On a remote beach in Western Australia it is possible to see living examples of some of the oldest life on the planet. These mounds of micro-organisms lived two billion years ago and by exhaling oxygen changed the atmosphere of Earth making it hospitable for the organic life we are familiar with. This is just one of the amazing journeys that RICHARD FORTEY made looking for examples of “living fossils”. Fortey is the author of many books and was the Senior Paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London until his retirement in 2006. His latest book HORSESHOE CRABS AND VELVET WORMS: THE STORY OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS THAT TIME HAS LEFT BEHIND is a wonderful and fascinating tour of the globe looking at life forms that give us an idea of what life was like millions and billions of years ago. Tune in tonight and hear Fortey talk about watching the relatives of trilobites mate in Delaware Bay and where to look for some examples of the earliest life that ever existed, among the geysers at Yellowstone National Park.
Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.
Tonight poet JOHN DERVISHIAN returns to Inquiry. There are two new collections of his work: YOU CAN’T GET INSIDE MY HEAD IT’S ALREADY OVERCROWDED and NIGHTMARES & LULLABIES which features poems by John and Adam Schirling. Tune in and find out what the life of poet is like, how new electronic media has changed the way poetry is presented and hear John read several of his poems.
Along with Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble defined the legendary Philly soul sound. Their Philadelphia International label produced over 170 gold and platinum selling records. They introduced the world to artists like Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Billy Paul and the O'Jays. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Kenny Gamble's birthday this Monday. It all starts at 7pm!
In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve D'Agostino interviews Jim Magay, the co-founder of the Lincoln Street Area Business Association and co-owner and co-operator of Magay & Barron Eye Center on Lincoln Street. Jim is also a founding member and a current board member of Worcester Local First. This episode aired originally on April 12, 2012.
The brand new Lincoln Street Area Business Association’s Facebook page proclaims: “Lincoln Street … the place to meet, shop, eat, play, work, live.” As a January 6, 2012 Telegram & Gazette article noted:
• “With up to 35,000 cars traveling Lincoln Street every day, traffic safety is a goal for the group.”
• “Streetscape improvements and community involvement, such as charitable giving, are also on the group's agenda. In August, an association food and toy drive was held, with strong response.”
• “The organization is working on its marketing plan. It is also asking members to bring a prospective member to meetings as it works to grow its ranks.”
In 1962, three students at the University of Tennessee formed a folk group, calling themselves the Cumberland Trio. In 1963 they won the Annual Intercollegiate Folk competition in Jacksonville, FL, earning them a spot on ABC-TV's "Hootenanny" show and a recording contract. But success eluded them. Two of their early recording sessions-- a studio effort with Chet Atkins and a live concert recording-- would not be released for 40 years, and only recently was a third set of tracks, recorded in New York City in 1963-64 rediscovered and restored. But the intrepid trio-- Jerre Haskew, Andy Garverick, and Tom Kilpatrick-- often accompanied by bassist Jim Shuptrine-- would rise again. In 2001 they reunited, releasing a live concert album, as well as a CD featuring their first two recording efforts. Another live CD followed in 2004. With the reappearance of their long lost New York recordings (to be released this fall on CD), they celebrate 50 years of folk music tradition. For four hours on THE FOLK REVIVAL we will listen to a variety of tracks from this terrific group, interspersed with live interviews with members of the Cumberland Trio. Tune in and enjoy!
Sachal Vasandani is already earning critical acclaim as the next great male jazz vocalist. And today’s listeners agree—his 2011 album, Hi-Fly, shot straight to the number one spot on the iTunes jazz chart. Vasandani also penned some of the tunes on the album. On this week’s program, he swings on a set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.
The pianist discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino talks with Arthur Hicks Jr., president and CEO of Cybex International, which is based in Medway. This interview aired originally on April 15, 2012.
“American businesses face an onslaught of obstacles,” Art Hicks wrote in a March 14, 2012 Fortune magazine article titled Restoring Sanity To the U.S. Tort System. “With Japan set to lower its corporate tax rate next month,” he continued, “the United States will have the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world – at 39.2 percent. Even worse, U.S. businesses confront a byzantine regulatory environment that adds hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance costs.”
Cybex produces premium commercial fitness equipment designed for exercisers from first-time users to professional athletes. The publicly traded company has two manufacturing facilities in U.S., a total of 550 employees and about $100 million in annual revenue.
Cybex recently settled a lawsuit with a New York State woman whose use of one of the company’s machines left her paralyzed. There was no dispute that the plaintiff had misused the machine and that the machine has operated without problem for more than 20 years. Yet the jury awarded her damages of $66 million. It was, at the time, the highest personal-injury reward amount in the history of Western New York, and 10 times the average for cases of this type.
Eventually, Cybex settled out of court, agreeing to pay to the plaintiff, net of insurance, about $1.5 million, of which about $18.5 million will be paid at the consummation of the settlement, with the balance paid over seven years. As part of the settlement, Cybex will be released of all further liability with respect to the litigation, which will be dismissed with prejudice. Cybex will satisfy its cash obligation through available cash, its existing line of credit and additional financing, which it is in the process of arranging with its principal bank.
Inquiry welcomes WILLIAM WALLACE Director of the Worcester Historical Museum. Bill talks about the exciting new “Worcester Talks” program in which the museum is recording people talking about their experiences and memories of Worcester in the 1960s. This was a time of real transition for the city, a period of cultural change, political protests and the “smiley face”. So tune in, turn on and hear about how you can be part of this project OR go to the museum’s website for contact details at: http://www.worcesterhistory.org.
Birding is an extremely popular outdoor activity. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling the world looking for ultra-rarities or checking out the common species at the feeders in your own backyard, enjoying birds is a great way to enjoy the natural world throughout the year. But most field guides don’t tell you how to go about birding, how to start or how to improve your field skills. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome DEREK LOVITCH, who has worked on avian research and education projects throughout the United States. His new book HOW TO BE A BETTER BIRDER is for birders of all skill levels, and will certainly help you look or birds in a new, more exciting and productive way.
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