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Programming Highlights

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 1:00pm

Award-winning pianist, song writer and best-selling author Jim Brickman talks with Bonnie Johnson about his 20 year anniversary, "Platinum Tour" and shares his formula for success. Brickman is internationally known for his musical intimacy, combining solo piano and storytelling in an array of all-star collaborations with vocalists including Johnny Mathis, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Gerald Levert, Kenny Loggins and Olivia Newton-John. He performs live in concert at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
Photo Credit: Jason M. Rodgers

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 9:00pm

TOM KOCH, widely published writer, journalist and lifelong sailor, returns to Inquiry to talk about his book THE WRECK OF THE WILLIAM BROWN: A TRUE TALE OF OVERCROWDED LIFEBOATS AND MURDER AT SEA. This is the shocking story of a shipwreck in the Atlantic and the horrific aftermath in which the crew callously threw fourteen emigrants over the side of the lifeboat and the trial that followed.

Canada may seem like the quiet and benign giant to our north, but in fact the history of relations between Canada and the United States has been peppered with border disputes, wars, invasions and master plans to invade. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with KEVIN LIPPERT, founder of Princeton Architectural Press about his wild new book: WAR PLAN RED: THE UNITED STATES’ SECRET PLAN TO INVADE CANADA AND CANADA’S SECRET PLANS TO INVADE THE UNITED STATES. You will never look at Moose Jaw the same again!

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Mark Henderson and Fred Hurlbrink Jr., co-founders and co-owners of the Worcester Sun. They talk about the business and journalism of online news and information.
“,” the digital home of the Worcester Sun, is a startup news organization dedicated to “providing the best journalism in Worcester. With more than 300 years of professional journalism experience, our contributors make sense of the news that matters to Worcester.”
The owners and operators of the Worcester Sun are Mark Henderson and Fred Hurlbrink Jr., who launched their business in August 2015 with the stated goal of “putting ‘local’ back in local journalism.” Both Mark and Fred live locally, so the Worcester Sun is locally owned – unlike the Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Magazine and GoLocalWorcester, among a growing number of other non-locally-owned local media – a trend that’s happening both here in Central Massachusetts and throughout the rest of America.
On the Worcester Sun website, Mark and Fred state, “We believe journalism supported by advertising only puts publishers in the position of searching for stories that gather the most clicks. Unfortunately, most of the time popularity and meaning are not the same.”

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 10:30pm

This week Al speaks with Brandeis University professor and author Susan Eaton whose new book: Integration Nation challenges the idea of anti-immigration and supports the notion that immigrants can and do become integral members of their new communities. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for and insightful and provocative interview.

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

Jazz has its capital cities: major gathering places like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. But the music manages to live plenty well in many other places too. What goes into those smaller ecosystems to enable jazz to thrive? How do talented musicians make it happen? In search of some answers, we sought out the DIY concert producers of Capitalbop in Washington, D.C. as they presented three musicians from the Baltimore-Washington metropolis. Jazz Night In America presents highlights from CapitalBop's warehouse loft stage at the 2015 DC Jazz Festival, featuring three trios led by vibraphonist Warren Wolf, bassist Kris Funn, and alto saxophonist Gary Thomas.

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

They say "it's a thin line between love and hate." Join host Tom Shaker as we kick off Valentine's Day Week with some, unconventional love songs about cheating, betrayal, revenge, and, of course, sex! It all starts at 7pm.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Vocalist, composer, educator, Latin music and Jazz specialist. Professor at Berklee College of Music since 1984, where she teaches Jazz improvisation, Latin music, performance, and voice technique. Mili performs with her husband and bassist, Dan Greenspan. Together they are the perfect duo, combining voice, and strings, and expressing the aesthetic of Jazz with the colors, textures, rhythms and poetic content of the music from Latin America.

Daughter of the Mexican composer Guillermo Bermejo and his wife Luz, an Argentinean tango singer, Ms. Bermejo's blood already contained the wealth of two musical cultures at birth. She was born in Buenos Aires, but raised in the socially and artistically diverse environment of Mexico City where she grew up internalizing the music and political statements of the 60's and 70's made by the Argentineans, Chileans, Brazilians and Uruguayans in exile in Mexico City. This cultural diversity, and interaction between artists of different countries and disciplines laid the groundwork for her diverse style and dedication to the social responsibility of the artist

Dan Greenspan plays the double-bassist with a passion that makes the textures and moods of the music almost palpable. His capacity to provide both the root and the melody of the music is at the core of his creative playing.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

Lots of songs about love, in all its manifestations. Host Nick Noble will play recordings from 7-7:30 and from 9:30 to 11, bookending a live two-hour concert broadcast from the WICN Performance Studio featuring Crowe’s Pasture, Tom Hanlon & Leslie Bryant, and Crowe’s Pasture.

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm

Six time GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon talks with Bonnie Johnson about her latest projects and returning home for a live concert at Scullers Jazz Club. Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston. Freelon is currently on tour with the original theatrical presentation of The Clothesline Muse where she is "cast member and a collaborator". The production "celebrates African American culture and women’s history amongst other themes through live music, dance, visual art and projection". She takes the stage live in concert  at Scullers on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:00pm

Feeling blue? Tune in tonight as Inquiry welcomes back JAMES A. WELU, Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum and NANCY BURNS, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Worcester Art Museum. They will be talking about the current show at the Worcester Art Museum CYANOTYPES: PHOTOGRAPHY’S BLUE PERIOD as well as the catalogue FREDERICK COULSEN: BLUEPRINTS OF A GOLDEN AGE.

Tonight, Inquiry is excited to welcome back long-time friend of the show, writer and illustrator, JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA. He is here to talk about three new books: IT’S TOUGH TO LOSE YOUR BALLOON:, PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD: LAST PANDA STANDING and finally the new volume of COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH. Special guest star: Gina!

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 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 Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester, and Zach Combs, manager, and Ron Murray, art director of Crocodile River Music. They talk about celebrating community in a still-challenging economy.

First Night Worcester is set and ready to go for this year’s arts celebration. Heading into its 35th year of operation, the non-profit is the oldest First Night in the nation and has produced a New Year’s Eve arts festival in downtown Worcester every year since 1981.

Nearly 60 performances will take place on 12 stages this year, including a spectacular opening act – a performance by the Southeast Asian Coalition “Youth Effect” group at Tuckerman Hall, sponsored by Saint-Gobain. Firsts for this year’s First Night Worcester: Jillian’s Worcester has been added as a venue; and First Night’s first-ever Apple mobile app is now available for free in the App Store.

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 10:30pm

Are America's schools little more than cinder-block gulags that spawn vicious cliques and bullying, negate creativity, and true learning and squelch curiosity in their inmates, um, students? In his new book "Schools On Trial"  author and journalist Nikhil Goyal, argues that  our education system could easily map out a path for all of our schools to harness children's natural aptitude for learning by creating an atmosphere conducive to freedom and creativity. He prescribes an inspiring educational future that is thoroughly democratic and experiential, and one that utilizes the entire community as a classroom. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Nikhil Goyal.

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