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Monday, August 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

On Monday August 8 From 7pm To 10pm, tune in to Soul Serenade for a celebration of George Clinton. Clinton turned 75 a few weeks back and to celebrate this one of a kind music pioneer, Uncle Mark (filling in for a vacationing Tom Shaker) will be playing music of Parliament and Funkadelic sprinkled throughout the evening. We'll even play some funk by Bootsy Collins too. All that and the usual great soul music. So load up your Bop Gun, channel your inner Star Child and get prepared to tear the roof off the sucka!

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

Jazz has its capital cities: major hubs like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. But the music manages plenty well in many other places, too. What goes into those smaller ecosystems to enable jazz to thrive? How do talented musicians make it happen? In search of some answers, we sought out the DIY concert producers of CapitalBop in Washington, D.C., as they presented artists from the Baltimore-Washington area. And we met with the musicians themselves — in one case, touring the place he calls home.

Jazz Night In America presents highlights from CapitalBop's converted-warehouse "loft" stage at the 2015 DC Jazz Festival, featuring bands led by vibraphonist Warren Wolf and bassist Kris Funn.

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 10:30pm

Author Elizabeth Greenwood grew up right here in Worcester, Massachusetts. Today she teaches creative nonfiction at Columbia University. In her new book Playing Dead she chronicles the extreme measures some people take to fake their deaths. Be it money woes or otherwise these people go to extreme measures start a new life while leaving behind the old. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author, Elizabeth Greenwood.


Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dante Comparetto and Martha Assefa, co-owners of Pure Juz. They talk about Why we should support locally owned businesses.

Located in Worcester, Pure Juz is a locally owned and socially responsible juice bar committed to providing the community with the freshest fruit and vegetable juice blends possible. Juices are made fresh from locally sourced produce where possible.

Pure Juz is unique in that it adheres to socially responsible business practices by purchasing produce from many local farms and utilizing services from other local businesses to recycle money in the local community in order to support economic development. Energy is produced from renewable energy and a minimal amount of waste is produced from the business. The juice byproduct is given to local farms for composting and feedstock.

Pure Juz says it “strongly believes that the strength of Worcester depends on collaborative relationships between the business and non-profit communities.” It has created a partnership with the Worcester Parks Department to maintain the "Iron Bridge" at neighboring Elm Park. It also earmarks 3 percent of proceeds from every order of juice goes to support Elm Park Community School, a high-poverty school.

One of the owners, Dante Comparetto, also works as director of youth development with StandUp for Kids, a non-profit that supports homeless and at-risk youth, and intends to prioritize homeless and at-risk youth for hiring decisions. He and his partner, Martha Assefa, say they “truly believe that if every business adheres to socially responsible business practices, then we would have a stronger city.” They express hope that their business will “lead by example.”

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back one of our favorite artists RAÚL THE THIRD. His new book, written by Cathy Camper, continues the wild adventures of Elirio Malaria, Lupe Impala and El Chavo Flapjack Ocotpus: LOWRIDERS TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH! This is one of the most creative and wild comics out now for kids and adults.Tune in or Mictlantecuhtli will get you!

Lighthouses have been welcome beacons for mariners along America’s shores since the early 1700s.The story of their evolution, construction, management and their importance in time of war are just some of what we will talk about tonight when Inquiry welcomes writer and historian ERIC JAY DOLIN who will talk about his fascinating book BRILLIANT BEACONS: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSE. Tune in and hear what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper along America’s storm haunted shores.

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 1:00pm

Vocal artist, multi-instrumentalist, musician Rachelle Ferrell speaks from the heart with Bonnie Johnson. Internationally known for her "potent combination of range, phrasing, and musicianship", Ferrell performs live at Scullers Jazz Club on August 13, 2016 at 8 & 10 pm.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs sung in a variety of languages, including French, Spanish, German and many more!

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

Beau D'Ver is a collective of improvisers based in Boston that seeks to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, comedy and concert Jazz music. This show with Beau D'Ver is a perplexing and engrossing adventure.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 10:30am

If you have ever seen them while swimming or washed ashore, you know that jellyfish look like something from another planet. They come in a seemingly infinite variety of complicated forms.  Many are ghostly and transparent. Some have hugely long tentacles, while others are teeny. Many flash lights or twinkle colors. Some jellyfish are among the most deadly stinging creatures on earth, and recent “blooms” of jellyfish have created problems for shipping and fishermen. Tonight on Inquiry we learn all about these unique invertebrates when we talk with LISA-ANN GERSHWIN, the director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. We will talk about her beautiful new book: JELLYFISH: A NATURAL HISTORY.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 3:00pm

Tyrannosaurs, like the familiar T. rex,  are among the most charismatic dinosaurs, well known to the general public, even children. But how did they live? Were they as fearsome as the films portray them? What did they eat? And what was the deal with their tiny front legs? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DAVID HONE, who is based at the University of London and is Lecturer in Zoology Queen Mary University. His new book is THE TYRANNOSAUR CHRONICLES: THE BIOLOGY OF THE TYRANT DINOSAURS and it is the most complete and up to date information about these extinct fearsome carnivores. 


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