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Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

Jazz guitarist, composer, band leader PJ Rasmussen talks with Bonnie Johnson and is joined by mentor Bucky Pizzarelli to celebrate his 91st birthday and the legacy of music that they share. At twenty five years young, Rasmussen is founder of the Boardwalk Jazz Band. Described as "NYC’s only 21-piece band that features four vocalists and almost entirely original music[...]Boardwalk Jazz is a modern embodiment of Duke Ellington’s famous statement: 'There are two kinds of music— good…and the other kind'." Tune in at 1 pm.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 9:00pm

Can an elephant act silly? Do wolves have ethics? Is a Killer Whale sentient? Typically we have thought of animals as unthinking creatures without a human-like consciousness, but is this really true? What are the implications if we humans finally realized that animals have an inner life similar to our own? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CARL SAFINA, an award-winning writer and journalist and the Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University. His challenging and exciting new book BEYOND WORDS: WHAT ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL attempts to answer these questions.

“We move through this world on paths laid down long before we are born” writes tonight’s guest, writer and journalist ROBERT MOOR. His new book is titled ON TRAILS: AN EXPLORATION and it looks at the idea of trails in human culture and the history of trail making back to the prehistoric times. How do trails come into being? What makes an essential trail? Why do we feel so at peace when hiking? These are just some of what will be discussed on tonight’s Inquiry.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Juan Gomez, executive director of Centro, formerly known as Centro Las Americas. They talk about helping the Latino community survive and thrive in a still-tough economy.This episode aired originally on December 4, 2016.

Established in 1977 as Centro Las Americas by Puerto Ricans to serve Puerto Ricans, Centro bills itself as the largest minority-led, community-based, multiservice, multicultural, multilingual, non-profit organization in Central Massachusetts.

Centro states that its primary purpose is to assist individuals and families striving to reach self-sufficiency while promoting social responsibility, fostering cultural identity, and encouraging families to be significant contributors to the community as a whole.

Juan Gomez has been executive director of Centro since 2007. Most previously, he was a loan officer for Enterprise Bank. He is a former Worcester city councilor at large.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 10:30pm

In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.”  With it, the doctor-turned-journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, in illuminating and genuinely funny prose, Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away—and which tend to be mischaracterized and oversimplified by marketing and news media.  He covers topics such as sleep, aging, diet, and much more: Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dr. James Hamblin about his new book, If Our Bodies Could Talk.

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Everybody knows the first line to one of the most iconic soul songs ever, "War", but few know about the man who sang it. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of Motown's Edwin Starr. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

In the middle of their careers, the trumpeter and composer/arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big band music -- and no band to perform it. So they made their own, handpicking some of New York's top talent across age and color lines. They rehearsed on Monday nights, when guys could actually make rehearsal. And by the time they debuted on a Monday in February 1966 at the famed Village Vanguard, they were already a force to be reckoned with, soon to become the most influential big band of the last 50 years. The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, still plays every Monday night. Jazz Night In America heads to the basement jazz shrine to see the band's 50th anniversary show, full of cuts from Thad's songbook, and tells the story of how the band came to be.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

Radio personality and host of CBS Sunday Morning Charles Osgood compares jazz performances and his own writing for radio and TV.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

Diversions offers us new insights into to traditional jazz realms of yesterday while combining modern production value perspectives on today. A six-piece modern jazz ensemble with a rich and sumptuous sound.

Featuring:

Earl Grant Lawrence - Flute, Saxophone
Caroline N’Diaye-Tenor Saxophone
Martin Case-Soprano Sax, W. African Percussion
Adonis Martin - Piano
Wain Jonze-Guitar
Zachary Rochester-Cello
David Walker-Bass
Joe Hartigan-Drums

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.

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.

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.

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.

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