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Sunday, June 21, 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 Charlene Perkins Cutler, executive director of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. They talk about creating a sustainable environment, economy, and place. This episode aired originally on March 15, 2015.

Created by an act of Congress in 1986, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is the second in the country to be so designated. The Corridor includes 25 cities and towns in a watershed that stretches from the headwaters in Worcester to Narragansett Bay in Providence.

In the Corridor, the industrialization of America began with the first water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. What followed, was the development of mill villages along the Blackstone River and its tributaries into Massachusetts, spreading across the Valley in a pattern that can still be seen and experienced today. This heritage also includes pre-colonial and Native American resources and history, as well as waves of immigration and diversity of culture that continue today.

Blackstone Valley Corridor partners see the Valley as many interconnected systems that make up the whole. From this broad-based systems understanding, the partners have committed to work together on three key areas of a Sustainable Blackstone Valley: sustainable environment; sustainable economy; and, sustainable place, referring to land use, transportation, built form, and preservation of culture and history.

In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation to expand the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The region of national significance will now include the town of Auburn and a larger portion of the city of Providence. The legislation also reauthorized the Blackstone Heritage Corridor for six additional years of federal funding - a boost to its continuing work to tell the story of the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, and restore the environment of the Blackstone River.

Also in December, Congress approved and President Obama signed a bill to create the long-awaited National Park for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

Since September 2014, Charlene Perkins Cutler, has been executive director of the Heritage Corridor, which is based in Woonsocket. The charitable, non-profit organization’s mission is “to work with community partners to preserve and promote the Valley’s historic, cultural, natural, and recreational resources for current and future generations.”

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 9:00pm

Who came up with the body/mass index to figure out if you are really overweight? How does one figure out the SPF of a suntan lotion? What does Henry’s Law have to do with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge? All this and much more is talked about on tonight’s Inquiry when we speak with JOHN M. HENSHAW, the department chair and Harry H. Rogers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tulsa. His new book is AN EQUATION FOR EVERY OCCASION: 52 FORMULAS AND WHY THEY MATTER. This is one of the most interesting and entertaining books about mathematics in a long time. Tune in and learn how we figure out dog years and what makes some equations “beautiful”.

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with RICHARD LOREN, who was a music agent and manager during some of the most pivotal years in the history of Rock. Tune in for some amazing recollections of the Doors, Jefferson Airplane and especially Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Loren’s amazing new book is HIGH NOTES: A ROCK MEMOIR: WORKING WITH ROCK LEGENDS JEFFERSON AIRPLANE THROUGH THE DOORS TO THE GRATEFUL DEAD.

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 9:30am

Today we consider the Bill of Rights one of the most important parts of the Constitution. But it almost didn’t get put down in writing. The story of the fight over the inclusion of the Bill of Rights reveals a lot about our historical and current battles between those who want a strong central government and those who champion state’s rights. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CAROL BERKIN. She’s the Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and a member of the history faculty of the Graduate Center of CUNY, Emerita. Tonight we talk about her important new book: THE BILL OF RIGHTS: THE FIGHT TO SECURE AMERICA’S LIBERTIES. (James Madison pictured

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs from the many artists who will be appearing at the 20th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival this coming July 4-5. Host Nick Noble will be talking with Chris Pahud, Grace Morrison, The Kennedys, Reggie Harris, (we LOVE the music of Kim and Reggie Harris) and David Tamulevich of Mustard's Retreat (who will be leading a workshop at the Festival), along with Festival organizer Alan Korolenko and possibly even Katryna Nields and Tom Rush. We'll hear from all those artsists, as well as the Boxcar Lillies, Tim Eriksen, Vance Gilbert, Parry Larkin, Danielle Miraglia, Matt Borello, and more! Tune in and enjoy!

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. Insite Magazine calls Bennett's music, "refreshingly capricious and trippy." The Village Voice raves, "saxophonist Daniel Bennett makes hay with an airy approach that's buoyant enough to conjure notions of East African guitar riffs and Steve Reich's pastoral repetition." The Boston Herald describes Bennett's music as "exploratory Folk-Jazz hybrid." Timeout New York raves, "Daniel Bennett airs his lilting, potentially hypnotic compositions!" Check out this episode featuring Recorded Daniel Live in Concert for this very special episode of DreamFarm Radio.

Featuring:

Daniel Bennett/Alto Saxophone/Flute/Oboe/Clarinet
Nat Janoff/Electric Guitar
Eddy Khaimovich/Electric Bass
Matthew Feick/Drums
Britt Melewski/Poetry/Spoken Word artist

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 3:30pm

Thousands of years ago, prehistoric Homo sapiens invaded what we now call Europe and were confronted by another hominid species, the Neanderthals. Within a relatively short time, the Neanderthals were extinct. What happened? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with PAT SHIPMAN, retired Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. Her new book is: THE INVADERS: HOW HUMANS AND THEIR DOGS DROVE NEANDERTHALS TO EXTINCTION.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 2:30pm

Public libraries are at the cultural and social center of every town and city where they are found. But these days libraries are also woefully under funded and under appreciated. After all, “why do we need a library when we have Google?”. Libraries are going to need to radically change, not only to keep up with the avalanche of new material, electronic and printed, but to meet the needs of modern patrons. Today on Inquiry we talk with JOHN PALFREY, professor of law, founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America and Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover. His new book BIBIO TECH: WHY LIBRARIES MATTER MORE THAN EVER IN THE AGE OF GOOGLE offers some thought-provoking suggestions for how modernize the public library.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

British jazz vocalist  Jacqui Dankworth came to jazz after pursuing a theatre career, performing everywhere from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the West End. Jacqui talks about the advantages and challenges of having two well-known parents, Dame Cleo Lane and Sir John Dankworth.

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now. Even longer, if you consider how long his 10-piece working band has known each other: Most of its members, known collectively as The Next Step or The West Coast Get Down, have known each other since at least high school decades ago in South Central Los Angeles, and in some instances well before that. Even as their diverse careers have made it difficult to focus exclusively on this band — Washington is, for instance, the saxophone player heard on the new Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar albums — they've all continually committed to experimenting with a brand of jazz that resonates with their own generation's lived experience.

Jazz Night In America features Kamasi Washington and the music of The Epic at its release party, and in its full glory. From the Regent Theater in Downtown L.A., Washington presents his new album with his working band, a choir, a string section and plenty of special guests.

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 10:30pm

In December 1941, as American forces tallied the dead at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt gathered with his senior military counselors to plan an ambitious counterstrike against the heart of the Japanese Empire: Tokyo. Four months later, on April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way mission to pummel the enemy’s factories, refineries, and dockyards and then escape to Free China. Tune in this Sunday at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by historian and best selling author, James Scott. His new book: Target Tokyo chronicles the planning of this highly critical mission.

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