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Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Walter Bird Jr., editor of Worcester Magazine, about the business of local journalism 40 years ago – and today.

Forty years ago, two young entrepreneurs named Dan Kaplan and Ryck Bird Lent – who were new to Worcester, to Massachusetts, and to New England – founded Worcester Magazine as a monthly. It went weekly two years later, in 1978. This past September 22, WoMag published a jam-packed 40th Anniversay issue.

During the past four decades, WoMag has gone through numerous ownerships. Dan and Ryck sold it in 1986. More than two decades later, in, 2008, the Holden Landmark Corporation, owned by Kirk Davis, bought WoMag.

Holden Landmark Corporation, which is based in Millbury, also owns the weekly Holden Landmark  plus the monthly Bay State Parent, and the weekly Grafton News, Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Leominster Champion. Together with Worcester Magazine, they have a combined circulation of more than 85,000.

Since 2014, Kirk Davis has also been CEO of Gatehouse Media, a separate company based in Pittsford, New York. Gatehouse Media owns 620 community and business publications, along with 125 daily newspapers, including the Telegram & Gazette and Metrowest Daily News, plus more than 530 local-affiliated websites.

Worcester Magazine has gone through many transformations during the past 40 years – from monthly to weekly, and from alternative to mainstream. Through it all, WoMag has survived, thrived, delivered consistently on a slogan that it touted than a decade ago: “Love It. Hate It. Read It.”

Steve’s guest, Walter Bird Jr., has been editor of Worcester Magazine since 2014.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and photographer MARA TRACHTENBERG. She creates fantastic worlds of monstrous topiary and creatures using confectionery materials and then photographs those dream-like tableaux. An exhibition of her work will be on view at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE from October 26-December 2.

Tonight on Inquiry, our guest is novelist and poet MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL. He is the son of Holocaust survivors. His new book is a tribute to his friend RITA MILJO. She spent her life rehabilitating and caring for orphaned and abused baboons in South Africa. She was also a childhood member of the Hitler Youth. Their extraordinary friendship and Rita’s amazing work with baboons is the subject of Michael’s book: “BECAUSE THEY NEEDED ME”: RITA MILJO AND THE ORPHANED BABOONS OF AFRICA.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 3:00pm

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter Davina Sowers talks with host Bonnie Johnson about making music, celebrating pre-war jazz and the American songbook. With a flare for nostalgia, sense of humor and authentic vocalise, the bandleader brings high energy and her Vagabonds to the stage at Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.



Photo Credit: Garrett Born


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

BOUND FOR GLORY LIVE! from the WICN Performance Studio, a broadcast version (with an audience) of the annual Woody Guthrie tribute show put on by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston. Featuring a large cast of talented local New England artists singing the songs of Woody Guthrie.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Why is a chamber-jazz quartet lead by Bert Seager, American jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, and educator. The Why also features cello, upright bass, and hand percussion and together reveal new ways to hear dance rhythms from many cultures. The music makes one wonder what Schubert would have sounded like had he lived in Peru and played odd meters, or if Ravel had lived in Ghana and had been able to improvise over chord changes.

Cadence Magazine says Bert’s music is filled with “effervescent optimism.” And the Boston Globe wrote that his “kind of exuberance makes the jazz world go round.”



Bert Seager/Piano
Cathrine Bent/Cello
Ehud Ettun/Bass
Brian O’Neill/Percussion

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk rocket science, as well as satellite science and research launched from the Space Shuttle with writer ROBERT A. HUFFMAN, son of retired scientist ROBERT E. HUFFMAN, Ph.D. His long career stretched from the Nixon administration to the Bush administration, during which time he worked on numerous projects including some associated with the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars”. His new posthumously published memoir recounts what it was like to launch experiments into space all the while dealing with organizational politics, government funding and the tensions of the Cold War. His new book is ADVENTURES OF A STAR WARRIOR: COLD WAR ROCKET SCIENCE ON THE SPACE FRONTIER. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:00am

What happens in our brains when we first look at a Jackson Pollack drip painting or a Mark Rothko color-field work? Tonight we will talk with Nobel laureate ERIC R. KANDEL. He is University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Psychiatry at Columbia University and director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science. His new fascinating and beautiful book explores how the brain perceives and reacts to abstract works of art: REDUCTIONISM IN ART AND BRAIN SCIENCE: BRIDGING TWO CULTURES. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

What is a Blue Jay worth? Could a Mallard be crucial for the survival of an ecosystem? Do birds matter? Tonight on Inquiry we will attempt to answer these questions when we speak with DANIEL G. WENNY, landbird senior biologist at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and visiting research scholar at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. Joining him will be CHRISTOPHER J. WHELAN, visiting research associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a research affiliate at the Field Museum, Chicago. We will be discussing the collection of papers they edited: WHY BIRDS MATTER: AVIAN ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 6:00pm

Tenor sax great Scott Hamilton discusses his new CD with Duke Robillard and his perspective as an American jazz musician living in Europe.

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 7:00pm

Spooky, scary soul and frightening funk music will fill the airwaves on Halloween night to conjure the ghouls and goblins for a very special Soul Serenade! Join host Tom Shaker for a Halloween extravaganza. Tricks and treats starting at 7pm!


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