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Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Walter Bird Jr., editor of Worcester Magazine, about the business of local journalism 40 years ago – and today. This episode aired originally on November 6, 2016.

Forty years ago, two young entrepreneurs named Dan Kaplan and Ryck Bird Lent – who were new to Worcester, to Massachusetts, and to New England – founded Worcester Magazine as a monthly. It went weekly two years later, in 1978. This past September 22, WoMag published a jam-packed 40th Anniversay issue.

During the past four decades, WoMag has gone through numerous ownerships. Dan and Ryck sold it in 1986. More than two decades later, in, 2008, the Holden Landmark Corporation, owned by Kirk Davis, bought WoMag.

Holden Landmark Corporation, which is based in Millbury, also owns the weekly Holden Landmark  plus the monthly Bay State Parent, and the weekly Grafton News, Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Leominster Champion. Together with Worcester Magazine, they have a combined circulation of more than 85,000.

Since 2014, Kirk Davis has also been CEO of Gatehouse Media, a separate company based in Pittsford, New York. Gatehouse Media owns 620 community and business publications, along with 125 daily newspapers, including the Telegram & Gazette and Metrowest Daily News, plus more than 530 local-affiliated websites.

Worcester Magazine has gone through many transformations during the past 40 years – from monthly to weekly, and from alternative to mainstream. Through it all, WoMag has survived, thrived, delivered consistently on a slogan that it touted than a decade ago: “Love It. Hate It. Read It.”

Steve’s guest, Walter Bird Jr., has been editor of Worcester Magazine since 2014.

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome JOHN DOE, bassist and vocalist for the legendary band “X”, musician and actor. He has written and compiled a new book of essays on the emergence of the punk movement in Los Angeles  in the late 1970s and early 80s. Besides Doe’s own writing, UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF L.A. PUNK features pieces written by key musicians  at the time from bands like The Plugz, The Flesheaters and even The Go-Gos. Johns new album is titled THE WESTERNER.

Bzzzzt! Have you ever been stung by a yellow jacket or honey bee? Why do wasp stings hurt so much? Tonight’s Inquiry is all about the biology, ecology and biochemistry of stinging insects. We talk with JUSTIN O. SCHMIDT, a biologist at Southwestern Biological Institute and is affiliated with the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona. His new book, THE STING OF THE WILD, recounts his wild adventures collecting, and sometimes getting stung by, some of the most venomous insects in the world.

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tracks from CDs recently arrived at the station, and looking back at Nick Noble's choices for best albums of 2016. We'll hear from the Belle Hollows, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Ricards, Carrigan & Blair, Six String Soldiers, and more!

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz prodigy pianist Matt Savage, 24 has recorded his 12th album since he was gained national attention by the time he was a teen and continues to take the Jazz world by storm. He joins Julie to play pieces from his new solo album and also brings his new band “Groove Experiment” to the farm and creates a program of musical contrasts that reveal his many musical abilities and interests. Wow.


Matt Savage/Piano and Keyboards
James Dale/Bass
Brandon Ilkinds/Tenor Sax
Allessio Pignoria/Guitar
JK Kim/Drums
Shi Hai Li/Alto Sax

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back ERIC R. KANDEL. He is the University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Psychiatry at Columbia University. In 2000 he was awarded the Nobel prize in Physiology and Medicine. His latest book is REDUCTIONISM IN ART AND BRAIN SCIENCE  and you can listen to our conversation about that book by clicking on Inquiry podcasts. Tonight we will be discussing he fascinating autobiography IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW SCIENCE OF THE MIND. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with STACY LORD, Chairman of the Board, and LAURA MAROTTA, Executive Director of the ambitious CREATIVE HUB  WORCESTER project. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 3:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back artist, performer and film maker DAME DARCY. Tonight we talk about the new compilation of her “Neo-Victorian” masterpiece comics MEATCAKE BIBLE. If you are a fan of mermaids, possessed dolls, and sailors lured to their doom, be sure to tune in!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz pianist Tony Monte died in November 2016. Tony was a personal friend and collaborator of Judy's and one of the first people she met when she started her career in NYC.  Tony was a tireless cheerleader to those he loved in the music business. Tony composed for TV and radio, working with talents as diverse as Peggy Lee and Carly Simon.  This is Judy's 2005 conversation with Tony Monte recorded in NYC.

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 10:00pm

During the 1960s rock music broke around the world. From Boston toDaNang, from Mexico City to Stockholm, singers were getting down and rockingout. These international sounds often combined the rambunctious and rebellious rockstyle with traditional concepts and instruments .  Tonight we will sample ‘60s and early 70s rock and pop music from America,Britain, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden,Mexico, and many other places where kids strapped on electric guitars, pickedup a sax or drum sticks, and sang their hearts out.

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

Let's start the New Year off right celebrating the music of a soul legend, Arthur Conley. He worked with all the giants of soul; Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Solomon Burke…the list goes on and on. Join host Tom Shaker for a "sweet soul" time! It all starts at 7pm…


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