Staff Sergeant Joe Hickman was a loyal member of the armed forces and a proud American patriot. When he re-enlisted after 9/11, he served as a team leader and Sergeant of the Guard in Guantánamo Naval Base. From the moment he arrived at Camp Delta, something was amiss. The prisons were chaotic, detainees were abused, and Hickman uncovered by accident a secret facility he labeled “Camp No.” On June 9, 2006, the night Hickman was on duty, three prisoners died, supposed suicides, and Hickman knew something was seriously wrong. So began his epic search for the truth, an odyssey that would lead him to conclude that the US government was using Guantánamo not just as a prison, but as a training ground for interrogators to test advanced torture techniques. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear Hickman's account of that riveting night.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Katie Picchione of the Rotaract Club of WPI and the WPI Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA, Richard Simon of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley and Carl Gomes of the Rotary Club of Worcester. They talk about bringing clean drinking water to the world.
This episode aired originally on October 26. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does volunteer public-relations work for Rotaract WPI.
A group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute students is taking new steps toward creating social change and improving water security in remote parts of the world. Since 2009, the WPI chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA has been working with the rural, indigenous community of Guachtuq, Guatemala to improve water security. Having water security means having access to adequate quantity and quality of water to meet needs. Currently, most families in Guachtuq rely on a polluted water basin to meet all their water needs. During the dry season (February through April), community members line up at the basin in the middle of the night to get enough water for drinking and cooking alone.
WPI students work with these families to build rainwater harvesting systems, which improve all three dimensions of water security. Over the past two years, they built 12 rainwater harvesting systems with families; 25 more will be constructed in May 2015, improving water security for all remaining families in Guachtuq.
Last summer, the WPI group developed relationships with the Rotary Clubs of Worcester and Nashoba Valley. Rotary International is a global community of committed professionals working together to serve others and advance peace. More than 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide volunteer in communities at home and abroad.
Rotary Worcester has sponsored students from WPI’s Engineers Without Borders chapter to start a new Rotaract Club at WPI, which is being mentored by Worcester Rotarian Carl Gomes. Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service.
Since last August, WPI Rotaract has been working closely with WPI’s Engineers Without Borders chapter to further the rainwater harvesting project in Guatemala. With the Rotary Nashoba Valley, the WPI students are in the process of applying for a $35,000 Rotary Foundation Global Grant. Rotary Nashoba Valley’s Richard Simon has worked tirelessly to gain support for the grant from Rotary Clubs throughout Massachusetts and spread the word about the good work these WPI students are doing.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer CHRISTOPHER MILLER who has compiled and hilarious and fascinating encyclopedia of funny objects and conventions from the comics, jokes and films of the early decades of the Twentieth Century. Included are citations on anvils, hen-pecked husbands, B.O., pie fights, Limburger Cheese and so much more. If you have ever watched a Three Stooges short and wondered what “alum” was, tune in tonight when we discuss: AMERICAN CORNBALL: A LAFFOPEDIC GUIDE TO THE FORMERLY FUNNY.
Why do we cry during movies when we know they aren’t real? Why do some people believe the most outrageous conspiracy theories? Why do we find gossip so compelling? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JIM DAVIES, Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science of Carelton University and the Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory. He will discuss his new book which answers these questions and many others: RIVETED: THE SCIENCE OF WHY JOKES MAKE US LAUGH, MOVIES MAKE US CRY, AND RELIGION MAKES US FEEL ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE.
In recent years there have been a number of reports on television news programs of new wild teen sex practices. These lurid reports have focused on “rainbow parties” and “shag bands” or sex bracelets. Oprah even covered these stories. These out of control sexual escapades by young teenagers were described in the news as very real and “widespread”. The only problem was that the stories were fictional, modern urban legends. Why did this happen and what do these stories tell us about how we think about technology, teens and sex? Tune in tonight when Inquiry speaks with KATHLEEN A . BOGLE, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at La Salle University. Together with Joel Best, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, they have written a fascinating sociological study about KIDS GONE WILD: FROM RAINBOW PARTIES TO SEXTING, UNDERSTANDING THE HYPE OVER TEEN SEX.
If you are thinking about writing a book, have already written a book, or know someone who is working on a book, you will want to tune in to tonight’s Inquiry. Tonight we speak with LISSA WARREN, Senior Director of Publicity at Da Capo Press. She has written the definitive guide to publicizing your book : THE SAVVY AUTHOR’S GUIDE TO BOOK PUBLICITY. Tune in tonight and learn about the complicated relationship between an author and a publicist, who gets to go on book tours, and what to do if you get a bad review.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CHAD ORZEL , a professor at Union College , Schenectady, New York. His new book is EUREKA! DISCOVERING YOUR INNER SCIENTIST. Professor Orzel believes everyone is a scientist and in fact the ability to do science is what makes us human. We use the process of science in our everyday life, it’s that we just don’t realize it. Tune in tonight and find out what collecting stamps, the Iron Chef, yard sales and “Where’s Waldo” have to do with the process of science.
Broadway singer/composer Ann Hampton Callaway discusses how jazz inspires her singing.
The Civil Rights Movement had a great soundtrack! Join host Tom Shaker as we pay a musical tribute to Dr. King, featuring songs by Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, The Staple Singers and many others. It all starts at 7pm!
Will future wars and conflicts be fought by private mercenaries who are hired by the government? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by military strategist and author Sean McFate. His new book "The Modern Mercenary" is an eye opening account of how private companies are being hired out to handle global conflicts for profit.
Certain fortunate people have had their heart stopped but are later revived and live to talk about it. A very few have been non-responsive for what seems to be a very long time, even more than an hour, and then came back to life. What is going on? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DAVID CASARETT, MD, physician, researcher and tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His latest book explores what we know no about resuscitation and some wild research that is exploring the possibilities of extending the time the heart can be stopped: SHOCKED: ADVENTURES IN BRINGING BACK THE RECENTLY DEAD. Tune in and learn about why AEDIs are the new hope for people with heart failure away from a hospital and why the BeeGees are critical to know when giving someone CPR.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back HONEE HESS, Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining us in the studio are two artists from the new exhibition HARMONY. MIHOKO WAKABAYASHI is a fabric artist who is a SAORI weaver. TOMO SAKAI is a glass artist who casts her glass work. Tune in and learn how these very different artists ct\rate works that are both traditional and contemporary. For more information on Harmony, please go to the website at: http://www2.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx
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