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Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 10:30pm

According to experts the world population is closing in on 7 billion. At the same time the earths resources are only enough to care for 2-3 billion. How critical of a problem is this and what is being done to change it? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dave Paxson, CEO of "World Population Balance" and hear his take on the current status of the problem.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 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 Charlene Perkins Cutler, executive director of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. They talk about creating a sustainable environment, economy, and place.

Created by an act of Congress in 1986, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is the second in the country to be so designated. The Corridor includes 25 cities and towns in a watershed that stretches from the headwaters in Worcester to Narragansett Bay in Providence.

In the Corridor, the industrialization of America began with the first water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. What followed, was the development of mill villages along the Blackstone River and its tributaries into Massachusetts, spreading across the Valley in a pattern that can still be seen and experienced today. This heritage also includes pre-colonial and Native American resources and history, as well as waves of immigration and diversity of culture that continue today.

Blackstone Valley Corridor partners see the Valley as many interconnected systems that make up the whole. From this broad-based systems understanding, the partners have committed to work together on three key areas of a Sustainable Blackstone Valley: sustainable environment; sustainable economy; and, sustainable place, referring to land use, transportation, built form, and preservation of culture and history.

In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation to expand the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The region of national significance will now include the town of Auburn and a larger portion of the city of Providence. The legislation also reauthorized the Blackstone Heritage Corridor for six additional years of federal funding - a boost to its continuing work to tell the story of the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, and restore the environment of the Blackstone River.

Also in December, Congress approved and President Obama signed a bill to create the long-awaited National Park for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

Since September 2014, Charlene Perkins Cutler, has been executive director of the Heritage Corridor, which is based in Woonsocket. The charitable, non-profit organization’s mission is “to work with community partners to preserve and promote the Valley’s historic, cultural, natural, and recreational resources for current and future generations.”

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 9:00pm

ROBERTO TROTTA, astrophysicist at Imperial College, London has written of the most unique and lyrical books about cosmology: THE EDGE OF THE SKY: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALL-THERE-IS. Trotta discusses some of the most complex ideas in astrophysics, like exo-planets, supersymmetry and multiverses using only the ten hundred most common words in the English language. An amazing project and he reads a sample of the book on this show. Don’t miss this very aesthetic examination of science and language.

Tonight, Inquiry welcomes poet SUSAN RICH whose latest collection is titled CLOUD PHARMACY. Susan has worked and traveled in countries like Niger, Gaza, South Africa and Bosnia-Herzegovina and these experiences very much inform her poems. Tonight she reads “Tunnel” from Cloud Pharmacy, a poem about the Boston area.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson explores pioneer women of the Jazz Age and the continuum of women's voices in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Tune in as we set out to "weave women's stories - individually and collectively - into the essential fabric our nation's history." Jazz and contemporary vocalists Joan Watson Jones and Nedelka Prescod will perform in the live broadcast from the WICN Performance Studio. The Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts Chair Pamela Boisvert and Lois Smith will join in the conversation.

About Nedelka Prescod

About Joan Watson-Jones

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

The theme’s title speaks for itself. Slainche!

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with artist WILLIAM LAMSON. His beautiful and meditative work often uses light, water and time as elements in his site specific work. A fine example of his work was on view in the Walden, Revisited show at the Decordova. Lamson’s website is: http://www.williamlamson.com/

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 3:30pm

Who came up with the body/mass index to figure out if you are really overweight? How does one figure out the SPF of a suntan lotion? What does Henry’s Law have to do with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge? All this and much more is talked about on tonight’s Inquiry when we speak with JOHN M. HENSHAW, the department chair and Harry H. Rogers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tulsa. His new book is AN EQUATION FOR EVERY OCCASION: 52 FORMULAS AND WHY THEY MATTER. This is one of the most interesting and entertaining books about mathematics in a long time. Tune in and learn how we figure out dog years and what makes some equations “beautiful”. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 2:30pm

Drummers of the world, listen up! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JEREMY ESPOSITO, President and Director of Operations of WALBERG AND AUGE INC. Walberg and Auge is a historical preservation drum company that began its life in the early part of the twentieth century right here in Worcester. Tune in and find out about their quality drums, the company’s amazing history and the numerous inventions Bernard Walberg created that are part of today’s modern drum set. Their website is: http://www.walbergandauge.com/

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

New Orleans bassist Roland Guerin and Judy met and recorded their conversation and played on stage at the 2013 Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where they discussed Roland’s New Orleans roots and favorite jazz.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

The 9 pm Soul Spotlight features the songs of Burt Bacharach. Dionne Warwick was Burt's muse, but host Tom Lucci has Aretha, Luther, Mavis, The Iceman, and many more great voices on the case to "sing a little soul for you." Tunes you know and love - plus plenty you didn't know you loved  - from 7 pm.

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