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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 3:30pm

The history of Asian Americans is a history of immigration as well as the history of how “race works in the United States”. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome ERIKA LEE. She teaches history at the University of Minnesota where she is also the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair of Immigration History and Director of the Immigration History Research Center. Lee’s new book is the monumental THE MAKING OF ASIAN AMERICA: A HISTORY and tonight we will focus on what happened to Japanese American citizens during World War II.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 2:00pm

Tonight, Inquiry is excited to welcome back long-time friend of the show, writer and illustrator, JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA. He is here to talk about three new books: IT’S TOUGH TO LOSE YOUR BALLOON:, PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD: LAST PANDA STANDING and finally the new volume of COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH. Special guest star: Gina!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

British bassist Dave Green discusses his work with everyone from Colman Hawkins to Charlie Watts.

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 7:00pm

Van Morrison has sung it all, from rock to country, blues to jazz, celtic, soul and gospel! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate one of pop music's most prolific singer songwriters on his 70th birthday. Tonight, we'll focus on his soul influences. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 6:00pm

Legendary trombonist and conch shell virtuoso Steve Turre brings a monster lineup to Jazz at Lincoln Center to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of his influences, the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 10:30pm

Spinglish-the devious dialect of English used by professional spin doctors-is all around us. And the fact is, until you've mastered it, politicians and corporations (not to mention your colleagues and friends) will continue putting things over on you, and generally getting the better of you, every minute of every day-without your even knowing it.However, once you perfect the art of terminological inexactitude, you'll be the one manipulating and one-upping everyone else! Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and National Lampoon contributor Chritopher Cerf his new book: Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language  really says a lot about our society today.

Sunday, August 30, 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 the co-chairs of this year's Walk + Run for the Homeless: Kevin OSullivan, president and CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, based in Worcester; and Father John Madden, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church in Worcester. They talk about ending family homelessness. This episode aired originally on April 19, 2015.

The Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, a charitable non-profit organization that’s based in Worcester, leads a collaborative response to homelessness. It’s a response that seeks to foster long-term housing stability through prevention, quality services, education and advocacy.

For 30 years, the Alliance’s annual Walk + Run for the Homeless has been a source of hope, reassurance and community engagement for the Greater Worcester community.

This annual event has:

  • Assisted more than 100,000 families in preventing homelessness by providing quality shelter and resources, to move affected people to stable, safe housing.
  • Raised $1.7 million to support vital homelessness-prevention, quality-shelter and housing-stabilization programs.
  • And, walked 68,000 miles with more than 17,000 people, to raise funds and build community support for ending homelessness.

The goals for this year’s Walk + Run for the Homeless – set for Sunday, May 17 at 12:00 noon at Worcester’s Elm Park - are to:

  • Raise $30,000 through online donations.
  • Help 350 families maintain safe and stable housing
  • Assist more than 1,000 additional people who need access to safe shelter, nutritional meals, and the household goods to move beyond homelessness.
  • And, bring together with more than 1,500 walkers, runners, and volunteers, to demonstrate a community commitment to ending family homelessness.
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 9:00pm

We know that whales and dolphins are very intelligent creatures, but do they have a culture? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with HAL WHITEHEAD, University Research Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Together with biologist Luke Rendell, they have written one of the most though provoking books about animal behavior: THE CULTURAL LIVES OF WHALES AND DOLPHINS. Tune in and learn about how we define culture, social learning in dolphins and Killer Whales, and what the implications are when we think about conserving species that have a culture.

It began with the simple act of throwing table scraps out of the backdoor of rural homes but over the decades turned into a major avocation for millions of Americans and a big business. Bird feeding is something that many of us take for granted, but it took many years of changes in how we think about birds to turn it into the beloved and common pastime it is today. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with PAUL J. BAICICH, birding and conservation writer and editor about the new book he wrote with Margaret A. Barker and Carrol L. Henderson: FEEDING WILD BIRDS IN AMERICA: CULTURE, COMMERCE AND CONSERVATION.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 7:00pm

We’ll be hearing tracks from many artists who plied their musical trade from time to time in Greenwich Village during the early-to-mid 1960s, including Dave Van Ronk, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Doc Watson, Len Chandler, and so many others. Singer-songwriter Tom Ghent (“Gandy Dancer”, “Whiskey Whiskey”), a veteran of the 1960s folk scene,  will be joining us live in the WICN studio.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:00am

HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS, drops by Inquiry to talk about the Centers new stunning show of enamel works: ALCHEMY 3: VISION+PASSION+CREATION. Joining her in the studio is one of the artists in the show, DIANE SEILER. Pictured: from the show: MARISSA SANEHOLTZ "Ode to the pencil brothers". For more information, go to the Worcester Center for Crafts website: 


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