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Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 1:00pm

The Baylor Project are a husband and wife duo making music, love and laughter come to life. They're celebrating the launch of their new release The Journey (2017 Be the Light); making it on Billboard's Top Ten Jazz Albums & Song Charts and will play Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Friday, March 31, 2017. Jean Baylor, the vocalist and Marcus Baylor, the drummer join Bonnie Johnson to talk about making their collective footprint in the jazz.  Posted by

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back KLEDIA SPIRO, Marketing Manager for the Fitchburg Art Museum and LISA CROSSMAN, Interim Curator for the Fitchburg Art Museum. They will be taking about the brand new exhibition of large paintings: A CURIOUS NATURE: PAINTINGS BY SHELLEY REED. For more information, go to:

Tonight on Inquiry, our in-studio guests are artists MICHAEL HACHEY and KAT O’CONNOR. An exhibition of their work is on view at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS  is titled DEFINITE: INDEFINITE. Also joining us in the studio is HONEE A. HESS Executive Director at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. They talk about turning convicts into colleagues. This interview aired originally on February 12, 2017.

In an August 2016 article, “Turning convicts into colleagues,” Worcester Business Journal reported, “As workforce development continues to be a pressing issue for Central Massachusetts employers, greater efforts are being made to tap into a portion of the population numbering more than 10,000 to help fill that need – the incarcerated. Mount Wachusett Community College in July announced it was one of 67 colleges nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of Education pilot program to provide education and job training for inmates."

The WBJ article continued, “The pilot is part of a push from the Obama Administration to spearhead criminal justice reform by preparing ex-offenders to reenter the community with skills and resources they need to obtain long-term employment.As Massachusetts focuses on filling the workforce skills gap, workforce development advocates said tapping into the state’s incarcerated population could help fill those needs, while at the same time hopefully reducing recidivism and creating productive members of society.”

As the WBJ article noted, there has been a lot of talk about the need to fill the so-called workforce skills gap in Massachusetts. An October 2015 study by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy projected a shortage of 1.2 million job openings between 2012 and 2022.

Sheriff Evangelidis was quoted in that WBJ article. The now-second term sheriff, who was reelected last November, said he was happy with how inmates have responded to and benefited from the Mount Wachusett job training program so far, but also said he knows there’s a lot of work to be done, especially when it comes to connecting inmates with sustainable employment.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 10:30pm

Dogs do so much for us—giving us comfort and love everyday. In the case of Dogs Who Change the World, these hero dogs help people live fuller and richer lives by going above and beyond the call of doggy duty to help them navigate their world. That is why Milk-Bone has teamed up with Canine Assistants to do more for dogs and honor a few of these exceptionally hard-working canines around the country. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Dudley Arnold of Canine Assistance Programs of Georgia as he talks about the work that goes into preparing service dogs for work with humans.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

WICN's Northern Soul connoisseur Steve Moysey joins us in the studio with another blazing hot dance playlist of little heard soul gems. Also, a tribute to the late great Chuck Berry and some songs celebrating the "fool" in all of us. Join host Tom Shaker this Monday at 7pm!

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jane Bunnett is a Canadian saxophonist and flautist who’s spent the majority of her professional career traveling to and playing music from Cuba. In recent years, Bunnett began collaborating exclusively with female musicians from Cuba on a project that combines jazz, classical and folkloric Cuban music. Jazz Night in America heads to Miami, Florida to hear music of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque at the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival. This episode traces the origins of the band, the cultural exchanges between Jane, her band, the artistic communities in Miami and mainland Cuba.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Guitarist Larry Coryell, whose early work helped define jazz-rock fusion, died unexpectedly of natural causes February 19th after performing the two previous nights at the Iridium in NYC.   We revisit Judy's 2011 conversation with Larry Coryell, recorded when he was in town for a run at that same club.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tune in for a "Berry" cool evening. All Chuck. Featuring Chuck Berry originals and many of the thousands of covers of his songs, with a couple other surprises thrown in. Get your dancing shoes out!

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Vocalist, composer and host of DreamFarm Radio, Julie Lavender, shares her new Synergy-Jazz project: “Rising: A Modern Cantata for The World to Come.” This is an unprecedented piece of art featuring the cream of the crop of studio musicians from L.A. and Boston with arrangements by twice Grammy-Nominated Jazz Orchestra composer, Kim Richmond. We are thrilled to premiere this groundbreaking work that is emerging from DreamFarm.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tracks from the smothers Brothers, tom Lehrer, Christine Lavin, Shel Silverstein, and many many more. Also host nick noble will chat with singer-songwriter Abbie Gardner.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 1:00pm

WEC'appella 2 is the second annual a cappella competition that pits five high schools and five college groups in a sing-off for "bragging rights" in the WOO. The contest is put on by the Worcester Education Collaborative (WEC) and is a fundraiser for the non-profit that advocates for excellence in public education. WEC's executive director Jennifer Davis Carey talks with Bonnie Johnson about bringing students to the stage at Mechanics Hall on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 pm.


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Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

On this special edition of Rhythms of the World,  we will be joined by Peter Janson, an award-winning contemporary fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, composer, and music educator. He along with guitarist, Aaron Larget-Caplan will present "A World of Guitar: virtuoso guitar music from six continents." Their music crosses genres and styles from Americana and Celtic, to classical and flamenco, to world-jazz-fusion. To reserve your seats for this unforgettable musical adventure, please email Karen Mungal at

Peter has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, the Argenta Acoustic Music Series in Little Rock, the WUMB Music Festival in Boston, and venues throughout North America. He has had three albums in the Top Five of the NAR radio charts and his recordings have over one-million BMI verified broadcasts across all media. His contemporary solo guitar music fuses jazz, classical, and world-folk styles, and blends passion, artistry, and technical mastery as he weaves songs about life and the heart. And it has earned him critical acclaim: “Acoustic Guitarists Astonish!” (The Orion News, Chico CA), “absolutely one of the best, heartfelt, acoustic players today” (Grammy winning producer, Chuck Ebert), “a gifted acoustic fingerstyle player” (Dirty Linen Magazine), and “a rare 10+” (Spirit of Change Magazine).

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Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back photographer AMELIA DAVIS. She spent over 13 years as legendary photographer Jim Marshall’s assistant and is now the sole owner of Jim Marshall Photography LLC. Tonight we will go back to the hey day of hippies, acid and rock when we talk about the stunning book THE HAIGHT: LOVE, ROCK AND REVOLUTION: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF JIM MARSHALL which features amazing photography of Bill Graham, The Dead, The Airplane, Hendix, Janis, the Summer of Love and so much more.

The Ancient Romans had one of the most complicated sewer systems at the time. They also built a large number of public toilets. How did they work? What did Romans think about privacy, sanitation and cleanliness? Was there graffiti? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANN OLGA KOLOSKI-OSTROW. She is a professor and chair of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and affiliate faculty in Anthropology, Fine Arts, Italian Studies, and Women, Gener, and Sexuality Studies. Her book is THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SANITATION IN ROMAN ITALY: TOILETS, SEWERS, AND WATER SYSTEMS.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Joyce Mandell, founder of Jane Jacobs in the Woo, about making Worcester healthy and sustainable for all people. This episode aired originally on October 23, 2016.

Joyce Mandell has lived in Worcester for about 20 years, working for the Oak Hill Community Development Corp. before becoming an academic. In honor of urban theorist Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday this past May, Mandell started the blog, “Jane Jacobs in the Woo,” to inaugurate a full year of community conversations and actions about building a vibrant Worcester. Jacobs was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for more than 40 years. - and who died 10 years ago, in 2006.

The revolutionary ideas in Jacobs’ 1961 classic treatise, Death and Life of Great American Cities, were based on her observations of city life from her apartment above a candy store on Hudson Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village and her immersion out in the city streets.  She was highly critical of modern urban planning and more specifically, urban-renewal practices of the 1950s that cleared out, in one stroke, whole vibrant neighborhoods considered blighted by city planners and developers.

Jacobs eschewed city planners who sat with maps in a room and instead urged people to know the true ecology of cities by going out into urban spaces to experience them. Based on her acute observations on what she described as the “street ballet” of city life, she promoted these main ideas for building thriving cities: mixed-use development; high-density neighborhoods; pedestrian- and bicycle-centered cities; and, bottom-up planning.

We have Jacobs to thank for saving Greenwich Village, a neighborhood targeted by New York powerbroker Robert Moses for construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Because of the activism of neighbors and supporters, the city rejected the proposal for that highway in 1964. 

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:00pm

Tonight we will play nothing but one band playing the songs and music that another band already recorded: COVERS!. We will feature covers played by early Beatles, cover songs played by Hendrix, the Residents, Bowie and much more. Are there times when a cover is actually better than the original? Tune in and find out! Host: UNCLE MARK.

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