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Monday, July 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

Oliver Jones may be the most famous living jazz pianist you've never heard of. But in Canada, Jones is a hero. This week on Jazz Night In America, we'll introduce you to the 81-year-old ambassador for jazz — a former protege of another great Canadian pianist, Oscar Peterson. Here, Jones sits down with Peterson's daughter to discuss what jazz means to Canada and what Canada means to him.

Jones celebrated his retirement this year with a special sold-out trio performance at the Montreal Jazz festival. Jazz Night was there to bid him farewell.

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 10:30pm

From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jesse Eisinger, a blistering account of corporate greed and impunity, and the reckless, often anemic response from the Department of Justice. Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed "Too Big to Fail" to almost every large corporation in America--to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and beyond. The Chickenshit Club --an inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs--explains why. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Jesse Eisinger about his bestselling book; The Chickenshit Club.

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Chris Moulding, regional community marketing manager of Zipcar. They talk about the business of transporting people.

On June 28, Boston-based Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, announced a new partnership with the City of Worcester to bring its “wheels when you want them” membership service to area residents, businesses, visitors and students.  

Six Zipcars are now available for reservation by the hour or by the day in easily accessible locations downtown. The vehicles are parked in designated spots for convenient pick-up and drop-off and can be reserved in seconds on Zipcar’s mobile app, online or over the phone.

The Zipcar Worcester fleet features a variety of makes and models. Each reservation includes gas, insurance and 180 miles of driving per day.

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight we go down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass when we talk with PROFESSOR DAME GILLIAN BEER. She is the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature Emerita at the University of Cambridge and we will be talking about her new book ALICE IN SPACE: THE SIDEWAYS WORLD OF LEWIS CARROLL.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and comic artist BEN KATCHOR about the new collection of his work CHEAP NOVELTIES: THE PLEASURES OF URBAN DECAY. Tune in and learn about the odd urban adventures of Julius Knipl, real estate photographer.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Once again, special guest co-host Howie Newman will join Nick Noble in the studio to share four hours of songs about our National Pastime. We’ll hear from Chuck Brodsky, John McCutcheon, Howie himself, and many others (yes, including Abbott & Costello). What better way to spend the All-Star break!?

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

Cellist Catherine Bent and vocalist/guitarist Elis Roseira met in the deep of a New England winter and discovered they were both under the spell of Brazilian music. Their music is truly a taste of the sun. It’s a blend, European Dance Music African rhythms and Brazilian Jazz sounds.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:00am

Tonight we talk with artist and writer JULIA JACQUETTE about her graphic memoir PLAYGROUND OF MY MIND. This is a beautiful, large format work that describes how some very special playgrounds of her youth, and her mother and father, helped shape the artist she is today. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

This is the first of Judy’s conversations with pianist/composer Bill Cunliffe. It was recorded onstage during the Jazz Inspired from Kiawah Island Festival in February 2016, and also features a performance by Judy and Bill along with Harry Allen and Pat O’Leary.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Amanda Carr, the new executive director of 90.5 WICN. They talk about taking Jazz+ for New England up to the next level.

Recently, WICN named jazz performer and music administrator Amanda Carr as its new executive director. WICN, a National Public Radio affiliate station, celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2015, and has a strong focus on jazz.

Amanda has been nominated twice as Jazz Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards, and has performed with a range of artists from James Montgomery to Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, as well as many name big bands such as the Glen Miller Band and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. In addition, she is an active member on the board of directors for Boston Women in Media and Entertainment, and was formerly on the boards of Standish Humane Society and WICN. She was also the founder and former CEO of the American Big Band Preservation Society.

Amanda has taken the reins at WICN from Tom Lucci, former WICN board president. Tom had been interim general manager since Gerry Weston retired two years ago.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about mysterious arcane tomes with ALLISON KAVEY, assistant professor of history at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Who wrote these books on alchemy and medicine that promised to reveal secrets that no one else knew? Who published these books and who bought them? Tune in tonight when we talk about Kavey’s  BOOKS OF SECRETS: NATURAL PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLAND 1550-1600.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JEFF CHANG: executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. We will continue our conversation about his book: WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT: NOTES ON RACE AND RESEGREGATION. Tonight we talk about his reporting from Ferguson and the meaning of the term “Asian American.”

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