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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

The great British drummer discusses his wide range of influences and his work with Scott Hamilton, John Bunch, Barry Harris and other jazz giants.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

We will begin host Nick Noble’s next 500 shows by playing listener favorites, some newer tracks, and feature a special guest or two. A very musical evening.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 9:00pm

Herman Rorschach’s inkblots are a psychoanalytic test recognized the world over. “For many years the test was hyped as an X-Ray of the soul. It’s not and it wasn’t originally meant to be.” writes our guest tonight. So, how did Rorschach develop his famous diagnostic test and how did he envision they be used? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and translator Damion Searls about his new book THE INKBLOTS: HERMANN RORSCACH, HIS ICONIC TEST, AND THE POWER OF SEEING.

Humans tend to step over or totally avoid a pile of dung, but there are many creatures of flock to dung. In fact there is an entire dung ecology. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Richard Jones. He is a nationally acclaimed entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and fellow of the Linnean Society. His new book is CALL OF NATURE: THE SECRET LIFE OF DUNG.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dave Underhill, governor of Rotary District 7780, which covers Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine. They talk about how Rotary is making a difference – both locally and globally.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve is a Rotarian, and is providing volunteer marketing services for the 2018 Rotary Summit in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, which involves five Rotary districts, including 7780.

For 112 years, Rotary has made a difference to more lives, in more ways than we can ever count or will ever know. Today, each of the 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs throughout the world bears a torch - its flame lit by Rotary co-founder Paul Harris - which has been passed forward from generation to generation.

Coming together at the 2018 Rotary Summit next May 3 through 6 will be up to 1,000 members of Rotary clubs in five Rotary districts serving Northeast United States and Southeast Canada. One of those districts is 7910, which serves 51 Rotary clubs in Central Massachusetts and Metrowest.

The Rotarians who attend that first-ever Summit will share their knowledge and experience. They will also send a clear, resounding message: Rotary Is Making a Difference.

One big way it is doing so is through The Rotary Foundation, which is celebrating its centennial birthday this year. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. Rotary clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support Rotary’s six causes.

Through donations, Rotary has helped to wipe out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

As a Rotarian in 1994, Dave Underhill was part of a pilot team that traveled to El Salvador to develop clean-water projects. In addition to his Rotary service, he does non-profit fundraising work. He also is a volunteer small-business mentor for SCORE, the federal Small Business Administration’s affiliated small-business counseling.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:30pm

Suzanne Spaak was born into a prosperous Belgian family, and married into the country’s leading political family. She and her husband Claude, a playwright and patron of the painter René Magritte, enjoyed a life of luxury in Paris—until the Nazi occupation. Spaak joined the Resistance in Paris, and played an essential role in “kidnapping” hundreds of Jewish children to save them from deportation and the gas chambers. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30  when Al speaks with best selling author Anne Nelson about her riveting new book; SUZANNES CHILDREN.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

The music of pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim conveys an extraordinary depth in stillness. More than perhaps any other improvising artist, he knows how to turn the solitary act of introspection into a communal experience that's both transporting and immersive.

There's a history behind that sorcery, which you could say was hard-won. Ibrahim grew up in apartheid-era South Africa under the name Dollar Brand, one of the most prominent members of that country's first generation of jazz musicians. With a band called The Jazz Epistles (which featured trumpeter Hugh Masekela and trombonist Jonas Gwangwa), he made an album called Verse +1 that had an enormous impact on South African jazz, even though it was printed in a small edition and quickly censored and buried.

Jazz Night caught up with Ibrahim during his visit to New York this spring, when he headlined Town Hall in a concert for South Africa Freedom Day. In this episode, we'll hear his band, Ekaya, playing music from that concert — songs from The Jazz Epistles repertoire, as well as more recent Ibrahim compositions like "Dream Time." We'll also hear insight from some scholars on the development of South African jazz, and wisdom from the maestro himself, on the path that led him here and what freedom means to him today.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we put a twist on soul artists playing rock and roll songs. Tonight, rock artists will put their spin on classic soul tunes. We'll play genre-bending rock and soul from The Who, Talking Heads, J. Geils Band and lots more. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

British trumpeter talks about playing for Louis Armstrong when he was seven and playing in his family’s band, and touring America a few years later as a child star and appearing on What’s My Line and The Ed Sullivan Show.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Do you love the sound of voices blended in harmony? Do you want to hear songs that are upbeat and happy? Would you like to get a musical start on Halloween? All three themes will be visited during this special edition of THE FOLK REVIVAL.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we continue our conversation with writer and translator Damion Searls about his dynamic social and clinical history THE INKBLOTS: HERMANN RORSCHACH, HIS ICONIC TEST, AND THE POWER OF SEEING. After the premature death of Rorschach, his famous inkblot diagnostic test traveled to America where it really came to fame and controversy. Tune in and learn about how the inkblots were used with Nazi prisoners at Nuremburg and how the inkblots became popular culture icons.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back Tom Koch, adjunct professor of medical geography at the University of British Columbia. His book CARTOGRAPHIES OF DISEASE: MAPS, MAPPING, AND MEDICINE has been republished in a new and expanded edition. Tune in and find out why people started to create maps of the occurrences of diseases like cholera and the plague, and what these maps reveal about the agendas of the map makers.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 10:00pm

Throughout the night, Uncle Mark will be paying tribute to one of most original film makers living: David Lynch. From Eraserhead through to the recent Twin Peaks reboot, Lynch has used music to set the surreal mood in his films. So, tune in for an evening of some of the best music from The Bang! Bang! Club used in Lynch’s films. Fire Walk With Me!

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