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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

Curtis Mayfield is perhaps the most prolific soul performer ever. From his early Chicago soul days with Major Lance, to The Impressions, to Superfly and beyond, this producer, writer, guitarist and singer left a legacy like no one else.
Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Curtis Mayfield's birthdate on this Monday's show. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

The trombone comes the closest to the human voice with its bent pitches, scoops, and smears, and that very human quality is evident in everything that [James Weldon] Johnson wrote," says Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra  trombonist Chris Crenshaw. Crenshaw draws on his gospel roots to connect secular music to poetry in this sprawling suite based on the James Weldon Johnson poem. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Memphis-born, GRAMMY® nominated singer has earned a vast collection of professional credits in Contemporary, R&B, Jazz, Rock, and Country since launching her career with her self-titled debut record (EMI) in 1992. In 1994, she recorded the GRAMMY ® nominated single “Whatever You Imagine,” from the animated film The Pagemaster.

She travelled the world with Julio Iglesias as a featured vocalist for 15 years, connecting with worldwide audiences, growing tremendously as a performer and discovering herself as an artist. Through that experience and in the years since, Wendy has earned a reputation, not just for her powerhouse voice but for her professionalism and versatility – a chameleon behind the mic, she’s worked in every genre imaginable – and as a talented vocal and musical arranger and songwriter.

And in 2014, there’s no rest in sight – in fact, Wendy is stepping up to center stage again with the release of Timeless: Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting, out NOW on Woodward Avenue Records.

For more information, visit http://wendymoten.com/

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:30pm

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and educator Joel Best. He talks about the current student loan mess and how many of todays college graduates may never get out of debt. As Best describes it, "good intentions with terrible results".

Sunday, June 1, 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 Sheila Harrity, principal of  Worcester Technical High School, and Susan Mailman, president of Coghlin Electrical Contractors, a private, family-owned business that is based in Worcester. They talk about changing education paradigms.

This March 10, Harrity received a completely unexpected e-mail. Not, it wasn’t from a concerned parent. It was from the President of the United States. Barack Obama wanted to know if he could deliver the school’s Commencement Address on June 11 at the DCU Center. Harrity responded immediately. She accepted the President’s offer with just one request. Her students needed to be the first to know, which is what happened during a school assembly 10 days later, on March 20.

In his fifth State of the Union address, this January, President Obama said, “We’re working to redesign high schools and partner them with colleges and employers that offer the real-world education and hands-on training that can lead to a job and career.” It’s why he picked Worcester Technical High, to give this year’s Commencement Address. The public school has gone from the lowest-performing school in the city -- and one of the lowest-performing vocational schools in the state -- to a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School.

Worcester Technical High opened the doors to its new $90-million, 400,000-square-foot campus in the fall of 2006, with 1,100 students. Now in its seventh year of operation, it is the largest of Worcester’s seven public high schools. Worcester Technical High has 1,400 students in 24 technical programs within four small-learning communities. The demographics are: 53% female; 47% male; 63% qualified for free or reduced lunches; and 19% special needs. The school has met Adequate Yearly Progress for "No Child Left Behind" in five out of the past six years. The students exceeded the benchmarks in English, mathematics, and every sub-group.

Last year, Harrity won the MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Award for her significant contributions to student achievement. She assumed leadership of Worcester Technical High in 2006 - the same year the school moved to a new, world-class facility. This prestigious award is given to five high schools from across the country for outstanding student growth in high-poverty areas. Worcester Technical High was the only school selected from New England and the only vocational technical school selected in the country.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 9:00pm

Ornithology since the time of Charles Darwin has made some exciting discoveries that have been important to all the natural sciences. Some of these include finding out that that birds are dinosaurs, discovering that feathers existed before they were used for flight, learning how to use certain DNA techniques to better understand evolution, and developing advanced digital technology to track birds in flight. There have also been some legendary characters in the science of ornithology and some very heated arguments. Tune in tonight when we talk with BOB MONTGOMERIE, Professor of Biology at Queen’s University in Ontario. Together with Tim Birkhead and Jo Wimpenny, they have written one of the great and entertaining histories of science: TEN THOUSAND BIRDS: ORNITHOLOGY SINCE DARWIN.

The Passenger Pigeon once existed in numbers that defy belief. One nesting colony took up 850 square miles. They migrated in flocks that were measured in many miles. These flocks darkened the skies and took hours and even days to pass overhead. A single moving flock near Toronto in 1860 was measured at one to three billion birds. Yet forty years later the Passenger Pigeon was almost extinct and by the early 1900s was never to be seen again. What happened? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with JOEL GREENBERG, Research Associate of the Field Museum and the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. His new book lays out all the evidence for the Passenger Pigeon’s sad demise: A FEATHERED RIVER ACROSS THE SKY: THE PASSENGER PIGEON’S FLIGHT TO EXTINCTION.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 7:00pm

Music for Memorial Day week.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:30am

The symbols we now use for numbers evolved very slowly over the centuries. The concept of using a zero took even longer. Most of the mathematical symbols we take for granted today, like an equals sign or the sign for a square root were not invented till the 16th Century and afterwards. Yet Ancient Egyptians wrote down algebra problems and many ancient cultures had to solve complex math problems in order to do business. How did they do it? For some of the answers, tune in tonight to Inquiry. Our guest is award-winning author JOSEPH MAZUR and we discuss he deeply fascinating new book ENLIGHTENING SYMBOLS: A SHORT HISTORY OF MATHEMATICAL NOTATION AND ITS HIDDEN POWERS. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Cecile McLorin Salvant performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on a theatrical portrayal of the jazz standard and composes music and lyrics which she also sings in French, her native language as well as in Spanish.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with bassist Martin Wind.

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