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Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. They talk about turning convicts into colleagues. This interview aired originally on February 12, 2017.

In an August 2016 article, “Turning convicts into colleagues,” Worcester Business Journal reported, “As workforce development continues to be a pressing issue for Central Massachusetts employers, greater efforts are being made to tap into a portion of the population numbering more than 10,000 to help fill that need – the incarcerated. Mount Wachusett Community College in July announced it was one of 67 colleges nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of Education pilot program to provide education and job training for inmates."

The WBJ article continued, “The pilot is part of a push from the Obama Administration to spearhead criminal justice reform by preparing ex-offenders to reenter the community with skills and resources they need to obtain long-term employment.As Massachusetts focuses on filling the workforce skills gap, workforce development advocates said tapping into the state’s incarcerated population could help fill those needs, while at the same time hopefully reducing recidivism and creating productive members of society.”

As the WBJ article noted, there has been a lot of talk about the need to fill the so-called workforce skills gap in Massachusetts. An October 2015 study by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy projected a shortage of 1.2 million job openings between 2012 and 2022.

Sheriff Evangelidis was quoted in that WBJ article. The now-second term sheriff, who was reelected last November, said he was happy with how inmates have responded to and benefited from the Mount Wachusett job training program so far, but also said he knows there’s a lot of work to be done, especially when it comes to connecting inmates with sustainable employment.

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 9:00pm

The Ancient Romans had one of the most complicated sewer systems at the time. They also built a large number of public toilets. How did they work? What did Romans think about privacy, sanitation and cleanliness? Was there graffiti? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANN OLGA KOLOSKI-OSTROW. She is a professor and chair of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and affiliate faculty in Anthropology, Fine Arts, Italian Studies, and Women, Gener, and Sexuality Studies. Her book is THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SANITATION IN ROMAN ITALY: TOILETS, SEWERS, AND WATER SYSTEMS.

Many of Jim Marshall’s photographs of jazz and rock musicians are iconic, instantly recognized. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with photographer AMELIA DAVIS, who spent over thirteen years as Jim Marshall’s assistant and is now the sole owner of Jim Marshall Photography LLC. We will be talking about a stunning new collection of Jim Marshall’s photographs: JAZZ FESTIVAL/JIM MARSHALL which features shots taken at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals in the 50s and 60s.

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 2:30pm

Multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton talks with Bonnie Johnson about his latest project Afro-Caribbean Mixtape (Payton Records). Through the sounds of his trumpet, the band and spoken word, Payton celebrates African rhythms; the "resilience of Black people and the African culture" in "[a] powerful personal statement and journey in Black American Music". The postmodern New Orleans music maker takes the stage at Scullers Jazz Club on Friday, May 26, 2017, 8 pm.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

Four hours of music by female artists. Host Nick Noble will be joined by three singer-songwriters-- Amy Kucharik live in the studio as guest co-host, young local artist Kelsey Rose, and, in a phone interview, Dr. Susie Brown. Many of the tracks will be from CDs recently arrived at the station. Tune in and enjoy!

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

Masterful Jazz pianist and composer, Maxim Lubarsky, brings together the Stradivarian talents of some of Boston’s finest musicians for a concert at Berklee College of Music. DreamFarm Radio is pleased to present this extraordinary music to our audiences.


Maxim Lubarsky/ Piano
Tucker Antell/Saxophone
Bertram Lehmann/Drums
Fernando Huergo/Bass
Caio Afiune/Guitar
Annette Philip and Mariana Secca/Voice

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back MEGAN MARSHALL, the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College. Tonight we will be talking about Marshall’s  biography MARGARET FULLER: A NEW AMERICAN LIFE. Margaret Fuller was one of the most dynamic writers and intellectuals of the 19th Century. Tune in and find out why.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back CARRIE NUGENT, asteroid hunter of Caltech/IPAC. Tonight we talk about the big asteroid impacts of earth’s past; how asteroids are formed,  the differences between asteroids, meteorites and dwarf planets and much more. Nugent’s latest book is ASTEROID HUNTERS. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Minneapolis based pianist, Rick Carlson, pursued a variety of careers before jumping in relatively late to become one of the finest musicians on the scene today. Rick Carlson’s love for Basie and joy in accompanying great singers enticed him to make music his primary focus and he is now one of the most in demand players in his beloved Minnesota and beyond.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

Even if you don't know this guy, you know this guy!  The Beatles, Stones and Elvis all covered his songs. And, while he's largely forgotten as both a songwriter and singer, his music live on as some of the finest examples of country soul music. Join host Tom Shaker and hear this "lost soul." It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America spotlights Grammy and Tony Award-winning and superstar Dee Dee Bridgewater on a program featuring "Songs of Freedom” from Jazz at Lincoln Center.


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