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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Singer, songwriter, actor, the voice of "Chef" on South Park, Isaac Hayes did it all, and then some. Along with David Porter he wrote classic songs for Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas & Mable John. Celebrate his life and music with host Tom Shaker this Monday night. It all starts at 7PM!

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

On this episode, we welcome drummer Ali Jackson and vibraphonist/multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf - who got interested in jazz at a tender age and was brought up to excel in other music genres under the guidance of his father.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:30pm

In his new book Foreign Correspondent H.D.S. Greenway shares extraordinary tales of his brilliant career as a war correspondent reporting from the front lines for over five decades, his insights into the changing nature of journalism, and the overarching lessons he has drawn from America’s recent foreign military ventures.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear how reporting the news has changed.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Mark Shepard, CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, founder and president for Restoration Agriculture Institute, and author of Restoration Agriculture. They talk about developing and maintaining self-renewing gardens. This episode aired originally on December 12, 2013.

Over the years at its Winter Conference, the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers. They have included Karen Washington of Just Food - whom Steve interviewed nearly two year agos, prior to the 2013 Winter Conference - as well as other thoughtful leaders in the food movement. 

The 2014 Winter Conference, held last January 11 at Worcester State University, offered a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, exhibits by numerous regional vendors, and an all-day seminar and keynote by Mark Shepard,  a perennial-agriculture and permaculture design expert. The Massachusetts native designs self-renewing gardens in Wisconsin.

Shepard runs New Forest Farm, a 106-acre perennial-agricultural forest that  is considered by many people to be one of the most ambitious sustainable-agriculture projects in the U.S. Shepard, who also has experience in water conservation and land restoration, questions the easy availability of future staple crops - particularly in urban population centers.

Around the globe, most people get their calories from annual agriculture - plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. 

Shepard’s book explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs - in our own backyard, farm or ranch. His book, which is based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with James Dempsey, writer and instructor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His new book is a fascinating biography titled The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer. Scofield Thayer was born in Worcester and became the owner and editor of The Dial magazine, the premiere showcase for modernist writers and artists like Picasso, E. E. Cummings, T. S. Eliot and James Joyce. But Thayer was a complex and troubled man. An uneasy mix of “the Victorian and the libertine”, he believed in free love despite being married. He went under analysis with Freud in Vienna but spent his remaining decades suffering from mental illness. Then there is the story of the Dial Collection that resided at the Worcester Art Museum for decades, but is there no longer. To find out why, tune in.

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively and wide-ranging conversation with psychotherapist, writer and artist Donna Hamil Talman. Her fascinating work deals with themes of transformation, purification, destruction and regeneration. Her website is: http://www.donnahamiltalman.com/

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 4:00pm

The band iiii (pronounced Four) is a quartet that not only plays together, they compose together.  Pianist, composer, teacher and Brubeck Institute Fellow Paul Bloom talks with Bonnie Johnson about the collective inspirations and journeys of iiii music and their debut album "iiii" which features vocalist Laila Smith, bassist Connor Schultze and drummer Jeremy Dutton. Tune in at 4pm-EST.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Early recordings from collectors like the Lomaxes and the Warners, followed by more modern arrangements of those same songs, as well as various versions of child ballads, old maritime songs, and more!

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Massachusetts' own young rising star - saxophonist Grace Kelly - will be the highlighted artist on this edition of Dreamfarm Radio with Julie Lavender.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:30am

Artist MATT FREEDMAN returns to Inquiry tonight. Matt is the author/illustrator of “Relatively Indolent But Relentless: his revealing journal of his painful months being treated for cancer. But tonight we talk about Matt’s other artwork. Matt Freedman is a sculptor, performance artist, and writer among other things. His work is complex and fascinating. Tune in tonight and learn about his Srendi Vashtar performance, the wild “More Than Super” a piece that was performed during a broadcast of the 2010 Super Bowl and all about the almost forgotten art movement called “Clumpism”. For a look at some of Matt Freedman’s work, go to his website: http://mattfreedman.org/

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Join host Bobby Jackson on Roots of Smooth as he directs our attention toward percussionist Sammy Figueroa. Born in the Bronx, Sammy is known for his session work as a studio musician.

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