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Programming Highlights

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bobby interviews Mack Avenue Superband.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:00pm

An eclectic mix of songs from yesterday and today, with special in-studio guests Mardi Garcia and Friction Farm.

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes naturalist, eco-philosopher, speaker and writer LYANDA LYNN HAUPT. She has written a wonderful new book about those wild creatures that we now find in our urban environments. These are animals like coyotes, raccoons, possums and even moles. We are deeply conflicted about these wild creatures on our home turf. As Lyanda writes: “we hope that they thrive. We wish they would leave.” He new book is titled THE URBAN BESTIARY: ENCOUNTERING THE EVERYDAY WILD.

Inquiry welcomes back WILLIAM L. BIRD JR. , Curator in the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Tonight we talk about his unique history HOLIDAYS ON DISPLAY a history of outdoor holiday lighting, animated department store windows and parade floats. Tune in and learn about mechanical cows, illuminated ice piles and mail order float kits. It’s American cultural history at its best.

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 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 Ray Raphael (shown,right), author of The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord.  Joining him toward the end of the interview, is Bill Wallace (shown,left) , executive director of the Worcester Historical Museum. They talk about the Worcester Revolution of 1774.

Over the last decade Ray Raphael has emerged as one of our leading writers on the birth of the United States. In 2001, his acclaimed People’s History of the American Revolution widened history’s lens to include those not generally present in tales of our nation’s founding. In 2002, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord led to marked rethinking about the Revolution’s beginnings in academic circles. In 2004, Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past established new standards for future renderings of our nation’s birth.

Five years later, in 2009, Ray incorporated his work into an original synthesis featuring seven diverse characters, titled Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation. And in 2011, he was asked to create another broad synthesis for a different audience, titled The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Founding Fathers and the Birth of Our Nation.  Also in 2011, with Gary Nash and Alfred Young, he co-edited a book of biographical essays from 22 noted scholars, titled Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation.

The  next year, 2012,Ray focused on the historical context of the Constitution, with the publication of Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive. And in 2013, he set the historical record straight – and sounded the call for reasoned, evidence-driven discussions and interpretations – regarding our founding document, with the publication of Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right .

On March 13, Ray visited the Worcester Historical Museum to give a talk as part of the Museum’s Worcester Revolution of 1774 celebration. The recognition of Worcester County’s role in the American Revolution began last fall and runs through September 7, 2014. It includes activities across the cultural and historical organizations of Worcester and the 37 towns that participated in the Worcester Revolution of 1774.

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:30pm

With major support from Welch’s, Family-to-Family, the national nonprofit hunger relief organization, is bringing its three, core hunger relief programs to struggling families in Worcester, Massachusetts. This program's intent is to lend a helping hand to the many families here in Worcester who for whatever reason are unable to provide for themselves and who would otherwise face desperate situations. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Pam Koner Executive Director, of Family-to-Family as she explains the mission and the method of her organization.

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

The vibrant sound of Latin jazz is rooted in the musical heritage of Dizzy Gillespie and ‘The Mambo King’ Tito Puente. Bassist Carlos Henriquez leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with conguero Giovanni Hidalgo and drummer Ignacio Berroa. Selections include ‘Manteca,’ ‘Ran Kan Kan,’ ‘Oye Como Va’ and more.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

A diverse lineup of tracks from distinctive folk voices (Dylan, Baez, Ochs, Buffy St Marie, and more) as well as in-studio interviews with and performances by Beth DeSombre, Robert Tincher and Andrew McKnight.

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Joe Henderson’s distinctive lyrical tenor sax could embellish bop, blues, bossa nova and his big band sound. His friends and musical collaborators celebrate the man’s  lifetime of invention. We feature pianist Renee Rosnes, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and  Chris Potter to mark the late Joe Henderson’s birthday.

Of Interest

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Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

Tune in to Jazz Matinee
Sundays, 12 to 4 pm

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