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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 9:00pm

Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” was published in 1854, and it is still read and revered today. But what is Walden Pond today versus what it was in Thoreau’s time? The DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM is now hosting an exhibition of contemporary artists interpretation of Thoreau’s ideas and Walden Pond in particular. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with DINA DEITSCH, curator of WALDEN, REVISITED and two of the artists whose work is in the show GINA SIEPEL and OSCAR PALACIO.

Are we significant in the universe? Is life on this planet a unique accident of chemistry or are there several or maybe even many planets that host life? Those are just a few of the very big questions that tonight’s guest on Inquiry will attempt to answer. CALEB SCHARF is Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University and his new amazing book on how planets and life evolve is titled THE COPERNICUS COMPLEX: OUR COSMIC SIGNIFICANCE IN A UNIVERSE OF PLANETS AND PROBABILITIES.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

GRAMMY nominated, Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist, composer, educator Roberta Gambarini talks with Bonnie Johnson about her musical journey.  Italian born Gambarini's undeniable range and scat will captivate the listener when she takes the stage in quartet with with pianist Eric Reed, bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jimmy Cobb at Scullers Jazz Club on Feb 6 & 7, 2015. Tune in at 12pm.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Old favorites, tracks from CDs newly arrived at the station, and special guests Doug Kwartler and Susan Levine live in the studio!

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:30am

After World War II, a large number of Nazis were allowed to escape Germany. Many went to South America, a large number went to America. Some worked on our rocket program, but more were recruited as anti Soviet spies, who when they retired took up residences in quiet corners of our country, including Worcester MA. The CIA and the FBI worked hard to keep Nazi hunters from discovering these people, some of whom had committed horrific atrocities during the war. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ERIC LICHTBLAU, writer and investigative reporter for the New York Times and other publications about his shocking new book THE NAZIS NEXT DOOR: HOW AMERICA BECAME A SAFE HAVEN FOR HITLER’S MEN. (Hubertus Strughold shown)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 2:30pm

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an alarmingly common traumatic disorder found in survivors of war, rape, natural disasters and torture. There is a numbing of the emotions, there may be nightmares and hallucinations and hypervigilence  and it destroys the fabric of time for the person who has it. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DAVID J. MORRIS, author, former Marine infantry officer and journalist who has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His new book is THE EVIL HOURS: A BIOGRAPHY OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. This is an amazing personal, clinical and historical look at PTSD and what the treatment options are currently. Don’t miss this interview!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Duke Heitger isn’t a native New Orleanean, but has lived there many years and talked with Judy about the challenges and advantages of a career in this most musical of cities, when you aren’t a native. Recorded onstage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:00pm

Without Sam Cooke, it's safe to say there'd be no Aretha, no Rev. Al, no Curtis, and no Stevie. From his gospel roots to his 30 Top 40 hits, this genius of soul left the world way too early, but paved the way for soul music as we know it. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Sam Cooke's musical legacy. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 6:00pm

Two years ago Jamison Ross took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  The 26-year-old drummer has played with both veterans Carmen Lundy and Wess Anderson, and young talents like Jon Batiste and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Ross’ roots in jazz and gospel give him unfailing feel, and thrill-inducing chops.  His trio celebrates Prestige Records’ 65th anniversary, live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:30pm

Staff Sergeant Joe Hickman was a loyal member of the armed forces and a proud American patriot. When he re-enlisted after 9/11, he served as a team leader and Sergeant of the Guard in Guantánamo Naval Base. From the moment he arrived at Camp Delta, something was amiss. The prisons were chaotic, detainees were abused, and Hickman uncovered by accident a secret facility he labeled “Camp No.” On June 9, 2006, the night Hickman was on duty, three prisoners died, supposed suicides, and Hickman knew something was seriously wrong. So began his epic search for the truth, an odyssey that would lead him to conclude that the US government was using Guantánamo not just as a prison, but as a training ground for interrogators to test advanced torture techniques. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear Hickman's account of that  riveting night.

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:00pm

 

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Katie Picchione of the Rotaract Club of WPI and the WPI Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA, Richard Simon of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley and Carl Gomes of the Rotary Club of Worcester. They talk about bringing clean drinking water to the world.

This episode aired originally on October 26. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does volunteer public-relations work for Rotaract WPI.

A group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute students is taking new steps toward creating social change and improving water security in remote parts of the world. Since 2009, the WPI chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA has been working with the rural, indigenous community of Guachtuq, Guatemala to improve water security. Having water security means having access to adequate quantity and quality of water to meet needs. Currently, most families in Guachtuq rely on a polluted water basin to meet all their water needs. During the dry season (February through  April), community members line up at the basin in the middle of the night to get enough water for drinking and cooking alone.

WPI students work with these families to build rainwater harvesting systems, which improve all three dimensions of water security. Over the past two years, they built 12 rainwater harvesting systems with families; 25 more will be constructed in May 2015, improving water security for all remaining families in Guachtuq.

Last summer, the WPI group developed relationships with the Rotary Clubs of Worcester and Nashoba Valley. Rotary International is a global community of committed professionals working together to serve others and advance peace. More than 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide volunteer in communities at home and abroad.

Rotary Worcester has sponsored students from WPI’s Engineers Without Borders chapter to start a new Rotaract Club at WPI, which is being mentored by Worcester Rotarian Carl Gomes. Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service.

Since last August, WPI Rotaract has been working closely with WPI’s Engineers Without Borders chapter to further the rainwater harvesting project in Guatemala. With the Rotary Nashoba Valley, the WPI students are in the process of applying for a $35,000 Rotary Foundation Global Grant. Rotary Nashoba Valley’s Richard Simon has worked tirelessly to gain support for the grant from Rotary Clubs throughout Massachusetts and spread the word about the good work these WPI students are doing. 

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