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Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:30pm

Every year we hear about a war on Christmas and the holidays. We hear that traditional values of the holiday season are under attack by various groups. Some report that more Americans are forgetting the real reason of the season and support this secularization. But is this true? Are we seeing a backlash and a greater return to values and the meaning of the season? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by award winning cartoonist and author Guy Gilchrist. His work on the comic strip Nancy and the Muppets has brought happiness and joy to millions.

Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore 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. This episode aired originally on July 13, 2014.

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., worked with a group of creative artists and entrepreneurs, including Revolution Institute and Technocopia, to create Worcester Popup, which ran from 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 helped Worcester 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 offered the space free of charge, artists were required to help set up and staff their performances as well as promote their activities through social media. Worcester PopUp also complemented Worcester Filmworks’ Third Thursdays Movies, last summer on the Common behind City Hall.

Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 9:00pm

It’s a commonly held belief that men crave multiple sexual partners and that women crave monogamy. But recent research has shown that in fact the opposite is true. In labs around the world, researchers are finding that women are a vision of anarchic arousal and do not really lust after monogamy at all. They crave novelty. What does this say about keeping a long term relationship interesting? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with author and journalist Daniel Bergner about his new book What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire.

Novelist Chuck Palahniuk returns to Inquiry to talk about his new novel Beautiful You, which is about sex addiction and sinister corporate forces, among other things. “Young people want mirrors, older people want art.” Tune in for a fun and candid discussion with this challenging writer who thoroughly enjoys himself on his book tours.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand: a favorite pre-recorded show of the top 50 folk group recordings of all time as a Christmas gift for Folk Revival listeners.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

For the celebration of his 21st birthday, jazz pianist Matt Savage has released his 10th album! He has already been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz from the time he was first labeled a "jazz prodigy" at age 8. He has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Arturo O'Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry and Chick Corea, just to name a few. Matt who on his way to New York City to continue his studies continues to amaze and it was so fun to have him back at the farm talking about his new project.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join us for this very special edition of four hours of holiday music brought to you by your favorite host Nick DiBiasio.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

80-years young, Marilyn performs with energy a 40-year-old would envy and a talent that Johnny Carson honored a record 70 times on his “Tonight Show”.

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Celebrate the arrival of winter with songs of the season, Soul Serenade style. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 4:00pm

On this edition of Jazz Matinee host Chet Williamson will doing a phone interview with the talented bassist Allison Kreslow, this is one show you do not want to miss. It all starts at 5:20pm

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:30pm

Social media sites, apps, anything you download or sign up for online has a Terms of Agreement. But, unless you have a lot of free time on your hands odds are you have never read a single one in its entirety. Plus, as the terms get updated over time you would have to keep rereading the document to find out what new agreement you are making by using the site or app. Staying on top of personal privacy rights online can be a full time job and is something most people simply do not have time to manage. So, we use our apps and social media sites and hope for the best, until something goes wrong, and our posts or photos or documents we thought were private are suddenly made public. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by on-line privacy expert Shaun Murphy.

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