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Sunday, August 10, 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 Douglas Quattrochi (shown, left), part-time executive director of the Worcester Property Owners Association since December 2013. He’s also full-time COO of Artist Bomb in Lowell, an angel-funded startup in the live-music industry. Steve’s other guest is Rich Trifone (shown, right), WPOA’s membership coordinator and a Realtor with RE/Max Vision. Both Doug and Rich own residential rental properties. This episode aired originally on March 16, 2014.

They talk about the challenges and opportunities for landlords in a still-struggling economy.

The Worcester Property Owners Association is Worcester County’s oldest landlord group.  The organization was formed in the 1940s, formally incorporated in Massachusetts in the 1980s, and restructured as a modern, not-for-profit trade organization in 2013.

Beginning in the ‘40s prominent businessmen such as the late Israel Katz, Arthur LaRiviere and others organized to deal with the rental-business challenges of the day. The focus was legislative, and this was to remain an important focus through to the present day.

In the mid ‘60s, Leo Charbonneau and Ed Edison came in and called the group the Landlord’s Guild.  This group functioned until 1970, when Irving Coven formally rebranded it as the Rental Housing Association of Worcester County.

The Worcester group developed cohesiveness through the oil-embargo days of the late ‘70s, which were very challenging.  Sudden increases in heating oil-prices triggered rent increases for apartments with “utilities included,” and this in turn brought out counterproductive actions by tenant groups, including very serious talk of rent control.

This movement was narrowly defeated here in Massachusetts on a statewide basis. However, certain communities such Cambridge became subject to local rent-control laws.

In the late ‘70s, the name was changed to Worcester Property Owners Association. In the ‘80s, under the guidance of Haskell Morin and Bob Sweeney, it grew to one of the largest organizations of its kind.

In the late ‘80s, WPOA presidents Irene Chiavalloti and JoAn Geissler worked to overturn rent control in Cambridge. They joined with the Mass Rental Housing Association and other landlord groups all over the state. In 1994, rent control was overturned.

Without a need for urgent political action, the WPOA developed a focus on education, legal compliance, and operational efficiency. Bills presented to the state legislature without landlord input were dealt with as they came up.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with comic book historian TIM HANLEY about his wild new history WONDER WOMAN UNBOUND: THE CURIOUS HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS HEROINE. Tune in and learn how Wonder Woman’s creator used his comic to prepare boys in the 1940s for what he thought was the coming matriarchy and learn why Superman was always a jerk to Lois Lane.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and artist TRINA ROBBINS. She has been writing about and drawing comics since the 1960s. She is now one of the foremost authorities on the history of women comic artists. Tune in and learn about artists like Dale Messick who drew Brenda Starr; Tarpé Mills who created the fantastic Miss Fury and finally learn about the beginnings of the groundbreaking Wimmen’s Comix the long-running anthology of comics by women. Trina Robbins’ latest book is PRETTY IN INK: NORTH AMERICAN WOMEN CARTOONISTS 1896-2013.

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz when two time GRAMMY award winning drummer Will Calhoun joins host Bonnie Johnson. He'll talk about touring the world with rock band Living Colour, honing in on his career in jazz and his album Life In This World released in 2013 with Motéma Music. Celebrating fun and creativity, Calhoun's latest project "AZA" is "a collection of artwork crafted from rhythm" of the drums. The Will Calhoun Trio featuring pianist Marc Cary and Luques Curtis on bass will take the stage at Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, August 14th at 8PM.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Bill & Eli Perras will be live in-studio guests, and there will be tracks from newly acquired CDs, plus a few old favorites

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Born in Brussels, Belgium on April, 29 1922. He played accordion as a child and started playing harmonica as a hobby. Toots originated a new sound by whistling and playing the guitar in unisono which he did for commercials; the best known is “Old Spice,” and In 1962 he composed “ Bluesette” receiving several awards.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 3:30pm

It’s a commonly held belief that men crave multiple sexual partners and that women crave monogamy. But recent research has shown that in fact the opposite is true. In labs around the world, researchers are finding that women are a vision of anarchic arousal and do not really lust after monogamy at all. They crave novelty. What does this say about keeping a long term relationship interesting? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with author and journalist DANIEL BERGNER about his new book WHAT DO WOMEN WANT? ADVENTURES IN THE SCIENCE OF FEMALE DESIRE. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 2:30pm

Many women are and have been uncredited collaborators to their successful husbands. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with SUSAN HENRY, Professor Emeritus of Journalism at California State University, Northridge. Her new book is titled ANONYMOUS IN THEIR OWN NAMES: DORIS E. FLEISCHMAN, RUTH HALE (pictured) AND JANE GRANT. These were three dynamic women who lived in the first half of the twentieth century and who really were the reasons their husbands were so successful and famous yet until now they never got the  credit they deserved. Tune in tonight and learn about these Lucy Stoners and their amazing lives.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

Musician and early jazz scholar Vince Giordano fell in love with twenties and thirties jazz at an early age and carries on the tradition performing with his band “The Nighthawks.”  Vince discusses bringing this music to a broader audience and especially the importance of young people hearing jazz live.

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes the lead singer of the legendary Manhattans to the Soul Serenade. For over five decades the Manhattans have been one of soul music's most successful groups, with hits like "Kiss & Say Goodbye" & "Shining Star." It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

"Mambo," translated from Kikongo (the Creole language of Cuba), means "conversation with the gods." With Afro-Cuban rhythms and other notes from this divine conversation, Cuban bassist "Cachao" Lopez (and his brother) enlightened the jazz world and brought forth the mambo. Led by bassist Carlos Henriquez, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rocks Rose Theater with the ultimate "discarga" jam session, in honor of the late "Cachao." Wendell Pierce hosts.

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