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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 4:00pm

The glass armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin and it was his life-long companion. The beautiful ethereal sounds made by this strange musical instrument was thought to cure ills and, later, to cause musicians to go mad. It’s history is every bit as odd as the armonica. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with COREY MEAD, associate professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York about his wonderful history ANGELIC MUSIC: THE STORY OF BEN FRANKLIN’S GLASS ARMONICA. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with film-maker, writer and editor DAVID FRANCE about the horrific AIDS epidemic that struck the United States in the 1980s. France arrived in New York in the late 1970s and was on the scene as close friends died painfully all around him while the government seemed not to care. His account of those grim years is the book we will talk about tonight: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE: THE INSIDE STORY OF HOW CITIZENS AND SCIENCE TAMED AIDS. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 6:00pm

NEA Jazz Master winner, legendary drummer Chico Hamilton discusses starting the West Coast jazz sound in the early years of his career, his appearance in the film classic "Sweet Smell of Success" and why so many young musicians today can't swing.

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:00pm

The fruitful collaboration between Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington brought us such classics as "Take The 'A' Train," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Isfahan." But behind the music, Billy Strayhorn led a complex and often difficult life. While composing some of the most harmonically-rich jazz of all time, Strayhorn was an openly gay black man in the homophobic 1940s. This episode of Jazz Night in America features interviews with family Strayhorn family members and Strayhorn's biographer, and rare archival tape of Strayhorn himself, peering inside his journey from working-class Pittsburgh to New York City and the world of elegance and "twelve o'clock tales." Pianist and vocalist Johnny O'Neal joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to present the music of Billy Strayhorn.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 10:30pm

The FBI has a lack of women in leadership roles within the Bureau. Is this just the latest in  a string of controversial issues facing the bureau? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Jan Fedarcyk, Retired Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Office and author of the new novel FIDELITY.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Amy Collinsworth, president of the Boston Rotaract Club, Sheryl Meehan, governor of Rotary District 7930, of which Boston Rotaract is a part, and Dave Gardner, governor-elect of District 7930. They talk about Women in Rotary: Three Decades After A Landmark Supreme Court Ruling. This episode aired originally on September 25, 2016.

Boston Rotaract hosted the Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club forum on October 5, 2016 at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. This event focused on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.

Founded in 1905, Rotary International is a global community of more than 1.2 million like-minded individuals in 35,000 clubs who have a passion for service. However, the Rotary International Constitution required membership to be limited to just men until 1989 - two years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that mandated gender equality in Rotary in the United States. Today, there are more than 200,000 women in Rotary, comprising nearly 20% of Rotary’s membership.

Rotaract - a Rotary Club partner - is targeted toward young professionals who extend Rotary’s value of “service above self, and who want to join in making a difference in their local and international communities. Rotary and the world it serves have transformed since 1905. Women now hold more prominent roles in the workplace, their communities, and in Rotary International – from club presidents to district governors to Rotary International vice president. The “Women in Rotary” forum will focus on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino is president of the Auburn Rotary Club.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 9:00pm

Edward Steichen was a painter, horticulturalist, museum curator, film director and one of the most innovative photographers of the Twentieth Century. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JENNIFER GROSS. She is the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at the DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM. Ms Gross will be talking about a new exhibition at the Decordova, EDWARD STEICHEN: TWENTIETH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHER which is on view from October 7-March 26, 2017. For more information, go to:

Tyrannosaurs, like the familiar T. rex,  are among the most charismatic dinosaurs, well known to the general public, even children. But how did they live? Were they as fearsome as the films portray them? What did they eat? And what was the deal with their tiny front legs? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DAVID HONE, who is Lecturer at Queen Mary University. His new book is THE TYRANNOSAUR CHRONICLES: THE BIOLOGY OF THE TYRANT DINOSAURS and it is the most complete and up to date information about these extinct fearsome carnivores.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 1:00pm

Jazz is a major contribution of African Americans to the universal language of music. This week host Bonnie Johnson celebrates Veterans Day weekend with a special mix of music honoring military veterans and history including talk with special guest Rosalyn Elder.  The historian, entrepreneur and architect is founder of African American Heritage in Massachusetts an organization that celebrates the legacy and contributions made by African Americans in towns and cities throughout the state. The official brand launch party happens at the Museum of the National Center of African American Artists in Boston, Saturday, November 26, 2016.


Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:00am

This edition of Jazz Highways will focus on jazz in war and host Brian Barlow will be joined by special guests, Thom Kenny and his wife, Carrie. Tune in as Thom recounts listening to the WICN stream while deployed and how his connection to jazz made a big difference on his deployments. Carrie who is a music teacher and teaches a class every year on jazz history will enlighten us with her knowledge and love for jazz. Join them as they start with pre-World War II music and carry the changes in music, genre, and stylistic influences through modern-day.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:00pm

Mostly tracks from newer CDs, a few old favorites, and a conversation with the multi-talented singer-songwriter-storyteller Don White


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