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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 9:00pm

   
On Inquiry tonight, we speak with Francis Cape, teacher, artist and wood carver about his book We Sit Together: Utopian Benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar. Cape created 20 benches modeled after bunches used in various utopian and intentional communities sects in America including the Shakers, the Harmony Society and the Oneida Perfectionists. These beautiful works speak to the importance of community and collective ownership. Tune in and learn how these benches were exhibited, how Cape researched his work and about a few of the utopian groups.

Tonight on Inquiry we sit down with Zachariah Combs, the new Director of the Gallery of African Art in Clinton, MA. Tune in and learn about this wonderful new gallery, upcoming programs and even hear Zach on the n’goni. The website for the gallery is: http://www.galleryofafricanart.org/

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 2:00pm

In 1912, Massachusetts passed the first minimum-wage law in the U.S. – after workers in Lawrence went on strike and won higher wages.

In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing a national minimum wage and guaranteeing basic rights to workers.

The Bay State’s minimum wage has been stuck at $8 an hour since 2008, yet costs keep rising – and workers are long overdue for a raise.

For nearly 1 million workers in Massachusetts, staying home to care for themselves or a sick child could mean losing their job.

That’s why Raise Up Massachusetts is fighting to require employers to offer earned sick time and raise the minimum wage.

A 2012 Economic Policy Institute report analyzed three federal-minimum-wage proposals: $10.10, $9.00, and $9.80 an hour.

The EPI report concluded that by increasing the minimum wage in Mass. to $10 per hour, more than half a million Bay State workers would benefit from the raise, and create thousands of new jobs.

My guest is Russ Davis, executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, which partners with Raise Up Massachusetts.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

Old and new.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:00am

Panoramic pictures didn’t start with the iPhone. Starting in the 1840s, photographers began to take exquisite panoramic shots of special events, unique groups of people and even everyday life. These detailed long photographs are wonderful windows into the history of transportation, woman’s rights, racial equality and popular culture of an America long gone by. On Inquiry tonight, we speak with JOSH SAPAN, CEO of AMC Media, the company that operates the cable channels AMC, IFC, WEtv and the Sundance Channel. Josh discusses his new book THE BIG PICTURE: AMERICA IN PANORAMA a collection of panoramic photographs with commentary by Josh Sapan as well as such luminaries as Yogi Berra, Dick Cavett, Kathleen Turner and Martha Stewart. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

New Orleans native, trumpeter, bandleader, movie soundtrack producer and all round collaborative artist Terence Blanchard.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist and photographer TARA SELLIOS. Tara’s extraordinary photographic series are a meditation on fragility, impermanence, carnality and death. Her work, sensual but also shocking, relates to themes found in memento mori canvasses from the 16th century. To see some fine examples of Tara’s work go to her website:  http://tarasellios.com/ 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist, editor and writer JONATHAN BLACK about his very entertaining new social history MAKING THE AMERICAN BODY: THE REMARKABLE SAGA OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE FEATS, FEUDS, AND PASSIONS SHAPED FITNESS HISTORY. Tonight Jonathan talks about the early years in bodybuilding and fitness training with the likes of Charles Atlas, Muscle Beach, Abbye Pudgy Stockton, and Jack Lalanne. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 6:00pm

Pianist/conductor talks about his long tenure as music director for Debbie Reynolds and getting back to his jazz roots with his own recording.

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 6:00pm

Funk's living legend Maceo Parker brings red-blooded soul to the Allen Room.  He's played alongside James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince - but on his own, he's a force to be reckoned with. Maceo Parker's compositions burst with energy as he leads "the Tightest Little Funk Orchestra On Earth" through a set including Off The Hook, Georgia on My Mind, and Make It Funky.  Wendell Pierce Hosts.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:30pm

This week Al speaks with bestselling author Bob Drury about his new book: "The Heart of Everything That Is". The story uncovers the life of the great Sioux chief Red Cloud who was the only Plains Indian chief to defeat the United States Army. In fact he forced the American government to sue for peace on his terms. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for the untold story of Red Cloud an American legend.

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