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Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 10:30pm

History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations. If that cause had succeeded, it would have torn the United States in two and preserved the institution of slavery. Many Americans in Davis’s own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader, if not a traitor. Not so, argues James M. McPherson. In Embattled Rebel, McPherson shows us that Davis might have been on the wrong side of history, but it is too easy to diminish him because of his cause’s failure. In order to understand the Civil War and its outcome, it is essential to give Davis his due as a military leader and as the president of an aspiring Confederate nation. Join Al this Sunday evening at 10:30 when he speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian, James McPherson

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Sheila Harrity, principal of  Worcester Technical High School, and Susan Mailman, president of Coghlin Electrical Contractors, a private, family-owned business that is based in Worcester. They talk about changing education paradigms.

This interview aired originally on June 1, 2014. On October 1, Harrity was hired as the new superintendent of the Fitchburg-based Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District, with a starting date of October 27.

This March 10, Harrity received a completely unexpected e-mail. Not, it wasn’t from a concerned parent. It was from the President of the United States. Barack Obama wanted to know if he could deliver the school’s Commencement Address on June 11 at the DCU Center. Harrity responded immediately. She accepted the President’s offer with just one request. Her students needed to be the first to know, which is what happened during a school assembly 10 days later, on March 20.

In his fifth State of the Union address, this January, President Obama said, “We’re working to redesign high schools and partner them with colleges and employers that offer the real-world education and hands-on training that can lead to a job and career.” It’s why he picked Worcester Technical High, to give this year’s Commencement Address. The public school has gone from the lowest-performing school in the city -- and one of the lowest-performing vocational schools in the state -- to a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School.

Worcester Technical High opened the doors to its new $90-million, 400,000-square-foot campus in the fall of 2006, with 1,100 students. Now in its seventh year of operation, it is the largest of Worcester’s seven public high schools. Worcester Technical High has 1,400 students in 24 technical programs within four small-learning communities. The demographics are: 53% female; 47% male; 63% qualified for free or reduced lunches; and 19% special needs. The school has met Adequate Yearly Progress for "No Child Left Behind" in five out of the past six years. The students exceeded the benchmarks in English, mathematics, and every sub-group.

Last year, Harrity won the MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year Award for her significant contributions to student achievement. She assumed leadership of Worcester Technical High in 2006 - the same year the school moved to a new, world-class facility. This prestigious award is given to five high schools from across the country for outstanding student growth in high-poverty areas. Worcester Technical High was the only school selected from New England and the only vocational technical school selected in the country.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back Honee A. Hess, Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. With Hess in the studio is artist and painter Kat O’Connor. A new exciting exhibition of Kat O’Connor’s paintings, titled Luminous Will, is currently at the Craft Center, and many of these works are being seen for the first time. Tune in and learn about the artist’s fascination with water in all its forms. For more details, go to:
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Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back Nicholas Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum. With him in the studio is photographer Mario Quiroz. An exhibition of Quiroz’ beautiful and insightful portraits of Fitchburg’s Latino communities is currently on view and is titled Mis Vecinos.  To learn more about this dynamic show, go to:

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 12:00pm

Jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellowship/"Genius" grant recipient Regina Carter traced her genealogy on a journey that inspired her latest release Southern Comfort.  The violin virtuoso talks with Bonnie Johnson about paying homage to her family's roots in folk music. Ms. Carter performs in the Celebrity Series of Boston at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8 pm. Tune in at Noon.



Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7:00pm

A Few of My Favorite Songs – a once-a-year indulgence by host Nick Noble. Older and wiser, he shares many of his favorite tracks, for a fun four hours.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 6:00pm

This week on the farm, host Julie Lavender breaks up her string of instrumentalist guests with an episode dedicated to singers and serenades. Louise Van Aarsen came to New England from Holland in 2000 for a postdoctoral research project after receiving her PhD in Cancer Biology. In keeping her love for jazz alive, she attended a jazz workshop in Cambridge for a few years before being taken under the wing of local vocalist/producer Rebecca Parris. Van Aarsen's debut album Destiny features a mix of styles including a tune inspired by Franz Liszt.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson will have Canadian drummer Anthony Fung on the show today. Hailing from Toronto, Fung studied Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music and has had an impressive performance history, including the Jazz Festivals in Monterey, Toronto and Ottawa.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:00am

We live at a time in which we are surrounded by visual media and bright colors.  But our experience of color is never just about vision. Colors can also be used to manipulate and control. The colors we now interact with on Tv and our computers are not pigments, like those found in paintings and drawings. Contemporary colors are generated and manipulated through mathematics, using complicated systems very few of us understand. We live in the age of the algorithmic image. Evrything looks bright and colorful, but do we live in a New Dark Age? Tune in tonight when we have a lively conversation with CAROLYN L. KANE, who writes about the history, philosophy and aesthetics of electronic media. We talk about her new landmark book CHROMATIC ALGORITHMS: SYNTHETIC COLOR, COMPUTER ART AND AESTHETICS AFTER CODE. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:00pm

Joining host Bobby Jackson on Roots of Smooth will be World renowned American jazz vibraphonist and teacher at Berkley College of Music, Gary Burton. Burton is heralded for his innovations in jazz such as his four-mallet technique, pioneering fusion jazz and popularizing the duet format in jazz. Tune in at 6pm!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 4:00pm

Trombonist and Vocalist Natalie Cressman will be featured on this edition of Jazz Matinee. Cressman's latest album titled Turn the Sea was released in March of this year.


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