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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:30pm

In the 1950s, a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the gospel and Marxism. His congregation was racially integrated, and he was a much-lauded leader in the contemporary civil rights movement. Eventually, Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to northern California. He became involved in electoral politics, and soon was a prominent Bay Area leader.

In his new book, The Road To Jonestown best selling author, Jeff Guinn examines Jones’s life, from his extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent faith healing to the fraught decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to a settlement in the jungles of Guyana in South America. Guinn provides stunning new details of the events leading to the fatal day in November, 1978 when more than nine hundred people died—including almost three hundred infants and children—after being ordered to swallow a cyanide-laced drink. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Jeff Guinn.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, producer and host Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dave Peterson, general manager of the two-time League Champion Worcester Bravehearts, who was named the Futures Collegiate Baseball League's Executive of the Year for the 2014 baseball season. They talk about how to survive – and thrive  - with a pro baseball team in Central Massachusetts.

The Bravehearts play a 56-game schedule between June and August. This season, their fourth, the Bravehearts will play 28 home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester. 

The Bravehearts are a member of the FCBL's West Division, which means fans get to see local divisional teams such as the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Bristol Blues, and Pittsfield Suns more often. The Bravehearts were the FCBL Champions in both 2014 - their very first season – and 2015. In 2016, they once again made it to the League Championship Series, but lost to the Nashua Silver Knights, three games to none in the best of-five series.

The Bravehearts strive to bring a full Minor League Baseball-like experience and memorable family experiences at affordable prices to Hanover Insurance Park. Half of the Bravehearts players are local, meaning that they either grew up in Central Massachusetts or are currently playing baseball at a college or university in New England. Chances are that you'll see some familiar faces on the field when you enjoy a Bravehearts baseball game.

The Bravehearts and Dirt Dawgs teams are the latest forays by Central Mass. into trying to sustain at least one baseball team at a time. The now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League played for eight seasons, from 2005 through 2012.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:00pm

What happens in our brains when we first look at a Jackson Pollack drip painting or a Mark Rothko color-field work? Tonight we will talk with Nobel laureate ERIC R. KANDEL. He is University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Psychiatry at Columbia University and director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science. His new fascinating and beautiful book explores how the brain perceives and reacts to abstract works of art: REDUCTIONISM IN ART AND BRAIN SCIENCE: BRIDGING TWO CULTURES.

What do T-Rex, David Bowie, Alice Cooper and Lou Reed all have in common? Glam! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer SIMON REYNOLDS. He is the author of seven books about music and pop culture. Tonight we are talking about his latest: SHOCK AND AWE: GLAM ROCK AND ITS LEGACY, FROM THE SEVENTIES TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. So slip on something decadent put on “Jeepster” and listen!

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson talks with jazz vocalist Laurie Dapice in advance of her live performance celebrating 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald at Zinc Bar NYC. Dapice takes the stage on Monday, May 8th, joined by vocalists Amy London and Marion Cowings.  Posted by



File photos courtesy of Ms. Dapice ~ from top left Ella Fitzgerald & Marion Cowings; bottom left Amy London & Laurie Dapice



Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

The first week in May features International Workers Day, so host Nick Noble will feature four hours of labor songs, topical songs, and songs of protest and reform. Tune in and sing along with sisters and brothers around the world.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

In this ethereal and lovely mélange of sound you will hear harp and voice, bass, flute, saxophone, clarinet and recorder. It’s an airy synergy of Jazz harmonies with modern pop music.


Allegra Cramer/Harp and Voice
Sagit Zilberman/Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder
Suji Kim/Bass

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:30am

It’s a very small dirty-red piece of paper that’s really not much to look it. Yet it is one of the most valuable pieces of paper in the world. Welcome to the insanity of “stamp world”. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES BARRON, reporter for the New York Times. His new book traces the crazy and checkered history of the “one-cent magenta” and the collectors that have coveted that unique stamp over the decades. Barron’s entertaining book is titled: THE ONE-CENT MAGENTA: INSIDE THE QUEST TO OWN THE MOST VALUABLE STAMP IN THE WORLD. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 4:00pm

Is the answer to global climate change for all of us to burrow underground? You may consider that option after listening to tonight’s guest: ANTHONY J. MARTIN. He is a professor at Emory University and is a paleontologist, geologist and one of the world’s most accomplished ichnologist. He has spent his life studying creatures past and present  that burrow. Did prehistoric  burrowing behavior help certain animals survive the great extinction events of the past? His new book is: THE EVOLUTION UNDERGROUND: BURROWS, BUNKERS, AND THE MARVELOUS SUBTERRANEON WORLD BENEATH OUR FEET. Did the Morlocks have the right idea? Tune in and see.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 3:00pm

The life of a museum curator is not an easy one! Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back LANCE GRANDE, the Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History. His new book is titled CURATORS: BEHIND THE SCENES OF A NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.  This is a very entertaining account  of how Grande became a curator, and the people who influenced and helped him along the way as well as biographies of other curators at the museum, past and present. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott brings to life the many influences that fed the early musical scene in that most musical of cities. His original passion for ragtime came from his youth in St. Louis, but once in New Orleans, Tom put a scholarly zeal into studying his favorites-- James Booker, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, as well as into discovering the lesser-known musical gems that formed the sound of New Orleans.


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