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Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

Tonight at 8pm on Saturday Night Fish Fry host, Norm will be joined by Jeff Pitchell. Jeff is a, singer, songwriter and guitar player and was invited earlier this year to perform w/ the Allman Brothers in NYC to a sold-out Beacon Theater.  Jeff blends Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Jimi Hendrix experiences with his own soulful, superb vocals. His song Eye for an Eye won an International Songwriting Contest and was recently recorded by the legendary John Mayall. Jeff has had a #7 CD on national Billboard charts, won Best Guitarist in State of CT, and w/Texas Flood Best Band in CT, and this year won Best Blues Show in New England in a six state vote! Jeff has performed with BB King, Ted Nugent, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, J Geils, etc. and has appeared on the Don Imus TV/Radio show. Later at 8:30 Michael Allman will interview with Norm on this edition of Saturday night fish fry. Michael is eldest son of Gregg Allman, American rock and blues, Rock Hall of Famer, who not only sings like his father, but looks like him as well! Pitchell, Allman, and Charles Neville will be appearing at The Regent Theater on December 27, and host, Norm will be giving away A Pair of passes this week. This is a show you do not want to miss!

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes Angela Cartwright, film and television actress, artist, photographer and writer. With Tom Mclaren she has produced and written an extraordinary new book of photographs of classic Hollywood stars that have never before been seen by the public. Angela Cartwright was allowed access to the Twentieth Century Fox archives and discovered a veritable treasure trove of what are called continuity photographs: stills taken for the make up, costume and hair departments. These photographs are of the highest quality and reveal a lot about how a film lot works. There are pictures of Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Gene Tierney, Henry Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, and many, many other stars like you have never seen them before. Angela Cartwright’s book is titled Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archives.

Inquiry welcomes back Carolyn L. Kane  who writes about the history, philosophy and aesthetics of electronic media. We continue our conversation about her new book Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art and Aesthetics After Code. Tonight Kane talks about the wild history of Bell Telephone Laboratories and the artists/scientists that worked there who pioneered some bizarre new technology for producing colors that affected the viewer. We also talk about the invention of Day-Glo and synthetic color. It all began with a problem with dogs peeing on a fence. If you are interested in art and technology, don’t miss this show!

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Krista Piazza (shown, center), superintendent of Seven Hills Charter Public School and executive director of the Learning First Foundation. Joining her are Amy Ebbeson (shown, left), who chairs Seven Hills Charter’s Board of Trustees, and David Frazier (shown, right), president of the Rotary Club on Worcester.

They talk about changing the course of public education. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does voluntary public-relations work for Rotary Worcester.

As the Telegram & Gazette reported on October 5, in an article titled Seven Hills Charter school gets top-level ranking for second time, “A little bit of pride dripped off of each purple and white ‘Level #1 Teacher’ button Krista Piazza distributed Tuesday at Seven Hills Charter Public School. ‘Congratulations!’ she beamed as she handed one to each educator she passed in the hallway.

“Ms. Piazza, superintendent of the K-8 school on the city's east side, was eager to share her joy over Seven Hills recently being named a Level 1 school for the second year in a row,” the T&G continued. “This, after the threat of having its charter revoked three years ago.

“Seven Hills, which in 1996 was the first charter school to open in Worcester, serves about 670 mostly minority and low-income students in K-8.

“In 2011, when the school was due for its five-year charter renewal, the state expressed concern that scores on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test had been flat for some time,” the T&G noted.

“The school was given until the end of 2012 to meet state-set English and math targets, and to make adequate yearly progress (federal and state improvement benchmarks) and meet goals outlined in the school's accountability plan.

As the T&G reported in its October 5 article, “ ... Thanks to several targeted changes Seven Hills enacted soon after the state's warning, that threat didn't come to fruition, and the school was taken off probation in January 2013 with the condition that it show sustained progress through December of this year.”

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:30pm

Social media sites, apps, anything you download or sign up for online has a Terms of Agreement. But, unless you have a lot of free time on your hands odds are you have never read a single one in its entirety. Plus, as the terms get updated over time you would have to keep rereading the document to find out what new agreement you are making by using the site or app. Staying on top of personal privacy rights online can be a full time job and is something most people simply do not have time to manage. So, we use our apps and social media sites and hope for the best, until something goes wrong, and our posts or photos or documents we thought were private are suddenly made public. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by on-line privacy expert Shaun Murphy.

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Celebrate the arrival of winter with songs of the season, Soul Serenade style. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

80-years young, Marilyn performs with energy a 40-year-old would envy and a talent that Johnny Carson honored a record 70 times on his “Tonight Show”.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

For the celebration of his 21st birthday, jazz pianist Matt Savage has released his 10th album! He has already been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz from the time he was first labeled a "jazz prodigy" at age 8. He has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Arturo O'Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry and Chick Corea, just to name a few. Matt who on his way to New York City to continue his studies continues to amaze and it was so fun to have him back at the farm talking about his new project.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand: a favorite pre-recorded show of the top 50 folk group recordings of all time as a Christmas gift for Folk Revival listeners.

Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 9:00pm

It’s a commonly held belief that men crave multiple sexual partners and that women crave monogamy. But recent research has shown that in fact the opposite is true. In labs around the world, researchers are finding that women are a vision of anarchic arousal and do not really lust after monogamy at all. They crave novelty. What does this say about keeping a long term relationship interesting? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with author and journalist Daniel Bergner about his new book What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire.

Novelist Chuck Palahniuk returns to Inquiry to talk about his new novel Beautiful You, which is about sex addiction and sinister corporate forces, among other things. “Young people want mirrors, older people want art.” Tune in for a fun and candid discussion with this challenging writer who thoroughly enjoys himself on his book tours.

Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Erin Williams, executive director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition. They talk about building a creative economy in Worcester. This episode aired originally on July 13, 2014.

As WGBH Radio reported on June 25, “America's Rust Belt began in Worcester. Once a manufacturing powerhouse, this Central Massachusetts city went into decline in the 1950s and never fully recovered. Today, evidence of a rebound stirs. Healthcare and biotech promise reasonable growth, local universities and hospitals are the incubators, and innovators of many stripes are establishing beachheads.”

In this case, WGBH focused on the innovation economy that’s establishing roots in New England’s second largest city – a place The Boston Globe seems to like referring to as every once in a while as “struggling.” WGBH was taking note of the resurgence of industrial innovation Worcester. But there are other types of innovation spring up here – including arts and culture. Together, all of it adds up to the making of a creative city. Representative of this new way of thinking and doing, is Worcester PopUp, whose aim is “to bring creativity to life through rotating art exhibitions, brilliant performances, music, good food, arts and 3D printing, and inspiring hands on activity.”

The Worcester Cultural Coalition and City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Office, in partnership with Bay State Savings Bank and the Worcester Business Development Corp., worked with a group of creative artists and entrepreneurs, including Revolution Institute and Technocopia, to create Worcester Popup, which ran from June 19 and will run through August – on Thursday afternoons and evenings and on Saturdays - at 38 Franklin St. in downtown Worcester. A selection of artists and entrepreneurs helped Worcester PopUp by sharing their art, dance or music, selling their locavore food, hosting a creative workshop, or presenting a staged reading or concert.

While Worcester PopUp offered the space free of charge, artists were required to help set up and staff their performances as well as promote their activities through social media. Worcester PopUp also complemented Worcester Filmworks’ Third Thursdays Movies, last summer on the Common behind City Hall.

Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:30pm

Every year we hear about a war on Christmas and the holidays. We hear that traditional values of the holiday season are under attack by various groups. Some report that more Americans are forgetting the real reason of the season and support this secularization. But is this true? Are we seeing a backlash and a greater return to values and the meaning of the season? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by award winning cartoonist and author Guy Gilchrist. His work on the comic strip Nancy and the Muppets has brought happiness and joy to millions.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

Listen to a full-length program of Jazz Inspired, featuring British film director Roger Michell (Notting Hill).

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 7:00pm

A special show, full of your favorite songs and a few surprises, with special guest co-host Gibson Bankey!

Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 9:00pm

Artist Matt Freedman returns to Inquiry tonight. Matt is the author and illustrator of Relatively Indolent But Relentless: his revealing journal of his painful months  being treated for cancer. But tonight we talk about Matt’s other artwork. Matt Freedman is a sculptor, performance artist, and writer among other things. His work is complex and fascinating. Tune in tonight and learn about his Srendi Vashtar performance, the wild “More Than Super” piece that was performed during a broadcast of the 2010 Super Bowl and all about the almost forgotten art movement called “Clumpism”. For look at some of Matt Freedman’s work, go to his website: http://mattfreedman.org/

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Martin Windrow, author and military editor of Osprey Publishing. His latest book is quite unique and unexpected. The Owl Who Liked Sitting On Caesar: Living With A Tawny Owl is a fascinating account of Martin’s 14 year close bond with a captive Tawny Owl. This owl lived in his house and became an intimate part of his life. But this is not your typical nature lover’s tale, not by a long shot. Tune in and find out why.

Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Tim Fallon (shown, right) and Peter Racicot (left) of Fallon Ambulance Service. They talk about what drives and motivates this third-generation family business. This episode aired originally on July 20, 2014.

Fallon Ambulance was founded in 1923 by James Fallon Sr. His son, James “Ray” Fallon, Jr., served as president and owner from 1974 until his death in 2000. During Ray Fallon Jr.’s tenure, a number of his children and stepchildren stepped into leadership roles in the company as part of the third generation. One of his stepsons is Peter Racicot, who today serves as senior vice president. Peter is an avid participant in the annual Pan Mass Challenge, the 192-mile bicycle trek from Sturbridge to Provincetown. He began the race in support of Ray and to raise money for cancer research. Peter began as an emergency medical technician.

The transition to the third generation now includes Timothy Fallon, Ray’s son and the grandson of the founder, James Fallon Sr. Tim serves as president and CEO. His sister, Kathleen Mackie, and his step-brothers Peter and Normand Racicot, who is vice president, have key leadership roles in the organization. Peter began as an emergency medical technician. Under their watch, Fallon Ambulance left its longtime home in Milton and built a new facility in Quincy. And there is the presence of a fourth generation at the company, represented by seven great grandchildren of the founder.

Fallon Ambulance is one of the largest privately owned and operated ambulance services in the Northeast. It employs more than 600 people, operates more than 150 vehicles and responds to more than 160,000 emergency and non-emergency calls per year.  Fallon Ambulance additionally provides medical transportation for a number of area medical facilities, including nursing homes, hospitals, and HMOs throughout Greater Boston, the South Shore and MetroWest region.

Last April, Fallon Ambulance expanded west to a new location in Ashland after it was selected as the emergency-medical services-provider for MetroWest Medical Center. The company will move into a 7,500-square-foot location in Ledgemere Park in Ashland, where it will garage six to eight vehicles. The firm had reached a deal in December 2013 to lease the site. Fallon Ambulance has hired 30 employees to assist with the expansion and named three additional supervisors for the region, which also includes a location in Waltham. The company expects about 6,000 annual transports from the expansion.

Click here for Steve’s feature article on Fallon Ambulance in the Summer 2014 issue of Massachusetts Family Business.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs from the extensive repertoire of the amazing Joan Baez, just one day before her birthday…

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively chat with George K. Russell. He is a member of the Biology Department of Adelphi University, on of the co-founders of Orion Magazine and editor of a wonderful collection of essays titled Children and Nature Connections. Tonight we talk about why it is critical to encourage children to be outside and to play among the trees and grasses of the natural world and why digital learning may not be the best thing in some cases. To order this book, please go to: http://www.myrin.org/

 

Tonight on Inquiry we have a fascinating conversation with writer and journalist Dana Goldstein. Her new history is The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession. No other profession operates under this extreme level of political scrutiny and in recent years the situation has gotten far worse. Tune in and find out why one teacher remarked: “Everything I loved about teaching is extinct.”

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

The comedian Chevy Chase talks about jazz and comedy and his own Bill Evans-influenced piano playing.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:00pm

The 8th annual Folk Revival tribute show, remembering those artists who passed away in 2014, with special guest co-host Beth DeSombre.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 9:00pm

Students in Finland and Poland consistently score better at math and problem solving than American students. Why? What are their school systems doing that we aren’t? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with literary journalist Amanda Ripley about her very important new book The Smartest Kids in the World, and How They Got That Way. Tune in and find out why Korean students are better prepared than American students for the global economic world of the twentieth century.

Inquiry welcomes back Carolyn L. Kane who writes about the history, philosophy and aesthetics of electronic media. We continue our conversation about her new book Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art and Aesthestics After Code. Tonight Kane talks about the wild history of Bell Telephone Laboratories and the artists/scientists that worked there who pioneered some bizarre new technology for producing colors that affected the viewer. We also talk about the invention of Day-Glo and synthetic color. It all began with a problem with dogs peeing on a fence. If you are interested in art and technology, don’t miss this show!

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