone, Pandeiro, Bodhran, Tammorra, Riq, Percussion, Compositions
Geni Skendo/Bass Flute, C Flute
Jeremy Smith/Hand percussion
Brad Barrett/Bass

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome RICHARD E. NOBLE, writer, educator and WICN host. His latest book is a truly monumental local history: THE ECHO OF THEIR VOICES: 150 YEARS OF ST. MARK’S SCHOOL. Tune in learn about the founding and early years of this notable private school in Southborough, Massachusetts.

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