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Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Keyboardist/Composer Lao Tizer talks with Bonnie Johnson about his multi-cultural band and blending contemporary world fusion that has taken smooth jazz to another level. TIZER Quartet featuring virtuoso violinist Karen Briggs performs live at Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 8pm.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join us for plenty of terrific music, featuring a very special hour of live in-studio guests, including Walter Crockett, Lydia Fortune, Joe D’Angelo, and Arny Spielberg. They will be appearing on behalf of “Without a Net,” the musical collaboration to support the UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence. Lots of great songs to share!

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Yabuno Ettun Project is a highly creative collaboration between Japanese pianist Haruka Yabuno and Israeli bassist Ehud Ettun. Each one an imaginative composer, Ehud and Haruka have created, during the past few years, a unique interaction on stage. Their performances have also been described by listeners as "captivating" and "fascinating."

"The beauty is that we came together through music way before we could find a common verbal language," explains Haruka. "Once music took over, once we knew that improvising could take us anywhere, the journey itself was our destination.”

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we bring back photographer ELEANOR BRIGGS. This summer there was a wonderful exhibition of her work at the Fitchburg Art Museum, but she has also documented the wildlife and human life of Tonle Sap, a vast natural wetlands in the heart of Cambodia and has traveled to the Sunderbans in India to search for tigers. Tune in and find out about her adventures!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we continue our conversation about the biology and psychology of emotions when we talk with ELIZABETH JOHNSTON. She has a doctorate in visual neuroscience from Oxford University and is currently on the psychology faculty of Sarah Lawrence. She is  the co-author, with Leah Olson,  of the monumental textbook THE FEELING BRAIN: THE BIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EMOTIONS. Tonight we will talk about what the latest research says about the role of our physical body in experiencing emotions, making decisions and addictive behavior. And we talk about Phineas Gage and the crowbar case.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

British writer/TV producer/theater critic Ruth Leon discusses her position as program director for London’s elegant cabaret venue, Le Crazy Coqs at the Brasserie Zedel, and why this room is thriving, when similar venues are closing in NYC.

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we hear more from America's iconic soul label, Motown Records. We'll hear more classic songs and behind the scene stories from beloved artists like Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Supremes and Marvin Gaye. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America explores jazz prodigies from different eras.  We highlight 11-year-old pianist, Joey Alexander, whose first album came out this spring.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 10:30pm

Is the Keystone pipeline issue a political hot potato? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al Speaks with David Holt president of the Consumer Energy Alliance. Energy experts such as Holt believe Arctic energy production can bolster our economy, our energy and national security, and our global competitiveness.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ronnie Cummins, , co-founder and international director of the Organic Consumers Association, and Ben Grosscup, coordinator of the 2015 Summer Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. They talk about the business and politics of organic food.

More than 1,000 backyard gardeners, health-conscious consumers, organic-farming families, and food activists are expected to converge on August 14 through 16 at UMass-Amherst for NOFA’s 41st annual Summer Conference. Participants can choose from more than 140 workshops on topics such as organic farming, gardening, land and animal care, sustainability, nutrition, and food politics.

Many workshops and the two keynote addresses will highlight this year's conference theme, "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology." Those presentations will show how microbiology is at work in the soil and human body, and how they are essential partners in solving some if our biggest problems today, including widespread chronic disease and global climate disruption.

One of the keynote speakers will offer a similarly hopeful message in relation to the role of soil microbes in achieving a healthy climate. He’s Ronnie Cummins, who contends that humanity can reverse the global climate crisis by restoring healthy microbial life in our soils. Farmers and land managers along with conscious consumers can play a crucial role in this restoration, he argues, because the methods we use to manage soil microbial communities in combination with growing plants can produce dramatic impacts on the climate.

Regenerative organic agriculture focuses on providing soil life with favorable growing conditions, thus facilitating efficient photosynthesis and vigorous plant growth. Properly managed, this process can transform excessive atmospheric carbon concentrations into stable, soil-based carbon compounds that enhance soil fertility. By contrast, commonly used pesticides and herbicides kill the soil life, compromising soil integrity and causing soil carbon to oxidize into the atmosphere where it contributes to further global warming.

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