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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 3:00pm

How does Hollywood view the institution of marriage? Tonight on Inquiry, my guest is JEANINE BASINGER, Chair of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and curator of the Cinema Archives there. She has written none previous books on film, and I DO AND I DON’T: A HISTORY OF MARRIAGE IN THE MOVIES is an insightful, witty and thought provoking history of the evolution of marriage in the movies. Tune in for a wonderful conversation about celluloid marital bliss. Pictured: a still from the film TWO FOR THE ROAD. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Judy turns the tables on Marian (Marian interviewed Judy years ago) and talks with Marian about her adventures during WWII playing for the troops and meeting Jimmy McPartland during this period and how it all influenced her music and career.

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

Celebrate the marathon with host Tom Shaker as he plays songs with "running" in the title. You'll hear artists like The Four Tops, The Mad Lads, Otis Redding and many others. It all starts at 7pm, water bottle optional!!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 6:00pm

Stevie Wonder is the object of the SF Jazz Collective's affection. Their bright new arrangements re-imagine the Wonder works and light up the Rose Theater. Don't miss this Jazz Appreciation Month special.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 10:30pm

Italy’s highest court recently ordered Amanda Knox must be tried again for murder but it may not happen says one of America’s leading criminal defense lawyers, Norm Pattis. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by New England criminal defense lawyer, Norm Pattis. Pattis believes the court may have no case and tells us why.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino of Best Rate of Climb interviews Sister Hilda Ponte (shown, center), president of the Board of Trustees, Dr. David Fredette, EdD (shown, left), head of school, and Paul Jourcin (shown, right), co-director of admissions at Venerini Academy. They talk about surviving and thriving as a private, Catholic school in a tough economy.

Venerini Academy in Worcester is a 67-year-old, private, Catholic, pre-kindergarten-through-grade-8 school that provides well-rounded, faith-based and comparably priced education. The school is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The motto of Venerini Academy: “To Educate Is To Liberate.” The school does this by teaching its students how to liberate their minds, empower their souls and live the Good Word in a highly supportive atmosphere of academic excellence, safety, small class size, and innovative, values-based learning that fosters mutual respect and self-discipline. 

A couple of years after “the troubles,” which are discussed during the interview, Venerini Academy is alive and well. It is maintaining a remarkably low teacher-to-student ratio. In addition, Venerini Academy is one of the local schools taking an educational lead with an iPad program for 3rd and 6th grades. It also has a co-curricular Mandarin Chinese language program, with French, Latin and Spanish as parts of that curriculum.

Venerini Academy teaches in the Catholic tradition. However, it is open to children of all faiths and non-faiths, with limited financial aid available for those in need.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve D'Agostino serves as a volunteer member of the Board of Trustees and does volunteer public-relations work for Venerini Academy.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 4:00pm

This April 6th, Brooklyn born pianist-composer and bandleader Randy Weston celebrates his 87th birthday. Described by Piano Jazz luminary Marian McPartland as "one of the world's great visionary pianists and composers", Weston has been an influential voice not only in jazz but also the U.S. civil rights movement and raising awareness to the African diaspora. World renown for his storytelling, Weston released his Autobiography entitled African Rhythms in 2010. Weston's signature percussive rhythmic style reflects his dedication to connecting the American "classical" music with its African roots. Catch Colors of Jazz when the NEA Jazz Master jazz pianist and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about his musical journey, cultural explorations and upcoming April 18th performance at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, MA.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:00am

Our special guest on Inquiry tonight is KATRINA van GROUW. She was the former Curator of the ornithological collections at London’s Natural History Museum. She is also a taxidermist, birder, bird bander and a fine artist. The book THE UNFEATHERED BIRD is a stunning collection of her unconventional drawings of birds from around the world. Most of these artworks show species of birds without feathers, many without skin and muscles. But this is not a book about bird anatomy, but rather a rich visual mediation on how birds move and live, done with deep beauty and wit. The Unfeathered Bird is like no other contemporary natural history art book. Tune in and learn why. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:00am

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, there the “Big Five” studios that included  MGM, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers. But in addition to these giants of film making, there were also a number of smaller studios. Some of these lesser studios produced fine major films like Gone With the Wind and Spellbound, while others concentrated on serials and “B” films. Each of them has a fascinating history. On this Inquiry we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON and we continue our conversation about his book DEATH OF THE MOGULS: THE END OF CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD. Tonight we concentrate on the stories of these smaller studios like United Artists, David O. Selznick (shown here with Jennifer Jones) and Republic Pictures, the films they produced, the stars, and the unusual lives of the men who headed these studios. If you love film, do not miss this interview!. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 6:00pm

Film maker “Huey” discusses his documentary about pianist Marian McPartland, which is part of his series of films about fascinating older artists.

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