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Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Joyce Mandell, founder of Jane Jacobs in the Woo, about making Worcester healthy and sustainable for all people. This episode aired originally on October 23, 2016.

Joyce Mandell has lived in Worcester for about 20 years, working for the Oak Hill Community Development Corp. before becoming an academic. In honor of urban theorist Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday this past May, Mandell started the blog, “Jane Jacobs in the Woo,” to inaugurate a full year of community conversations and actions about building a vibrant Worcester. Jacobs was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for more than 40 years. - and who died 10 years ago, in 2006.

The revolutionary ideas in Jacobs’ 1961 classic treatise, Death and Life of Great American Cities, were based on her observations of city life from her apartment above a candy store on Hudson Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village and her immersion out in the city streets.  She was highly critical of modern urban planning and more specifically, urban-renewal practices of the 1950s that cleared out, in one stroke, whole vibrant neighborhoods considered blighted by city planners and developers.

Jacobs eschewed city planners who sat with maps in a room and instead urged people to know the true ecology of cities by going out into urban spaces to experience them. Based on her acute observations on what she described as the “street ballet” of city life, she promoted these main ideas for building thriving cities: mixed-use development; high-density neighborhoods; pedestrian- and bicycle-centered cities; and, bottom-up planning.

We have Jacobs to thank for saving Greenwich Village, a neighborhood targeted by New York powerbroker Robert Moses for construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Because of the activism of neighbors and supporters, the city rejected the proposal for that highway in 1964. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 9:00pm

The Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Eleventh Edition, publish in the early years of the Twentieth Century, is considered “the last great English language encyclopaedia.” But the story of its creation is a complicated and chaotic tale of the clash of British and American culture. It is one of the great (and wild) stories from the history of book publishing. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer, teacher and journalist DENIS BOYLE about his new book: EVERYTHING EXPLAINED THAT IS EXPLAINABLE: ON THE CREATION OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA’S CELEBRATED ELEVENTH EDITION, 1910-1911.

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer and journalist JILLIAN KEENAN. Her new memoir is about many things. It is a brilliant and lively look at sex and love in Shakespeare’s plays. Her book is also about her own search for a loving relationship. SEX WITH SHAKESPEARE: HERE’S MUCH TO DO WITH PAIN BUT MORE WITH LOVE is also a no holds barred account of Jillian Keenan coming out with having a spanking fetish. Tune in and find out all about it.

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four hours of holiday recordings. Sweet Wednesday live in the studio.

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

Singer-songwriter Julie Lavender, host of DreamFarm Radio discusses her newly released CD, "The Siddur Project."

In this project Julie Lavender, sets luminous poetry from the ancient Jewish prayer book to her own fresh, multi-faceted, jazz-influenced music. This intriguing project features top East Coast jazz players and also highlights Julie’s striking visual art.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

Pianist Tardo Hammer discusses his work with Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks and others and his new CD, “Simple Pleasures."

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

It was ten years ago that the Godfather of Soul left this world. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his passing with a special tribute on our annual holiday music show. It all starts at 7pm……BYOM (Bring your own mistletoe)!

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Nuyorican pianist Eddie Palmieri turns 80 this month and to celebrate Jazz Night in America presents the Latin jazz legend’s Harlem River Drive project featuring an 18-piece orchestra recorded in (where else, but) Harlem! In the words of Eddie himself, “The message of Harlem River Drive is the past, present, and future. We’re talking about conditions that exist past, present, and future and why we struggle to survive. We’re talking about the unequal distribution of wealth; we’re talking about broken homes.” Eddie and the band trace the genesis and commercial failure of the 1972 cult album, and how the message is still today.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 10:30pm

In her new book EIGHT FLAVORS, food historian, Sarah Lohman sets out on a journey through history to uncover the eight flavors that have come to define the ever-changing palate of American cuisine: black pepper, vanilla, chili powder, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and Sriracha. While some of these might be familiar, others may surprise you.  But by the end of this unique culinary history, Lohman will convince you of their significance.  Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Sarah Lohman.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Lynette Silva, senior research analyst of Globoforce. They talk "working human." This episode aired originally on October 16, 2016. 

In 1999, Eric Mosley co-founded Globoforce in Dublin, Ireland with an international focus that would change the recognition industry. In 2002, Globoforce opened its U.S. headquarters in Southboro.

Based on the core principle of creating memorable experiences around the world, Eric began building one of the largest online-recognition platforms in the world. But that was just the first step. What soon followed reinvented the way employee recognition is done today.

With a clear goal to continually move the industry forward, Globoforce introduced a new way of thinking to human-resources leaders. Over the past century, recognition had consisted of tactical forms of “reward” that neither engaged employees nor moved businesses forward. Globoforce turned the industry upside-down with strategic recognition. In short, Eric and his teem disrupted old thinking by stressing the importance of “working human.”

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 9:00pm

Do you find it tough to find the groove in the music of Coltrane? Do you have a hard time finding new music you like? Inquiry welcomes back jazz pianist, music historian, critic and writer TED GIOIA. His new book HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ is a useful and fun guide for listening to all types of jazz music critically.  It is also a fine concise history of jazz and a biography of some of the giants of jazz. When you hear a new band or recording, what should a listener focus on? Tune in and find out.

Inquiry welcomes back swimmer and writer LYNNE COX. Lynne has held open-water swimming records all over the world without a wetsuit and has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Her life had been dedicated to doing seemingly impossible swims often in places with extremely cold conditions until she feel seriously ill with a serious heart disorder. What happened next would change her life forever. Her book is titled: SWIMMING IN THE SINK: AN EPISODE OF THE HEART.

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