The early years of the 20th Century were a time of rampant anxiety in America. Corruption was everywhere from local police forces to the halls of the Senate. The corporations and huge trusts controlled the workplace as well as many politicians. Working conditions for many were abysmal. There was insurrection, riots and rebellion across the country. But this was also the beginning of the Progressive Era. Teddy Roosevelt became President and head trustbuster, and many Americans read the great muckraking journalists found in McClure’s Magazine. Tune in tonight for a fascinating talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN who talks about her latest always interesting book THE BULLY PULPIT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF JOURNALISM.
WILLIAM L. BIRD, JR., Curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution returns to Inquiry to talk about his catalog for the exhibition PAINT BY NUMBER: THE HOW TO CRAZE THAT SWEPT THE NATION. The hobby kits that were Paint By Number were immensely popular in America of the 1950s, but they became a flashpoint in heated arguments about what constitutes art and high and low culture. Art critics railed against them, but the public loved them. Tune in tonight and learn how these kits were made and who loved them and what kits were the most popular.
Bandleader and purcussionist Poncho Sanchez.
Judy talks with vocalist Maud Hixon about her new CD “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away” and its focus on the compositions on Mickey Leonard.
Pianist, composer, and arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi mixes intricate bebop sensibilities and Japanese influences in a big band sound. Joined by long-time partner, saxophonist Lew Tabackin and Japanese taiko drummer Eitetsu Hayashi, Akiyoshi leads a dazzling performance of her own compositions including Remembering Bud and Pollination, alongside classics like Ellington's Black and Tan Fantasy.
This week Al is joined by Tina Zlody co-Director of StArt On The Street. This holiday season they are bringing together 125 craftspeople for a day long event at Union Station in Worcester, MA. The hand-made items to be sold are just a sapling of the rich culture that is Central NE.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and hear all about the event.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Mark Shepard, CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, founder and president for Restoration Agriculture Institute, and author of Restoration Agriculture. They talk about developing and maintaining self-renewing gardens.
Over the years at its Winter Conference, the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers. They have included Karen Washington of Just Food - whom Steve interviewed a year ago, prior to the 2013 Winter Conference - and other thoughtful leaders in the food movement.
The 2014 Winter Conference, set for January 11 at Worcester State University, offers a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, exhibits by numerous regional vendors, and an all-day seminar and keynote by Mark Shepard, a perennial-agriculture and permaculture design expert. The Massachusetts native designs self-renewing gardens in Wisconsin.
Shepard runs New Forest Farm, a 106-acre perennial-agricultural forest that is considered by many people to be one of the most ambitious sustainable-agriculture projects in the U.S. Shepard, who also has experience in water conservation and land restoration, questions the easy availability of future staple crops - particularly in urban population centers.
Around the globe, most people get their calories from annual agriculture - plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed.
Shepard’s book explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs - in our own backyard, farm or ranch. His book, which is based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.
On Inquiry tonight, we speak with Francis Cape, teacher, artist and wood carver about his book We Sit Together: Utopian Benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar. Cape created 20 benches modeled after bunches used in various utopian and intentional communities sects in America including the Shakers, the Harmony Society and the Oneida Perfectionists. These beautiful works speak to the importance of community and collective ownership. Tune in and learn how these benches were exhibited, how Cape researched his work and about a few of the utopian groups.
Tonight on Inquiry we sit down with Zachariah Combs, the new Director of the Gallery of African Art in Clinton, MA. Tune in and learn about this wonderful new gallery, upcoming programs and even hear Zach on the n’goni. The website for the gallery is: http://www.galleryofafricanart.org/
In 1912, Massachusetts passed the first minimum-wage law in the U.S. – after workers in Lawrence went on strike and won higher wages.
In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing a national minimum wage and guaranteeing basic rights to workers.
The Bay State’s minimum wage has been stuck at $8 an hour since 2008, yet costs keep rising – and workers are long overdue for a raise.
For nearly 1 million workers in Massachusetts, staying home to care for themselves or a sick child could mean losing their job.
That’s why Raise Up Massachusetts is fighting to require employers to offer earned sick time and raise the minimum wage.
A 2012 Economic Policy Institute report analyzed three federal-minimum-wage proposals: $10.10, $9.00, and $9.80 an hour.
The EPI report concluded that by increasing the minimum wage in Mass. to $10 per hour, more than half a million Bay State workers would benefit from the raise, and create thousands of new jobs.
My guest is Russ Davis, executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, which partners with Raise Up Massachusetts.
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