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Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with entomologist, author, lecturer and photographer ARTHUR V. EVANS about his monumental field guide BEETLES OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA. Beetles are ubiquitous, and account for fully one fifth of all plant and animal life. They come in a mind-blowing variety of shapes, sizes and colors. And they have some unusual behavior too. Tune in and learn about beetles that decorate with dung, use chemical weapons and joust with rivals. All species found here in New England.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:00pm

The 8th annual Folk Revival tribute show, remembering those artists who passed away in 2014, with special guest co-host Beth DeSombre.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Referencing the exotica of composers ranging from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich to George Gershwin, Martin Denny, and John Adams, Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica—as a vibraphone quintet—performs global jazz and exotic chamber music with world-music flavors sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Led by multi-percussionist, vibraphonist and composer Brian O’Neill, the group also features bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Shane Shanahan), acoustic bass (Brad Barrett), and oud/tanbur/resonator guitar (Tev Stevig). The quintet focuses on original music written by O'Neill ("a first-rate composer"—Huffington Post) that is highly influenced by his fifteen-year career as a multi-percussionist in symphony orchestras, jazz groups, and world music ensembles leading AllAboutJazz to say, "…if John Zorn is an exotica Picasso, O'Neill is his Georges-Braque counterpart in cubism's transposition to music." The Orchestrotica was named the 2012 "Best World Music Act" in the Boston Phoenix's annual readers' poll.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 4:00pm

Nothing is ever still in our universe. Galaxies are flying away from each other, planets circle their suns and here on earth, continents grow apart and even molasses flows, if very, very slowly. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with science writer BOB BERMAN about his wonderful new book about “natural activity in all its forms”: ZOOM: HOW EVERYTHING MOVES. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 3:30pm

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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

The comedian Chevy Chase talks about jazz and comedy and his own Bill Evans-influenced piano playing.

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

Dave Brubeck’s music is reimagined by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Jazz Night in America explores various Brubeck compositions, as we sit down and discuss with the arrangers the decisions they made when approaching the material.

Sunday, January 11, 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 Mark Waxler, founder of Waxler Hospitality Group. They talk about how Central Massachusetts rates when it comes to hospitality. This episode aired originally on July 27, 2014.

In 2013, Mark founded Waxler Hospitality Group to serve hotels, restaurants and service businesses that would like to improve operations, sales, profitability, and customer attraction and retention. He was vice president and general manager of the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester for 18 years, until 2013. He has been in the hospitality industry for 40 years.

Mark started at the Front Desk of the Watergate Hotel and has worked for Hyatt Hotels, Doubletree Hotels and Marriott Hotels in various management positions before joining the Beechwood Hotel in 1995. During his tenure at the Beechwood, he has upgraded the property to the only AAA Four Diamond Hotel in Massachusetts. 

Mark is a member of Destination Worcester’s Board of Directors, Chairman of the Hospitality Advisory Committee for Worcester Technical High School, Program Advisory Member to help develop the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Educational Framework for hospitality management and Board of Directors member of Worcester Regional Research Bureau. Previously, he was chairman of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Lodging Association and president of the New England Inns and Resorts.

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 10:00pm

53% of recent college grads are unemployed or underemployed, yet 3.5 million U.S. jobs remain unfilled. Why? Because companies can’t find people with the skills to do the work they need.  Therein lies great opportunity for the nations job seekers — they just have to look beyond the traditional classroom (or even college altogether), and consider the paths that teach the skills most valued in today’s market: technical and vocational education, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by job specialist and author Nicholas Wyman. Hear what he has to say about the current job market and how best to prepare for it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively chat with George K. Russell. He is a member of the Biology Department of Adelphi University, on of the co-founders of Orion Magazine and editor of a wonderful collection of essays titled Children and Nature Connections. Tonight we talk about why it is critical to encourage children to be outside and to play among the trees and grasses of the natural world and why digital learning may not be the best thing in some cases. To order this book, please go to: http://www.myrin.org/

Tonight on Inquiry we have a fascinating conversation with writer and journalist Dana Goldstein. Her new history is The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession. No other profession operates under this extreme level of political scrutiny and in recent years the situation has gotten far worse. Tune in and find out why one teacher remarked: “Everything I loved about teaching is extinct.”

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