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Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 10:00am

PATRICIA MARX is a staff writer for the New Yorker. She was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon and a former writer for Saturday Night Live. She has written a unique and hilarious guide on how to improve our minds as we slide into inevitable old age. The book was based on her numerous experiences in attempting to giver herself a “brain lift”: LET’S BE LESS STUPID: AN ATTEMPT TO MAINTAIN MY MENTAL FACULTIES.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 3:30pm

TOM KOCH, widely published writer, journalist and lifelong sailor, returns to Inquiry to talk about his book THE WRECK OF THE WILLIAM BROWN: A TRUE TALE OF OVERCROWDED LIFEBOATS AND MUDER AT SEA. This is the shocking story of a shipwreck in the north Atlantic and the horrific aftermath in which the crew callously threw fourteen emigrants  over the side of the lifeboat and the trial that followed.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 2:30pm

Can religion and science “get along”? Not according to tonight’s guest on Inquiry. JERRY A. COYNE is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He believes that religion and science are adversaries in an all out war between rationality and superstition. Tune in tonight when we talk about Professor Coyne’s new book FAITH VS. FACT: WHY SCIENCE AND RELIGION ARE INCOMPATIBLE.  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

British guitar virtuoso Colin Oxley discusses his favorite classical and jazz guitarists and his work as the number one call jazz guitarist in the U.K.

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate one of the most unique elements of soul music; the spoken word introduction. How can you resist Issac Hayes, Barry White and The Manhattans, to name just a few,tempting us with deep voices and deep groove, about love, sex, jealousy and revenge? You know you can't! It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz icon Tootie Heath turned 80 on May 31st, and we’re honored to help him celebrate the occasion!

Heath, who first recorded in the 1950s with John Coltrane, recorded as a leader for over 50 years, and performed alongside such artists as Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery, and countless others. Incredibly, popular opinion suggests that the drummer sounds better than ever, entering his eighth decade.

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 10:30pm

This week Al speaks  award-winning investigative reporter Joe Domanick about his new book: BLUE. In it Domanick reveals the troubled history of the LAPD in a gripping story filled with hard-boiled, real-life characters that bring to life the ravages of the criminal justice system. In light of the recent controversy surrounding police tactics this story is must hear. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 .

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 8:30pm

Inquiry has a lively discussion with writer AMY FUSSELMAN about her new book SAVAGE PARK: A MEDITATION ON PLAY, SPACE AND RISK FOR AMERICAN WHO ARE NERVOUS, DISTRACTED AND AFRAID TO DIE. This wonderful essay was inspired by Amy’s trip to Japan during which she got to explore some rather unique play parks for children that are like nothing here in the States. But the book is about so much more, so tune in and find out.

Tonight on Inquiry, we have a lively and informative conversation with author, birder and blogger LAURA ERICKSON. She has written a number of books about learning about birds and her “just about to be released” book is about bird nesting and mating behavior. Tune in and find out how those tiny chickadees manage to survive the brutal winters of New England. Laura’s blog can be found at:

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Grammy nominated, guitarist, composer, educator Julian Lage talks with Bonnie Johnson in advance of his concert at Rockport Jazz Festival 2015.  Julian Lage Trio performs at 2 pm, Sunday, August 16th at Shalin Liu Performance Center by the seaside in Rockport, MA.


Photo Credit: Jimmy Katz

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Keyboardist/Composer Lao Tizer talks with Bonnie Johnson about his multi-cultural band and blending contemporary world fusion that has taken smooth jazz to another level. TIZER Quartet featuring virtuoso violinist Karen Briggs performs live at Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 8pm.


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