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Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Bonnie Johnson welcomes special guest host Marvin E. Gilmore, Jr. to explore the impact of music on his life work. Gilmore is alumni of New England Conservatory of Music '51 and has spent years serving on its Board of Overseers. The philanthropist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, political advisor, honored World War II veteran, percussionist and family man will be joined in the studio by author Paul Katzeff for a book discussion on the recently published biography, Marvin Gilmore: Crusader for Freedom. Tune in at 12pm. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Dancer, choreographer, actor, vocalist and mentor Ilanga (pronounced Ee-laun-ga) talks with Bonnie Johnson about his experience singing in the Roxbury-based Doo Wop group, the G-Clefs. Formed by his brothers, as teenagers, more than sixty years ago, the group harmonized on stages from a roller rink in Revere to Harlem's Apollo Theater, clubs including the former Western Front in Cambridge to the Hatch Shell on Boston's Charles River and Symphony Hall. The group's recordings topped R&B charts in the 50's and 60's. Ilanga (né Arnorld Scott) , the fourth brother and tenor in the group, went on to forge a career in dance while keeping the band alive.

Like his name, which is synonymous to the sun, Ilanga has danced around the world; he founded and directed dance schools in Boston, Holland and Greece. He also created the role of the “Grandfather” in Anthony Williams’ "Urban Nutcracker" and adds a touch of class to the innovative ballet singing with The G-Clefs each year. Ilanga's story and decades long friendship with today's special guest Marvin Gilmore will highlight his "Colors of Jazz".      Tune in from noon to 4pm.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 9:00pm

Writer and Instructor in the Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute JAMES DEMPSEY returns to Inquiry to promote the upcoming book and author dinner at the Goddard Library, Clark University on April 7. Joining Dempsey in the studio are three interns and contributing editors for the WORCESTER JOURNAL: JEREMY LEVINE (Clark), MARISSA CASEY (Holy Cross) and TOM MATTHEWS (Clark). They talk about the latest issue of the journal and learning the fine art of editing. To view the latest issue of the Worcester Journal, go to: http://www.theworcesterjournal.com/
To learn more about the book and author dinner, go to: http://www.golocalworcester.com/lifestyle/clark-university-to-hold-book-...

Fitchburg Art Museum Curator MARY TINTI returns to Inquiry to talk about the fascinating current exhibition NATURE TECH. Joining Tinti in the studio is CRISTI RINKLIN one of the artists shown in NatureTech. Her work combines a sophisticated computer aided manipulation of imagery with painting to explore how we see the natural world. Tune in for an informative and lively talk about art, perception and technology. To view the new blog about this exhibition created by students of Fitchburg State University, go to: http://famnaturetech.wix.com/fsublog

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 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 John Sculley, former CEO of Pepsi-Cola and Apple Computer. They talk about Sculley’s new book, Moonshot! Game-Changing Strategies to Build Billion-Dollar Businesses.

John Sculley is one of America-s best-known business leaders - with one foot in the storied history of Apple technology, and the other foot in 21st-century innovations that change the way the world does business. His success stories include telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, high tech, Internet services, consumer marketing, and outsourcing services.

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience as a corporate executive, investor, entrepreneur, mentor, and rainmaker, Sculley has become a sought-after global storyteller for the digital revolution. He is a gifted speaker, sharing his perspectives on topics such as globalization and reinvention of work, how adaptive companies succeed in an era of the commoditization of almost everything, solving healthcare through innovation, and new big-brand consumer health services.

Best known today as the former CEO of Apple Computer, Sculley began his corporate career in 1967 when, armed with a Wharton MBA, he was hired by Pepsi-Cola as a trainee. Three years later, in 1970, he became the company’s youngest vice president for marketing - applying his ideas about experience-based marketing to the “Pepsi Generation” campaign.

Sculley initiated the “Pepsi Challenge” taste tests, and oversaw development and launch of the first plastic soft-drink bottle, which together dethroned Coca-Cola. By 1977, he was Pepsi-Cola’s youngest president and CEO.

Sculley’s first book, Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple a Journey of Adventure, Ideas and the Future, became a breakout business bestseller. His latest book, Moonshot!, takes the reader one step further, sharing the secrets to his success, and how anyone can achieve in this changed business world.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:30pm

Cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth were arguably two women who moved in powerful circles throughout their lives. Eleanor the liberal do-gooder and Alice the acid tongue conservative couldn't have been any different yet their lives had many parallels. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author Marc Peyser author of the new book, "Hissing Cousins". Find out what made these women so important to American history.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America takes a look back at the 20-odd concerts it's presented so far as a highlight reel of great performances.

The first season of Jazz Night In America webcasts hasn't quite finished yet, but it's time to take stock of where we've been. Whether in huge concert auditoriums like Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall to tiny basement salons like Mezzrow in New York, we've heard from living legends, rising stars and very, very talented artists somewhere in between. Jazz Night In America presents highlights from its first batch of programs, featuring artists like Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Pedrito Martinez, Robert Glasper, Miguel Zenón, Johnny O'Neal and many, many more.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

There's only one queen and it's her birthday this week! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of Aretha Franklin. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Harry Allen discusses growing up playing accordian and how that much-ridiculed instrument helped him learn jazz.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

FUNNY, SILLY, HUMOROUS & SATIRICAL SONGS FOR APRIL FOOL’S WEEK. Tune in!

Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 9:00pm

Is it getting warm in here or is it me? We have all experienced fevers and don’t think much about them, but centuries ago fevers were feared because they could be life threatening.  Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CHRISTOPHER HAMLIN, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His latest book is titled MORE THAN HOT: A SHORT HISTORY OF FEVER. This fascinating history traces the evolution of different culture’s theories about why we get warm and weird when we are sick. Tune in and learn about fever vigils, fever manuals, the invention of the thermometer and the wild world of delirium.

Once their miles long flocks darkened the skies for hours. But now they are extinct. Gone forever. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back artist, writer and world authority on bird and animal extinction ERROL FULLER. His new book THE PASSENGER PIGEON is not just a history of the extinction of North America’s most common bird, but really a celebration and a memorial to a unique species. All of Fuller’s books contain numerous photographs and unique artwork, tune in and find out why this is so important to him.

Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 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 Clarinda “Rindy” Higgins and William “Bill” Armstrong Jr. about their new book, Against the Current. They talk about the how Albert Schweitzer inspired a young man’s journey,

Against the Current recounts the African adventures of Mark Higgins, the 18-year-old scion of a Worcester industrial family who elects to pursue his own destiny – in Africa - rather than the one his father charted for him. As the emerging nations of Africa gained their freedom in 1960, the global balance of power changed. Africa sat at the nexus of east-west contention, as well as being a cauldron of inter-tribal warfare. Mark Higgins’ travels took him deep into the Congo, where he was out of contact for weeks. The thoroughly researched and richly detailed narrative describes a young man’s quest for authenticity and purpose at a time crucial to African independence. Mark Higgins left legacies that have a profound impact on society more than half a century later.

Rindy Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in eastern studies from Smith College and a master’s degree in education. She taught elementary school for 11 years and has worked as an environmental educator since 1986. She was recognized with the Gold Award by the National Science Teachers Association. She has traveled widely in third-world countries seeking authentic experiences and understanding. In working on this book she led a four-person two-week expedition through western Gabon.

Bill Armstrong holds a degree in political science and journalism from Kent State University. He is a former writer for the Associated Press, assistant dean of New York University’s Graduate School of Business, and worked for more than two decades as a senior public-relations executive in New York. He served as a U.S. Navy public-affairs officer for 30 years, retiring with the rank of captain. He has written several specialty books.

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America flies to the coastal mountains of the Pacific Northwest, where Seattle resident Steve Treseler and Vancouver native Ingrid Jensen put their heads together to salute a mutual hero. The late Canadian-born, England-based trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler was a musician's musician -- though fame eluded him, his distinct but tuneful melodies and unconventional improvisations were a deep influence on many players. Seattle's musician-run outpost the Royal Room welcomes Treseler, Jensen and their sextet in a program spanning the range of Kenny Wheeler's discography.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back artist, sculptor and teacher KITTY WALES. Tonight Kitty talks about her new works “Migration” and “Lionfish” and about her travels to Republic of Azerbaijan to create a unique work from found materials. Kitty Wales work often involves building large sculptures of fish or animals from an amazing variety of found materials. Tune in and learn about how she created her monumental “Canis ex Machina” and other pieces.

Inquiry welcomes LISSA WARREN, Vice President, Senior Director and Acquiring Editor of DaCapo Press. Her latest book is THE GOOD LUCK CAT: HOW A CAT SAVED A FAMILY AND A FAMILY SAVED A CAT. This touching and very frank memoir is a story of family love, loss and grief and how a family pet can give you real comfort in extremely difficult times. If you have a family pet that you love dearly, don’t miss this show.

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