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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:00am

“Scurvy was singular, like no other disease, and yet like them all. It was unique and multiple at the same time, unparalleled and common.” Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JONATHAN LAMB, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Vanderbilt University about his new book: SCURVY: THE DISEASE OF DISCOVERY. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

Some of the most beautiful and well-preserved  fossils of prehistoric birds in the world have been found in the Jehol shale formations of China. Many of these Mesozoic fossils have even preserved the details of the feathers of these early toothed birds. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Dr.  LUIS M. CHIAPPE, adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and vice president for research and collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where he directs the museums Dinosaur Institute. His new book, co-authored with Meng Qingin, is BIRDS OF STONE: CHINESE AVIAN FOSSILS FROM THE AGE OF DINOSAURS. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 7:00pm

Joining us tonight by phone from her home in the great Bluegrass state of Tennessee is Becky Buller. The 2016 IBMA Female Vocalist and Fiddle Player of the Year will be traveling up for the 32nd Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, February 17-19, 2017. This is Becky’s first visit to the Joe Val and she will be bringing her full Bluegrass band. Becky is well known for her songwriting talents, having won countless awards and been covered by some of the best in Bluegrass including Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and many more.

There seems to be no end to this lady’s talents: songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, record producer, instrumental instructor; she has been nationally recognized for all of it. Now she has added the additional role of bandleader and when she brings it all up to Massachusetts next month we will have opportunity to see and hear up close and personal what all the buzz is about.

Everything she does, she does with excellence and it is great to see her honored for it. She won five IBMA awards in the past two years and in 2016, Becky Buller was chosen to make bluegrass music history by becoming the first person ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. WOW!

I can’t wait to get her on the phone and hear what a Bluegrass groundbreaker sounds like. Well on her way to becoming a legend, and not even forty years old yet! Tonight is her birthday by the way.

Happy Birthday Becky! And thanks for sharing all that talent with your Bluegrass friends in New England.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:00pm

After years away from performing because of vocal cord issues, Steven is back with his new big band CD, “The Way You Look Tonight” a throwback to the Sinatra days of swinging arrangements of the standards.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes back WICN's Northern Soul connoisseur Dr. Steve Moysey for another blistering set of little heard soul gems. Clear the living room and get your dancing shoes on for this one! It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Dave Brubeck’s music is reimagined by members of the JALC Orchestra. Jazz Night explores various Brubeck compositions, as we sit down and discuss with the arrangers the decisions they made when approaching the material.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 10:30pm

At the end of his second term, George Washington surprised Americans by publishing his Farewell message in a newspaper. The President called for unity among “citizens by birth or choice,” advocated moderation, defended religious pluralism, proposed a foreign policy of independence (not isolation), and proposed that education is essential to democracy. He established the precedent for the peaceful transfer of power. What can be learned from our first president and his ideals? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author and CNN analyst John Avlon as he talks about his new book: Washington's Farewell.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Grace Ross, is one of the founders and the coordinator of the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending. They talk about putting an end to predatory and illegal discrimination in lending practices. This episode aired originally on September 25, 2016.

The Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending is a seven-year-old coalition of nearly 70 member organizations, as well as a number of endorsing organizations. Among the member organizations are housing-counseling agencies, legal-services groups, social- service agencies, and community-based social-action groups. All have come together to work on reversing the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts. The Alliance focuses its work on:

  • Legislative initiatives, including judicial foreclosure, mandatory mediation, just-cause eviction post-foreclosure, and other pre- and post-foreclosure protections for tenants and homeowners;
  • Organizing to prevent eviction of tenants and resident homeowners who are paying their rents in foreclosed properties;
  • Providing education to homeowners and tenants regarding their rights, as well as educating the general public regarding the predatory and discriminatory practices of lenders and financial institutions;
  • Ensuring that foreclosed properties can be acquired as affordable housing by non-profits and other entities.

The Alliance shares information among, and coordinates the activities of, its member organizations and, where possible, speaks with a united voice on behalf of people impacted by the foreclosure crisis and against predatory lending practices.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we continue our conversation with award-winning writer and journalist CARL SAFINA about his important new book BEYOND WORDS: WHAT ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL. Safina is the Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University. Tonight we talk about why humans have been so hesitant to accept the idea that animals other than us could have minds. In addition, we will talk about the very social and complex minds of Killer Whales.

On Inquiry tonight our in studio guests include HONEE HESS, Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts and THOMAS DOUGHTON, Senior Lecturer, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Holy Cross. They both will be talking about the upcoming Crafts Center exhibition: BANDITS & HEROES, POETS & SAINTS: POPULAR ARTS OF THE NORTHEAST OF BRAZIL. For more information on this exhibition, go to: www.worcestercraftcenter.org.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Playing tracks from the latest CD releases by the following artists: the Belle Hollows, Mark Brine, Carrigan & Blair, Colette O’Connor, Crowes Pasture, Beth DeSombre, Charlie Ipcar, James Keyes, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, Jon McAuliffe, Rick McCarthy, Howie Newman, Dan & Faith, Six String Soldiers, Two Old Friends, Chris Vaughan, and Bob Weir. A surprise or two as well.

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