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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:30pm

Social media sites, apps, anything you download or sign up for online has a Terms of Agreement. But, unless you have a lot of free time on your hands odds are you have never read a single one in its entirety. Plus, as the terms get updated over time you would have to keep rereading the document to find out what new agreement you are making by using the site or app. Staying on top of personal privacy rights online can be a full time job and is something most people simply do not have time to manage. So, we use our apps and social media sites and hope for the best, until something goes wrong, and our posts or photos or documents we thought were private are suddenly made public. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by on-line privacy expert Shaun Murphy.

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 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 Krista Piazza (shown, center), superintendent of Seven Hills Charter Public School and executive director of the Learning First Foundation. Joining her are Amy Ebbeson (shown, left), who chairs Seven Hills Charter’s Board of Trustees, and David Frazier (shown, right), president of the Rotary Club on Worcester.

They talk about changing the course of public education. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does voluntary public-relations work for Rotary Worcester.

As the Telegram & Gazette reported on October 5, in an article titled Seven Hills Charter school gets top-level ranking for second time, “A little bit of pride dripped off of each purple and white ‘Level #1 Teacher’ button Krista Piazza distributed Tuesday at Seven Hills Charter Public School. ‘Congratulations!’ she beamed as she handed one to each educator she passed in the hallway.

“Ms. Piazza, superintendent of the K-8 school on the city's east side, was eager to share her joy over Seven Hills recently being named a Level 1 school for the second year in a row,” the T&G continued. “This, after the threat of having its charter revoked three years ago.

“Seven Hills, which in 1996 was the first charter school to open in Worcester, serves about 670 mostly minority and low-income students in K-8.

“In 2011, when the school was due for its five-year charter renewal, the state expressed concern that scores on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test had been flat for some time,” the T&G noted.

“The school was given until the end of 2012 to meet state-set English and math targets, and to make adequate yearly progress (federal and state improvement benchmarks) and meet goals outlined in the school's accountability plan.

As the T&G reported in its October 5 article, “ ... Thanks to several targeted changes Seven Hills enacted soon after the state's warning, that threat didn't come to fruition, and the school was taken off probation in January 2013 with the condition that it show sustained progress through December of this year.”

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes Angela Cartwright, film and television actress, artist, photographer and writer. With Tom Mclaren she has produced and written an extraordinary new book of photographs of classic Hollywood stars that have never before been seen by the public. Angela Cartwright was allowed access to the Twentieth Century Fox archives and discovered a veritable treasure trove of what are called continuity photographs: stills taken for the make up, costume and hair departments. These photographs are of the highest quality and reveal a lot about how a film lot works. There are pictures of Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Gene Tierney, Henry Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, and many, many other stars like you have never seen them before. Angela Cartwright’s book is titled Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archives.

Inquiry welcomes back Carolyn L. Kane  who writes about the history, philosophy and aesthetics of electronic media. We continue our conversation about her new book Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art and Aesthetics After Code. Tonight Kane talks about the wild history of Bell Telephone Laboratories and the artists/scientists that worked there who pioneered some bizarre new technology for producing colors that affected the viewer. We also talk about the invention of Day-Glo and synthetic color. It all began with a problem with dogs peeing on a fence. If you are interested in art and technology, don’t miss this show!

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

Tonight at 8pm on Saturday Night Fish Fry host, Norm will be joined by Jeff Pitchell. Jeff is a, singer, songwriter and guitar player and was invited earlier this year to perform w/ the Allman Brothers in NYC to a sold-out Beacon Theater.  Jeff blends Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Jimi Hendrix experiences with his own soulful, superb vocals. His song Eye for an Eye won an International Songwriting Contest and was recently recorded by the legendary John Mayall. Jeff has had a #7 CD on national Billboard charts, won Best Guitarist in State of CT, and w/Texas Flood Best Band in CT, and this year won Best Blues Show in New England in a six state vote! Jeff has performed with BB King, Ted Nugent, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, J Geils, etc. and has appeared on the Don Imus TV/Radio show. Later at 8:30 Michael Allman will interview with Norm on this edition of Saturday night fish fry. Michael is eldest son of Gregg Allman, American rock and blues, Rock Hall of Famer, who not only sings like his father, but looks like him as well! Pitchell, Allman, and Charles Neville will be appearing at The Regent Theater on December 27, and host, Norm will be giving away A Pair of passes this week. This is a show you do not want to miss!

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

Broadcasting live from the WICN Performance Studio, featuring a lineup of talented local artists (TBA).

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

On this edition of DreamFarm Radio host Julie Lavender will be joined by a plethora musicians including Esthema, Roberto Cassan and John Muratore, Los Soneros De Las Seis, Tre Corda and more. It all starts at Thursday  6pm.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 4:30pm

Most people know Mark Mothersbaugh as the front man of the band DEVO. But Mark is really a prolific visual artist,  and Devo was  just an extension of one his artistic passions. Tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes back ADAM LERNER, the Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. They have organized a show of Mothersbaugh’s artwork and written an amazing catalog of the show: MARK MOTHERSBAUGH: MYOPIA.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 4:00pm

On this edition on Jazz Matinee, Chet Williamson is joined by Dick Robinson. When Dick Robinson came to Atlanta in 1951 to join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as a violinist, he brought with him his skills as a composer. In the six decades since, he has been a persistent if often reclusive creative undercurrent in the city’s new-music scene. Though long retired from the ASO he hasn’t stopped composing, collaborating or improvising. It all starts at 4pm!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 2:30pm

What do Buddy Holly, Joy Division, the Beatles, The Five Satins, Amy Winehouse and the Shagri-Las all have in common? They are all rock and roll musicians mentioned in tonight’s interview with journalist, writer and author of many books GREIL MARCUS. His new book THE HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL IN TEN SONGS is not a simple chronological listing of the artists found in the Hall of fame. Marcus’ history is a fascinating and complex web of affinities based on 10 songs that appealed to him at that one moment. Tune in for one of the best discussions about rock you will likely hear this year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

Tony Award winning director/lyricist Richard Maltby discusses his Fats Waller inspired play “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, his screenwriting, and how jazz influences everything he creates.

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