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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00pm

On this edition of Jazz Matinee, veteran arts writer and freelance photographer Ken Franckling will be on the air with host Chet Williamson. Franckling's latest book Jazz in the Key of Light is a self-published collection of music photography featuring spotlight musicians.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:00pm

Ten-time Grammy Award winning Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri will be on the show today. Check out Palmieri with his Latin Jazz Band at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA on Saturday, November 8th celebrating the 5th annual Jazz on the Rocks Gala.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

On this edition of DreamFarm Radio, Ian Eathan Case stops in to chat with host Julie Lavender. Having recently included kalimba among his instruments of choice, Ian Ethan gained recognition as an 18-string guitarist - utilizing an acoustic double-neck guitar including a 12 string and 6 string neck, both of which he plays simultaneously! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

This evening on Folk Revival, we'll share with you an eclectic mix of folk songs, both old and new. Enjoy four hours of music with host Nick Noble!

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 9:00pm

When Dr. Joel Gold started practicing medicine at Bellvue Hospital, he came across several patients suffering from what he calls The Truman Show Delusion: believing that everyone around you is watching you and recording your life. What do delusions like this tell us about how the brain functions and how are delusions related to society? In a society where social media is everywhere and the government is indeed watching and listening in on your life, how can we tell who is having delusions and who is sane? What do we know about how anti-psychotic drugs work? Dr. Gold is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. His new book, written with Ian Gold, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and McGill University is titled: Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness, The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs.

Several hundred unidentified bodies are found in the United States every year.  About a half have died of natural causes or of self-inflicted deaths. The rest have been murdered. Though local forensic labs and police departments work long and hard to put a name and identification to these bodies, many remain cold cases. In recent years, a dedicated group of amateurs armed only with computers and a knack for remembering details and faces have aided authorities by matching missing person reports with these unidentified bodies. Tonight on Inquiry we learn all about these amateur sleuths and how they work when we talk with journalist and science writer Deborah Halber about her wild new book The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America's Coldest Cases.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Katie Picchione of the WPI chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA and WPI’s Rotaract Club, Richard Simon of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley and Carl Gomes of the Rotary Club of Worcester. They talk about bringing water to the world.

A group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute students is taking new steps toward creating social change and improving water security in remote parts of the world. Since 2009, the WPI chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA has been working with the rural, indigenous community of Guachtuq, Guatemala to improve water security. Having water security means having access to adequate quantity and quality of water to meet needs. Currently, most families in Guachtuq rely on a polluted water basin to meet all their water needs. During the dry season (February through  April), community members line up at the basin in the middle of the night to get enough water for drinking and cooking alone.

WPI students work with these families to build rainwater harvesting systems, which improve all three dimensions of water security. Over the past two years, they built 12 rainwater harvesting systems with families; 25 more will be constructed in May 2015, improving water security for all remaining families in Guachtuq.

This past summer, the WPI group developed relationships with the Rotary Clubs of Worcester and Nashoba Valley. Rotary International is a global community of committed professionals working together to serve others and advance peace. More than 1.2 million members in over 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide volunteer in communities at home and abroad.

Worcester Rotary has sponsored students from WPI’s Engineers Without Borders chapter to start a new Rotaract Club at WPI, which is being mentored by Worcester Rotarian Carl Gomes. Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service.

Since August, WPI Rotaract has been working closely with WPI’s Engineers Without Borders chapter to further the rainwater harvesting project in Guatemala. With the Nashoba Valley Rotary, the WPI students are in the process of applying for a $35,000 Rotary Foundation Global Grant. Nashoba Valley Rotary President Richard Simon has worked tirelessly to gain support for the grant from Rotary Clubs throughout Massachusetts and spread the word about the good work these WPI students are doing.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve chairs the Public Relations Committee for Worcester Rotary.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:30pm

Travessia is a micro-winery in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. The owner Marco Montez was born in Portugal and learned first hand about wine-making from his grandfather. Today he focuses on making wine in small lots with primarily Massachusetts-grown grapes, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Vidal Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Marco Montez about his journey from Portugal to the United States and how he has found success as a winemaker and entrepreneur right here in Massachusetts.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

Dave Brubeck’s music is reimagined by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Jazz Night in America explores various Brubeck compositions, as we sit down and discuss with the arrangers the decisions they made when approaching the material. Also, we unearth recordings from the JALC archive of Brubeck himself performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Pianist Conal Fowkes discusses his long participation in Woody Allen’s jazz band and his recent part doing the vocals and piano work of the Cole Porter character in Woody’s film Midnight in Paris.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:00pm

Listen to the works of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Shel Silverstein, Linda McCarthy; also Edgar Allen Poe, Alfred Noyes, and Rudyard Kipling (as interpreted by Phil Ochs and others)….and much, much more, including a few surprises! For hours of great music with host Nick Noble, and an on-air interview with Canadian poet and songwriter Bruce Cockburn.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00pm

Insects are all around us in a myriad of forms. Some people fear insects. Others hate them. But many of the people of the world eat them. And why not?  Insects are tasty, nutritious and a great source of fat and protein. Furthermore, raising insects for consumption is much more environmentally friendly than raising any other meat. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Marcel Dicke, Professor of Entomology at Wageningen University and a Rhodes Professor at Cornell University. He has co-written a book the beautifully promotes entomophagy: the eating of insects titled The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet. Tune in for some tips on the best ways to cook a locust.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome artist Jessica Gath. Her works include beautiful paintings, self-portraits and wonderful performance pieces that often involve the audience. Tune in and learn about the smallest cake in the world, the legendary French-Off and The World-Famous Secretary.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Paul Collyer of BA Event Promotions and John Giangregorio of the Canal District Alliance. They talk about The 2014 Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival. This episode aired originally on June 15, 2014.

The mission of Paulie's New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival is to provide quality New Orleans and Louisiana jazz, blues, country, funk and zydeco music and food within an urban setting. Or, as Paul Collyer states on his BA Event Promotions website: "New Orleans & Louisiana at the street curb on a stick."

The Festival first took place in 2008, at the current site behind John & Son's II – a.k.a. John & Son's Urban Fairgrounds – on Chandler Street. Its birth was a direct result of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that takes place every year during the last week in April and first week of May in New Orleans. And that was started, as Paul Collier likes to note, “by a couple of city guys looking for something to do one weekend.”

This year, Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival moved partway across town to Worcester’s historic Canal District, where it took place on June 20, 21 and 22.

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 6:00pm

This year, Blue Note Records turns 75. To celebrate, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center hosted a two-hour concert featuring some of Blue Note’s living legends and rising stars. From the early years with Alfred Lion to Bruce Lundvall’s revitalization, Blue Note Records has remained one of the most iconic labels in jazz. On Jazz Night in America, we’ll hear highlights from the stage at the Kennedy Center and discuss the label’s influence with Michael Cuscuna, Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard, and Dianne Reeves. Jason Moran is guest host.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

We revisit Judy’s conversation with the late Skitch Henderson about his Hollywood years with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and his long career with the NBC Orchestra and the Tonight Show.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Maybe a year ago, host Nick Noble was challenged to see just how many songs he could play in four hours. Without cheating (all station IDs, underwriting spots, calendar events, and listener shout-outs were covered) the total was 97 songs. Well, now the new challenge is to play as few songs as possible in four hours without cheating (at least 50 minutes of music has to be played every hour). So we’ll hear Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean, Mary McCaslin, Jamie Brockett, and a handful of others. Can we shoot for 30 songs or less? 25? 20? Tune in and find out!

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes Linda Przybyszewski, Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Her new book is The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish. For much of the Twentieth Century a group of woman called “The Dress Doctors” , followed the lead of the Arts and Crafts Movement and through classes and books, taught women dressmaking, clothes budgeting and the fundamentals of style: harmony, rhythm, balance, proportion, and emphasis. They encouraged women to dress for success in the workplace and aimed to turn women into creators not shoppers. Tune in and learn about this little known, but fascinating history of fashion in America and why women’s hats need to make a comeback.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with author and illustrator Annette Cate LeBlanc about her entertaining and informative new book for young readers: Look Up! Birdwatching in Your Own Backyard. Tune in and find out how Annette got interested in birds and how she crams so much onto every page. This is one of the best books in a long time that teaches young people how to observe and draw the natural world around them!

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Jazz musicians find inspiration in many things; Himalayan art is not typically one of them. Jazz Night in America visits the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City to hear interviews and live performances by each of the 5 young finalists for the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellowship. Hear what inspires Jazz Music's most promising young talent, from Cole Porter to Mandalas to fish.

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

Miguel Zenon, the prolific Puerto Rican saxophonist and composer, visits his old stomping grounds in the Bronx and discusses his newest album, Identities Are Changeable. Jazz Night in America recorded this unique work live from the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Munisteri talks about drawing on jazz and western swing for his unique approach to playing and composing.

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

A postcard from a two-day celebration of Henry Threadgill, one of the world’s leading avant-garde composers and arrangers. The concert is curated by pianist Jason Moran and features dozens of performers, from those who played in Threadgill’s various ensembles to members of a new generation of admirers. On Jazz Night in America, we’ll share highlights.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

Catherine has enjoyed a long career as a back up singer with everyone from David Bowie to Jackson Browne but is now focusing on the music of her father, Luis Russell, who was music director for Louis Armstrong and led his own bands in the 20′s and 30′s. Catherine discusses her love of New Orleans music and early jazz and what it means to come to this music at this stage of her career.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

German boogie-woogie pianist Axel Zwingenberger and American vocalist Lila Ammons (opera singer and granddaughter of pianist Albert and niece of saxophonist Gene) talk about working together, in spite of their very different cultural and musical backgrounds.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 6:00pm

Novelist E. L. Doctorow (Ragtime, The Book of Daniel) was first introduced to jazz through his father who owned a record store in the thirties and helped John Hammond build his early record collection.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

Tony Award winning director/lyricist Richard Maltby discusses his Fats Waller inspired play “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, his screenwriting, and how jazz influences everything he creates.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

80-years young, Marilyn performs with energy a 40-year-old would envy and a talent that Johnny Carson honored a record 70 times on his “Tonight Show”.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

Listen to a full-length program of Jazz Inspired, featuring British film director Roger Michell (Notting Hill).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

The comedian Chevy Chase talks about jazz and comedy and his own Bill Evans-influenced piano playing.

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