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Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 10:30pm

Recently the Supreme Court rejected a lower standard of education  for students with disabilities set by the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, unanimously raising the bar for the education of millions of students with disabilities such as Autism across the country. How might this impact public school children and their curriculums? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Mark Claypool Founder & CEO of ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy, and Education, one of the nation’s leading providers of services and special education programs for children and young adults.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Joyce Mandell, founder of Jane Jacobs in the Woo, about making Worcester healthy and sustainable for all people. This episode aired originally on October 23, 2016.

Joyce Mandell has lived in Worcester for about 20 years, working for the Oak Hill Community Development Corp. before becoming an academic. In honor of urban theorist Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday this past May, Mandell started the blog, “Jane Jacobs in the Woo,” to inaugurate a full year of community conversations and actions about building a vibrant Worcester. Jacobs was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for more than 40 years. - and who died 10 years ago, in 2006.

The revolutionary ideas in Jacobs’ 1961 classic treatise, Death and Life of Great American Cities, were based on her observations of city life from her apartment above a candy store on Hudson Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village and her immersion out in the city streets.  She was highly critical of modern urban planning and more specifically, urban-renewal practices of the 1950s that cleared out, in one stroke, whole vibrant neighborhoods considered blighted by city planners and developers.

Jacobs eschewed city planners who sat with maps in a room and instead urged people to know the true ecology of cities by going out into urban spaces to experience them. Based on her acute observations on what she described as the “street ballet” of city life, she promoted these main ideas for building thriving cities: mixed-use development; high-density neighborhoods; pedestrian- and bicycle-centered cities; and, bottom-up planning.

We have Jacobs to thank for saving Greenwich Village, a neighborhood targeted by New York powerbroker Robert Moses for construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Because of the activism of neighbors and supporters, the city rejected the proposal for that highway in 1964. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back photographer AMELIA DAVIS. She spent over 13 years as legendary photographer Jim Marshall’s assistant and is now the sole owner of Jim Marshall Photography LLC. Tonight we will go back to the hey day of hippies, acid and rock when we talk about the stunning book THE HAIGHT: LOVE, ROCK AND REVOLUTION: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF JIM MARSHALL which features amazing photography of Bill Graham, The Dead, The Airplane, Hendix, Janis, the Summer of Love and so much more.

The Ancient Romans had one of the most complicated sewer systems at the time. They also built a large number of public toilets. How did they work? What did Romans think about privacy, sanitation and cleanliness? Was there graffiti? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANN OLGA KOLOSKI-OSTROW. She is a professor and chair of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and affiliate faculty in Anthropology, Fine Arts, Italian Studies, and Women, Gener, and Sexuality Studies. Her book is THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SANITATION IN ROMAN ITALY: TOILETS, SEWERS, AND WATER SYSTEMS.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

On this special edition of Rhythms of the World,  we will be joined by Peter Janson, an award-winning contemporary fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, composer, and music educator. He along with guitarist, Aaron Larget-Caplan will present "A World of Guitar: virtuoso guitar music from six continents." Their music crosses genres and styles from Americana and Celtic, to classical and flamenco, to world-jazz-fusion. To reserve your seats for this unforgettable musical adventure, please email Karen Mungal at

Peter has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, the Argenta Acoustic Music Series in Little Rock, the WUMB Music Festival in Boston, and venues throughout North America. He has had three albums in the Top Five of the NAR radio charts and his recordings have over one-million BMI verified broadcasts across all media. His contemporary solo guitar music fuses jazz, classical, and world-folk styles, and blends passion, artistry, and technical mastery as he weaves songs about life and the heart. And it has earned him critical acclaim: “Acoustic Guitarists Astonish!” (The Orion News, Chico CA), “absolutely one of the best, heartfelt, acoustic players today” (Grammy winning producer, Chuck Ebert), “a gifted acoustic fingerstyle player” (Dirty Linen Magazine), and “a rare 10+” (Spirit of Change Magazine).

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Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 1:00pm

WEC'appella 2 is the second annual a cappella competition that pits five high schools and five college groups in a sing-off for "bragging rights" in the WOO. The contest is put on by the Worcester Education Collaborative (WEC) and is a fundraiser for the non-profit that advocates for excellence in public education. WEC's executive director Jennifer Davis Carey talks with Bonnie Johnson about bringing students to the stage at Mechanics Hall on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 pm.


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Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tracks from the smothers Brothers, tom Lehrer, Christine Lavin, Shel Silverstein, and many many more. Also host nick noble will chat with singer-songwriter Abbie Gardner.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Vocalist, composer and host of DreamFarm Radio, Julie Lavender, shares her new Synergy-Jazz project: “Rising: A Modern Cantata for The World to Come.” This is an unprecedented piece of art featuring the cream of the crop of studio musicians from L.A. and Boston with arrangements by twice Grammy-Nominated Jazz Orchestra composer, Kim Richmond. We are thrilled to premiere this groundbreaking work that is emerging from DreamFarm.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back LOREN SCHOENBERG, tenor saxophonist, conductor, author, educator and jazz historian. Tonight we will talk about THE NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM, whose mission is to preserve, promote and present jazz.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:00am

We all assume that cannibalism is bad. But it is a common phenomenon, at least in the rest of the animal kingdom. And though eat each other is taboo, it certainly appears in many of our myths, fairytales and films. Well, then there was the Donner Party…Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with BILL SCHUTT, a professor of biology at LIU Post and a research associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History. His new book is not for the faint of heart: CANNIBALISM: A PERFECTLY NATURAL HISTORY. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tune in for a "Berry" cool evening. All Chuck. Featuring Chuck Berry originals and many of the thousands of covers of his songs, with a couple other surprises thrown in. Get your dancing shoes out!


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