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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 10:30pm

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society-on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health-Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these machines help us, or will they replace us? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with John Markoff about his new book:" Machines Of Loving Grace".  Wondering if you'll be replaced by robots soon? Tune in and find out.

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat Steve Jones-D'Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Jill Dagilis (shown, center), executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council, and Charla Hixon (shown, right), director of WCAC’s Jobs and Education Center. They talk about ending family homelessness. (They are posing with Ellen Ganley, WCAC's director of development.) This episode aired originally on May 10, 2015.

WCAC was started in 50 years ago – in 1965 - as the locally designated “community action” agency for the federal Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency for 18 education and social-service programs.

The mission of WCAC, which is the federally mandated antipoverty agency for Central Massachusetts, is “helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy.” More than 130 employees serve more than 72,000 individuals and families through 18 programs and services annually.

WCAC’s offices are located in downtown Worcester, Southbridge, Spencer, Millbury, and Oxford.

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 9:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is Executive Director of ARTSWORCESTER, JULIET FEIBEL. She will be talking about the Material Needs Grant Exhibition. With her in the studio is one of the artists in the exhibition, VICTOR PACHECO, whose work has been exhibited recently at the Fitchburg Art Museum and the Worcester Center for Crafts. For this show, Victor’s work is inspired by the city of Worcester’s water supply!  For more information about this exciting exhibit, go to Arts Worcester’s website:
To see Victor’s work, please visit his website:

HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS, drops by Inquiry to talk about the Centers new stunning show of enamel works: ALCHEMY 3: VISION+PASSION+CREATION. Joining her in the studio is one of the artists in the show, DIANE SEILER. For more information, go to the Worcester Center for Crafts website:

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Award-winning pianist, composer Justin Kauflin talks with Bonnie Johnson about his Quincy Jones produced, Jazz Village recording Dedication and U.S. tour that will bring him to Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.  Kauflin discovered piano after losing his vision at age 11 and began a musical journey that lead him jazz studies at William Paterson University after graduating high school at the top of his class. A recent, highly acclaimed documentary "Keep On Keepin' On" chronicles's Kauflin's relationship with his mentor, legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who he met while attending college. Tune in at 12 pm to hear his inspiring story.

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 7:00pm

In honor of his birthday week (born September  5, 1939) we will be featuring the music of singer-songwriter John Stewart (NOT comedian Jon Stewart). John Stewart  sang with the Cumberland Three and the Kingston Trio, wrote hits for other artists (“Daydream Believer” for the Monkees, “Runaway Train” for Rosanne Cash), and had a top ten hit himself with “Gold” (1979). He was one of the most popular and respected songwriter/arrangers and a brilliant performer over a forty year career.

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

European Bass Player Ervin Dhimo presents his dynamic jazz-funk-fusion project THE ERViN DHIMO TRIO, featuring World renowned jazz pianist, composer and jazz educator, Steve Hunt and prodigy Percussionist/Drummer Vancil Cooper.

"The Albanian-born electric bassist and his trio specialize in fierce, soulful, funky workouts on jazz, pop, and original tunes..." -Kevin Lowenthal, Boston Globe

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:30am

Inquiry welcomes back Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author MICHAEL HILTZIK to continue his conversation about his new book BIG SCIENCE: ERNEST LAWRENCE AND THE INVENTION THAT LAUNCHED THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. After inventing the cyclotron, Lawrence would become instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb, the building of the Oak Ridge nuclear facility and later worked with Teller in the development of the super bomb. Along the way, his close friendship with physicist Robert J Oppenheimer deteriorated and scientists began to leave the Rad Lab. Tune in and learn about this critical period in the history of science and its relationship with the military. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 3:30pm

The history of Asian Americans is a history of immigration as well as the history of how “race works in the United States”. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome ERIKA LEE. She teaches history at the University of Minnesota where she is also the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair of Immigration History and Director of the Immigration History Research Center. Lee’s new book is the monumental THE MAKING OF ASIAN AMERICA: A HISTORY and tonight we will focus on what happened to Japanese American citizens during World War II.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 2:00pm

Tonight, Inquiry is excited to welcome back long-time friend of the show, writer and illustrator, JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA. He is here to talk about three new books: IT’S TOUGH TO LOSE YOUR BALLOON:, PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD: LAST PANDA STANDING and finally the new volume of COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH. Special guest star: Gina!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

British bassist Dave Green discusses his work with everyone from Colman Hawkins to Charlie Watts.


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