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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Why is a chamber-jazz quartet lead by Bert Seager, American jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, and educator. The Why also features cello, upright bass, and hand percussion and together reveal new ways to hear dance rhythms from many cultures. The music makes one wonder what Schubert would have sounded like had he lived in Peru and played odd meters, or if Ravel had lived in Ghana and had been able to improvise over chord changes.

Cadence Magazine says Bert’s music is filled with “effervescent optimism.” And the Boston Globe wrote that his “kind of exuberance makes the jazz world go round.”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 3:30pm

Mark Hogancamp was an artist who had fallen into some tough times. One night he was viciously attacked by a gang and left horribly battered and in a coma. During his long recovery he began to create a fictional scale model World War II Belgian town in his yard.  He peopled this town with an amazing cast of characters including himself and other people he had met. He then took stunning photographs of the lives of these people. This was therapy that became extraordinary art. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with film maker CHRIS SHELLEN, who with Mark Hogancamp, has written a great guide to this land titled WELCOME TO MARWENCOL. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 2:30pm

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. Barred Owl photograph by Sheila Carrroll.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

One-half of the magic duo Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette discusses his bass playing during the pre-show of his Vegas act, and how jazz has changed his life.

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

Are there certain soul songs that just "touch" you a bit more? It might be the way soul music uses string sections to add "that certain something" that really makes it memorable. Join host Tom Shaker as we listen to those great songs that don't adhere to the old saying "no strings attached."
It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

Arturo O'Farrill pays tribute to Afro-Cuban music and the collaborations that have helped this music grow and thrive, despite years of political tumult. "The Conversation Continues" the theme of the concert and Arturo's most recent album, does just that - continues a conversation started decades ago between Cuban percussionist, Chano Pozo, and the trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie, by bringing together contemporary collaborations between American and Cuban musicians. And we'll hear how Arturo O'Farrill has been working, through music, policy and family, to continue and expand these conversations at the heart of Afro-Cuban music.

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 10:30pm

Lady Bird Johnson grew up the daughter of a domineering father and a cultured but fragile mother. When a tall, pushy Texan named Lyndon showed up in her life, she knew what she wanted: to leave the rural Texas of her childhood and experience the world like her mother dreamed, while climbing the mountain of ambition she inherited from her father. She married Lyndon within weeks, and the bargain they struck was tacitly agreed upon in the courtship letters they exchanged: this highly gifted politician would take her away, and she would save him from his weaknesses. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with biographer Betty Boyd Caroli about her new book,  LADY BIRD and LYNDON.

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, talks with Peter Stefan, owner and president of Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors. They talk about the death and life of locally owned funeral homes

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, November 1, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with visual artist NATHALIE MIEBACH. Her beautiful, colorful and complex work “ focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations.” Tune in and find out how she takes information on tides and storms and turns that into wonderfully engaging work, even music. Her website is:

Modern America is a product of the influx of millions of immigrants from around the world. But the issue of current American immigration policy generates a lot of heat, but very little light. Typically, political conservatives side with reducing immigration and enforcing stricter policies towards people who have entered the country illegally, while political liberals favor a more open immigration policy and amnesty for people who are in this country illegally. Both sides hold deeply felt views. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with PHILLIP CAFARO, a professor of philosophy and affiliated faculty member in the School of Global Environmental Studies at Colorado State University. His new controversial book is titled HOW MANY IS TOO MANY? THE PROGRESSIVE ARGUEMENT FOR REDUCING IMMIGRATION and it presents an environmental and politically progressive take on the immigration debate. Tune in for a very different perspective on immigration in America.

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

Multi-Grammy winning jazz trumpeter, film composer and New Orleans native Terence Blanchard talks with Bonnie Johnson about his upcoming offering to Arts at The College of the Holy Cross. Music is the beacon on the hill when Blanchard's Quintet joins the Berklee Jazz in Film Orchestra to perform the four part "instrumental suite that "provided the score to Spike Lee’s HBO documentary “When the Levees Broke” about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath". In 2008, Blanchard's recording A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina) won the Grammy Award for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album".  Reservations are required to attend the free event on November 8, 2015, at 3 p.m. in Brooks Concert Hall. He'll also participate in Q & A on November 7th at 6 p.m. for Cantor Art Gallery’s “Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness” exhibition.


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