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Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 9:00pm

Many people would love to learn to identify bird songs, but what is the best way to go about it? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome NATHAN PIEPLOW. He teaches at the University of Colorado and has studied bird sounds since 2003. His new book is the PETERSON FIELD GUIDE TO BIRD SOUNDS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA and it will show you that the best way to learn bird song is visually! Tune in and find out how.

Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is VERNON R.L. HEAD. He is an award-winning architect and Chairman of BirdLife South Africa, one of Africa’s biggest and most influential conservation organization. His new book is THE RAREST BIRD IN THE WORLD: THE SEARCH FOR THE NECHISAR NIGHTJAR. It is a ripping yard of his search in Ethiopia for a bird that was only previously known by a wing found by scientists in 1990.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Winton Pitcoff, director of the Mass. Food System Collaborative, and Casey Burns, food-justice program director of the Regional Environmental Council, which is a part of the Collaborative. They talk about reducing hunger and food insecurity in healthy, sustainable ways.

With the completion of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan in December 2015, and the Plan's subsequent acceptance by the Massachusetts Food Policy Council a group of stakeholder organizations formed the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative. Its mission: to promote, monitor, and facilitate implementation of the Plan.

The Mass. Food System Collaborative's work focuses on the four main goals of the plan:

  • Increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods.
  • Create jobs and economic opportunity in food, farming and fishing, and improve the wages and skills of food-system workers.
  • Protect the land and water needed to produce food, maximize environmental benefits from agriculture and fishing, and ensure food safety.
  • Reduce hunger and food insecurity, increase the availability of healthy food to all residents, and reduce food waste.
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

For those who haven't had the good fortune to attend a jazz festival this summer, Jazz Night has a ticket just for you — section A, row 1 for The Robert Glasper Experiment.

Glasper is a multi-Grammy winning pianist, composer and producer who has worked with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Kendrick Lamar. He plays across the worlds of jazz and R&B, innovating new boundaries across and between both. And his star-stacked ensemble, performing since 2012, is always evolving their neo-soul, hip-hop infused sound.

Glasper played a couple of summer shows in New York City, for Brooklyn Information and Culture — one of the largest free cultural programming centers in the city — at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in August 2016 and another in June, at the iconic SummerStage Mainstage in Central Park. This set features Glasper's usual genre-blending virtuosity and culminates with vocalist Bilal on the last tune, All Matter, which deviates into a mind-blowing Nirvana, Mobb Deep jam.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tonight celebrate the solar eclipse the Soul Serenade way! Songs about the moon, sun and sky will will give you a "total eclipse of the heart" featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, The Isleys and more. It all starts at 7pm. Eclipse glasses optional!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Steinway CEO planned on a career as a concert pianist, studying at Julliard and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Artistic talent and business skills are not often paired but in Ron’s case they were.  Ron talks about his transition from performer to businessman, how he wishes jazz were part of his musical training and how he feels the presentation of sophisticated music has changed over the years.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

Norwegian born musician and composer Yngvil is a spirited, multi-talened stage performer and bandleader. She composes and produces music that is Jazz, Blues, Contemporary and Experimental and, very cool.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Old favorites, tracks from new CDs, and surprise visits from special guests highlight four hours of great music with host Nick Noble.  Tune in and enjoy!

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with tenor saxophonist, conductor, author, educator and jazz historian LOREN SCHOENBERG about the discovery and release of over 100 hours of previously lost recordings by some of the greatest performers in jazz: THE SAVORY COLLECTION.

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with GORDON B. ARNOLD. He is a professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art, where he teaches film and art history. His new book is ANIMATION AND THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION: A BRIEF HISTORY. Tune in tonight and listen as we talk about the beginnings of American animation and characters like Gertie, Felix, Betty Boop and a certain mouse.

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