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Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 10:00pm

Listen now to an encore of The Business Beat, as Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways. They talk about why JetBlue launched service out of Worcester. This episode aired originally on November 10, 2013.

On April 3, 2013, JetBlue announced the newest addition to its growing network: Worcester. Service to the airline's 80th city took flight on November 7, 2013, with daily service to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida.

 As a leading air-passenger service, with hubs in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York City and San Juan, JetBlue carries 29 million customers a year to 79 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Upcoming destinations include Savannah, Georgia; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Lima, Peru, subject to receipt of government approval; and on November 7, Worcester.

With JetBlue, all seats on its more than 600 daily flights are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required.  JetBlue's fleet totals 188 aircraft, comprising 129 Airbus A320s and 59 Embraer E190s.

Barger was part of JetBlue's founding team and serves on the company’s Board of Directors. His interest in airlines came from his father, who was a United Airlines pilot for 37 years. From 1982 to 1988, Dave served in several positions with New York Air. In 1992, he joined Continental Airlines and held various management positions, including vice president of Continental's hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Barger was part of the JetBlue founding team in 1998, and served as the COO for Jet Blue until 2007. During the airline's first months of operation, when a JetBlue plane was forced to divert en route so that a diabetic passenger could receive emergency care, he personally apologized to each passenger for the delay, and offered a free flight as compensation.

Following a 2007 incident in which the airline was forced to cancel nearly 1,700 flights due to winter storms, JetBlue's Board of Directors replaced David Neeleman with Barger as CEO. Neeleman, the company's largest individual investor, became a non-executive chairman as a result of the change.  In 2009, Barger also became the president of JetBlue.

JetBlue is an official sponsor of the Boston Reds Sox, the Boston Bruins and the Worcester Sharks, a minor-league hockey team affiliated with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 9:00pm

Why are Japanese game shows so funny to the Japanese but don’t seem so funny to Americans? What makes a New Yorker cartoon hilarious? What kind of humor is found in Palestine? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist and writer JOEL WARNER. Together with Peter McGraw, Ph.D, a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, they decided to explore what is funny around the world and discover if humor translates from one culture to the next. His stories from the field are collected in THE HUMOR CODE: A GLOBAL SEARCH FOR WHAT MAKES THINGS FUNNY. It was one wild and crazy trip. Tune in and find out why.

Tonight on Inquiry we have a wild and wide-ranging and informative talk with visionary artist HOWARD JOHNSON. Howard talks about his early days, how he started out as an artist and how he creates his unique works. To see some of Howard Johnson’s amazing works, please go to: http://www.8thring.com/

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Looking at songs that have inspired and shaped the music of others. For one of the four hours, Dan Senie will be guest-hosting the show: he won that privilege at an earlier WICN membership Drive.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Against The Grain with Nick DiBiasio presents the 17th annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash on Wednesday, May 21st at 7pm, featuring a performance by The Zimmermen in WICN's Performance Hall.

The Zimmermen first got together in May 1998 when Nick invited several RI based musicians into WICN's studios to play the songs of Bob Dylan in honor of his birthday, and have continued the tradition every May. The band was also invited to perform at the September 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival, and took part in a fund raiser for the RI Music Hall of Fame last November.

The Zimmermen are Mederick Bellaire, Fred Wilkes, Richard Sage, Vincent Pasternak, Kenn Reynolds, Kenny Johnson and Nick DiBiasio.

You're invited to help us celebrate the birth of one of the greatest songwriters of our time. Just RSVP to astha@wicn.org, or call 508.752.0700 to reserve your seats, and then join us on May 21st for some great music and birthday cake!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Brian Bromberg is an American jazz bassist and record producer who performs on both electric and acoustic instruments.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with saxophonist Tom Tallitsch. http://www.tomtallitsch.com/

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 3:30pm

Inquiry welcomes back CARY GINELL, award-winning writer, jazz historian and discographer. His new book is the next volume in the Hal Leonard Jazz Biography Series: THE EVOLUTION OF MANN: HERBIE MANN AND THE FLUTE IN JAZZ. Tune in and learn about Herbie Mann’s amazing and varied career and his interests in world music from Afro-Cuban Jazz to Brazilian Jazz and Bossa Nova to Middle Eastern Music and even Japanese music. Herbie Mann may not have been the first jazz flute player but he was the first jazz musician to specialize in the flute and he brought his music around the world. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES DEMPSEY, writer and instructor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His new book is a fascinating biography titled THE TORTURED LIFE OF SCOFIELD THAYER. Scofield Thayer was born in Worcester and became the owner and editor of The Dial magazine, the premiere showcase for modernist writers and artists like Picasso, E. E. Cummings, T. S. Eliot and James Joyce. But Thayer was a complex and troubled man. An uneasy mix of “the Victorian and the libertine”, he believed in free love despite being married. He went under analysis with Freud in Vienna but spent his remaining decades suffering from mental illness. Then there is the story of the Dial Collection that resided at the Worcester Art Museum for decades, but is there no longer. To find out why, tune in.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Radio personality and host of CBS Sunday Morning Charles Osgood compares jazz performances and his own writing for radio and TV.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with B-3 player Jared Gold. http://www.jaredgoldb3.com/

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