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Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Each hour a different theme, and host Nick Noble just will call on listeners to guess each theme as it unfolds!

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

We were blown away by the group of Boston-area musicians that make up the stellar, or should we say "solar" collaboration we called "Corona," because, a corona is the crown around the sun...blindingly brilliant, blazing, and hot. That pretty much describes this group of brilliant players from around the World who met in Boston and who make music that will blow you away. Drummer Nahum Corona introduced us to this talented ensemble ...thanks, Nahum~

Nahum Corona/Drums
Hoo Kim/Bass
Javier Rosario/Guitar
Edmar Colon/Saxophone
Nikolas Anadolis/Piano

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back KLEDIA SPIRO, Marketing Manager for the Fitchburg Art Museum and LISA CROSSMAN, Interim Curator for the Fitchburg Art Museum. They will be taking about the brand new exhibition of large paintings: A CURIOUS NATURE: PAINTINGS BY SHELLEY REED. For more information, go to: membership@fitchburgartmuseum.org

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

The Alps are “the most evocative range” in Europe. The Alps witnessed the travels of Hannibal and his elephants, the birth of Romanticism, and the creation of Heidi. The Alps are celebrated in poetry, novels and films like the Sound of Music, the Eiger Sanction and far too many Bond movies. The Alps also separate cultures, languages, customs and cuisines. Tune in tonight as Inquiry takes a Grand Tour of the Alps with writer STEPHEN O’SHEA who will be talking about his wonderful book that records his travels through THE ALPS: A HUMAN HISTORY FROM HANNIBAL TO HEIDI AND BEYOND.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 3:00pm

Why does time seem to speed up the older we get? Do we have an internal clock that regulates the body and mind? Can we purposely make time seem to speed up or slow down? When is now? Tonight on Inquiry we tackle some of these timely questions when we talk with writer and editor ALAN BURDICK about his latest book: WHY TIME FLIES: A MOSTLY SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning "Duets II" CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, k.d. lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" as well as the Grammy for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for his duet, "Body and Soul" with Amy Winehouse.

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

One word says it all. It's William "Smokey" Robinson's birthday and we're going to celebrate all the great music he's made on this edition of The Soul Serenade.
It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Leroy Jones started playing New Orleans back when Bourbon Street was lined with jazz clubs instead of bars. The city has changed since then and Leroy has evolved right along with it. He’s led second lines with the Fairview Brass Band and its successor, The Leroy Jones Hurricane Brass Band, played club gigs with modern jazz combos, and toured with Harry Connick Jr’s band for two decades. Always dapper and always swinging, Leroy Jones is known in the Big Easy as the “Keeper of the Flame” for keeping these New Orleans traditions foremost in his playing and his personal character. He brings his septet to the historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, LA for a special Big Easy Jazz Night in America.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:30pm

In her new book BLACK EDGE best selling author Sheelah Kolhatkar takes readers inside the government’s  aggressive pursuit of Steven Cohen and the employees of his company SAC Capital, and raises urgent and troubling questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of modern Wall Street. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Sheelah Kolhatkar.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dr. Stephen Mecca, professor in the Department of Engineering-Physics-Systems at Providence College and also a past president of the Jamestown Rotary Club in Rhode Island. They talk about the business of reinventing the toilet. This episode aired originally on July 24, 2016.

As the Jamestown (Rhode Island) Press reported in 2012: “’Someone said you are what you think about everyday,’ said Dr. Stephen Mecca, a Jamestown resident who has been on the faculty at Providence College since 1969. ‘If that’s the case, I’m a toilet.’” While Dr. Mecca began his teaching career as a nuclear physicist, in recent years he has been awarded two grants for work in his current area of interest: toilets. Specifically, microflush toilets.

Dr. Mecca grew up in New York and he first visited Rhode Island when he was a junior in high school to look at Providence College. He ended up enrolling at PC, where he stayed through graduate school. He earned a master’s degree in physics, and from there went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his doctorate.

Although Dr. Mecca still teaches nuclear physics and is chairman of the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission, in recent years his interests have turned to complex problem-solving and economics. It was when he was working as a visiting professor eight years ago in the African country of Ghana, that he became appalled by the sanitation situation there. He decided that something had to be done.

According to Dr. Mecca, the sanitation crisis is off the scale. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death of children in the developing world. In the schools, there are often no toilets – if there are, then they’re filthy. Disease that results from the unclean conditions leads to absenteeism in schools. All of this adds up to a profoundly negative impact on the quality of education.

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