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Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews John Sculley, former CEO of Pepsi-Cola and Apple Computer. They talk about Sculley’s new book, Moonshot! Game-Changing Strategies to Build Billion-Dollar Businesses. This episode aired originally on March 29, 2015.

John Sculley is one of America's best-known business leaders - with one foot in the storied history of Apple technology, and the other foot in 21st-century innovations that change the way the world does business. His success stories include telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, high tech, Internet services, consumer marketing, and outsourcing services.

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience as a corporate executive, investor, entrepreneur, mentor, and rainmaker, Sculley has become a sought-after global storyteller for the digital revolution. He is a gifted speaker, sharing his perspectives on topics such as globalization and reinvention of work, how adaptive companies succeed in an era of the commoditization of almost everything, solving healthcare through innovation, and new big-brand consumer health services.

Best known today as the former CEO of Apple Computer, Sculley began his corporate career in 1967 when, armed with a Wharton MBA, he was hired by Pepsi-Cola as a trainee. Three years later, in 1970, he became the company’s youngest vice president for marketing - applying his ideas about experience-based marketing to the “Pepsi Generation” campaign.

Sculley initiated the “Pepsi Challenge” taste tests, and oversaw development and launch of the first plastic soft-drink bottle, which together dethroned Coca-Cola. By 1977, he was Pepsi-Cola’s youngest president and CEO.

Sculley’s first book, Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple a Journey of Adventure, Ideas and the Future, became a breakout business bestseller. His latest book, Moonshot!, takes the reader one step further, sharing the secrets to his success, and how anyone can achieve in this changed business world.

Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 9:30pm

Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries; on the diaries of his wife, Barbara; and on extraordinary access to the 41st President and to his family, Pulitzer prize winning author Jon Meacham has written a surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of communism, DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Jon Meacham charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Jon Meacham about his new book.

Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 9:00pm

PATRICIA MARX is a staff writer for the New Yorker. She was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon and a former writer for Saturday Night Live. She has written a unique and hilarious guide on how to improve our minds as we slide into inevitable old age. The book was based on her numerous experiences in trying to giver herself a “brain lift”: LET’S BE LESS STUPID: AN ATTEMPT TO MAINTAIN MY MENTAL FACULTIES

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer and journalist JESSICA HOPPER. Her latest book is a collection of some of her best pieces titled THE FIRST COLLECTION OF CRITICISM BY A LIVING FEMALE ROCK CRITIC.

Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of holiday music from host Nick Noble.

Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Julie's special guests perform music with Latin influences from Brazil, Italy and South America. Guest musicians include, guitarist Sergio Brando, pianist and vocalist Ferdinando Argenti and the saxophone /piano duo Joe Deleault and Don Davis in their collaboration with South American guitarist and singer, Cecelia Zabala.


Sergio Brando/Piano
Ferdinando Argenti/Vocals
Joe Deleault/Piano
Don Davis/Saxophone
Cecelia Zabala/Guitar, Vocals


Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Composer and performer Michael Bacon discusses what makes a great film composer and how his own work draws on his interest in many styles of music, including his work with brother Kevin, and their band "The Bacon Brothers."

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

In an era where the jazz standard songbook is ever expanding into the 21st century, The Ladybugs look back at the Disney catalogue. The Ladybugs are a young, band rooted in the vocal harmony jazz tradition but draw on elements of hot swing, American folk music and blues. Jazz Night in America dives into how the group developed on the New York ‘hot' jazz scene and what new things can be done with the Disney songbook.

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

Start your Christmas week off right with a bagful of soul songs about the holidays. Join host Tom Shaker for all the yuletide fun. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 10:30pm

On December 11, the current continuing resolution, which keeps the government funded, expires. Little noted but every bit as important, the risk-corridor budget-neutrality provision — the one provision Republicans have enacted that actually mitigates the ill effects of Obamacare, and that has done a great deal to expose the structural failings of the law — expires with it.

This provision puts a cap on the amount that government will reimburse insurance companies that wind up with a disproportionately unhealthy pool of customers and therefore with disproportionate costs for their health care.

The risk-corridor program is relatively unknown among the public, but it is one of the vehicles the Obama administration used to shower open-ended money on the insurance industry. In its efforts to gain the industry’s support for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration promised to automatically use taxpayer money to fill the coffers of any insurance company that didn’t make a sufficient profit under the new regime.

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Hadley Heath, CEO of the IWF, The Independent Women's Voice for her thoughts and it's impact on health care.

Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 9:00pm

Throughout most of the 20th Century Al Hirschfeld’s drawings and paintings captured the look and life of the people of film, the theatre, television and music. His mastery of line was unmatched and instantly recognizable. He was not simply a caricaturist, but rather a “characterist”, an artist whose portraits revealed the essence of a person or a performance. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with curator and editor DAVID LEOPOLD who has been studying Hirschfeld’s work for over 25 years. We will be talking about his new landmark collection of the artist’s work THE HIRSCHFELD CENTURY: ALL HIRSCHFELD: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AND HIS AGE.

Tonight on Inquiry we get down and dirty making mud pies and stick forts and all sorts of other cool stuff that happens when children turn off the TV and computer games and just play outside. Our guest tonight is teacher, museum educator and writer LIZA GARDNER WALSH and we will be talking about her wonderful new book: MUDDY BOOTS: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN.


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