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Monday, December 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we look back on one of the most memorable years in history. We'll remember musicians who left this world; the best soul music releases and events that made us laugh, cry and shake our heads! It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

Ring in the holidays with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This week, Jazz Night in America breaks format: no stories or interviews, just a show full of good music. With guest vocalists Audrey Shakir and Denzal Sinclaire, Wynton Marsalis leads the orchestra through new arrangements of holiday classics. The set begins with an energetically swinging version of "Jingle Bells" — the perfect complement for cooking in the kitchen, wrapping gifts or decorating the tree.

Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 10:30pm

NY Times best-selling author Jeanne Marie Laskas author of HIDDEN AMERICA, the people who make this country work will be Al's guest this Sunday evening at 10:30. Tune in to hear her commentary on the average working man and woman from around the nation and hear their thoughts on it's future.

Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Joyce Mandell, founder of Jane Jacobs in the Woo, about making Worcester healthy and sustainable for all people. This episode aired originally on October 23, 2016.

Joyce Mandell has lived in Worcester for about 20 years, working for the Oak Hill Community Development Corp. before becoming an academic. In honor of urban theorist Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday this past May, Mandell started the blog, “Jane Jacobs in the Woo,” to inaugurate a full year of community conversations and actions about building a vibrant Worcester. Jacobs was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for more than 40 years. - and who died 10 years ago, in 2006.

The revolutionary ideas in Jacobs’ 1961 classic treatise, Death and Life of Great American Cities, were based on her observations of city life from her apartment above a candy store on Hudson Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village and her immersion out in the city streets.  She was highly critical of modern urban planning and more specifically, urban-renewal practices of the 1950s that cleared out, in one stroke, whole vibrant neighborhoods considered blighted by city planners and developers.

Jacobs eschewed city planners who sat with maps in a room and instead urged people to know the true ecology of cities by going out into urban spaces to experience them. Based on her acute observations on what she described as the “street ballet” of city life, she promoted these main ideas for building thriving cities: mixed-use development; high-density neighborhoods; pedestrian- and bicycle-centered cities; and, bottom-up planning.

We have Jacobs to thank for saving Greenwich Village, a neighborhood targeted by New York powerbroker Robert Moses for construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Because of the activism of neighbors and supporters, the city rejected the proposal for that highway in 1964. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 9:00pm

The Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Eleventh Edition, publish in the early years of the Twentieth Century, is considered “the last great English language encyclopaedia.” But the story of its creation is a complicated and chaotic tale of the clash of British and American culture. It is one of the great (and wild) stories from the history of book publishing. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer, teacher and journalist DENIS BOYLE about his new book: EVERYTHING EXPLAINED THAT IS EXPLAINABLE: ON THE CREATION OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA’S CELEBRATED ELEVENTH EDITION, 1910-1911.

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer and journalist JILLIAN KEENAN. Her new memoir is about many things. It is a brilliant and lively look at sex and love in Shakespeare’s plays. Her book is also about her own search for a loving relationship. SEX WITH SHAKESPEARE: HERE’S MUCH TO DO WITH PAIN BUT MORE WITH LOVE is also a no holds barred account of Jillian Keenan coming out with having a spanking fetish. Tune in and find out all about it.

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four hours of holiday recordings. Sweet Wednesday live in the studio.

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

Singer-songwriter Julie Lavender, host of DreamFarm Radio discusses her newly released CD, "The Siddur Project."

In this project Julie Lavender, sets luminous poetry from the ancient Jewish prayer book to her own fresh, multi-faceted, jazz-influenced music. This intriguing project features top East Coast jazz players and also highlights Julie’s striking visual art.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

Pianist Tardo Hammer discusses his work with Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks and others and his new CD, “Simple Pleasures."

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

It was ten years ago that the Godfather of Soul left this world. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his passing with a special tribute on our annual holiday music show. It all starts at 7pm……BYOM (Bring your own mistletoe)!

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Nuyorican pianist Eddie Palmieri turns 80 this month and to celebrate Jazz Night in America presents the Latin jazz legend’s Harlem River Drive project featuring an 18-piece orchestra recorded in (where else, but) Harlem! In the words of Eddie himself, “The message of Harlem River Drive is the past, present, and future. We’re talking about conditions that exist past, present, and future and why we struggle to survive. We’re talking about the unequal distribution of wealth; we’re talking about broken homes.” Eddie and the band trace the genesis and commercial failure of the 1972 cult album, and how the message is still today.

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