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Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 6:00pm

Tenor saxophonist Benny Sharoni is a U.S. bandleader, composer and arranger who is a mainstay on the international jazz scene. A straight ahead player who fuses together the classic bop influences of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Steve Grossman (among many others), Sharoni flavors his music with Latin rhythms and an energetic drive that delights audiences worldwide.  He demonstrates fervent skill on his horn that instantly lifts him above the pack, but that’s only one element of his winning formula. Sharoni is also a player committed to unfettered expression; reaching an audience through taste, beauty and infectious swing. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 11:00am

The Ancient Romans had one of the most complicated sewer systems at the time. They also built a large number of public toilets. How did they work? What did Romans think about privacy, sanitation and cleanliness? Was there graffiti? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANN OLGA KOLOSKI-OSTROW. She is a professor and chair of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and affiliate faculty in Anthropology, Fine Arts, Italian Studies, and Women, Gener, and Sexuality Studies. Her book is THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SANITATION IN ROMAN ITALY: TOILETS, SEWERS, AND WATER SYSTEMS. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANNE STENGLE, PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, about Timber Rattlesnakes in Massachusetts and the proposed reintroduction program at Quabbin.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 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, August 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Singer, songwriter, actor & Oscar winner, Isaac Hayes did it all, and then some. As a staff songwriter at Stax Records, along with David Porter, he wrote classic soul songs for Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas & Mable John. He was also the voice of Chef on TV's South Park for years! Celebrate his life and music with host Tom Shaker this Monday night. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

For trumpeter and composer Igmar Thomas, much in contemporary music is clearly evolved from improvised American music of eras past — jazz, in short. That insight led him to create the Revive Big Band, a large ensemble with a view to connecting the through-lines between hip-hop and its predecessors. Jazz Night In America presents the story behind the band and its homecoming show. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:30pm

In his new book "The End of White Christian America" best selling author and international speaker  Robert Jones challenges readers to grasp the profound consequence's of a new reality-that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Robert P. Jones for an eye opening discussion.

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino 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. This episode aired originally on July 24.

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, August 21, 2016 - 9:00pm

This week on Inquiry we welcome back artist, writer, natural historian and contributing Editor to Birdwatcher’s Digest Julie Zickefoose. Her new book Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into The Nest is a stunning collection of her watercolor paintings (and journal entries) of very young birds. These were done every day as the birds developed. Some of these birds came from her nest boxes on her property, others were orphaned and brought to her to rehab. Species included familiar birds like bluebirds, chickadees, House Sparrows and starlings as well as a number of birds most of us have never seen in the next. Tune in for a lively conversation with one of the great wildlife artists in America

Inquiry welcomes back photographer and artist Tara Sellios. Her large exquisite photographs of dead fish, animals and flowers echo themes found in Dutch, Flemish and Baroque canvases concerned with “memento mori”. Her new body of work, using numerous moths and beetles, is amazing. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

Live from the WICN Performance Studio, a concert featuring local N.E. artists, including James Keyes, Cara Brindisi, Zack Slik, Sandy Haddon, Colette O’Connor, the Road Owls, and more!

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