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Programming Highlights

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

New Orleans singer talks about growing up in this musical city, his famous family and how starring on TV’s Treme has changed his life.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble explores and celebrates the rich history of the Newport Folk Festival.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson presents the legacy of live jazz at Newport.  From the vocal expressions of Bobby McFerrin to the high energy brass of Trombone Shorty, celebrate the Colors of Newport Jazz Festival with artists past and present plus... everyone in between.  Tune in at 4 pm.

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 9:00pm

Why are some species of birds increasing in numbers while other species numbers are declining? What are the factors that influence a bird’s population? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with IAN NEWTON, ornithologist, applied scientist and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography. His new book BIRD POPULATIONS describes what we know scientifically about the avian population dynamics. Tonight we talk about how global climate change will affect bird distribution and migration and how severe winters, like the one we just experienced here in New England, affects bird numbers

Writer LYANDA LYNN HAUPT returns to Inquiry to talk about her book CROW PLANET: ESSENTIAL WISDOM FROM THE URBAN WILDERNESS. Crows are all around us even in cities and as Lyanda writes they are the single most often encountered native wild animals we are likely to see. And everyone has a crow story. Part of the reason is that crows are very intelligent and display elements of reasoning and even imagination. Crows also allow us to enter the world of wild nature that is right outside our door. Forget Hitchcock’s The Birds, tune in and learn just how fascinating these birds really are.

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:30pm

There are nearly 7.2 billion people on the planet today, and our numbers keep growing. That means more crowds, more traffic, more pollution…and less room for wildlife. The Center for Biological Diversity wants to know what living in a world of 7 billion looks like and feels like. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with Stephanie Feldstein, of The Center for Biological Diversity about this pressing problem.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

From its start in 1952, The Modern Jazz Quartet had a cool, understated style that belied its complexity. Pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Kenny Clarke combined classical music structures with the deep swing of jazz. Our quartet - drummer Lewis Nash, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson - honors the late modern masters. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:00pm

Canadian singer takes a straightforward, swinging approach to the Standards. Judy talks with her and her guitarist Jordan Officer on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland about their somewhat retro approach to jazz and how that interest developed.

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