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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

Dave Brubeck’s music is reimagined by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Jazz Night in America explores various Brubeck compositions, as we sit down and discuss with the arrangers the decisions they made when approaching the material.

Sunday, January 11, 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 Mark Waxler, founder of Waxler Hospitality Group. They talk about how Central Massachusetts rates when it comes to hospitality. This episode aired originally on July 27, 2014.

In 2013, Mark founded Waxler Hospitality Group to serve hotels, restaurants and service businesses that would like to improve operations, sales, profitability, and customer attraction and retention. He was vice president and general manager of the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester for 18 years, until 2013. He has been in the hospitality industry for 40 years.

Mark started at the Front Desk of the Watergate Hotel and has worked for Hyatt Hotels, Doubletree Hotels and Marriott Hotels in various management positions before joining the Beechwood Hotel in 1995. During his tenure at the Beechwood, he has upgraded the property to the only AAA Four Diamond Hotel in Massachusetts. 

Mark is a member of Destination Worcester’s Board of Directors, Chairman of the Hospitality Advisory Committee for Worcester Technical High School, Program Advisory Member to help develop the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Educational Framework for hospitality management and Board of Directors member of Worcester Regional Research Bureau. Previously, he was chairman of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Lodging Association and president of the New England Inns and Resorts.

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 10:00pm

53% of recent college grads are unemployed or underemployed, yet 3.5 million U.S. jobs remain unfilled. Why? Because companies can’t find people with the skills to do the work they need.  Therein lies great opportunity for the nations job seekers — they just have to look beyond the traditional classroom (or even college altogether), and consider the paths that teach the skills most valued in today’s market: technical and vocational education, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by job specialist and author Nicholas Wyman. Hear what he has to say about the current job market and how best to prepare for it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively chat with George K. Russell. He is a member of the Biology Department of Adelphi University, on of the co-founders of Orion Magazine and editor of a wonderful collection of essays titled Children and Nature Connections. Tonight we talk about why it is critical to encourage children to be outside and to play among the trees and grasses of the natural world and why digital learning may not be the best thing in some cases. To order this book, please go to: http://www.myrin.org/

Tonight on Inquiry we have a fascinating conversation with writer and journalist Dana Goldstein. Her new history is The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession. No other profession operates under this extreme level of political scrutiny and in recent years the situation has gotten far worse. Tune in and find out why one teacher remarked: “Everything I loved about teaching is extinct.”

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 2:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back author, illustrator, lecturer and filmmaker LYNNE CHERRY. Tonight, Lynn talks about EMPOWERING YOUNG VOICES FOR THE PLANET a thorough teacher’s guide to educating young people about global climate change: how to approach this difficult subject and how to get your students involved. For more information on the films about student projects discussed on this show, please go to: http://www.youngvoicesonclimatechange.com/

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs from the extensive repertoire of the amazing Joan Baez, just one day before her birthday…

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 2:30pm

During the 70s and 80s, Stiff Records was the small British recording label that broke all the rules and turned the heat up on the majors. Artists that at one time or another were associated with Stiff Records included Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, The Damned, The Go-Gos, Devo, Madness, The Pogues, Tracey Ullman and many more. What was the secret of Stiff’s incredible success? Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with journalist RICHARD BALLS about his new musical history BE STIFF: THE STIFF RECORDS STORY. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 2:00pm

VIV ALBERTINE is an artist, filmmaker, musician and former guitarist for the legendary band The Slits. Her latest solo album is titled The Vermillion Border. Viv returns to Inquiry tonight to continue her discussion of her autobiography; CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS. After she left the Slits, Viv Albertine had to redefine her life, to discover what she really wanted to become. She became a filmmaker, got married, had a daughter and had a long brutal battle with cancer and pneumonia. After all of that, she decided to make music again, but it was a long and tough slog getting back up on stage and performing in front of a live audience alone. Tune in and find out the rest of her amazing story, so far. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 12:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back HONEE HESS, Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining us in the studio are two artists from the new exhibition HARMONY. MIHOKO WAKABAYASHI is a fabric artist who is a SAORI weaver. TOMO SAKAI is a glass artist who casts her glass work. Tune in and learn how these very different artists create works that are both traditional and contemporary. For more information on Harmony, please go to the website at: http://www2.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

The late Roy Scheider was inspired to be an actor by the collaborative creativity he saw with the jazz groups he heard as a young man. Roy discusses how jazz continued to inspire him throughout his stage and screen career.

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