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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:30am

Why are Japanese game shows so funny to the Japanese but don’t seem so funny to Americans? What makes a New Yorker cartoon hilarious? What kind of humor is found in Palestine? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist and writer JOEL WARNER. Together with Peter McGraw, Ph.D, a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, they decided to explore what is funny around the world and discover if humor translates from one culture to the next. His stories from the field are collected in THE HUMOR CODE: A GLOBAL SEARCH FOR WHAT MAKES THINGS FUNNY. It was one wild and crazy trip. Tune in and find out why. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 9:30am

Why are some species of birds increasing in numbers while other species numbers are declining? What are the factors that influence a bird’s population? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with IAN NEWTON, ornithologist, applied scientist and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography. His new book BIRD POPULATIONS describes what we know scientifically about the avian population dynamics. Tonight we talk about how global climate change will affect bird distribution and migration and how severe winters, like the one we just experienced here in New England, affects bird numbers. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bobby interviews Mack Avenue Superband.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 3:30pm

Writer ARLO CRAWFORD grew up on his parent’s organic farm in rural Pennsylvania but left as soon as he could. He returned to the farm as an adult to work a season and better understand what his parents had accomplished in their decades efforts to grow fruits and vegetables in a business that is always uncertain and the threat from bad weather is always present. Tune in tonight when we talk about Crawford’s book about his season on the farm: A FARM DIES ONCE A YEAR: A MEMOIR. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 2:30pm

Photographer and teacher ROBERT DAWSON traveled across the United States for 18 years photographing public libraries. What he found were unique, vibrant institutions that were crucial to their local communities. Some libraries were huge and imposing edifices built over a hundred years ago while other were single room make shift buildings. Too many have recently been closed. Dawson’s book THE PUBLIC LIBRARY: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY collects some of his most interesting photographs and combines them with essays written by people like Bill Moyers and Anne Patchett. Tune in tonight and celebrate these wonderful centers for knowledge and community. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

Trumpet great Warren Vache discusses the realization of his life-long dream to play with strings, what makes a perfect jazz festival and how to accompany a singer.

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Rev. Green turns 68 this week! Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the life and music of one of the most beloved soul singers of our time. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

After decades at the forefront of jazz, guitarist-composer Bill Frisell steps back to explore the roots of American songwriting. Accompanied by a trio of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, Frisell brings the music of Gershwin, Billings, Foster, and Ives to the stage of the Allen Room.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 10:30pm

Year after year, the natural process of aging takes effect and often we start to see issues with our own memories and even more so with our older family members. Mild memory loss associated with aging is the leading cause of memory loss in the United States. It can start with simple symptoms such as misplacing your car keys or your cell phone or perhaps waking into a room and forgetting what you were doing. So what can be done to slow memory loss? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Neuroscientist and researcher, Mark Underwood.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Janet LaBreck, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, shown posing with her guide dog, Ozzie. They talk about the challenges and opportunities for visually impaired people in a struggling economy. This episode aired originally on September 15, 2013.

LaBreck became interested in working as a rehabilitation counselor during her adolescence. She was diagnosed as legally blind when she was a young child, and she always knew that she wanted to be able to work professionally with other individuals who were also blind.

She considers Grace Johnson, her previous "teacher of the visually impaired" to be her mentor. Grace inspired her throughout her high school education. She encouraged Grace to see the world not through her eyes but, through her mind and heart. Janet was the first person in her family to receive a college degree, and she attributes that accomplishment to the support and guidance that she received from Grace.

The quote that LaBreck  tries to live by, is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: "You must be the change that you want to see in the world".

Last September, she embarked on a new journey in her quest to be that change. That February, President Obama President Obama nominated her to be the next commissioner of the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration. Her nomination was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

 LaBreck had been commissioner of the Mass. Commission for the Blind since 2007. Previously, she was the agency’s regional director for Central Massachusetts, from 2001 to 2007, vocational-rehabilitation counselor, from 1993 to 2001, independent-living coordinator, from 1987 to 1992, and consumer advocate from 1985 to 1986. She has also been an adjunct professor since 2005 at Assumption College, where she teaches graduate-level courses in rehabilitation of the blind and case management in rehabilitation. 

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