Everyone does it, but few people want to talk about it. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with investigative reporter and writer ROSE GEORGE about “human waste” and all the things we do and neglect to do with it. 2.6 BILLION people worldwide don’t even have the most basic sanitation, and this leads to numerous health and even education issues. In rural India, the outcaste “untouchables” are still forced to cart away waste on their heads. In China, farmers are converting human waste to “biogas” and fueling their homes with methane. In Japan, the focus is on ultra modern “high function” toilets with, blood pressure readouts, heated seats and a variety of music. And why is it that no one can find a public toilet in New York City or London? All this and more tonight when we discuss Rose George’s new book THE BIG NECESSITY: THE UNMENTIONABLE WORLD OF HUMAN WASTE AND WHY IT MATTERS.
Robert Thomas, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Empowerment
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center is an economic-development enterprise located in its own 42,224-square-foot building. The Center's purpose is to provide
a full array of business opportunities to individuals through entrepreneurial-development
programs, micro-business, incubation, and job training and placement.
As a community-based operation that has been in existence since 1994, the Center is able to provide free and low-cost counseling and professional services to clients who are seeking
to enhance their business proficiencies, whether it is as an employee or an employer.
On April 4, the Martin Luther King Jr., Business Empowerment Center marked its 15th anniversary of community service, assisting individuals and small business entrepreneurs. From the time of our inception in the second floor of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Center has grown into a multi-phase incubator, currently supporting 24 businesses with 108 employees. The Center generates $8 million in revenue with a ripple effect of $20 million of economic impact on Massachusetts.
On April 4, the Center also presented its new, annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Chizoma Nosike, president of Acclaim Home Health Care in Worcester.
The Center also presented its new, annual Guiding Light Award to Frank Carroll, founder of the Small Business Service Bureau in Worcester.
And the Center presented its annual Community Service Award to Rod Lee, editor of the Telegram & Gazette’s
monthly d.b.a. magazine for business entrepreneurs.
Joni Mitchell is one of the most important and influential singer/song writers of the last 50 years, and her recording output has been considerable. Over the decades her music has changed from the tunes of a hippie folk/muse to her later complex and emotional jazz infused ballads. Throughout her career, Mitchell has remained the consummate artist. On Inquiry tonight, we welcome LLOYD WHITESELL, Associate Professor of Music History at McGill University. Professor Whitesell has written a complete and scholarly evaluation of the poems and music of Joni Mitchell and talks tonight about her evolution as a songwriter. Whitesell’s book is titled THE MUSIC OF JONI MITCHELL.
Ken Mandile is president of Swissturn
USA, a machine shop located in Oxford that specializes in Swiss screw machine products.
He is also the volunteer organizer of the Worcester Tea Party.
The national Tea Party Movement began in February with spontaneous Tea Party rallies across the United States. Since then, thousands of volunteers have been planning what organizers state
“may be the largest single day, multi-city protest in the history of the United States.
Modeled after the Boston Tea Party Rebellion of 1773, the Worcester Tea Party is a response to what it calls the usurping and subversion of personal freedoms and free-market capitalism by the federal government.
Tea Party participants support:
The return to our founding Constitutional principles of personal responsibility, integrity, honesty,liberty and economic freedom.
The re-assertion of our sovereignty as free men and women.
The re-establishment of local control through the strengthening of the rights of individual states.
The holding accountable of our government through citizen activism and to accomplish these objectives through educating, recruiting, organizing and mobilizing the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art
heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one
Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of
leads, hundreds of interviews, and a $5-million reward, not a single
painting has been recovered. Worth a total of $500 million, the missing
masterpieces have become the Holy Grail of the art world and one of the
nation's most extraordinary unsolved mysteries.
Art detective Harold Smith worked on the theft for years, and after his
death, reporter Ulrich Boser inherited his case files. Traveling deep
into the art underworld, Boser explores Smith's unfinished leads and
comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including the brilliant
rock 'n' roll art thief; the golden-boy gangster who professes his
innocence in rhyming verse; the deadly mobster James "Whitey" Bulger;
and the Boston heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner, who stipulated in her
will that nothing should ever be changed in her museum, a provision
followed so closely that the empty frames of the stolen works still
hang on the walls. Boser eventually cracks one of the biggest mysteries
of the case and uncovers the identities of the men who robbed the
museum nearly two decades ago. A tale of art and greed, of obsession
and loss, The Gardner Heist is as compelling as the stolen masterpieces themselves.
Just after noon on September 16, 1920, as hundreds of workers poured onto Wall Street for their lunchtime break, a horse-drawn cart packed with dynamite exploded in a spray of metal and fire, turning the busiest corner of the financial center into a war zone. Thirty-nine
people died and hundreds more lay wounded, making the Wall Street explosion the worst terrorist attack to that point in U.S. history.
In The Day Wall Street Exploded, Yale history professor Beverly Gage tells the story of that once infamous but now largely forgotten event. Based on thousands of pages of Bureau of Investigation reports, this historical detective saga traces the four-year hunt for the
perpetrators, a worldwide effort that spread as far as Italy and the new Soviet nation. It also takes readers back into the decades-long but little-known history of homegrown terrorism that shaped American society a century ago. The book delves into the lives of victims, suspects, and investigators: world banking power J.P. Morgan, Jr.; labor radical "Big Bill" Haywood; anarchist firebrands Emma Goldman and Luigi Galleani; "America's Sherlock Holmes," William J. Burns; even a young J. Edgar Hoover. It grapples as well with some of the most
controversial events of its day, including the rise of the Bureau of Investigation, the federal campaign against immigrant "terrorists," the grassroots effort to define and protect civil liberties, and the establishment of anti-communism as the sine qua non of American
Many Americans saw the destruction of the World Trade Center as the first major terrorist attack on American soil, an act of evil without precedent. The Day Wall Street Exploded reminds us that
terror, too, has a history.
Tonight we talk with filmmaker, screenwriter and director CARLO MIRABELLA-DAVIS about his brilliant new short film KNIFE POINT that was shown at Sundance this year. Tune in for an exciting and enlightening conversation about the art of film and the challenge of filmmaking from one of our most promising new film directors. For more on KNIFE POINT, where to see the film or obtain a copy, go to: http://www.elkcreekcinema.com/trailer.html .
Down 2 Earth, which bills itself as Boston's
premier destination for conscious consumers, will be held the weekend
of April 3, 4 and 5 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. D2E is a marketplace for eco-friendly products, a public stage for community initiatives, and an educational
forum that addresses sustainability issues on the minds of us all.
D2E emphasizes local and innovative solutions and connects consumers with progressive companies that are investing in a more sustainable future. D2E is a culmination of the talents and
passion of two local female entrepreneurs, Betty Fulton of Commonwealth
Promotion and Lorelei Grazier of Grazier Design Works.Through their common interest in exploring
ways to make our world a better place to live, Betty and Lorelei combined
their business acumen to help make a difference.
No figure in American public life has had such great expectations
thrust upon him, or has responded so poorly. But Ted Kennedy -- the
youngest of the Kennedy children and the son who felt the least
pressure to satisfy his father's enormous ambitions -- would go on to
live a life that no one could have predicted: dismissed as a spent
force in politics by the time he reached middle age, Ted became the
most powerful senator of the last half century and the nation's keeper
of traditional liberalism.
As Peter S. Canellos and his team of Boston Globe
reporters show in this revealing and intimate biography, the
gregarious, pudgy, and least academically successful of the Kennedy
boys has witnessed greater tragedy and suffered greater pressure than
any of his siblings.
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Arts, sciences and humanities build healthier, more livable, vital communities. They are essential to a strong education system. They contribute enormously to our economy.