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Programming Highlights

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America takes a look back at the 20-odd concerts it's presented so far as a highlight reel of great performances.

The first season of Jazz Night In America webcasts hasn't quite finished yet, but it's time to take stock of where we've been. Whether in huge concert auditoriums like Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall to tiny basement salons like Mezzrow in New York, we've heard from living legends, rising stars and very, very talented artists somewhere in between. Jazz Night In America presents highlights from its first batch of programs, featuring artists like Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Pedrito Martinez, Robert Glasper, Miguel Zenón, Johnny O'Neal and many, many more.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

There's only one queen and it's her birthday this week! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of Aretha Franklin. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Harry Allen discusses growing up playing accordian and how that much-ridiculed instrument helped him learn jazz.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

FUNNY, SILLY, HUMOROUS & SATIRICAL SONGS FOR APRIL FOOL’S WEEK. Tune in!

Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 9:00pm

Is it getting warm in here or is it me? We have all experienced fevers and don’t think much about them, but centuries ago fevers were feared because they could be life threatening.  Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CHRISTOPHER HAMLIN, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His latest book is titled MORE THAN HOT: A SHORT HISTORY OF FEVER. This fascinating history traces the evolution of different culture’s theories about why we get warm and weird when we are sick. Tune in and learn about fever vigils, fever manuals, the invention of the thermometer and the wild world of delirium.

Once their miles long flocks darkened the skies for hours. But now they are extinct. Gone forever. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back artist, writer and world authority on bird and animal extinction ERROL FULLER. His new book THE PASSENGER PIGEON is not just a history of the extinction of North America’s most common bird, but really a celebration and a memorial to a unique species. All of Fuller’s books contain numerous photographs and unique artwork, tune in and find out why this is so important to him.

Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Clarinda “Rindy” Higgins and William “Bill” Armstrong Jr. about their new book, Against the Current. They talk about the how Albert Schweitzer inspired a young man’s journey,

Against the Current recounts the African adventures of Mark Higgins, the 18-year-old scion of a Worcester industrial family who elects to pursue his own destiny – in Africa - rather than the one his father charted for him. As the emerging nations of Africa gained their freedom in 1960, the global balance of power changed. Africa sat at the nexus of east-west contention, as well as being a cauldron of inter-tribal warfare. Mark Higgins’ travels took him deep into the Congo, where he was out of contact for weeks. The thoroughly researched and richly detailed narrative describes a young man’s quest for authenticity and purpose at a time crucial to African independence. Mark Higgins left legacies that have a profound impact on society more than half a century later.

Rindy Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in eastern studies from Smith College and a master’s degree in education. She taught elementary school for 11 years and has worked as an environmental educator since 1986. She was recognized with the Gold Award by the National Science Teachers Association. She has traveled widely in third-world countries seeking authentic experiences and understanding. In working on this book she led a four-person two-week expedition through western Gabon.

Bill Armstrong holds a degree in political science and journalism from Kent State University. He is a former writer for the Associated Press, assistant dean of New York University’s Graduate School of Business, and worked for more than two decades as a senior public-relations executive in New York. He served as a U.S. Navy public-affairs officer for 30 years, retiring with the rank of captain. He has written several specialty books.

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America flies to the coastal mountains of the Pacific Northwest, where Seattle resident Steve Treseler and Vancouver native Ingrid Jensen put their heads together to salute a mutual hero. The late Canadian-born, England-based trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler was a musician's musician -- though fame eluded him, his distinct but tuneful melodies and unconventional improvisations were a deep influence on many players. Seattle's musician-run outpost the Royal Room welcomes Treseler, Jensen and their sextet in a program spanning the range of Kenny Wheeler's discography.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back artist, sculptor and teacher KITTY WALES. Tonight Kitty talks about her new works “Migration” and “Lionfish” and about her travels to Republic of Azerbaijan to create a unique work from found materials. Kitty Wales work often involves building large sculptures of fish or animals from an amazing variety of found materials. Tune in and learn about how she created her monumental “Canis ex Machina” and other pieces.

Inquiry welcomes LISSA WARREN, Vice President, Senior Director and Acquiring Editor of DaCapo Press. Her latest book is THE GOOD LUCK CAT: HOW A CAT SAVED A FAMILY AND A FAMILY SAVED A CAT. This touching and very frank memoir is a story of family love, loss and grief and how a family pet can give you real comfort in extremely difficult times. If you have a family pet that you love dearly, don’t miss this show.

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