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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:30pm

Several hundred unidentified bodies are found in the United States every year.  About a half have died of natural causes or of self-inflicted deaths. The rest have been murdered. Though local forensic labs and police departments work long and hard to put a name and identification to these bodies, many remain cold cases. In recent years, a dedicated group of amateurs armed only with computers and a knack for remembering details and faces have aided authorities by matching missing person reports with these unidentified bodies. Tonight on Inquiry we learn all about these amateur sleuths and how they work when we talk with journalist and science writer DEBORAH HALBER about her wild new book THE SKELETON CREW: HOW AMATEUR SLEUTHS ARE SOLVING AMERICAS' COLDEST CASES. Pictured is the facial reconstruction of "The Lady of the Dunes" one of the coldest and most frustrating cases of murder from Massachusetts. Tune in and find out why. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

Recorded onstage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, vocalist/TV host China Moses discusses the advantages and challenges of having Dee Dee Bridgewater as a mom and her duel careers in France and America.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 7:00pm

Beatlemania turns 50 this year!!!

The Beatles library has been covered by many soul artists, in fact, Booker T & the MGs did a soul version of the entire “Abbey Road” album.  Join host Tom Shaker as he plays your favorite Beatles songs, more soulful than ever, by artists like Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and The Bar-Kays. It all starts Monday night at 7pm!!

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

Newport All Stars Lew Tabackin, Randy Brecker, Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Peter Washington, and Lewis Nash join George Wein, pianist and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, to celebrate his 88th birthday with stories and songs. Between tunes, Wein talks onstage with biographer Nate Chinen. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Erin Williams, executive director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition. They talk about building a creative economy in Worcester.

As WGBH Radio reported on June 25, “America's Rust Belt began in Worcester. Once a manufacturing powerhouse, this Central Massachusetts city went into decline in the 1950s and never fully recovered. Today, evidence of a rebound stirs. Healthcare and biotech promise reasonable growth, local universities and hospitals are the incubators, and innovators of many stripes are establishing beachheads.”

In this case, WGBH focused on the innovation economy that’s establishing roots in New England’s second largest city – a place The Boston Globe seems to like referring to as every once in a while as “struggling.” WGBH was taking note of the resurgence of industrial innovation Worcester. But there are other types of innovation spring up here – including arts and culture. Together, all of it adds up to the making of a creative city. Representative of this new way of thinking and doing, is Worcester PopUp, whose aim is “to bring creativity to life through rotating art exhibitions, brilliant performances, music, good food, arts and 3D printing, and inspiring hands on activity.”

The Worcester Cultural Coalition and City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Office, in partnership with Bay State Savings Bank and the Worcester Business Development Corp., are working with a group of creative artists and entrepreneurs, including Revolution Institute and Technocopia, to create Worcester Popup, which opened on June 19 and will run through August – on Thursday afternoons and evenings and on Saturdays - at 38 Franklin St. in downtown Worcester. A selection of artists and entrepreneurs is helping PopUp by sharing their art, dance or music, selling their locavore food, hosting a creative workshop, or presenting a staged reading or concert.

While Worcester PopUp offers the space free of charge, artists are required to help set up and staff their performances as well as promote their activities through social media. Worcester PopUp is also complementing Worcester Filmworks’ Third Thursdays Movies on the Common behind City Hall.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 9:30pm

German resistance to Hitler's rule became apparent during (Operation Valkyrie) in which German soldiers tried to assassinate Adolph Hitler. Now a new book sheds light on this interesting piece of history. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and historian, Randall Hansen about his new book "Disobeying Hitler".

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 9:00pm

Two thirds of Americans and Europeans no longer experience real night. Light pollution from numerous malls, parking lots, streetlights and sports fields  have bleached our night sky so that we can only see a tiny fraction of the stars that are above us every night. Very few people can now see the Milky Way. But this is not just an aesthetic issue. All this over lighting is costing us with surprising negative health effects, high energy bills and horrible environmental consequences. But what can be done?  Tune in to Inquiry tonight, when we talk with PAUL BOGARD who teaches creative non-fiction at James Madison University. He talks about his important new book THE END OF NIGHT: SEARCHING FOR NATURAL DARKNESS IN AN AGE OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT.

Also on the show, a special interview with the Worcester Chamber Music Society about their summer festival.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson welcomes Boston based jazz singer Ron Murphy. Well-known for his baritone voice, the performer, producer and actor writes originals from jazz and R&B, to blues and gospel while showcasing music from the American Songbook with "his interpretation of many standards from Ellington to Gershwin". Murphy will headline the first annual "Roxbury Rocks" Music Festival on July 19, 2014. President Valerie Roberson of Roxbury Community College (RCC) joins the conversation about this free event that will highlight local musicians and "recognize community leaders who have championed RCC and the Roxbury community" with its presentation of the first "You Rock" awards. Tune in at 4 pm.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

With guest co-host Finnegan Schick and special guests Tom Ghent and Lisa Martin

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:30am

When Dr. JOEL GOLD started practicing medicine at Bellvue Hospital, he came across several patients suffering from he calls The Truman Show Delusion: believing that everyone around you is watching you and recording your life. What do delusions like this tell us about how the brain functions and how are delusions related to society? In a society where social media is everywhere and the government is indeed watching and listening in on your life, how can we tell who is having delusions and who is sane? What do we know about how anti-psychotic drugs work? Dr. Gold is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. His new book, written with IAN GOLD, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and McGill University is titled: SUSPICIOUS MINDS: HOW CULTURE SHAPES MADNESS. THE TRUMAN SHOW DELUSION AND OTHER STRANGE BELIEFS. 

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