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Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Dr. Stephen Mecca, professor in the Department of Engineering-Physics-Systems at Providence College and also a past president of the Jamestown Rotary Club in Rhode Island. They talk about the business of reinventing the toilet

As the Jamestown (Rhode Island) Press reported in 2012: “’Someone said you are what you think about everyday,’ said Dr. Stephen Mecca, a Jamestown resident who has been on the faculty at Providence College since 1969. ‘If that’s the case, I’m a toilet.’” While Dr. Mecca began his teaching career as a nuclear physicist, in recent years he has been awarded two grants for work in his current area of interest: toilets. Specifically, microflush toilets.

Dr. Mecca grew up in New York and he first visited Rhode Island when he was a junior in high school to look at Providence College. He ended up enrolling at PC, where he stayed through graduate school. He earned a master’s degree in physics, and from there went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his doctorate.

Although Dr. Mecca still teaches nuclear physics and is chairman of the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission, in recent years his interests have turned to complex problem-solving and economics. It was when he was working as a visiting professor eight years ago in the African country of Ghana, that he became appalled by the sanitation situation there. He decided that something had to be done.

According to Dr. Mecca, the sanitation crisis is off the scale. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death of children in the developing world. In the schools, there are often no toilets – if there are, then they’re filthy. Disease that results from the unclean conditions leads to absenteeism in schools. All of this adds up to a profoundly negative impact on the quality of education.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 9:00pm

Imagine being a visual artist with a family and then getting the diagnosis that you have Parkinson’s Disease. PETER DUNLAP-SHOHL is an artist, and former cartoonist who has Parkinson’s and has written a powerful account of his coming to terms with a diagnosis that included the words: progressive, disabling and incurable. His graphic memoir is titled: MY DEGENERATION: A JOURNEY THROUGH PARKINSON’S. Peter also writes two blogs about living with Parkinson’s: “Frozen Grin” and “Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag.”

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer DEBBIE CLARKE MODEROW. She moved to Alaska from Connecticut and became interesting in racing sled dogs. Eventually she decided to enter the 1100 mile brutal course known as the Iditarod. Tune in and learn what it takes for dogs and humans to run this course in the depths of winter when temps well below zero are typical and the course conditions can vary unpredictably. Her book about her experiences is titled FAST INTO THE NIGHT: A WOMAN, HER DOGS, AND THEIR JOURNEY NORTH ON THE IDITAROD.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 7:30pm

Distinguished presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith offers a critical yet fair biography of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself—most disastrously in invading Iraq—and how these decisions were often driven by the President’s deep religious faith. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with award winning biographer Jean Edward Smith.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, four hours of tracks from Newport Folk Festivals going back half-a-century and more, along with songs by artists who appeared at Newport back in the day.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

I was deeply moved and delighted by the rich, soulful and truly thrilling music of 4 time Grammy Award-Winning cellist and composer, Eugene Friesen who was my guest on DreamFarm Radio along with pianist Tim Ray and trumpet player Greg Hopkins. As if it weren't enought to swim in the vibrations of Eugene's pulchritudinous cello playing, I was treated to their trio "Tre Corda."

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back one of our favorite artists RAÚL THE THIRD. His new book, written by Cathy Camper, continues the wild adventures of Elirio Malaria, Lupe Impala and El Chavo Flapjack Ocotpus: LOWRIDERS TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH! This is one of the most creative and wild comics out now for kids and adults.Tune in or Mictlantecuhtli will get you!

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 10:00am

Many people fear snakes and try to kill them on sight. And of all the snake species here in America,  the most feared is the rattlesnake. But tonight’s guest on Inquiry hopes to change your mind if you are one of those with intense snake angst. TED LEVIN is a writer and wildlife biologist. His new book is AMERICA’S SNAKE: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TIMBER RATTLESNAKE. It is an intimate and loving look at the complex life of this rattlesnake of the northeast and explores why their populations around the area are so endangered. Tune in and find out why this species is so special and deserving of protection.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 3:00pm

“We move through this world on paths laid down long before we are born” writes tonight’s guest, writer and journalist ROBERT MOOR. His new book is titled ON TRAILS: AN EXPLORATION and it looks at the idea of trails in human culture and the history of trail making back to the prehistoric times. How do trails come into being? What makes an essential trail? Why do we feel so at peace when hiking? These are just some of what will be discussed on tonight’s Inquiry.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Second part of Judy’s conversation with the Grammy winning vocalist/composer.

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

This veteran singer-songwriter may be best known for his classic blues song "Born Under A Bad Sign" but his 50+ years in American music has many highlights. Songs like "Private Number," "You Don't Miss Your Water" and "Tryin' To Love Two" are all soul classics. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his birthday this week. It all starts at 7pm!!

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