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Monday, July 18, 2016 - 6:00pm

Every year for about 23 years, one group has held a midnight to 5 a.m. time slot on Saturday nights. It's a quirky band, co-led by saxophonist Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, which swings hard (and a little off-kilter) among the hardcore fans, the rowdy drunks, the musicians coming off their own gigs. And it happens in the jazz haven of Chicago, in a club called the Green Mill which doesn't look to have changed much since its days as a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Jazz Night in America follows Pat and Cameron to the gig, then stays up all night with the Sabertooth organ quartet.

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 10:30pm

Recently the Greater Worcester Community Foundation  announced the awarding of $37,900 through the Leicester Savings Bank Fund that will help improve the quality of life for Leicester residents. This special grant is in honor of officer Ronald Tarentino who was recently killed while in  performing his duties as a police officer. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Leicester Police Chief, Jim Hurley who talks about the grant and the towns rallying around the family of the slain officer.

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Ben Burkett, state coordinator of the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives and Cathleen O’Keefe, coordinator of both the Winter Conference and the Fundraising Run for the Northeast Organic Farming Association - Massachusetts Chapter. This episode aired originally on December 20, 2015.

Ben Burkett is a truly inspirational Mississippi farmer. He will be enriching everyone’s day with his keynote address “Family Farmers Matter,” at NOFA-Mass.’ annual Winter Conference. That event was held on January 16, 2016 at Worcester State University.

Cooperative grocers, farmers, and businesses will also not want to miss his all-day seminar on “Cooperative Family Farming.” In this seminar, Ben will discuss many of the steps involved in setting up a profitable, managed cooperative using his own family farm and cooperative history as a model.

Ben provides technical expertise to small-scale and limited-resource farmers and ranchers in rural communities. He serves as the president of the National Family Farm Coalition and has traveled to Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Zimbabwe, exchanging knowledge and information with small-scale farmers.

In 1971, the Natural Organic Farmers Association was formed in Vermont and New Hampshire and, in 1982, chapters were added in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut and New York. Later, chapters were formed in Rhode Island and New Jersey.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association was formed right around the time that NOFA was established. Together, these two organizations have been the most powerful forces for education regarding organic agriculture in the Northeast for the past 40 years.

NOFA changed its name to the Northeast Organic Farming Association in 1989. By that time, the word "natural" had become somewhat commercialized. By changing "farmers" to "farming," the NOFA leadership attempted to be more welcoming to those who support organic farming, along with those who practice it.

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes JANE MAYER, staff writer for the New Yorker and award-winning journalist. She will be talking about her latest stunning and frightening book: DARK MONEY: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE BILLIONAIRES BEHIND THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT. Tune in and learn how American elections are being bought by a select few interested only in maximizing their profits.  Don’t miss this show.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with MEGAN PUGH, teacher and writer on American art and culture. Her latest book is AMERICA DANCING: FROM THE CAKE-WALK TO THE MOON-WALK. Tune in tonight and learn about the first American dance craze and what Michael Jackson learned from James Brown and Bob Fosse. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

Singer, songwriter Denise "Red" Randall talks about her jazz/artist incubator project with host Bonnie Johnson. Randall is producer of "Midsummer Colors Of Jazz: A Night of Song, Dance and Musicianship".  The song and dance revue featuring more than 30 performers will be held at The Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on July 23, 2016.

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

Singer, sing writer Denise "Red" Randall joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about her jazz/artist incubator project and upcoming theatrical production "Midsummer Colors Of Jazz: An Evening Of Song and Dance".

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

A fixture each year during the All-Star break, featuring plenty of baseball songs. We’ll be joined by special guest co-host Howie Newman, to bring listeners four hours of songs relating to our National Pastime. We’ll hear from Chuck Brodsky, John McCutcheon, the late Steve Goodman, Mabel Scott, John Fogerty, Kim and Reggie Harris, Howie himself, and many more. Even Abbott & Costello could make it into the lineup. Batter up!

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 6:00pm

A previous guest musician in Season 1 of DreamFarm Radio, Vivkek Patel, was at that time young Jazz trumpet player in Boston with a lot of promise. A physical condition, due to which he lost motor control in his right hand, changed his trajectory. In this episode of DreamFarm Radio we talk to this gifted musician and find out how he is creating a new music in different ways.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 2:30pm

Can an elephant act silly? Do wolves have ethics? Is a Killer Whale sentient? Typically we have thought of animals as unthinking creatures without a human-like consciousness, but is this really true? What are the implications if we humans finally realized that animals have an inner life similar to our own? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CARL SAFINA, an award-winning writer and journalist and the Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University. His challenging and exciting new book BEYOND WORDS: WHAT ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL attempts to answer these questions. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

The first of two shows with the vocal virtuoso about his inspirations and his new CD “Passion World”.

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