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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 7:00pm

In the late Sixties and early Seventies, Sly & the Family Stone fused R&B rhythms, radio-ready hooks and psychedelia to create a new pop/soul/rock hybrid.  With songs like "Everyday People" "I Want To Take You Higher"  & "Hot Fun in The Summertime" the group stayed on the charts week after week. Celebrate Sly Stone's 70th birthday with host Tom Shaker on this Monday's show.

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

Danzones and "sons montunos" spill into the streets as maestro Paquito D'Rivera leads a journey through the music of his native Cuba. Sonero and guitarist David Oquendo, Las Hermanas Marquez and percussionist Candido Camero join in this Afro-Cuban Fiesta. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 10:30pm

Why do the Founding Fathers get all the credit? Journalist and bestselling author Cokie Roberts went to all-girls schools from K-12 then to college at Wellesley. In spite of this, she knew next to nothing about the role women played in the Revolution. “When we leave women out of history, we’re missing half the story and are leaving out a part of history that is incredibly inspiring to girls and young women,” says Cokie. Now in her new book: Founding Mothers, Roberts offers a new perspective as to the role played by our founding mothers. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Cokie Roberts.

Sunday, March 16, 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 Douglas Quattrochi (shown, left), part-time executive director of the Worcester Property Owners Association since December 2013. He’s also full-time COO of Artist Bomb in Lowell, an angel-funded startup in the live-music industry. Steve’s other guest is Rich Trifone (shown, right), WPOA’s membership coordinator and a Realtor with RE/Max Vision. Both Doug and Rich own residential rental properties.

They talk about the challenges and opportunities for landlords in a still-struggling economy.

The Worcester Property Owners Association is Worcester County’s oldest landlord group.  The organization was formed in the 1940s, formally incorporated in Massachusetts in the 1980s, and restructured as a modern, not-for-profit trade organization in 2013.

Beginning in the ‘40s prominent businessmen such as the late Israel Katz, Arthur LaRiviere and others organized to deal with the rental-business challenges of the day. The focus was legislative, and this was to remain an important focus through to the present day.

In the mid ‘60s, Leo Charbonneau and Ed Edison came in and called the group the Landlord’s Guild.  This group functioned until 1970, when Irving Coven formally rebranded it as the Rental Housing Association of Worcester County.

The Worcester group developed cohesiveness through the oil-embargo days of the late ‘70s, which were very challenging.  Sudden increases in heating oil-prices triggered rent increases for apartments with “utilities included,” and this in turn brought out counterproductive actions by tenant groups, including very serious talk of rent control.

This movement was narrowly defeated here in Massachusetts on a statewide basis. However, certain communities such Cambridge became subject to local rent-control laws.

In the late ‘70s, the name was changed to Worcester Property Owners Association. In the ‘80s, under the guidance of Haskell Morin and Bob Sweeney, it grew to one of the largest organizations of its kind.

In the late ‘80s, WPOA presidents Irene Chiavalloti and JoAn Geissler worked to overturn rent control in Cambridge. They joined with the Mass Rental Housing Association and other landlord groups all over the state. In 1994, rent control was overturned.

Without a need for urgent political action, the WPOA developed a focus on education, legal compliance, and operational efficiency. Bills presented to the state legislature without landlord input were dealt with as they came up.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 4:00pm

TThe rate of Cesarian Sections performed on pregnant mothers in America hovers close to 33%, a 50% increase from a decade ago. But are all these surgeries necessary? If they are not, why are they occurring at such an alarming rate? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with THERESA MORRIS, Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Her new book is titled CUT IT OUT: THE C-SECTION EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. Her in depth research has revealed that many c-sections do not need to be performed but doctors and birth care professionals are pressured into performing them because of the threat of lawsuits and hospital system protocols which institute a “one best way” practice. This is an eye-opening and balanced look at how our health system works. Don’t miss this show!

On the tiny island of São Tomé well off the coast of West Africa, there lives several species of amphibians, including the bizarre legless amphisbaenid known locally as the Cobra Bobo (pictured). Amphibians cannot tolerate sea water and these island were not once connected to the mainland, so how did they get there? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with ALAN DE QUEIROZ, evolutionary biologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno.  His new book THE MONKEY’S VOYAGE: HOW IMPROBABLE JOURNEYS SHAPED THE HISTORY OF LIFE suggests that these creatures perhaps floated across the sea on islands of vegetation. If that sounds improbable, tune in and find out why it’s not and why the distribution of many species on the planet may be due to these very unlikely journeys.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

Keeping it green for this week's Folk Revival!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:30am

Ornithology since the time of Charles Darwin has made some exciting discoveries that have been important to all the natural sciences. Some of these include finding out that that birds are dinosaurs, discovering that feathers existed before they were used for flight, learning how to use certain DNA techniques to better understand evolution, and developing advanced digital technology to track birds in flight. There have also been some legendary characters in the science of ornithology and some very heated arguments. Tune in tonight when we talk with BOB MONTGOMERIE, Professor of Biology at Queen’s University in Ontario. Together with Tim Birkhead and Jo Wimpenny, they have written one of the great and entertaining histories of science: TEN THOUSAND BIRDS: ORNITHOLOGY SINCE DARWIN. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 9:30am

Inquiry welcomes back EDWARD H. BURTT JR, Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is the author, along with William E Davis Jr, of the book ALEXANDER WILSON: THE SCOT WHO FOUNDED AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY. Tonight Jed talks about the plans for celebration of the 200th year anniversary of the publication of Alexander Wilson’s American Orntithology, one of the first great scientific volumes written in America. There will be a one-day symposium on all things Wilson on April 23, 2014 at Ohio Wesleyan University. If you would like to attend this once in a life time celebration of Wilson and his art, go to: http://wilson200.owu.edu/ .Also discussed in this interview, Wilson’s legendary meeting with John James Audubon and whether Audubon copied some of Wilson’s artwork.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

More than any other singer, Jon Lucien captures the essence of romance. His voice is rich and expressive, his best songs are perceptive poetic tales of devotion, trust, hope, harmony and spirituality. Three dimensional parables of love lost and love found and relationships filled with the promise of a new day. He seems to possess an innate ability to evoke an atmosphere and create images not only through his lyrics but the colors of his music.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 3:30pm

Inquiry welcomes CHET WILLIAMSON, writer, musician and WICN host. Tonight he talks about his two great blogs: WORCESTER SONGWRITERS OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK and JAZZ RIFFING ON A LOST WORCESTER. These two well-researched and entertaining blogs uncover a generally unknown history of the Worcester area and the songwriters, musicians, poets and other artists that were born here. Tonight Chet discusses Gary Lee Usher who wrote the Beach Boys hit “In My Room”, Robert Benchley’s wild radio show that he did with Artie Shaw and much more. Chet’s blogs can be found at:
http://www.jazzriffing.blogspot.com/  and http://worcestersongs.blogspot.com/

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Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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