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Monday, November 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

Are there certain soul songs that just "touch" you a bit more? It might be the way soul music uses string sections to add "that certain something" that really makes it memorable. Join host Tom Shaker as we listen to those great songs that don't adhere to the old saying "no strings attached."
It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

Arturo O'Farrill pays tribute to Afro-Cuban music and the collaborations that have helped this music grow and thrive, despite years of political tumult. "The Conversation Continues" the theme of the concert and Arturo's most recent album, does just that - continues a conversation started decades ago between Cuban percussionist, Chano Pozo, and the trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie, by bringing together contemporary collaborations between American and Cuban musicians. And we'll hear how Arturo O'Farrill has been working, through music, policy and family, to continue and expand these conversations at the heart of Afro-Cuban music.

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 10:30pm

Lady Bird Johnson grew up the daughter of a domineering father and a cultured but fragile mother. When a tall, pushy Texan named Lyndon showed up in her life, she knew what she wanted: to leave the rural Texas of her childhood and experience the world like her mother dreamed, while climbing the mountain of ambition she inherited from her father. She married Lyndon within weeks, and the bargain they struck was tacitly agreed upon in the courtship letters they exchanged: this highly gifted politician would take her away, and she would save him from his weaknesses. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with biographer Betty Boyd Caroli about her new book,  LADY BIRD and LYNDON.

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with visual artist NATHALIE MIEBACH. Her beautiful, colorful and complex work “ focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations.” Tune in and find out how she takes information on tides and storms and turns that into wonderfully engaging work, even music. Her website is:

Modern America is a product of the influx of millions of immigrants from around the world. But the issue of current American immigration policy generates a lot of heat, but very little light. Typically, political conservatives side with reducing immigration and enforcing stricter policies towards people who have entered the country illegally, while political liberals favor a more open immigration policy and amnesty for people who are in this country illegally. Both sides hold deeply felt views. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with PHILLIP CAFARO, a professor of philosophy and affiliated faculty member in the School of Global Environmental Studies at Colorado State University. His new controversial book is titled HOW MANY IS TOO MANY? THE PROGRESSIVE ARGUEMENT FOR REDUCING IMMIGRATION and it presents an environmental and politically progressive take on the immigration debate. Tune in for a very different perspective on immigration in America.

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

Multi-Grammy winning jazz trumpeter, film composer and New Orleans native Terence Blanchard talks with Bonnie Johnson about his upcoming offering to Arts at The College of the Holy Cross. Music is the beacon on the hill when Blanchard's Quintet joins the Berklee Jazz in Film Orchestra to perform the four part "instrumental suite that "provided the score to Spike Lee’s HBO documentary “When the Levees Broke” about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath". In 2008, Blanchard's recording A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina) won the Grammy Award for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album".  Reservations are required to attend the free event on November 8, 2015, at 3 p.m. in Brooks Concert Hall. He'll also participate in Q & A on November 7th at 6 p.m. for Cantor Art Gallery’s “Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness” exhibition.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 7:00pm

This edition of Fish Fry falls on Halloween this year, so the tradition of playing Halloween Blues songs will be extra special, extra intense, extra scary this year, on the third annual "Saturday Night Flesh Fry." A few of the artists that will get you in the mood to run, not walk through the graveyard are Memphis Minnie, Bo Diddley and absolutely no Bobby Boris Pickett.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, Addison Daly will be Nick Noble's special guest co-host for the first two hours of the show, as we play songs for kids from 7-9 PM. You'll hear from Peter-Paul-&-Mary, the Cumberland Trio, Sarah Lee Guthrie, the Limeliters, and so many more! Then from 9-11 PM we'll play songs about kids for adults, featuring artists like Rob Lytle, Johnny Cash, Mary Travers, Harry Chapin, and others. Tune in and enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Presenting our first ever live concert recording: Grace Kelly performing Live at Sculler’s Jazz Club in Boston. We had a blast capturing music from Grace’s 10th anniversary show at Boston’s #1 Jazz Club. I also had a ball sitting in with her band to sing that night. Later she came to the farm to talk about her music for our radio program. It’s an honor to share this very impressive young lady’s music with our audiences.


Grace Kelly/Saxophone and Vocals
Pete McCann/Guitar
Evan Gregor/Bass
Chantale Sterling/Vocals
Jason Palmer/Trumpet
Ross Pederson/Drums

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 10:30am

Returning to Inquiry tonight is writer and critic GREIL MARCUS to talk about his two new books: REAL LIFE ROCK: THE COMPLETE TOP TEN COLUMNS 1986-2014 and THREE SONGS, THREE SINGERS, THREE NATIONS. Real Life Rock are the collected “top ten” columns that Marcus has written for various publications over decades about music, film, art and much more. Three Songs…are a series of three lectures Marcus gave at Harvard that explore different aspects of folk music in America. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 9:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with legendary cartoonist, writer and artist BILL GRIFFITH, famous for his work on comics like “Young Lust”, “Tales of Toad” and his long running strip “Zippy the pinhead”. His new book is titled INVISIBLE INK: MY MOTHER’S SECRET LOVE AFFAIR WITH A FAMOUS CARTOONIST. It is in turns a mystery, an autobiography and an intimate history of a marriage: his parents. 


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