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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Folk music from across the pond. English folk duo Skinner & Twitch will be visiting the studio live, while half the show will be devoted to music of and about Cornwall. Not only songs from England, but songs from Scotland, Wales, and more!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join Julie on location in LA with stellar studio pianist and gifted composer, Mike Lang. Mike has played on literally 1000’s of hit records and movie and sound tracks. He shares fascinating insights into his life as well as his studio work. Come and explore “all the things” he is.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:00am

Nonprofits face serious leadership challenges when it comes to their board and the Executive Director. Without solid leadership, most nonprofits become dysfunctional and may even cease to exist. So what is unique about leadership in nonprofits? Tonight on Inquiry we talk JOAN GARRY, teacher and consultant for hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes. Her new book should be required reading for all staff, board members and volunteers of any nonprofit: JOAN GARRY’S GUIDE TO NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP: BECAUSE NONPROFITS ARE MESSY.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:00am

They live with us, but often times they act less like a pet than a roommate with “issues”. Sometimes you get the feeling if they could go shopping and open a can, they could do without us entirely. Still we love our cats dearly. But what is it about these coy mammals that makes them so appealing? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ABIGAIL TUCKER, writer, journalist and correspondent for Smithsonian magazine. Her new book will make you look at dear little Molly in quite a different light: THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: HOW CATS TAMED US AND TOOK OVER THE WORLD. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:00am

Tonight’s guest was rudely awakened one night when Saudi Arabian secret police came to arrest and jail her for just driving a car. MANAL AL-SHARIF is a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia. For her, driving a car was not an act of religious or political disrespect, it was just exercising what she saw as her right. But her  jailing caused a huge Saudi backlash. Her new book is an honest and at times chilling memoir of what it was like to grow up female in a repressive Saudi Arabia: DARING TO DRIVE: A SAUDI  WOMAN’S AWAKENING.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz pianist Mark Shane discusses his work for movie soundtracks and playing with jazz greats Doc Cheatham, Buck Clayton, Ruby Braff and others.

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

From Little Stevie to "just" Stevie, Stevie Wonder seems to have been making great music forever. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate this iconic soul singers 67th birthday on this Monday's show. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

Still in his mid-30s, Ibrahim Maalouf has had a monumental career as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger, offering fresh musical perspectives as he blends jazz and European classical music with the sounds of his native Lebanon and long-time home in France. Maalouf’s masterful use of a custom four-valve, quarter-tone trumpet allows him to incorporate the Arabic melodic modes known as maqams into his genre-blending work, offering rarely heard possibilities that close supposed gaps between Arab and Western worlds. He brings a carefully selected powerhouse band to pay tribute to Egyptian icon Oum Kalthoum, one of the greatest Arabic divas of all time.

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 10:30pm

Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American. The American Spirit reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Pulitzer award winning author and historian, David McCullough.

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. They talk about turning convicts into colleagues. This interview aired originally on February 12, 2017.

In an August 2016 article, “Turning convicts into colleagues,” Worcester Business Journal reported, “As workforce development continues to be a pressing issue for Central Massachusetts employers, greater efforts are being made to tap into a portion of the population numbering more than 10,000 to help fill that need – the incarcerated. Mount Wachusett Community College in July announced it was one of 67 colleges nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of Education pilot program to provide education and job training for inmates."

The WBJ article continued, “The pilot is part of a push from the Obama Administration to spearhead criminal justice reform by preparing ex-offenders to reenter the community with skills and resources they need to obtain long-term employment.As Massachusetts focuses on filling the workforce skills gap, workforce development advocates said tapping into the state’s incarcerated population could help fill those needs, while at the same time hopefully reducing recidivism and creating productive members of society.”

As the WBJ article noted, there has been a lot of talk about the need to fill the so-called workforce skills gap in Massachusetts. An October 2015 study by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy projected a shortage of 1.2 million job openings between 2012 and 2022.

Sheriff Evangelidis was quoted in that WBJ article. The now-second term sheriff, who was reelected last November, said he was happy with how inmates have responded to and benefited from the Mount Wachusett job training program so far, but also said he knows there’s a lot of work to be done, especially when it comes to connecting inmates with sustainable employment.

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