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Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 10:30pm

In Escape Games, Worcester's hands-on adventures, players work together in a real-life escape-room game. Described as being in the midst of a movie, Escape Games Worcester brings a challenging and exciting quest to life - a cross between a real-life Clue game, a scavenger hunt and a complex puzzle with unlimited possibilities. An escape room provides a fun place to meet up with friends, family, and/or coworkers for true social interaction - mixed with a healthy dose of competition. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Escape Games founder Jason Eastty.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. They talk about turning convicts into colleagues.

In an August 2016 article, “Turning convicts into colleagues,” Worcester Business Journal reported, “As workforce development continues to be a pressing issue for Central Massachusetts employers, greater efforts are being made to tap into a portion of the population numbering more than 10,000 to help fill that need – the incarcerated. Mount Wachusett Community College in July announced it was one of 67 colleges nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of Education pilot program to provide education and job training for inmates."

The WBJ article continued, “The pilot is part of a push from the Obama Administration to spearhead criminal justice reform by preparing ex-offenders to reenter the community with skills and resources they need to obtain long-term employment.As Massachusetts focuses on filling the workforce skills gap, workforce development advocates said tapping into the state’s incarcerated population could help fill those needs, while at the same time hopefully reducing recidivism and creating productive members of society.”

As the WBJ article noted, there has been a lot of talk about the need to fill the so-called workforce skills gap in Massachusetts. An October 2015 study by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy projected a shortage of 1.2 million job openings between 2012 and 2022.

Sheriff Evangelidis was quoted in that WBJ article. The now-second term sheriff, who was reelected last November, said he was happy with how inmates have responded to and benefited from the Mount Wachusett job training program so far, but also said he knows there’s a lot of work to be done, especially when it comes to connecting inmates with sustainable employment.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 9:00pm

Could there be a genuine mathematical genius waiting to be discovered in some corner of the world? Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back mathematician and author KEN ONO. He is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. Tonight he will talk about the SPIRIT OF RAMANUJAN MATH TALENT INITIATIVE a new global search for young mathematical talent. WE also talk about the recent Us victory at the International Math Olympiad.

Many people fear snakes and try to kill them on sight. And of all the snake species here in America,  the most feared is the rattlesnake. But tonight’s guest on Inquiry hopes to change your mind if you are one of those with intense snake angst. TED LEVIN is a writer and wildlife biologist. His new book is AMERICA’S SNAKE: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TIMBER RATTLESNAKE. It is an intimate and loving look at the complex life of this rattlesnake of the northeast and explores why their populations around the area are so endangered. Tune in and find out why this species is so special and deserving of protection.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

(and Songwriting) – with special guests August First, The Lied To’s , Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, and Sandy Haddon, all live in the studio.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Gypsy Jazz band Ameranouche, returns to DreamFarm to share music from their new CD, “Sunshine Soul.” The guys from Ameranouche always raise the roof in the barn and keep our toes tapping.

Featuring:

Richard Shepherd/Guitar
Jack Soref/Guitar
Michael Harrist/Bass

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 11:00am

“Elizabeth Bishop wrote love poems, and poems about lovemaking and one of the best poems ever written in English about the loss of love, but she had made her way through life as an orphan, a solitary.” (p.296). Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome Pulitzer Prize winning biographer MEGAN MARSHALL. She is the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College. Her new book is a biography that is also, in part, an autobiography: ELIZABETH BISHOP: A MIRACLE FOR BREAKFAST.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back journalist and contributing editor for Outside Magazine, FLORENCE WILLIAMS. Her latest book is THE NATURE FIX: WHY NATURE MAKES US HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, AND MORE CREATIVE. In this book, Williams travels around the world to look at how scientists are trying to explore and quantify how being in forests, parks, deserts, and rivers can lower our blood pressure, reduce stress and perhaps help people deal with PTSD and ADHD. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

Author and radio personality, Jonathan Schwartz is a musical evangelist. Whether enticing his listeners with the sounds of the standards, or enlightening them with tidbits about those songs, his goal is to enhance the enjoyment of it all. 2017 marks Jonathan’s fiftieth year in broadcasting, if you don’t count his original radio gig broadcasting to his neighbors in his Manhattan apartment building when he was a youngster.  In celebration of his long career, we revisit my 2006 conversation with Jonathan Schwartz, recorded shortly after he published his memoir.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:00pm

POSITIVE NOISE gets a jump on Valentine’s Day with a show of rock songs about falling in love, breaking up, cheating, unrequited love, and the rest of the unpredictable mess of relationships. Throughout the night we will feature the great love songs of ELVIS COSTELLO. Host: Uncle “Be still my heart” Mark.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Johnny Guitar Watson is in tonight's funky spotlight. With songs like "A Real Mother For Ya" "Ain't That A Bitch" and "Superman Lover" this bluesman reinvented himself as one of the funkiest guitarists and singers in the business. Spend a very funky evening with host Tom Shaker. It all starts at 7pm.

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