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Programming Highlights

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 6:00pm

New Orleans drummers Shannon Powell and Herlin Riley discuss their music and perform onstage with guest pianist Mark Shane, at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

Maxim Lubarsky is a pianist with a rare spectrum of talent and virtuosity. Equally comfortable performing jazz, classical, and music of Latin America, he is a truly remarkable arranger, composer and performer. He is joined at DreamFarm by master percussionist and drummer, Bertram Lehmann and vocal phenom, Annette Philip. Together they form a truly unparalleled trio each exploring the percussive and melodic landscapes of their instruments taking us to unexpected new places.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

A combination of old favorites and tracks from CDs recently arrived at the station (over the past several weeks). The Halifax Three, Cadence Carroll, Dar Williams, Ian & Sylvia, Michael Gutierrez-May, Blackstone Cuil, and the Massachusetts Walking Tour singers will just be some of the many artists featured.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

Sean Jones is composer, trumpeter, educator, activist leading as chair of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music. The Mack Avenue Recording artist talks with Bonnie Johnson about his ever evolving career and upcoming performance at the 4th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival. Sean Jones Quartet plays on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 8 pm. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk again with researcher, educator, photographer and writer PETER TRULL about his fascinating new book THE GRAY CURTAIN: THE IMPACT OF SEALS, SHARKS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING ON THE NORTHEAST COAST. Tune in and find out how these three things, Gray Seals, Great White Sharks and commercial fishing interact and have changed the ecology of the northeast coast forever.

Can an invertebrate have a mind? Can a relative of a clam be considered intelligent or even playful? The answers will surprise you and likely change the way you view invertebrates. Tonight naturalist, documentary scriptwriter and author SY MONTGOMERY returns to Inquiry to talk about her wonderful new book THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS: A SURPRISING EXPLORATION INTO THE WONDER OF CONSCIOUSNESS.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ronnie Cummins, , co-founder and international director of the Organic Consumers Association, and Ben Grosscup, coordinator of the 2015 Summer Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. They talk about the business and politics of organic food.

More than 1,000 backyard gardeners, health-conscious consumers, organic-farming families, and food activists are expected to converge on August 14 through 16 at UMass-Amherst for NOFA’s 41st annual Summer Conference. Participants can choose from more than 140 workshops on topics such as organic farming, gardening, land and animal care, sustainability, nutrition, and food politics.

Many workshops and the two keynote addresses will highlight this year's conference theme, "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology." Those presentations will show how microbiology is at work in the soil and human body, and how they are essential partners in solving some if our biggest problems today, including widespread chronic disease and global climate disruption.

One of the keynote speakers will offer a similarly hopeful message in relation to the role of soil microbes in achieving a healthy climate. He’s Ronnie Cummins, who contends that humanity can reverse the global climate crisis by restoring healthy microbial life in our soils. Farmers and land managers along with conscious consumers can play a crucial role in this restoration, he argues, because the methods we use to manage soil microbial communities in combination with growing plants can produce dramatic impacts on the climate.

Regenerative organic agriculture focuses on providing soil life with favorable growing conditions, thus facilitating efficient photosynthesis and vigorous plant growth. Properly managed, this process can transform excessive atmospheric carbon concentrations into stable, soil-based carbon compounds that enhance soil fertility. By contrast, commonly used pesticides and herbicides kill the soil life, compromising soil integrity and causing soil carbon to oxidize into the atmosphere where it contributes to further global warming.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 10:30pm

Is the Keystone pipeline issue a political hot potato? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al Speaks with David Holt president of the Consumer Energy Alliance. Energy experts such as Holt believe Arctic energy production can bolster our economy, our energy and national security, and our global competitiveness.

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America explores jazz prodigies from different eras.  We highlight 11-year-old pianist, Joey Alexander, whose first album came out this spring.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

British writer/TV producer/theater critic Ruth Leon discusses her position as program director for London’s elegant cabaret venue, Le Crazy Coqs at the Brasserie Zedel, and why this room is thriving, when similar venues are closing in NYC.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Yabuno Ettun Project is a highly creative collaboration between Japanese pianist Haruka Yabuno and Israeli bassist Ehud Ettun. Each one an imaginative composer, Ehud and Haruka have created, during the past few years, a unique interaction on stage. Their performances have also been described by listeners as "captivating" and "fascinating."

"The beauty is that we came together through music way before we could find a common verbal language," explains Haruka. "Once music took over, once we knew that improvising could take us anywhere, the journey itself was our destination.”

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

AfrikCan Festival founder, entrepreneur Marie-Claude Mendy joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about the upcoming five day celebration of African culture. The festival will showcase a diverse line-up of musicians of the African Diaspora.

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