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Monday, May 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Memorial Day with a whole
Show devoted to the sounds of Motown! All your favorites will be there, Stevie, Smokey, Marvin, Diana and many more, plus a few surprises. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Leroy Jones was playing in New Orleans back when Bourbon Street was lined with jazz clubs. The city has changed since then — Bourbon Street is a prime example — and Jones has evolved with it. From second lines with the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band and the Hurricane Brass Band, club gigs with modern combos and tours with Harry Connick Jr., he's been a part of many jazz scenes.

Jazz Night In America takes in a set with Jones' sextet at the Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall in Mandeville, La., across the lake from New Orleans. We hear the story of the venue, a small wooden room which has hosted jazz performances for more than a century, and the stories of Jones, a well-loved presence in his hometown.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:30pm

After the Nuremberg trials and the start of the Cold War, most of the victors in World War II lost interest in prosecuting Nazi war criminals. Many of the lower-ranking perpetrators quickly blended in with the millions who were seeking to rebuild their lives in a new Europe, while those who felt most at risk fled the continent. In his new book,The Nazi Hunters author Andrew Nagorski focuses on the small band of men and women who refused to allow their crimes to be forgotten—and who were determined to track them down to the furthest corners of the globe. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author Andrew Nagorski.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR+Best Rate of Climb interviews Joe Bush, executive director of Worcester CleanTech Incubator. They talk about fostering the growth of new “green” enterprises. This episode aired originally on April 24, 2016.

Joe is a scientist, manager, and entrepreneur who is passionate about leveraging technology to improve our standard of living, while bringing our ecological impact in-line with regional and global carrying capacities.

Worcester CleanTech Incubator’s mission is to foster the growth of new enterprises to address the most pressing issues of our time. The Incubator states its belief that “entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of innovation and the key to society’s transition towards sustainability.” The Incubator provides both the physical and network resources companies need to propel their ideas to market.

Founded and operated by the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, the Incubator is a community in the heart of Central Massachusetts dedicated to building change.  The Incubator facility, located in the Printers Building – here  at 44 Portland Street in downtown Worcester - provides more than 10,000 square feet of space that offers private offices, co-working space, conference rooms, event space, and prototyping labs.  

Joe Bush expresses his eagerness to help fellow entrepreneurs as well as established businesses grow the regional green economy.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back two guests committed to quality and fun natural history and environmental education for young people. STACY TORNIO is a writer, editor, master gardener and master naturalist. KEN KEFFER is a naturalist and environmental educator. Their new book is THE SECRET LIVES OF ANIMALS: 1,001 TIDBITS, ODDITIES AND AMAZING FACTS ABOUT NORTH AMERICA’S COOLEST ANIMALS. Tune in and find out where a Moose’s “bell” is and why bison are such good snowplows.

The year 1606 was a disastrous one for England. There was the plague, and the infamous Gunpowder Plot and unrest and even demonic possession. King James had succeeded Queen Elizabeth and the transition was a difficult one. But it was a great year for William Shakespeare who wrote King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. How did Shakespeare incorporate what was going on around him in England into his plays? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES SHAPIRO, the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University about his latest book: THE YEAR OF LEAR: SHAKESPEARE IN 1606.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:00pm

Israeli born jazz guitarist and composer Assaf Kehati brings lyricism and hard swing to his musical storytelling. Kehati came to the United States in pursuit of an advance degree at Boston's New England Conservatory.  Since then, he has released three albums, presented masterclass videos for Jazz Guitar Society and traveled the world accompanying jazz luminaries from Anat Cohen and Donny McCaslin to Victor Lewis and Billy Hart. Kehati joins host Bonnie Johnson to talk about his trio's summer tour including a stop on the international stage at The Atlanta Jazz Festival. Listen here.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join Nick Noble in four hours of music for Memorial Day weekend, featuring tracks from John Flynn, Burl Ives, Doug Kwartler, the Dixie Chicks, the Almanac Singers, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, and many more!

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

Norwegian – born musician and composer Yngvil is a spirited, multi-talented stage performer and band leader. Yngvil plays the trumpet, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards and willow flute - a Norwegian overtone instrument - and occasionally breaks into song. Don't miss his session with Julie Lavender on this week's edition of DreamFarm Cafe Radio!

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 11:00am

Herbert Hoover is widely regarded as having the greatest failed presidency in American history because of his inability to deal with the crushing Depression. But how well do we really know about Hoover’s real history in the White House? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back writer and historian CHARLES RAPPLEYE who takes his considerable journalistic skills to write the first portrait of Hoover “at a remove”. The result is his revelatory new book HERBERT HOOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE: THE ORDEAL OF THE PRESIDENCY. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 10:00am

Can looking at paintings in an art museum improve your skills as a police officer or a surgeon? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with lawyer and art historian AMY E. HERMAN about her ground breaking Art of Perception program, in which people are taught to hone their observational skills by looking at art. Her book about this program is titled: VISUAL INTELLIGENCE: SHARPEN YOUR PERCEPTION, CHANGE YOUR LIFE. 

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