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Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Katie Picchione of the Rotaract Club of WPI and the WPI Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA, Richard Simon of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley and Carl Gomes of the Rotary Club of Worcester. They talk about bringing clean drinking water to the world.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve chairs the Public Relations Committee for the Rotary Club of Worcester.

A group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute students is taking new steps toward creating social change and improving water security in remote parts of the world. Since 2009, the WPI Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA has been working with the rural, indigenous community of Guachtuq, Guatemala to improve water security. Having water security means having access to adequate quantity and quality of water to meet needs. Currently, most families in Guachtuq rely on a polluted water basin to meet all their water needs. During the dry season (February through  April), community members line up at the basin in the middle of the night to get enough water for drinking and cooking alone.

WPI students work with these families to build rainwater harvesting systems, which improve all three dimensions of water security. Over the past two years, they built 12 rainwater harvesting systems with families; 25 more will be constructed in May 2015, improving water security for all remaining families in Guachtuq.

This past summer, the WPI group developed relationships with the Rotary Clubs of Nashoba Valley and Worcester. Rotary International is a global community of committed professionals working together to serve others and advance peace. More than 1.2 million members in over 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide volunteer in communities at home and abroad.

The Rotary Club of Worcester has sponsored students from Engineers Without Borders-USA's WPI Student Chapter to start a new Rotaract Club of WPI, which is being mentored by Worcester Rotarian Carl Gomes. Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service.

Since August, the Rotaract Club of WPI has been working closely with the Engineers Without Borders-USA WPI Student Chapter to further the rainwater harvesting project in Guatemala. With the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, the WPI students are in the process of applying for a $35,000 Rotary Foundation Global Grant. Richard Simon, president of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, has worked tirelessly to gain support for the grant from Rotary Clubs throughout Massachusetts and spread the word about the good work these WPI students are doing.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 9:00pm

When Dr. Joel Gold started practicing medicine at Bellvue Hospital, he came across several patients suffering from what he calls The Truman Show Delusion: believing that everyone around you is watching you and recording your life. What do delusions like this tell us about how the brain functions and how are delusions related to society? In a society where social media is everywhere and the government is indeed watching and listening in on your life, how can we tell who is having delusions and who is sane? What do we know about how anti-psychotic drugs work? Dr. Gold is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. His new book, written with Ian Gold, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and McGill University is titled: Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness, The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs.

Several hundred unidentified bodies are found in the United States every year.  About a half have died of natural causes or of self-inflicted deaths. The rest have been murdered. Though local forensic labs and police departments work long and hard to put a name and identification to these bodies, many remain cold cases. In recent years, a dedicated group of amateurs armed only with computers and a knack for remembering details and faces have aided authorities by matching missing person reports with these unidentified bodies. Tonight on Inquiry we learn all about these amateur sleuths and how they work when we talk with journalist and science writer Deborah Halber about her wild new book The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America's Coldest Cases.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 12:00pm

For 25 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been keeping jazz & blues alive by helping elder musicians in crisis "due to illness, age and/or circumstance"with their Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund. On Friday, October 24th, JFA celebrates it's 13th annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert at the historic Apollo Theater in NYC. An All-Star concert will feature tributes dedicated to trumpeter Clark Terry, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire and the late great Little Jimmy Scott. Additionally, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy® winning pianist, composer, bandleader Herbie Hancock will be honored with a lifetime achievement award granted by the legendary Quincy Jones.

Catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson celebrates the music and artistry of A Great Night In Harlem . Tune in at 12pm.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

This evening on Folk Revival, we'll share with you an eclectic mix of folk songs, both old and new. Enjoy four hours of music with host Nick Noble!

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

On this edition of DreamFarm Radio, Ian Eathan Case stops in to chat with host Julie Lavender. Having recently included kalimba among his instruments of choice, Ian Ethan gained recognition as an 18-string guitarist - utilizing an acoustic double-neck guitar including a 12 string and 6 string neck, both of which he plays simultaneously! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:00pm

Ten-time Grammy Award winning Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri will be on the show today. Check out Palmieri with his Latin Jazz Band at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA on Saturday, November 8th celebrating the 5th annual Jazz on the Rocks Gala.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:00am

Photographer and author TRAER SCOTT’s newest published collection of her photography is titled NOCTURNE: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT and features stunning and close up photographs of some of the world’s most engaging nocturnal animals and birds. Tune in and find out about her adventures with porcupines and bushbabies

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:30am

Inquiry welcomes BOB HERBERT, opinion columnist for the New York Times from 1993-2011 and Distinguished Fellow at Demos, a public policy think tank. His latest book is LOSING OUR WAY: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF A TROUBLED AMERICA. This journalistic tour de force examines why so many people feel that America has lost its way and that as a nation we are in decline. DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00pm

On this edition of Jazz Matinee, veteran arts writer and freelance photographer Ken Franckling will be on the air with host Chet Williamson. Franckling's latest book Jazz in the Key of Light is a self-published collection of music photography featuring spotlight musicians.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer CHRISTOPHER MILLER who has compiled and hilarious and fascinating encyclopedia of funny objects and conventions from the comics, jokes and films of the early decades of the Twentieth Century. Included are citations on anvils, hen-pecked husbands, B.O., pie fights, Limburger Cheese  and so much more. If you have ever watched a Three Stooges short and wondered what “alum” was, tune in tonight when we discuss: AMERICAN CORNBALL: A LAFFOPEDIC GUIDE TO THE FORMERLY FUNNY. 

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