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Sunday, September 13, 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 Zach Combs, founder of African Arts in Education. They talk about the business of building awareness of the birthplace of civilization.

This episode aired originally on May 17, 2015. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for African Arts in Education.

African Arts in Education is a Worcester-based, non-profit program that provides an exhibit of authentic African art and produce an educational enrichment program of art, music, history and dance – all, customized for your school. By working in collaboration with professional African performers and teachers, African Arts in Education give our audiences an authentic and inspirational passport to African culture.

African Arts in Education’s mission is to educate, enrich and entertain the broadest audience by sharing the rich music, compelling art and vibrant dance that is Africa, and to give African artists living in America a singular opportunity to be successful cultural ambassadors while earning a living from their arts. The program fulfills its mission of sharing the cultures of Africa through stimulating interactive workshops, compelling performances and engaging school residencies.

African Arts in Education was founded in 2012, in Clinton, and collaboratively developed by Crocodile River Music and Clinton’s Gallery of African Art. Now located in downtown Worcester, AAiE is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Zach Combs is also the founder of the for-profit Crocodile River Music, which performs African music and dance. He attended Connecticut College, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in African Studies and a focus in Elementary Education. It was there that he was first drawn to West African music and culture. He won the prestigious and highly competitive Watson Fellowship, which funds travel and research for a full year outside the United States to exceptional graduating seniors.

Inspired by the traditions of music he learned about as an undergraduate, Zach chose Mali, West Africa to live and study for his year abroad. There, he worked with master drummer Ibrahima Sarr and conducted research on Malian culture in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Since then time, Zach has been working to develop a cultural bridge between the United States and West African traditions.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist, videographer and painter JENNIFER SULLIVAN. One of her pieces, “One Week Walden” was on view in the Decordova’s “Walden, revisited” show. Jennifer’s work is complex, sometimes humorous, often autobiographical  and above all wildly unique. Tune in and get to know the only artist I know that covers “Sexual Healing”, Madonna and Kate Bush in her work. To see some examples of Jennifer Sullivan’s work, go to her blog at:

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with artist WILLIAM LAMSON. His beautiful and meditative work often uses light, water and time as elements in his site specific work. A fine example of his work was on view in the Walden, Revisited show at the Decordova. Lamson’s website is:

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

On this very week in 1961, five students at Wesleyan University had a #1 hit with “Michael”. For four hours THE FOLK REVIVAL will trace the career of this seminal folk group over their fifty year run. You’ll hear “Michael” and “Cottonfields” along with many other recordings from their original eight albums, as well as songs from the band’s second manifestation (1965-1966) and from their first reunion in 1975. Finally, we’ll hear songs from their highly praised revival period (1990-2010) including tracks from five later CDs.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Why is a chamber-jazz quartet lead by Bert Seager, American jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, and educator. The Why also features cello, upright bass, and hand percussion and together reveal new ways to hear dance rhythms from many cultures. The music makes one wonder what Schubert would have sounded like had he lived in Peru and played odd meters, or if Ravel had lived in Ghana and had been able to improvise over chord changes.

Cadence Magazine says Bert’s music is filled with “effervescent optimism.” And the Boston Globe wrote that his “kind of exuberance makes the jazz world go round.”

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 10:30am

It was the end of the 20th century and CDs had become a third-rate technology that no college student cared about. They were too busy on illegal file sharing sites downloading their music their way. Journalist and writer STEPHEN WITT ‘s new book is titled HOW MUSIC GOT FREE: THE END OF AN INDUSTRY, THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, AND THE PATIENT ZERO OF PIRACY. This book is a detailed history of the invention of the MP3, an account of music industry’s complete lack of understanding of what this technology meant for CD sales and the wild story of a man who became a music piracy addict. This is an outstanding history of technology and music. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 3:30pm

Artist, writer and musician LEAH HAYES has created a graphic novel type guide to what it is like to go through an abortion. It is a calm, sensitive and common sense description about what will happen to you every step along the way. This is a women’s health book like no other. Tune in tonight as we discuss NOT FUNNY HA-HA: A HANDBOOK FOR SOMETHING HARD. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer ABIGAIL SANTAMARIA. Her new biography is titled JOY: POET, SEEKER, AND THE WOMAN WHO CAPTIVATED C.S. LEWIS. Joy Davidman was a passionate writer, poet, dedicated member of the American Communist Party and atheist till she read the writings of C.S. Lewis. Then she became deeply religious and gave up her life in America to meet Lewis in Britain. This became one of the greatest literary love stories of the century. Tune in and find out why.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 6:00pm

With his group The Lone Sharks, Gene Casey carries on the tradition of Western Swing, roots music and old style rock and roll. He discusses the continuing appeal of this music and his soundtrack writing for “Justified”, “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Killing Season”.

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:00pm

It just doesn't get any better than Otis Redding! The "Big O" defined 1960s soul music with his raw, explosive voice and his great songwriting. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of Otis Redding on this week's program. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

"My father was born and grew up along Highway 61, way up in Minnesota, not far from Bob Dylan's childhood home. That road starts in New Orleans, follows the Mississippi River, up through the Delta, Memphis, St. Louis, Davenport, all the way up to the Canadian border. To think of the music that has sprung from up, down, and all along this way is truly staggering. The main artery. I am excited, humbled, and honored to have this opportunity to explore some of the many possibilities with these great musicians. I can't wait to dive in." - Bill Frisell. In the grand series finale of two years and six dynamic performances of the Roots of Americana series, Guitarist Bill Frisell, along with saxophonist Greg Osby, cornetist Ron Miles, pianist Craig Taborn, and drummer Kenny Wollesen, embarks on a musical journey along the revered route, which Bob Dylan famously immortalized in 1965. Join us for a profoundly historic sojourn realized by Frisell through his unique embodiment of the American landscape.


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