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Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Erin Williams, executive director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition. They talk about building a creative economy in Worcester.

As WGBH Radio reported on June 25, “America's Rust Belt began in Worcester. Once a manufacturing powerhouse, this Central Massachusetts city went into decline in the 1950s and never fully recovered. Today, evidence of a rebound stirs. Healthcare and biotech promise reasonable growth, local universities and hospitals are the incubators, and innovators of many stripes are establishing beachheads.”

In this case, WGBH focused on the innovation economy that’s establishing roots in New England’s second largest city – a place The Boston Globe seems to like referring to as every once in a while as “struggling.” WGBH was taking note of the resurgence of industrial innovation Worcester. But there are other types of innovation spring up here – including arts and culture. Together, all of it adds up to the making of a creative city. Representative of this new way of thinking and doing, is Worcester PopUp, whose aim is “to bring creativity to life through rotating art exhibitions, brilliant performances, music, good food, arts and 3D printing, and inspiring hands on activity.”

The Worcester Cultural Coalition and City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Office, in partnership with Bay State Savings Bank and the Worcester Business Development Corp., are working with a group of creative artists and entrepreneurs, including Revolution Institute and Technocopia, to create Worcester Popup, which opened on June 19 and will run through August – on Thursday afternoons and evenings and on Saturdays - at 38 Franklin St. in downtown Worcester. A selection of artists and entrepreneurs is helping PopUp by sharing their art, dance or music, selling their locavore food, hosting a creative workshop, or presenting a staged reading or concert.

While Worcester PopUp offers the space free of charge, artists are required to help set up and staff their performances as well as promote their activities through social media. Worcester PopUp is also complementing Worcester Filmworks’ Third Thursdays Movies on the Common behind City Hall.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 9:30pm

German resistance to Hitler's rule became apparent during (Operation Valkyrie) in which German soldiers tried to assassinate Adolph Hitler. Now a new book sheds light on this interesting piece of history. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and historian, Randall Hansen about his new book "Disobeying Hitler".

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 9:00pm

Two thirds of Americans and Europeans no longer experience real night. Light pollution from numerous malls, parking lots, streetlights and sports fields  have bleached our night sky so that we can only see a tiny fraction of the stars that are above us every night. Very few people can now see the Milky Way. But this is not just an aesthetic issue. All this over lighting is costing us with surprising negative health effects, high energy bills and horrible environmental consequences. But what can be done?  Tune in to Inquiry tonight, when we talk with PAUL BOGARD who teaches creative non-fiction at James Madison University. He talks about his important new book THE END OF NIGHT: SEARCHING FOR NATURAL DARKNESS IN AN AGE OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT.

Also on the show, a special interview with the Worcester Chamber Music Society about their summer festival.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson welcomes Boston based jazz singer Ron Murphy. Well-known for his baritone voice, the performer, producer and actor writes originals from jazz and R&B, to blues and gospel while showcasing music from the American Songbook with "his interpretation of many standards from Ellington to Gershwin". Murphy will headline the first annual "Roxbury Rocks" Music Festival on July 19, 2014. President Valerie Roberson of Roxbury Community College (RCC) joins the conversation about this free event that will highlight local musicians and "recognize community leaders who have championed RCC and the Roxbury community" with its presentation of the first "You Rock" awards. Tune in at 4 pm.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

With guest co-host Finnegan Schick and special guests Tom Ghent and Lisa Martin

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:30am

When Dr. JOEL GOLD started practicing medicine at Bellvue Hospital, he came across several patients suffering from he calls The Truman Show Delusion: believing that everyone around you is watching you and recording your life. What do delusions like this tell us about how the brain functions and how are delusions related to society? In a society where social media is everywhere and the government is indeed watching and listening in on your life, how can we tell who is having delusions and who is sane? What do we know about how anti-psychotic drugs work? Dr. Gold is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. His new book, written with IAN GOLD, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and McGill University is titled: SUSPICIOUS MINDS: HOW CULTURE SHAPES MADNESS. THE TRUMAN SHOW DELUSION AND OTHER STRANGE BELIEFS. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 9:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and journalist SAM KEAN about his fascinating history THE TAKE OF THE DUELING NEUROSURGEONS: THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN BRAIN AS REVEALED BY TRUE STORIES OF TRAUMA, MADNESS, AND RECOVERY. In tonight’s show we talk about Phineas Gage (pictured) , the man who had a long tamping bar pass throw the middle of his brain and lived to tell about it. We also learn about the frightening Capgras Delusion in which a person believes his loved ones have been replaced by duplicates. In each of these cases, something important is revealed about how our brains are structured and how they function.  Tune in and find out if free will is really an illusion. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 4:00pm

Artist, writer and curator MATT FREEDMAN decided to write and draw four pages in his journal every day he underwent extremely complicated and painful chemo and radiation therapy for cancers in his mouth and tongue. This journal was photo-reproduced in the book RELATIVELY INDOLENT BUT RELENTLESS: A CANCER TREATMENT JOURNAL. This is a powerful and very funny look into Matt’s mind and body as he suffered the tortures of the damned just trying to get well. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with artist, illustrator and cartoonist for The New Yorker (and other publications) ROZ CHAST. Her latest book is CAN’T WE TALK ABOIUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? This is an illustrated memoir of her parents declining health and eventual deaths. It is a book that is funny, touching, frightening and brutally honest about ageing and death as well as a wonderful remembrance of George and Elizabeth, her parents. Don’t miss this interview!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 6:00pm

Pianist/vocalist Billy Stritch is that rare performer who is a great musician and great entertainer. He discusses his long associations with Liza Minnelli and Marilyn Maye, and how both have influenced his musical and theatrical approach.

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