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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 3:00pm

 Have ever visited the jungles of Costa Rica or Panama and wished you had some type of guide book that could explain what you saw there? Why do we find so many plants, trees, birds and insects in the neotropics? Why is it so hot and wet? How come the butterflies are so big? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with JOHN KRICHER, professor of biology at Wheaton College,  about his stunning new book THE NEW NEOTROPICAL COMPANION. Written for the lay person, this beautiful book will introduce you to the plants and animal life and complex ecosystems of this unique region of the planet. Don’t leave home without this book!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Guitarist Freddie Green played rhythm guitar with the Basie band for 50 years.  His unique sound became an integral part of the Basie sound and added a swinging, solid time feel to everyone he played with, myself included.  Alfred Green, Freddie’s son, talks to Judy about his extensive biography of his father onstage at “Jazz Inspired from Kiawah” with musical contributions by Judy (who recorded with Freddie) guitarist James Chirillo, bassist Pat O'Leary and saxophonist Harry Allen.

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

One of soul music's most recognizable voices, Ron Isley's silky, sexy and passionate vocals has been a staple of the Isley Brothers since the late 1950s. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his 76th birthday on this edition of the Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America visits South By Southwest to talk with and listen to new artists on the British scene like tenor saxophonist Shabaka, drummer Moses Boyd and more.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:30pm

Living with cancer has both a physical and emotional toll. For many people how to cope is a major challenge. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Dr. David Ryan of MASS General Hospital. In his new book, Living With Cancer he offers sound advice for individuals and families living with various form of cancer.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Christian Felber, founder of the Austria-based movement The Economy for the Common Good, about creating economies for the common good. This episode aired originally on November 20, 2016. 

Christian Felber maintains that “promoting our nation’s general welfare is one of the bases of the United States Constitution, stated in the preamble.” Yet, he adds, “the growing contradiction between business goals and societies values - illustrated by the burgeoning wealth gap, stalemate in addressing climate change and trends toward populism and protectionism - tells us that as a priority, general welfare has been all but forgotten.”

Felber is the author of 15 books, including Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good. And, he’s an adjunct lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and is also a modern dancer.

The Economy for the Common Good unites more than 10,000 supporters in 40 nations and is backed by 2,000 companies. Its mission is to eliminate the fundamental contradiction between business values and social well-being.

Felber’s fundamental mission through The Economy for the Common Good, as explained in his book, Change Everything, is to “bring back the synergy that’s been lost between economy and society, business and individuals’ needs. In the current economy, survival depends not on being good or doing good, but on generating profits, no matter whether a company serves human interests or the environment – and no matter the costs to people or our planet.”

As Felber sees it, “Capitalism is in the midst of a crisis - the direction of the U.S. elections, Brexit and the surging tide of populism worldwide due to polarization and destabilization are just a few indicators. It is clearly time to breathe a soul back into economics and to re-embed the economy into our cultural value system in a way that elevates social responsibility and the common good over profit.”

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 9:00pm

In 1901, the Pan-American Exposition opened in Buffalo New York. It was hoped this “world’s fair” would do for Buffalo what the “White City” did for Chicago. Instead, a President of the United States was assassinated there. And that’s just part of what occurred at this off kilter exposition. It’s a story of going over the falls in barrels, the kidnapping of the “Doll Lady” and the attempt to electrocute a beloved elephant. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer MARGARET CREIGHTON, professor of history at Bates College. Her new book is THE ELECTRIFYING FALL OF RAINBOW CITY: SPECTACLE AND ASSASSINATION AT THE 1901 WORLD’S FAIR.

Rhode Island was once a hotbed of jazz music and the history of jazz in that state is complex and varied. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with jazz musician DENNIS PRATT and college professor DR. TOM SHAKER, host of “Soul Serenade” on WICN. They have written the definitive history of jazz in Rhode Island: A TREASURY OF RHODE ISLAND JAZZ & SWING MUSICIANS. Tune in and hear tales of the legendary Celebrity Club!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Folk music from across the pond. English folk duo Skinner & Twitch will be visiting the studio live, while half the show will be devoted to music of and about Cornwall. Not only songs from England, but songs from Scotland, Wales, and more!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join Julie on location in LA with stellar studio pianist and gifted composer, Mike Lang. Mike has played on literally 1000’s of hit records and movie and sound tracks. He shares fascinating insights into his life as well as his studio work. Come and explore “all the things” he is.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:00am

Nonprofits face serious leadership challenges when it comes to their board and the Executive Director. Without solid leadership, most nonprofits become dysfunctional and may even cease to exist. So what is unique about leadership in nonprofits? Tonight on Inquiry we talk JOAN GARRY, teacher and consultant for hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes. Her new book should be required reading for all staff, board members and volunteers of any nonprofit: JOAN GARRY’S GUIDE TO NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP: BECAUSE NONPROFITS ARE MESSY.

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