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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Ronnie Cummins, co-founder and international director of the Organic Consumers Association, and Ben Grosscup, coordinator of the 2015 Summer Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. They talk about the business and politics of organic food. This episode aired originally on August  9, 2015.

More than 1,000 backyard gardeners, health-conscious consumers, organic-farming families, and food activists converged on August 14 through 16 at UMass-Amherst for NOFA’s 41st annual Summer Conference. Participants were able to choose from more than 140 workshops on topics such as organic farming, gardening, land and animal care, sustainability, nutrition, and food politics.

Many workshops and the two keynote addresses highlighted this year's conference theme, "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology." Those presentations showed how microbiology is at work in the soil and human body, and how they are essential partners in solving some if our biggest problems today, including widespread chronic disease and global climate disruption.

One of the keynote speakers offered a similarly hopeful message in relation to the role of soil microbes in achieving a healthy climate. He’s Ronnie Cummins, who contends that humanity can reverse the global climate crisis by restoring healthy microbial life in our soils. Farmers and land managers along with conscious consumers can play a crucial role in this restoration, he argues, because the methods we use to manage soil microbial communities in combination with growing plants can produce dramatic impacts on the climate.

Regenerative organic agriculture focuses on providing soil life with favorable growing conditions, thus facilitating efficient photosynthesis and vigorous plant growth. Properly managed, this process can transform excessive atmospheric carbon concentrations into stable, soil-based carbon compounds that enhance soil fertility. By contrast, commonly used pesticides and herbicides kill the soil life, compromising soil integrity and causing soil carbon to oxidize into the atmosphere where it contributes to further global warming.

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist GINA SIEPEL about her latest series of drawings of John James Audubon’s actual bird specimens. Also in the studio is KATE WELLSPRING, Curator and Collections Manager at the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College, which houses the Audubon collection that Sieple is working with. This is a unique art project that reinterprets American ornithology and history. Be sure to tune in.

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with artist MICHELLE SAMOUR, whose work was recently on exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Her work is about the aesthetics of the natural world and our obsession with classification and collecting. Eyes and viruses are just a few of the inspirations for her work, which is made with pigmented abaca fiber among other material. Tune in for a fascinating talk with a very unique artist. To see examples of Michelle’s work that she talks about in the interview, go to:

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

An annual FOLK REVIVAL feature, as host Nick Noble shares many of his favorite recordings over four hours.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 6:00pm

Chasing epic sax player Jerry Bergonzi down is no easy thing, but well worth the effort. Jerry is an internationally lauded composer, tenor saxophone player, educator and Boston native. When you hear his music you will understand why Jerry receives rave reviews wherever he plays across the globe. It’s an honor to have him on the program. Can’t wait to share his music with our audience.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:30am

Artist, writer and cartoonist JESSICA ABEL returns to Inquiry to talk about her latest book, an improbable comic about how Ira Glass and other NPR podcast stars create their entertaining and fascinating radio shows. That’s right, a comic about radio production. Sound impossible? Tune in and listen to Abel talk about her book OUT ON THE WIRE: THE STORYTELLING SECRETS OF THE NEW MASTERS OF RADIO. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:30am

 Do we have an instinct to create artwork? Why do we seem to desire beauty? What does our enjoyment of sex and money have to do with enjoying art? These are just a few of the heady questions to b discussed tonight when we talk with ANJAN CHATTERJEE, M.D. He is a professor of Neurology, and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. His new book is titled: THE AESTHETIC BRAIN: HOW WE EVOLVED TO DESIRE BEAUTY AND ENJOY ART.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 3:30pm

Poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER returns to Inquiry to talk about her newest collection STATE OF GRACE: THE JOSHUA ELEGIES. Tune in and hear one of L.A.s most powerful poets read some of her work. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome journalist and writer DALE RUSSAKOFF. Her new book is titled THE PRIZE: WHO’S IN CHARGE OF AMERICA’S SCHOOLS. It’s a stunning piece of investigative journalism that centers on Newark, New Jersey’s failing schools.  These schools had been failing for decades. Then popular mayor Cory Booker teamed up with governor Chris Christie to spend millions promised them by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to “reform” Newark’s schools. But things did not go as the reformers planned. Tune in and find out why. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

Drummer, vibes and piano are the instruments of multi-talented musician John Cocuzzi, who discusses the inspiration he's gotten from his father, and how playing each of these instruments influences the other.

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

He was arguably the most talented (and tortured) of them all. Donny Hathaway' s soulful, gospel-infused vocals just scratched the surface. He wrote, produced, arranged, played keyboards and worked with some of the best soul artists ever. This week marks his 75th birthdate. Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate an incredible lost soul. It all starts at 7pm!


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