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Friday, September 29, 2017 - 12:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interview Worcester immigration attorney Randy Feldman. They talk about the importance of immigration for America’s economy.

Less than a week after moving into the White House this past January, President Donald Trump signed an order to increase deportations of an undocumented immigrant population that is 77 percent Hispanic and 15 percent Asian. He then instituted a temporary travel ban from countries that are 98 percent Muslim and suspended the admission of refugees who come mostly from Africa and the Middle East.

Several months later, in August, Republican U.S. senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia introduced a bill that they said would cut legal immigration to the United States by 50 percent. According to a New York Times op-ed at the time, “They are right about that, but nearly everything else that they have said about their bill is false or misleading. ... “A million immigrants to the United States in 2017 isn’t equivalent to the same number in 1900, when there were a quarter as many Americans. Controlling for population, today’s immigration rate is nearly 30 percent below its historical average. If their bill becomes law, the rate would fall to about 60 percent below average.”

As Randy Feldman wrote in “What is an American?,”  in a January 2017 op-ed in the Telegram & Gazette, “It is no longer acceptable to tell immigrants from abroad, ‘We want your labor but not your citizenship.’ In a nation of immigrants this attitude is a betrayal of the social and political contract offered to our own ancestors by earlier Americans. We need new immigrants as fully as they need us. Although there remains work to be done to erase ‘the color line’ in America, our country’s significance in world history is no longer an experiment of constructing a nation,” Randy continued in that T&G op-ed. “We the people, have built our country by incorporating a fluid core of immigrants into a united whole. We are no longer an experiment.”

After studying, traveling and living abroad in more than 70 countries around the world, Randy returned to the U.S., married a physician originally from the Philippines and attended Boston University School of Law.  After law school, he opened his own immigration law firm, which for more than 26 years has helped thousands of immigrants throughout Central Massachusetts and the Boston area.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Boston-based band Outrageous Fortune will present a live CD Release Concert broadcast from the WICN Performances Studio. Canadian singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi will be among the opening acts.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 11:00am

Tonight Inquiry is excited to talk with passionate birder, world traveler, and founder of VENT (Victor Emanuel Nature Tours) VICTOR EMANUEL. His new memoir recounts his long career looking for birds around the world and sharing that passion with thousands of others. The book is titled: ONE MORE WARBLER: A LIFE WITH BIRDS. Tune in and find out about his sighting of the last Eskimo Curlews! (photograph by Sheila Carroll)

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with musician, song writer and singer  DANIEL CARLSON. His new album is NOT A DRAWING.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we continue our conversation with JOEL DINERSTEIN. He was the writer and curator of the American Cool exhibit at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. He is a professor of English at Tulane University. His new book is THE ORIGINS OF COOL IN POSTWAR AMERICA. Tonight in PART 2 we talk about the concept of cool in Film Noir and post war cinematic icons of cool like Bogart, Mitchum, Brando, and Dean.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 3:00pm

Tonight we welcome back film maker, natural historian and gonzovationist CERI LEVY. His latest book, written in collaboration with legendary artist RALPH STEADMAN, is CRITICAL CRITTERS. This is the third volume of stunning art volumes that deal with conservation, extinction and well, it’s hard to describe. Tonight we talk about Steadman’s “Dirty Water Period” and introduce experts Dr. Bent Girders and Professor Lars Overhang. Look, just listen and all will become clear. Or not. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

To celebrate the publication of his new memoir, My Dear Departed Past, we revisit Judy’s 2007 conversation with the pianist/composer.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Two wonderful things in store for you on tonight's Soul Serenade! First, we'll celebrate the life of a man who's one of the architects of soul music, the genius of soul, Ray Charles. We'll also learn more about a great event happening right in our own backyard-- The Shawna Shea Film Festival. Join host Tom Shaker. It all starts at 7pm!












Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

There may be no better place than New Orleans to explore the ties of family and tradition in jazz. This episode of Jazz Night in America visits the Crescent City to hear two local musical giants: singer John Boutté and drummer Shannon Powell. The video documentary presents highlights from their shared concert at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, while the radio episode also spends time with each of them at their homes, tracing their familial roots and exploring why they've chosen to stay local.

Powell was born and raised in Treme, one of the U.S.'s oldest black neighborhoods. He took us down the street to his church, where he grew up with a tambourine in one hand and a Bible in the other. For Powell, the church has always been a place where music and the Holy Spirit are one and the same.

Boutté, too, says he's Treme to the bone; his large Creole-Catholic family goes back generations in New Orleans. He, like Powell, grew up playing music in the church. Though he went to college for business, he returned to his musical roots when he realized that the human voice was powerful enough to move people to tears of joy or pain.

Boutté and Powell capture the essence of this music and this city as only two natives can. Each man displays that particularly New Orleans sense of pride and swagger, rooted in the church and combined with a deep sense of family, musical and cultural history.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:30pm

Windfall is the boldest profile of the world’s energy resources since Daniel Yergin’s The Quest. Harvard professor and former Washington policymaker Meghan L. O’Sullivan reveals how fears of energy scarcity have given way to the reality of energy abundance. This abundance is transforming the geo-political order and boosting American power. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author, Harvard professor and former energy adviser to George W. Bush, Megan O'Sullivan as she talks about her new book Windfall.


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