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Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new, 29-minute episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Democratic State Senator Jamie Eldridge of Acton, and Jim O’Reilly, director of public policy for the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. They talk about the Kinder Morgan natural-gas-pipeline project known as Northeast Energy Direct.

As reported in a December 5th Boston Globe article titled In face of opposition, company to reroute gas pipeline, “Stung by intense local opposition to a proposed natural-gas pipeline winding through western and central Massachusetts, a Houston energy company said … that it will pursue an alternative route that bypasses many Massachusetts communities by veering north and shooting across southern New Hampshire.

“Kinder Morgan … said much of the alternative path would follow existing rights-of-way along utility lines in the two states, meaning it would cross fewer residential properties and undeveloped lands. Kinder Morgan plans to file the new route … with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has final say on gas pipelines in New England.

“Kinder Morgan officials said that 14 Massachusetts towns along the northern tier of the state, from Dracut to Northfield, will no longer be in the pipeline’s path. But the pipeline would cross four new Massachusetts towns - Cheshire, Hancock, Lanesborough, and Shelburne - and a southern stretch of New Hampshire.”

As the Globe article continued, “To meet the region’s growing demand for natural gas, Kinder Morgan previously sought to build a 127-mile pipeline stretching from Richmond near the New York border, across Massachusetts’ northern spine to a transmission hub in Dracut, about 30 miles from Boston. Kinder Morgan’s original multibillion-dollar plan aimed to tap abundant, inexpensive natural gas from Eastern shale fields, to help ease a shortage here blamed on inadequate pipeline capacity.

“That shortage has led to skyrocketing electric rates this winter in Massachusetts since most power plants use natural gas to generate electricity. The company hopes to have the pipeline operating by late 2018.”

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 9:30pm

Movie musicals lead a “preposterous existence”. They are “crass, not respected, and several times almost extinct”. But they are also wildly popular and beloved. Movie musicals are wonderful, but musicals can also be trash! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with film historian RICHARD BARRIOS about his history of the movie musical DANGEROUS RHYTHM: WHY MOVIE MUSICALS MATTER. Tune in and find out why Cabaret worked but Paint Your Wagon failed miserably.

In the 1960s and early 70s, rock music took a surprising turn in West Germany. Bands wanted to create something particularly “German” yet apart from their country’s horrific past. But they also wanted something not American. What resulted has been called “Krautrock” by journalists from outside Germany and involved bands like Can, Faust, Neu! And Kraftwerk. Without their music hip hop, techno, electropop, ambient and post rock may never have happened. Tune in tonight for a part of music history you may not be familiar with when Inquiry talks with British author and music journalist DAVID STUBBS about his cultural history FUTURE DAYS: KRAUTROCK AND THE BUILDING OF MODERN GERMANY.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

The show’s theme speaks for itself. Cuddle up with someone special and tune in!

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 10:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist, videographer and painter JENNIFER SULLIVAN. One of her pieces, “One Week Walden” was on view in the Decordova’s “Walden, revisited” show. Jennifer’s work is complex, sometimes humorous, often autobiographical  and above all wildly unique. Tune in and get to know the only artist I know that covers “Sexual Healing”, Madonna and Kate Bush in her work. To see some examples of Jennifer Sullivan’s work, go to her blog at: http://www.jennifersullivan.org/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, KATHLEEN A. BOGLE, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at LaSalle University, returns to Inquiry to talk about her previous book HOOKING UP: SEX, DATING, AND RELATIONSHIPS ON CAMPUS. Ms Bogle’s research offers fascinating insight into what really happens in the culture of hooking up on campus, how far do students go during a hook up, and gender differences that exist in expectations from a hook up. Do people still date? What happens when students graduate? What about virginity? Tune in for a serious and revealing discussion on sex and relationships on today’s campuses. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we have a lively and informative conversation with author, birder and blogger LAURA ERICKSON. She has written a number of books about learning about birds and her “just about to be released” book is about bird nesting and mating behavior. Tune in and find out how those tiny chickadees manage to survive the brutal winters of New England. Laura’s blog can be found at:
http://lauraerickson.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Judy talks with vocalist Maud Hixson about her new CD “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away” and its focus on the compositions on Mickey Leonard.

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

One of America's greatest songwriters turns 73 this Monday. Join host Tom Shaker to celebrate Carole King's birthday, Soul Serenade style. You'll hear soul covers of her legendary songs by The Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin and many others. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America presents the exclusive East-Coast appearance of Our Point of View, Blue Note Record’s newest supergroup. With Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland, Derrick Hodge, and Kendrick Scott, Our Point of View is a rare opportunity to see six leaders join forces to present original work and Blue Note classics.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 10:30pm

This week Al speaks with best selling author and historian David O. Stewart about his new book, "Madisons Gift". James Madison is a somewhat forgotten character in American history yet Stewart has resurrected the man in a fine work about his contribution to this nation. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30.

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