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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Hammond electronic organ was developed with churches in mind, as a lower-cost alternative to pipe organs. But in Philadelphia, a keyboard player named Jimmy Smith was inspired by early jazz experiments on the instrument, and found a devastating way to adapt the new bebop style to the Hammond B-3.

It seeded a new tradition of organ players in Philadelphia — major figures like"Groove" Holmes, Jimmy McGriff, Papa John and Joey DeFrancesco, andTrudy Pitts — and started a new sound in jazz at large.

NPR's Jazz Night In America visits Philadelphia for a history lesson and dance party: a tribute to organ masters Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott and Charles Earland with six local organists, multiple bands, and guest vocalists.

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 7:00pm

She's the gold standard for southern soul singers. Songs like "I Can't Stand The Rain," "99 Lbs," and "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" still sound as fresh today as they did in the 1970s. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Ann Peebles 68th birthday on Monday. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00pm

In celebration of the last season of “Mad Men," we revisit Judy’s conversation with Bryan Batt who played the character of Sal Ramano, the closeted gay art director for the Sterling Cooper Agency on that great series.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a 5-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords. As with his home-made guitar, Albino wanted to combine styles and incorporate diverse elements in his music. Today, Albino’s music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique "Moz-Jazz" sound.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

The day before May Day—songs of the labor movement, etc. “Proletariat Arise, Sing Off Your Chains!”

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 9:00pm

VIV ALBERTINE is an artist, filmmaker, musician and former guitarist for the legendary band The Slits. Her latest solo album is titled The Vermillion Border. Viv returns to Inquiry tonight to continue her discussion of her autobiography; CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS. After she left the Slits, Viv Albertime had to redefine her life, to discover what she really wanted to become. She became a filmmaker, got married, had a daughter and had a long brutal battle with cancer and pneumonia. After all of that, she decided to make music again, but it was a long and tough slog getting back up on stage and performing in front of a live audience alone. Tune in and find out the rest of her amazing story, so far.

During the 70s and 80s, Stiff Records was the small British recording label that broke all the rules and turned the heat up on the majors. Artists that at one time or another were associated with Stiff Records included Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, The Damned, The Go-Gos, Devo, Madness, The Pogues, Tracey Ullman and many more. What was the secret of Stiff’s incredible success? Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with journalist RICHARD BALLS about his new musical history BE STIFF: THE STIFF RECORDS STORY.

Sunday, May 3, 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 Jill Dagilis (shown, center), executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council, and Charla Hixon (shown, right), director of WCAC’s Jobs and Education Center. They talk about ending family homelessness. (They are posing with Ellen Ganley, WCAC's director of development.)

WCAC was started in 50 years ago – in 1965 - as the locally designated “community action” agency for the federal Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency for 18 education and social-service programs.

The mission of WCAC, which is the federally mandated antipoverty agency for Central Massachusetts, is “helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy.” More than 130 employees serve more than 72,000 individuals and families through 18 programs and services annually.

WCAC’s offices are located in downtown Worcester, Southbridge, Spencer, Millbury, and Oxford.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 10:30pm

Gene Baur  is considered  by many to be“the conscience of the food movement” and is widely recognized as one of the most influential social justice activists of the 21st century. Especially for his work to change the way society views and treats farm animals. It’s a hot topic, especially in light of new Federal dietary recommendations that Americans eat less meat for health and environmental reasons. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Gene Baur as he discusses his work and his mission.

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America is back in New York, where Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomes the Simón Bolivar Big Band from Venezuela. The student group, part of the national music education directive El Sistema, plays both the foundational American works for big band and pieces by Venezuelan jazz composers. Under the direction of Andrés Briceño, the group stops by Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola overlooking Central Park on its 2015 U.S. tour.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

Minneapolis based singer talks with Judy about her influences from Lambert Hendricks and Ross to the Beatles and to Django Reinhardt, whose music inspired her latest CD, “All The Cats."

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 9:00pm

In the 17th Century, more than 350,000 English people crossed the Atlantic to become colonists in what would later be called America. They still considered themselves “English” and their relationship over the decades with what they considered their homeland was complex. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MALCOM GASKILL, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. His new book is titled BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: HOW THE ENGLISH BECAME AMERICANS. This history of the evolution of the colonists feelings about England is a “national history without borders, an English epic told through stories of adventure.” Tune in and hear a very different perspective on Early American history.

Otis Shepard and Dorothy Van Gorder were two gifted artists who married and teamed up to produce some of the most eye-catching and beautiful outdoors advertising in the middle decades of the 20th Century. Through their friendship with P.K. Wrigley of Wrigely’s gum, they also got to completely redesign Catalina Island and the Chicago Cubs. Their graphic art helped bring modernist design to America and helped to visually define an era. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with art director and design historian NORMAN HATHAWAY. With writer and editor Dan Nadel, he has written a stunningly beautiful book about these two unrecognized graphic artists who helped create the look of modern America: DOROTHY AND OTIS: DESIGNING THE AMERICAN DREAM.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

New Orleans singer/composer John Boutté discussing the influence New Orleans has had on his music and his work on the series “Treme."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Eric Schneider talks about working with Count Basie and Earl Hines and performs with Judy onstage for “Jazz Inspired from Kiawah Island."

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