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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

Start your Thanksgiving week out right with great songs about food, drink, eating and even digesting! Join host Tom Shaker for a menu of great music and fun, and of course, a Jive Turkey! It all starts at 7pm….

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 6:00pm

There's a scene and community that's developed around after hours at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the club environment that's part of Jazz at Lincoln Center. It's driven by the programming of JALC's Michael Mwenso (a vocalist himself), listening sessions and hangs late into the night, and the mutual experience of being young and eager (and talented). Jazz Night in America wanted to know what drives these guys, posing as a fly on the wall as they listen to records, and catching some of them as they get a rare opportunity to present their own music at Dizzy’s.

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 10:30pm

In his book new book BILLION-DOLLAR BALL Gilbert M. Gaul, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, offers an incendiary examination of how college football has come to dominate some of our best, most prestigious universities—reframing campus values, distorting academic missions, and transforming athletic departments into astonishingly rich entertainment factories, even as many university presidents look the other way. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Gil Gaul to discuss his book and it's implications.

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Democratic State Senator Jamie Eldridge of Acton, and Jim O’Reilly, director of public policy for the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. They talk about the Kinder Morgan natural-gas-pipeline project known as Northeast Energy Direct. This episode aired originally on February 15, 2015.

As the Boston Globe reported in a December 5, 2014 article titled In face of opposition, company to reroute gas pipeline, “Stung by intense local opposition to a proposed natural-gas pipeline winding through western and central Massachusetts, a Houston energy company said … that it will pursue an alternative route that bypasses many Massachusetts communities by veering north and shooting across southern New Hampshire. Kinder Morgan … said much of the alternative path would follow existing rights-of-way along utility lines in the two states, meaning it would cross fewer residential properties and undeveloped lands. Kinder Morgan plans to file the new route … with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has final say on gas pipelines in New England. Kinder Morgan officials said that 14 Massachusetts towns along the northern tier of the state, from Dracut to Northfield, will no longer be in the pipeline’s path. But the pipeline would cross four new Massachusetts towns - Cheshire, Hancock, Lanesborough, and Shelburne - and a southern stretch of New Hampshire. To meet the region’s growing demand for natural gas, Kinder Morgan previously sought to build a 127-mile pipeline stretching from Richmond near the New York border, across Massachusetts’ northern spine to a transmission hub in Dracut, about 30 miles from Boston. Kinder Morgan’s original multibillion-dollar plan aimed to tap abundant, inexpensive natural gas from Eastern shale fields, to help ease a shortage here blamed on inadequate pipeline capacity. That shortage has led to skyrocketing electric rates this winter in Massachusetts since most power plants use natural gas to generate electricity. The company hopes to have the pipeline operating by late 2018.”

As the Associated Press reported nearly 11 months later, on November 18, 2015, "A study commissioned by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England does not need additional natural gas pipelines to maintain energy reliability in the coming years. The report ... says the region will be able to meet electricity needs through 2030 even during the coldest of winter days with or without investment in additional natural gas capacity.The study was conducted by Analysis Group, an economic and financial consulting company. Healey, a Democrat, said in a statement that ratepayers should not foot the bill for new natural gas pipelines, which supporters contend are needed to increase electric generating capacity in the region. The authors of the report said they accounted for the recent announcement that the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth will close by 2019."

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 9:00pm

Today we consider the Bill of Rights one of the most important parts of the Constitution. But it almost didn’t get put down in writing. The story of the fight over the inclusion of the Bill of Rights reveals a lot about our historical and current battles between those who want a strong central government and those who champion state’s rights. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CAROL BERKIN. She’s the Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and a member of the history faculty of the Graduate Center of CUNY, Emerita. Tonight we talk about her important new book: THE BILL OF RIGHTS: THE FIGHT TO SECURE AMERICA’S LIBERTIES.

Dada was at art movement born in a small café in Zurich in 1916 when a few outsider artists and performers created work that confounded everyone’s understanding of what constituted art. It was shocking and wildly creative. Dada spread to Germany, Russia and even to America and its influences can be seen today in music and film. Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with JED RASULA, the Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia, about his new history: DESTRUCTION WAS MY BEATRICE: DADA AND THE UNMAKING OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 2:00pm

Bandleader Martin Gohary joins Bonnie Johnson for a live studio session. The composer, pianist "speaks four languages (including English, French, Spanish & Jazz) and constantly finds himself in precarious musical situations [while] running around with his band of merry jazz men",  The Worcester Jazz Collective; Tom Lubelczyk on baritone guitar, Thomas Spears on drums & Eli Mateo on percussion.  Catch their colors!

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

Featuring a number of tracks from CDs newly arrived at the station as well as a few old favorites. Host Nicki Noble will be interviewing the amazing Tret Fure, and from 9-10 PM the multi-talented Sandy Haddon will host/DJ for an hour.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:00pm


"If You Lieb Me Now”
Edmar Colon with the Anthony Fung Quintet

“The Way You Look Tonight”
Grace Kelly Band

“The Bodega”
The Benny Sharoni Quartet

Julie Lavender & Kamau Kenyatta

Jerry Bergonzi

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS to talk about the 2015 annual FESTIVAL OF CRAFTS sponsored by UniBank and the upcoming exhibition: NOW: NEW WORK, NEW ARTISTS (sponsored by the Worcester Business Journal). For ore information about the Crafts Center go to:
To apply to be one of the artists in the NOW show, go to:


Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:30am

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back two guests committed to quality and fun natural history and environmental education for young people. STACY TORNIO is a writer, editor, master gardener and master naturalist. KEN KEFFER is a naturalist and environmental educator. Their new book is THE SECRET LIVES OF ANIMALS: 1,001 TIDBITS, ODDITIES AND AMAZING FACTS ABOUT NORTH AMERICA’S COOLEST ANIMALS. Tune in and find out where a Moose’s “bell” is and why bison are such good snowplows.


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