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Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Joe Grafton, director of development and community engagement for the American Independent Business Alliance, and Julie Theriault, executive director of Worcester Local First. They talk about how thinking - and acting - local helps top build healthy, sustainable communities. This episode aired originally on May 26, 2013.

Joe Grafton has dedicated the last decade of his life to shifting culture and paradigms to support sustainable local economies and community-based businesses. He is the founding executive director and a current board member at Somerville Local First – a leading local-business alliance –  a board member at the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, a steering-committee  member of the New England Local Economy Network, co-chair of the Pioneer Valley Slow Money Chapter, and director and treasurer for the Together Festival, Boston's version Austin's  South By Southwest. He brings skills and experience in fund-raising, speaking, training, marketing, social media, operations and planning to AMIBA. He focuses on driving resources to the localization movement while engaging and supporting AMIBA leaders.

Julie Theriault has more than 15 years of experience in business management, in the areas of hiring, training, merchandising, inventory and payroll. From 2002 to 2007, she was manager of The Gap stores in Leominster and Montreal. From 1997 to 2002, she was store director of Birks & Sons in the Montreal area.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino is a past coordinator of Worcester Local First.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 9:00pm

Have they found the Higgs Boson particle at the Large Hadron Collider? If so, it would be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the last 100 years. But, according to our guest tonight,  we aren’t completely certain yet. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with noted physicist John W. Moffat, Professor Emeritus in Physics at the University of Toronto and also Adjunct Professor in physics at the University of Waterloo. His new book Cracking The Particle Code Of The Universe: The Hunt For The Higgs Boson is a wonderful up to date overview of the search for this so-called “god particle” and an honest report of how theoretical physics really works. As Moffat writes in his book: “Physics is a brutal business.”

Tonight on inquiry we have a lively conversation with Honee A Hess, Executive Director of the Worcester Center For Crafts about the new exhibition and celebration called ¡CARNAVAL! This exhibition of items of international folk art, photography, and video is about the pre-Lenten traditional celebrations, rituals and parades from around the world. Tune in and hear Honee talk about her life growing up with Mardi Gras in New Orleans. For the complete schedule of events at the Worcester Center For Crafts, please go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 4:00pm

Celebrate Black History Month 2014 with ESSAYS of NOTE during the live broadcast of Colors of Jazz.  The collaborative production with host Bonnie Johnson revisits a series produced by recording artist, composer and educator, Dr. William (Bill) Banfield. In Notes, the professor and Director of the Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music, Boston shares brief topical commentary that highlights artists including Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Quincy Jones and Regina Carter.

The narrator and guitarist recently released his latest album leading Jazz Urbane with the CD Playing With Other People's Heads: Songs, a SUGO Music Group Release. Later features will air on Colors of Jazz. Tune in to WICN on Saturday, 4 - 7pm throughout February to hear Essays of Note Plus… the Music of featured artists.  

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

Songs honoring/celebrating/commenting upon American History and our Presidents, for President's Day Week!

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with bassist Rufus Reid.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:00am

Why does it seem that more people with unconventional lifestyles live in Florida? Is it the climate that attracts fringe groups? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with intrepid journalist and free-lance writer LYNN WADDELL who has spent time with a number of these people and groups with very alternative lifestyles. Tune in and learn about Joe Redner who owns the lap dance capital of the world and has been voted “best troublemaker” in Tampa. We also discuss the numerous UFO sightings in Gulf Breeze and the numerous carny folk of Showtown. Waddell’s book is titled FRINGE FLORIDA: TRAVELS AMONG MUD BOGGERS, FURRIES, UFOLOGISTS, NUDISTS AND OTHER LOVERS OF UNCONVENTIONAL LIFESTYLES. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bobby talks with Vibraphonist Gary Burton about his new release "Guided Tour" and his new autobiography (15 years in the making) "Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton". Gary shares passages from his book about a couple of the people that have been important in his career -- and talks candidly about coming to terms with aspects of his personal life.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with legendary pianist Randy Weston.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 3:30pm

Inquiry welcomes back WILLIAM L. BIRD JR. , Curator in the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Tonight we talk about his unique history HOLIDAYS ON DISPLAY a history of outdoor holiday lighting, animated department store windows and parade floats. Tune in and learn about mechanical cows, illuminated ice piles and mail order float kits. It’s American cultural history at its best.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 2:30pm

Inquiry welcomes naturalist, eco-philosopher, speaker and writer LYANDA LYNN HAUPT. She has written a wonderful new book about those wild creatures that we now find in our urban environments. These are animals like coyotes, raccoons, possums and even moles. We are deeply conflicted about these wild creatures on our home turf. As Lyanda writes: “we hope that they thrive. We wish they would leave.” He new book is titled THE URBAN BESTIARY: ENCOUNTERING THE EVERYDAY WILD

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