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Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Tim McGourthy (shown, left), former chief development officer of the City of Worcester, and Craig Blais (shown, right), executive director of the Worcester Business Development Corp. They talk about the proposed Theater District for downtown Worcester. This episode aired originally on March 31, 2013.

(This February 3, Tim McGourthy left City Hall to become executive director of the Worcester Regional Regional Bureau, replacing Roberta Schaefer, who has retired.)

In January 2013, there was a packed house at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, for a public hearing on a draft plan by the WBDC and the City of Worcester for a Theater District in downtown Worcester. Despite certain news-media obsession with it, the draft plan did not call for an indoor skating rink on part of the Salem Street parking lot that serves the main branch of Worcester Public Library.

However, the draft plan for the Theater District did call for a "building envelope" there, to contain some sort of public-purpose building or buildings, to, along with other attractions such as food trucks, draw more pedestrian traffic to the area. And, if the market demand, infrastructure capacity and development financing are there, the "building envelope" space could contain an indoor skating rink. In addition, the draft plan included a parking garage on the parking lot along Portland Street that had been used for Telegram & Gazette parking and which, along with the former T&G buildings, the WBDC now owns. That parking lot is only one block away from the library.

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist, editor and writer Jonathan Black about his very entertaining new social history Making The American Body: The Remarkable Saga Of The Men And Women Whose Feats, Feuds, And Passions Shaped Fitness History. Tonight Jonathan talks about the early years in bodybuilding and fitness training with the likes of Charles Atlas, Muscle Beach, Abbye Pudgy Stockton, and Jack Lalanne.

Then: Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist and photographer Tara Sellios. Tara’s extraordinary photographic series are meditation on fragility, impermanence, carnality and death. Her work, sensual but also shocking, relates to themes found in memento mori canvasses from the 16th century. To see some fine examples of Tara’s work go to her website:  http://tarasellios.com/

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

A live broadcast from the WICN Performance Hall featuring local N.E. artists singing love songs-- Ryan Foss, Kryngle Daly, Addison Daly, Sandy Haddon, Kathryn Kauffman, Sharen Wendy Robertson, Beth DeSWombre, Lisa Martin, Dan & Faith Senie, Nelson Hiller, Wolfpen, Don Prange, Grade A Fancy, Doneglen, and MORE!

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with jazz singer-songwriter Anna-Frida Abrahamsson and harmonica player Yvonnic Prene.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

George Duke was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Scott Jeppesen.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Italian pianist is equally smitten with jazz of the Barry Harris/Tommy Flanagan era and the great stride pianists who came before them. Rossano Sportiello, while extensively trained in classical music, loves jazz and enjoys combining the two.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with saxophonist Anat Cohen and vocalist Lauren Kinhan.

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

In the second half of the 20th Century a cadre of stars emerged from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. "Do you teach them what to play?" Blakey was asked. "Hell no! I teach them what NOT to play." From the House of Swing we'll hear from Blakey's son, Takashi Blakey, along with appearances from graduates of "Blakey University" from over three decades: Bobby Watson, Javon Jackson, John Hicks, and Wynton Marsalis.

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with torch singer Jillian Parsons and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.

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A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.

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