In her new book, Reign of Error, former assistant secretary of education Diane Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country. She makes clear that, contrary to the claims being made, public school test scores and graduation rates are the highest they’ve ever been, and dropout rates are at their lowest point. Tune in this Sunday evening to catch the real scoop.
In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Satya Mitra, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Worcester. They talk about service above self. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve is a member of Worcester Rotary and chairs its Public Relations Committee.
The 109-year-old Rotary International is a worldwide service organization. Its purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders, to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. Globally, there are more than 34,000 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide.
Rotary members are known as Rotarians. Usually, they meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner. These are social events as well as opportunities to organize work on their service goals.
Rotary's primary motto is, "Service above self.” An earlier motto was, "One profits most who serves best.” This year’s Rotary International theme—“Engage Rotary, Change Lives” —challenges Rotarians to make a difference by renewing their commitment and welcoming those who have an interest in giving back and wish to join Rotary.
Rotary started with the vision of one man: Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, in 1905. It was intended to be a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
The Worcester Rotary Club held its first meeting 102 years ago this month - in March 1912 - and its charter was issued that April. By that August, there were 29 members. In the mid-1990s, Worcester Rotary’s membership stood at more than 225. Between then and the past year or so, membership fell to around 50. These days, thanks in large part to the inspirational vision and leadership of Satya Mitra, the chapter’s president for 2013-2014, Worcester Rotary’s membership has risen to more than 110.
Satya came to America from India in 1976 with a PhD in biochemistry. Since 1991, he and his wife, and Sheema Mitra, who was also born and raised in India, have owned and operated The Guru Tax and Financial Services - which is based in Worcester and serves primarily the Indus-American community. Satya also hosts Not Only Money, a radio show that airs Sunday mornings at 10 on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM.
Tonight I am joined in the studio by Mary M. Tinti, Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Mary talks about the new exhibition One Language is Never Enough: Latino Artists in New England. This show features work by 24 contemporary artists of New England. One of those artists also joins us in the studio tonight: RAUL GONZALEZ III, who talks about his monumental and complex work in the show and his early life as an artist. For some examples of his work, please go to http://www.artbyraul.com/about.html
For more information about all the events associated with this show, please go to http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org/
We continue our conversation (Part 3) with writer, screenwriter, teacher and film blogger Beverly Gray about her detailed and amazing biography: Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches and Driller Killers. Tune in tonight as we talk about Cornan’s career up till today from Frankenstein Unbound to Sharktopus. Beverly’s blog can be found at http://beverlygray.blogspot.com/.
Tenor Saxophonist, bandleader and "party-starter" Craig Handy talks with host Bonnie Johnson about his career in jazz. This year, the Okeh recording artist released "Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith", an album that pays homage to "late, great organist" Jimmy Smith with a New Orleans flavor. Handy has performed with vocalist Betty Carter and most recently accompanied the band for Dee Dee Bridgewater, who also appears on this latest album. Notably in the 80's, Bill Cosby invited Handy to be the featured soloist in his sitcom’s music theme for 1989-90’s “The Cosby Show”. Catch his Colors at 4 pm.
A unique celebration anticipating the upcoming Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival featuring some of the artists who have appeared and/or will be appearing there, along with a number of the regular participants at the monthly maritime song sessions in Portsmouth, other artists so-inclined, and an enthusiastic audience: all singing songs of the sea!
Joining host Julie Lavender on the farm this evening is special guest Marlene del Rosario. An accomplished singer/songwriter and jazz vocalist from the Philippines, she relocated to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music and now leads The Marlene Jazz Ensemble.
Known for his work with Paul Winter, pianist Jeff Holmes will be speaking with host Chet Williamson. Holmes has written music for many artists including Ernie Watts.
This evening on Roots of Smooth, jazz organist Joey Defrancesco will be in the spotlight, known for recording with famed artists such as Miles Davis and Ray Charles. JazzTimes magazine has called him "the best B3 player on the planet." What a statement!
Pianist Tim Ray will be in the studio for a live performance. He has performed with artists such as Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin. Currently, Tim is an associate professor in the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music.
KRISTA BUCKLAND REISER, General Manager and violinist for the WORCESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY returns to Inquiry to talk about the wonderful and varied and programs the society is offering this fall and early winter. With her in the studio is violinist ROHAN GREGORY, who talks about his evolution as a musician and his fascinating work with the like of the Indo-jazz group Natraj and playing with flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual.
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