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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.


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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Broadway singer/composer Ann Hampton Callaway discusses her CD tribute to jazz icon, Sarah Vaughan.

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

Allen Toussaint would have been 78 this week had he not died suddenly after a concert in Spain last November. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his birthday with his huge legacy of music from Lee Dorsey, The Meters, The Neville Brothers and so much more!! It all starts at 7pm….

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night In America is honored to celebrate the 80th birthday of drummer, bandleader, and force of nature Tootie Heath. He’s recorded with Coltrane, lead a band for fifty years, and played with Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery, and many more. In eight decades, Heath hasn’t missed a beat – listen in for the sound of a true jazz veteran.

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 10:30pm

In his new book THE GEOGRAPHY OF GENIUS, author Eric Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Eric Weiner about his research and the eye opening results.

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Aaron Nicodemus, business editor of the Telegram & Gazette. They talk about the top local and regional business stories of 2015.
In the final Sunday Telegram of each year, the “Business Matters” section takes an in-depth look at the top local and regional business stories of the past 12 months. This year, in Top Business Stories of 2015, the key focuses are on mergers, downtown construction, and changes atop Hanover Insurance.
As T&G Business Reporter Lisa Ecklebecker writes, “The biggest business stories in Central Massachusetts during 2015 ranged from a frenzy of deal making, to health care cost woes, to turnover in the corner office, to signs of economic development. In other words, if something big happened globally or nationally in business, it probably happened here, too.”

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 9:00pm

Hummingbirds capture everyone’s imagination. But hummingbirds often run afoul of the actions of people and when they do, they get taken to one of a devoted group of select people skilled at rehabbing these tiny, feathered jewels. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with TERRY MASEAR, who has been rescuing hummingbirds since 2005, in Hollywood no less. Her new book talks about the reality of caring for these high maintenance birds. Terry’s book is titled FASTEST THINGS ON WINGS: RESCUING HUMMINGBIRDS IN HOLLYWOOD.

Just a few years after the end of our conflict with Britain, the newly formed country of America was in poor financial condition. The country owed lots of money and the only way to get the needed funds was to raise taxes on farmers and landowners. Many of those farmers were deep in debt and lost their farms, lands and possessions. Finally enough was enough and organized bands of “Regulators” blocked courts and some resorted to violent insurrection in Massachusetts. It was a revolution on the heels of another revolution and the future of the United States was at stake. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SEAN CONDON, an associate professor and chair of the History Department at Merrimack College about his new history of SHAY’S REBELLION: AUTHORITY AND DISTRESS IN POST-REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA.


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