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Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Joyce Kressler, director of the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. They talk about how the intersection of Arts and STEM leads to creative innovation. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for the Worcester Incubator for Innovation on the The Art of Science Learning initiative.

The goal is innovation. The medium is creativity. The combination is cutting-edge problem-solving. The initiative is The Art of Science Learning, a National Science Foundation-funded program that uses the arts to spark creativity in science education and the development of an innovative 21st-century STEM workforce.

The Art of Science Learning initiative is built on more than 15 years of work by Harvey Seifter and colleagues, exploring the impact of artistic skills, processes and experiences on learning and the innovation process. Seifter is the New York City-based Art of Science Learning’s founder, director and principal investigator.

Locally, the Art of Science Learning initiative is being driven by the Worcester Incubator for Innovation, which consists of more than 100 volunteers drawn from across sectors of education, sciences, business and the arts. The Worcester Incubator shares equally with Chicago and San Diego a $2.6-million federal grant to explore the Art of Science Learning.

Between this March and next January, the Worcester Incubator participants will be using a cutting-edge curriculum and working with recognized experts. They will be seeking transportation solutions to enhance Worcester’s economic activity, connect its communities, and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.

On Thursday, April 10, the general public was invited to attend Introduction to the Art of Science Learning and the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. The event was held at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Worcester. The Worcester Incubator shared cutting-edge work from local and national innovators. Learn first-hand how this dynamic, integrated thinking will be applied to Worcester's transportation challenges and the development of new models for STEM learning. (See photos and hear audio of the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bestrateofclimb/sets/72157643844683664/)

Joyce Kressler has a remarkable track record of accomplishment in the arts, education and community engagement. It includes a14-year tenure as executive director of First Night Worcester. The non-profit organization produces the largest and most diverse visual- and performing-arts festival in Central Massachusetts, attracting audiences in the tens of thousands annually.

Under Joyce’s leadership, First Night Worcester also developed K-through-12 arts-education and professional-development programs in the Worcester Public Schools in partnership with local colleges and cultural institutions. Benefiting thousands of students and their teachers, the collaborations ranged from innovative art/science programming to initiating the only deaf-youth theater residency in the region.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 9:00pm

Have you ever been in an unique situation and wished there was a perfect word to describe what you were experiencing? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer, translator and book reviewer LIESL SCHILLINGER about her witty new book WORDBIRDS: AN IRREVERENT LEXICON FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.  This is a wonderful collection of neologisms that Liesl coined to describe our life now, and beautifully illustrated with birds. Sound intriguing? Tune in and learn why you never want to be involved in a TWEET SHOW.

Inquiry welcomes back  writer, artist and fisherman of the world JAMES PROSEK. Tonight James talks about his amazing on-going project of painting life-sized pictures of some of the iconic game fish of the Atlantic Ocean. But these works are not just illustrations, but connect to more complex ideas about how we look at species and the environment. A collection of these works can be found in the book OCEAN FISHES: PAINTINGS OF SALTWATER FISHES.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 8:00am

Pianist/singer/songwriter, Eliane Elias talks with host Marty Friedman about her recording career and Brazilian roots in advance of performances at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on April 11 & 12, 2014.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 4:00pm

Singer/songwriter/producer Derek McKeith joins host Bonnie Johnson to talk about his latest projects including his CD The Introduction, USO tour to Germany and work with youth. A diverse ear and love for music come to life in his playing. Often compared to Michael Jackson, Prince and Lenny Kravitz, the self-taught musician plays guitar, bass, piano and drums. Making his "recording debut at the age of 14 singing on Quincy Jones' seven-time Grammy Award winning Back On The Block", McKeith’s performance style transcends the genres.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

Tracks from the Smothers Brothers, Christine Lavin, Shel Silverstein, the Highwaymen, the Limeliters, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Tom Lehrer, Bud & Travis, Phil Ochs, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, the Kingston Trio, Betty Lehrman, and more!

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:30am

Inquiry welcomes back writer, physicist and physics professor at M.I.T. MAX TEGMARK to continue his conversation about his latest book OUR MATHEMATICAL UNIVERSE: MY QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE NATURE OF REALITY. Tonight we talk about the concept of MUTIVERSES and how the recent discovery of the remnants of the Big Bang may prove that mutiverses are a reality. In a Level 1 Multiverse everything that can happen to the laws of physics does happen and an infinite number of times too. If the structure of reality and the cosmos fascinates you, don’t miss this amazing conversation!

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:30am

Tonight we welcome back writer and expert on extinct birds and animals ERROL FULLER. His latest book is LOST ANIMALS: EXTINCTION AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD. Though many people know Errol Fuller as the author of books about the Dodo and the Great Auk, in fact his real passion is painting. Tonight we focus on Fuller’s artworks and talk about some of his other books including the upcoming VOODOO SALON about the artistry of taxidermy. To see examples of Errol Fuller’s work go to: http://errolfuller.com/

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bobby talks with Baltimore native, saxophonist Warren Wolf about is new release "Wolfgang"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 4:00pm

Inquiry welcomes ARTHUR I. MILLER, Professor Emeritus at University College London. Since the 1980s, Professor Miller has been interested in what he calls ARTSCI, the fascinating area where art and science meet. Tune in and learn about some of the artwork produced when artists collaborate with scientists and technicians. Professor Miller’s dynamic history of this work is titled COLLIDING WORLDS: HOW CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE IS REDEFINING CONTEMPORARY ART. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk again with CARY GINELL, award-winning writer, jazz historian and discographer. This time around Gary talks about his latest jazz biography MR B: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF BILLY ECKSTINE. Billy Eckstine is little remembered today, but in the 40s and 50s he was a signer as popular as Sinatra and Cosby. He was a fashion plate, a crooner, a band leader and a musician whose amazing career spanned seven decades. Tune in and find out what the bobby soxers were all screaming about. 

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