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Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Anna Maria College President Jack Calareso, who is also chair of the Board of Directors of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. They talk about maintaining college collaborations in a tough economy.

The 45-year-old Consortium has split into two entities: one, a non-profit continues the Consortium’s college-access program without any reductions; and the other, a scaled-down version of the Consortium’s member-services program. As the Consortium announced on March 14, the transition became official on July 1.

The Consortium's college-access program, which serves middle- and high-school students and low-income adults, remains in the Denholm building in downtown Worcester. For now, the member-services program is located on Anna Maria's campus in Paxton, and its new director is Jeanine Went.

Mark Bilotta, the Consortium’s CEO, continued in that role through June 30 and is now MECO's chair. Pamela Boisvert, the Consortium’s vice president for college-access services, now leads MECO.

The Consortium has an annual budget of about $4 million, of which about $3.5 million is for the government-funded college-access program. The rest, about $500,000, is for the member-services program.

Under the new arrangement, the annual budget for the college-access program remains about $3.5 million and the staffing remains at 28 full-time-equivalent employees. The new college-access program is called Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities Inc.

In addition, the member-services program retains the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium name. And it reduces its annual budget from about $500,000 to about $115,000 and cut its workforce from six FTE employees to one FTE employee.

The 12 Consortium members are: Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College, Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, UMass Medical School, WPI and Worcester State University.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON. He is the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies and professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His new book is STREAMING: MOVIES, MEDIA, AND INSTANT ACCESS . Professor Dixon declares that we are now in the “postfilmic era”, a time when movie film will no longer exist and all movies will be shot digitally. DVDs will also cease to exist as all films will be “streamed” and movie houses, those that are still extant, will only show digital copies of movies. But what are the implications of all of this for the art of film, the preservation of old films and how we watch movies? The answers are disheartening and  a little bit frightening. Tune in and find out why.

Inquiry welcomes back WILLIAM WALLACE, Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum. Tonight Bill talks about the upcoming HARVEY BALL awards gala and the exciting WORCESTER IN THE 1960s exhibition. For more information about the Harvey Ball and the exhibition, go to:

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

Dashiell is a vocal and arranging student at Manhattan School of Music, onstage at the KC Jazz Club with a band of her brothers. Pianist Rodriguez from Cuba amazes with his prowess and originality.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

Music from the long tradition of topical/protest folk songs, including recordings from Woody Guthrie, the Almanac Singers, Pete Seeger, Barbara Dane, Rik Palieri, George Mann, Joe Joencks, the New Harmony Sisterhood Band, Peggy Seeger, and MANY more!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

Pop icon Barry Manilow got his start arranging for TV and writing commercial jingles. He was Bette Midler’s pianist before he recorded his 1974 breakout hit, “Mandy.” The rest is chart topping history. Manilow joins Feinstein for this hour, and performs his tune “I Am Your Child.”

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 4:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back MARY M. TINTI, Associate Curator at the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM. She talks about the exciting new exhibition STILL LIFE LIVES! Which combines still life artworks from the museum’s collection with works from a number of contemporary artists. Also in the studio are two artists whose work is this exhibition.  TARA SELLIOS, an artist who uses large format photography to record fascinating still life works made of animal flesh and blood (see : RANDALL THURSTON uses delicately cut black paper silhouettes to create installations that are inspired by the wunderkammer paintings and creations of the Baroque period (Google Randall Thurston to see many examples of his work). For more information on Still Life Lives!, go to:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 4:00pm

Many of the print newspapers that we grew up with are declining or even going extinct. Where will we now get news and information that maintains the current high standards of print journalism? In some cities, new Internet news sites are springing up and are the “digital response to the collapse of the newspaper business.” Are they succeeding? Our guest tonight is DAN KENNEDY, assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University and working journalist for almost 40 years. His new book is THE WIRED CITY: REIMAGINING JOURNALISM AND CIVIC LIFE IN THE POST-NEWSPAPER AGE. This book looks closely at The New Haven Independent, a vibrant on-line and free source of local news in New Haven, Connecticut. How do they do it? How do they pay the bills? How many readers do they have? Are these non-profit on-line news sources the model for future? Please tune in for an important and lively discussion about the future of journalism. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 6:00pm

Voice actor/singer Rachael MacFarlane discusses her role as “Haley” on American Dad and other characters on Family Guy, working with her brother Seth, and her debut jazz CD Haley Sings, celebrating her character’s (and her own) love for jazz.

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the end of summer with soul songs about work. You'll hear The Isley Brothers, James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, Rose Royce and many others. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 4:00pm

HOUR ONE begins with the set celebrating Wayne Shorter’s birthday

Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter --> Wayne Shorter Quartet

Rez Abbasi Trio

Gregory Porter sings two, including the title song from his soon-coming album Liquid Soul

Terence Blanchard Quintet with guest Herbie Hancock playing “Footprints” by Shorter

HOUR TWO begins with two bands, each with a foot in New Orleans – one new, one celebrating 35 years 

Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Joshua Redman’s “Summertime”

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra with vocals by Herman Olivera and Joseph Gonzalez

Join us for these great performers outdoors, playing to the people, the sun, the boats on Narragansett Bay, and you!


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