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Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 10:00pm

Gordon Grimes is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Energy Practice Group. He has spent more than 30 years representing the interests of private energy generators, banks, contractors and other entities in the power-generation industry.

He played a lead role in establishing Central Maine Power’s “avoided cost” -- the price the utility would pay to private electrical generators -- in the early 1980s at the Maine Public Utilities Commission. He then represented numerous clients that developed or financed private energy projects in Maine, and in the process developed an extensive knowledge of the power industry. He continues to represent many private electric generators and related interests throughout Maine and in other states and foreign countries.

His practice includes dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, administrative hearings, and litigation related to all aspects of the power industry. For example, from 1989 to 1991, he served as lead counsel in nearly full-time arbitration (115 hearing days) against General Electric on waste-to-energy plant construction and design issues, obtaining an $11.5 million cash award and relief from a further $6 million debt -- then one of the largest litigated recoveries in a construction dispute in Maine’s history.

Join us this Sunday as we talk to Gordon Grimes of Bernstein Shur about the legal and regulatory challenges and opportunities for hydro and wind energy.

In the spirit of full disclosure, host Steve D'Agostino does public-relations work for Bernstein Shur.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 5:00pm

Clarinetist and longtime member of Jim Cullum’s “Live From the Landing” show talks about growing up in a musical family and continuing the tradition by marrying a classical musician.

Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 10:00pm

In October 2010, Fidelity Bank, one of the oldest and fastest growing, independent community banks in Central Massachusetts, appointed John F. Merrill to the newly created position of President, Chief Financial Designer and Chief Lending Officer.

John has spent the majority of his 28-year banking career in Central Massachusetts, including serving as Regional President for both Sovereign and Fleet banks. Most recently, he managed Sovereign's Business Banking division and was responsible for small- to medium-sized commercial customers from Maryland to New Hampshire.

More than a decade ago, John helped to create the Worcester Venture Fund with Tripp Peake and Will Cowen of Long River Ventures.

Fidelity Bank offers a full range of Banking, Investment and Insurance products and programs, and has full-service offices in Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Millbury, Shirley, and Worcester. Fidelity Bank has total assets of more than $500 million and a net worth nearly two times the minimum regulatory requirement.

Join us as host Steve D'Agostino talks with John Merrill of Fidelity Bank about the key lessons learned by community banks in the wake of the Great Recession.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 12:31pm

At the end of the Ice Age, an amazing number of species large and fantastic mammals went suddenly extinct. For a long time most paleontologists believed it was climate change that caused this mass extinction event. But recently, some scientists began to find evidence that perhaps invading humans wiped out all the mammoths, mastodons, giant sloths  by over hunting them. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome science writer SHARON LEVY who has spent time with scientists on both sides of this hotly contested debate and has also looked into a similar situation in Australia. Is there in fact a “deadly syncopation” in  that every time humans come in contact with large wildlife, the animals rapidly become extinct? Tune in and find out. Levy’s wonderful book is titled ONCE AND FUTURE GIANTS: WHAT ICE AGE EXTINCTIONS TELL US ABOUT THE FATE OF EARTH’S LARGEST ANIMALS.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 12:01pm

RICHARD S. OSTFELD is the Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies. For many years now he has been studying the ecology of Lyme Disease. What he and his fellow researchers have discovered will change the way you view this disease. Tune in and learn what animal vectors are the most competent reservoirs for spreading the disease and what habitats are the most productive for Lyme to spread to humans. This is also research that shows that “biodiversity, achieved by preventing forest fragmentation, protects us from Lyme Disease.” Professor Ostfeld’s important book is titled LYME DISEASE: THE ECOLOGY OF A COMPLEX SYSTEM.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:54am

On August 31, 1886 a powerful earthquake devastated Charleston, South Carolina leaving most of the city in ruins and most pf the residents living on the streets. Tonight’s guests, writer SUSAN MILLAR WILLIAMS and writer/editor STEPHEN G. HOFFIUS have written a compelling history of this natural disaster that links the story to issues of race, class, urban development and even labor. This is a fascinating and complex and important chapter in the history of America that almost no one knows about. Join us tonight as Williams and Hoffius discuss their book UPHEAVAL IN CHARLESTON: EARTHQUAKE AND MURDER ON THE EVE OF JIM CROW.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 11:14am

GORDON B. LANKTON is Chairman of the Board, Nypro Inc.  An engineering graduate of Cornell University, in 2007 he founded the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, with the largest collection of Russian icons publicly displayed outside of Russia. Back in 1956, fresh out of the Army and stationed in Germany, he decided to take a motorcycle trip like no other: from Germany to Southeast Asia. He had never ridden a motorcycle before. The trip would take him through Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Vietnam and that is just for starters. As you can imagine, the road conditions varied tremendously from just passable to extremely poor, with stretches snow,  ice and even sand covered. Along the way, he spent time talking with people along the way, learning about all the cultures encountered at a time when most Americans were totally ignorant of that part of the globe. It was an epic journey that changed him forever. His memoir of that amazing trip is titled A LONG WAY HOME: A MOTORCYCLE JOURNEY. 

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