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Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Mozambican guitarist and singer Albino Mbie returns to DreamFarm with singer Isabel Novella who also hails from Mozambique. Together they share a rich blend of African sounds and jazz idioms. This week at the farm it's "Moz Jazz" and floating voices.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, the annual FOLK REVIVAL show on the eve of the annual Newport Folk Festival, featuring tracks from earlier festivals and songs from artists who will be at the 2017 Festival.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 9:00pm

Since Ancient Greece, people have been enthralled by orchids. Orchids were believed to have healing or magical properties. The 18 th Century mania for collecting and growing orchids in England supported numerous expeditions to the jungles of the world where hundreds and sometimes thousands of orchids were shipped home to affluent buyers. Darwin even wrote a book about orchids. And that’s just the beginning of the orchid story. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome JIM ENDERSBY. He is a reader in the history of science at the University of Sussex. His new book traces the wild and sometimes sexy history of humans and orchids: ORCHID: A CULTURAL HISTORY.

Some of the most beautiful and well-preserved fossils of prehistoric birds in the world have been found in the Jehol shale formations of China. Many of these Mesozoic fossils have even preserved the details of the feathers of these early toothed birds. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Dr. LUIS M. CHIAPPE, adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and vice president for research and collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where he directs the museums Dinosaur Institute. His new book, co-authored with Meng Qingin, is BIRDS OF STONE: CHINESE AVIAN FOSSILS FROM THE AGE OF DINOSAURS.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,”: Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Frank Callahan Jr., president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council. They talk about the present and future of America’s and the Bay State’s labor-union movements.

The Building Trades Council is a 96-year-old organization dedicated to helping working people improve their quality of life. It’s comprised of 74 locals representing more than 75,000 working men and women across the state.

For the unions represented by the Building Trades Council, the Council’s goal has been, and continues to be, improving the standard of living for construction workers and their families throughout the state. By achieving this goal, according to the Council, everyone benefits, including the Council’s members as well as employers, customers and, most importantly, the communities where Council members live and work.

Through the efforts of the Building Trades Council and its member unions, members receive the best training available, vital health-care coverage, and the security of pension and annuity benefits.

Employers, according to the Council, benefit through joint investments between labor and management in training current and future employees. This joint effort between contractors and member unions, the Council states, “benefits customers because with trained workers, the job is done right the first time.”

Communities in the Commonwealth are also benefiting, the Council adds, through union-outreach activities, which means that more women and minorities are getting the training they need to earn high wages with good benefits and good working conditions in the construction industry.

But most importantly, the Council continues, all of us benefit because building-trade members are active in their communities – whether assisting in the rehabilitation of a community center, raising funds for diabetes research, or sponsoring a Little League team. Last year alone, member locals of the Building Trades Council donated to more than 700 local charities and charitable events. In addition, its members have donated millions of dollars in volunteer labor to numerous charitable organizations and other community-building endeavors.

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 7:00pm

Everybody loves a great cover song! Join host Tom Shaker as we play Top 40 songs reinvented and covered by soul artists like The Isley Brothers, Bobby Womack & Aretha Franklin. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 10:00pm

A New Wave Dance Party all night. So, break out that plastic skirt, unearth that skinny black tie, do something retro with your hair and don’t forget the cool sunglasses because we will be returning to those thrilling alt 80's and  dancing to the B52s, English Beat, Pigbag, General Public and many more!

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