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Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back DAVID J. MORRIS, author, former Marine infantry officer and journalist who has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We continue our conversation about his book THE EVIL HOURS: A BIOGRAPHY OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. Tonight David Morris discusses the history of PTSD, and what is known about trauma and PTSD from the Civil War and World War I and II.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is typically misunderstood by people who don’t suffer from the disorder. It is often a crippling and severe illness that radically affects people’s lives. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and editor DAVID ADAM who suffers with OCD. His fascinating new book is titled THE MAN WHO COULDN’T STOP: OCD AND THE TRUE STORY OF A LIFE LOST IN THOUGHT. Tonight we talk about what triggers OCD, what has been found about neurological and genetic aspects of OCD and what the experience of having OCD is like.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

Remember the songs you sung at summer camp, or around the campfire with family and friends? In anticipation of 4th of July weekend, THE FOLK REVIVAL will feature four hours of those songs-- from Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Burl Ives, The Folk Tradition, the Waysiders, the Kingston Trio, Pete Seeger, and many more!

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

Pianist Steve Hunt, throughout his career, has stayed true to an uncompromising vision of composing and performing Jazz music from his heart. Steve has continued to push himself technically, focusing on a musical styl which is both challenging and meaningful. Steve's desire towards challenging himself is nowhere more evident than with his long time association with Allan Holdsworth, whose progressive and innovative style has helped Steve to further his own musical development. Steve continues to compose and study and grow. His technique is masterful and his music is tasteful and melodious. Truly.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we get down and dirty making mud pies and stick forts and all sorts of other cool stuff that happens when children turn off the TV and computer games and just play outside. Our guest tonight is teacher, museum educator and writer LIZA GARDNER WALSH and we will be talking about her wonderful new book: MUDDY BOOTS: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:30pm

When this novel was published in the early 1950s, it caused an extraordinary uproar. Conservatives thought it was filth; while liberals considered it lowbrow trash. The author did not conform to cultural ideals of what a woman novelist should look like or behave. But the novel was immensely popular because it spoke to women about things that were important in their lives but that were never mentioned in “polite society”. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with ARDIS CAMERON , Professor of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine about her revealing new book: UNBUTTONING AMERICA: A BIOGRAPHY OF PEYTON PLACE. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

Nnenna Freelon discusses her transition from health care worker to jazz singer.

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate summer with great soul music from Sly & The Family Stone, War, Kool & The Gang and many more. It all starts at 7pm!!

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene paid tribute to his daughter, Ana, who was killed in the Newtown Massacre, by composing an album to reflect the way she lived.  Jazz Night in America captured his performance live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:30pm

Determined to revive traditional ice cream making using only whole ingredients sourced from the finest small producers, Ben Van Leeuwen  opened his ice cream business in 2008 in Green Point, Brooklyn, with little more than a pair of buttercup yellow trucks.  In less than a decade, it's become a nationally recognized name while remaining steadfast to the commitment of bringing ice cream back to the basics: creating rich flavors using real ingredients. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Ben for what promises to be a very tasty segment.

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of  Climb, interviews John Giangregorio, president of Preservation Worcester, chair of the Canal District Business Association and former president of the Canal District Alliance. They talk about the revitalization of the Blackstone Canal.

A new study sponsored by the Canal District and WPI addresses the cost concerns of restoring or replicating the Blackstone Canal between Union Station and Kelley Square on Harding Street. This study focuses on separating the Combined Sewer Overflow from the Mill Brook/Blackstone Canal.

The Blackstone Canal was developed in 1824 by widening and dredging a natural stream the Mill Brook and laying granite block on its banks and bottom. This shallow waterway allowed horse-towed packet boats to deliver goods and supplies into downtown Worcester from Providence in two days.

The Mill Brook carried natural-flowing water from the Blackstone River’s northern watershed, collected at Indian Lake and running from Salisbury Pond (formerly North Pond) to present-day Walmart, where it joined the Middle River, forming the beginning of the Blackstone River.

The Blackstone Canal brought immediate prosperity to Worcester and population growth. In just 20 years, in 1848, Worcester had incorporated as a city, and several rail lines were built connecting Worcester to the port cities of Boston and Providence.

Like all emerging cities, Worcester did not have public infrastructure for water or sewerage. Industrial and human waste was dumped into the Mill Brook and, in the mid 19th century the Commonwealth of Massachusetts allowed sewage discharge into the Mill Brook. In the latter 19th century the Mill Brook’s open water was so offensive and a threat to human health it was enclose and became part of the city’s sewerage infrastructure.

The federal Clean Water Act, enacted in 1972, sought to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waterways by preventing point and non-point pollution sources, providing assistance to publicly owned treatment works for the improvement of wastewater treatment, and maintaining the integrity of wetlands. Upstream states have an obligation to comply with downstream states’ regulations.

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