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Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic Partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb,  interviews Jeffrey Chin, CEO, Daniel Mastrototaro, vice chair of the Board of Directors, and Rebecca Joseph, co-chair the Alumni & Friends Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/Metrowest.

Big Brothers Big Sisters maintains that it is "as old as friendship and as new as today." The Worcester-and-Framingham-based organization was founded in 1963 as Big Brothers of Worcester County. Initially, it serves seven needy boys by matching them in supportive mentoring relationships with community volunteers.

The demand for Big Sisters made it clear that the time had come to extend services to girls, and a Big Sisters chapter was added to the agency in 1974. The president of the Board of Directors told a local reporter at the time, “To turn our heads from the needs of young girls, would not permit us to fulfill our responsibility as a social service agency.” The name of the organization changed to reflect the newest program addition: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Worcester County.

By the late 1990s, more than 2,500 matches had been made over the history of the organization. In 2002, the organization agreed to manage Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Middlesex and, in 2004, the Board of Directors of both agencies voted to merge. In 2005, the organization name was changed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and activist LEAH VINCENT about her harrowing memoir CUT ME LOOSE: SIN AND SALVATION AFTER MY ULTRA-ORTHODOX CHILDHOOD. This is a gripping and heart-wrenching account of Leah’s long process of breaking away from her very strict and conservative religious background and becoming her own person.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Patterson Bonaparte was a Baltimore legend, one of America’s first international celebrities. A remarkable beauty, she married the charming and spoiled Jérôme Bonaparte of France when she was only seventeen but was quickly abandoned by him thanks to the wishes of Napoleon and the French Government. From that moment on, Betsy lived an incredible  life, a self-made woman who would have nothing to do with petty romance again. She traveled back and forth  to Europe, dismissing her many would be suitors along the way. But that is only part of Betsy’s amazing story. Tune in tonight to Inquiry when we speak with historian and writer CAROL BERKIN. She is currently the Baruch Presidential Professor of History. Her latest biography is titled WONDROUS BEAUTY: THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF ELIZABETH PATTERSON BONAPARTE.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 7:00pm

Honoring a great folk music tradition of protest and topical songs about labor and unions.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

This show focuses on the collaborative "artwork" of Miles Davis and his partner for many years, Jo Gelbard.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 2:30pm

Two thirds of Americans and Europeans no longer experience real night. Light pollution from numerous malls, parking lots, streetlights and sports fields  have bleached our night sky so that we can only see a tiny fraction of the stars that are above us every night. Very few people can now see the Milky Way. But this is not just an aesthetic issue. All this over lighting is costing us with surprising negative health effects, high energy bills and horrible environmental consequences. But what can be done?  Tune in to Inquiry tonight, when we talk with PAUL BOGARD who teaches creative non-fiction at James Madison University. He talks about his important new book THE END OF NIGHT: SEARCHING FOR NATURAL DARKNESS IN AN AGE OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 6:00pm

Writer James Gavin discusses his biographies on Chet Baker, Lena Horne and Peggy Lee and the combination of great talent and great heart that inspired him to write about these three greats.

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker to celebrate the birthdate of one of Motown's most underrated artists. Tammi, along with Marvin Gaye, scored seven Top 40 hits, including "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" & "You're All I Need to Get By". Some great Motown on this edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Joe Henderson’s distinctive lyrical tenor sax could embellish bop, blues, bossa nova and his big band sound. His friends and musical collaborators celebrate the man’s  lifetime of invention. We feature pianist Renee Rosnes, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and  Chris Potter to mark the late Joe Henderson’s birthday.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:30pm

In the new book, GENDER INTELLIGENCE, the forces that create the current condition of gender inequality are revealed for the first time. This has led to a shift in thinking about the issue. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Barbara Annis and exposes why forcing quotas and downplaying the differences between men and women continue to fail us and are not the answers.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Alan Sager, professor of health policy at and management at Boston University and director of BU’s Health Reform Program. They talk about why America's health-care system is sick  - and how to heal it. This episode aired originally on September 22, 2013.

A familiar and legally challenged for-profit hospital chain has returned to Central Massachusetts. The 49-hospital Tenet Healthcare has agreed to repurchase Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester and MetroWest Medical Center, with campuses in Framingham and Natick, plus the 26 other hospitals owned by another for-profit, Vanguard Health Systems, in a deal valued at $4.3 billion.

 A decade-long legal cloud continues to cast a dark shadow over Tenet. One longtime expert on the local and national health-care market is Alan Sager of Boston University School of Public Health. Allowing Tenet to run hospitals on a for-profit basis, he maintains, is like letting the proverbial fox guard the chicken coop.

This would be the case, Sager says, if all of the requirements of a truly free and functioning marketplace existed in the health-care sector. But, he adds, America’s health-care system meets none of those requirements.

In the end, according to Sager, for-profits chains such as Tenet and their shareholders will continue to use “legal financial machinations” in order to prosper, with this market dysfunction driven by an “oversupply of money looking for high-return, safe investments.” In the meantime, many–if not most–consumers will remain quite confounded by America’s health-care system - and continue paying a steep price.

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