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Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is writer and critic GREIL MARCUS to talk about his two new books: REAL LIFE ROCK: THE COMPLETE TOP TEN COLUMNS 1986-2014 and THREE SONGS, THREE SINGERS, THREE NATIONS. Real Life Rock are the collected “top ten” columns that Marcus has written for various publications over decades about music, film, art and much more. Three Songs…are a series of three lectures Marcus gave at Harvard that explores different aspects of folk music in America.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with naturalist and researcher SCOTT WEIDENSAUL about his new beautiful guide, the PETERSON REFERENCE GUIDE TO OWLS OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN. Tune in and find out what is the most likely owl to see in your backyard and also learn about the extinct giant owls of the Caribbean and much more.
 

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Peter Stefan, owner and president of Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors. They talk about the death and life of locally owned funeral homes. This episode aired originally on November 1, 2015.

As Worcester Magazine wrote in 2013 in its Person of the Year profile, “Over the course of several days in early May 2013, [Peter] Stefan and the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor he runs out of an historic white building on Main Street graced the cover of just about every major newspaper in the US, popped up on TV screens as part of daily and evening newscasts and ignited a controversy that, all these months later, still lingers. For Stefan, it started late on a Thursday night in May, the second of May to be exact. That is when he opened the doors of his funeral home to the body of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It was the sort of under-the-cover-of-darkness intrigue you see in movies.”

As WoMag’s report continued, “Stefan ended up in the middle of it all, dealing with a political hot potato that saw nearly every local, state and federal lawmaker do their best not to handle. Believing with all his heart that everyone deserves a burial, the man whose mother worked in hotels and whose father toiled away at the old American Optical factory in Southbridge before dying when Stefan was only 3, decided to offer up his services to prepare Tsarnaev for burial when just about every other city and funeral director was saying no.”

As the 2013 Worcester Magazine profile noted, “Stefan, now far from the limelight and free of the pursuit of the TV personalities who were nipping at his heels for interviews back then, is unfazed. He is as secure and content with his decision as the day he made it. And he believes public sentiment, by and large, has swung toward him. Even if it did not, Stefan believes he – and by extension, his country – did the right thing. After all, as he said many times during the ordeal, ‘We bury our dead.’”

As a son to hardworking Greek and Albanian immigrant parents, Peter Stefan is a first-generation funeral director with more than 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. He is also a very active member of the Worcester community, and has been involved with numerous local organizations, such as, the P.I.P. Shelter, AIDS Project Worcester, the Nigerian American Organization, the Veteran's Shelter, and many more.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:30pm

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with best selling author and former senior political advisor to Bill Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal. In his just released book "A Self Made Man" Blumenthal uncovers new and compelling information about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Just when you think you've heard all there is about our 16th president Blumenthal through his intense research has re-introduced another aspect to the great mans life.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

Canadian saxophonist Grant Stewart discusses his new CD “Trio” and his using the unusual instrumentation of sax, bass and drums.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join Julie on location in LA with stellar studio pianist and gifted composer, Mike Lang. Mike has played on literally 1000’s of hit records and movie and sound tracks. He shares fascinating insights into his life as well as his studio work. Come and explore “all the things” he is. From the studios of Rich Eames, in Los Angeles, CA. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

This week on The Folk Revival, Nick Noble follows the progress of music from the Celtic tradition-- Ireland, Scotland etc-- to the New World-- Appalachia and throughout the United States. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR+Best Rate of Climb, interviews Dave Peterson, general manager of the Worcester Bravehearts, who was named the FCBL’s Executive of the Year for the 2014 baseball season. They talk about how to succeed with a pro baseball team in Central Mass.

The Bravehearts baseball team plays a 56-game schedule between June and August. This season, the Bravehearts will play 28 home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field beginning on Friday night, June 3.

The Bravehearts are a member of the West Division of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, which means fans get to see local divisional teams such as the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Bristol Blues, and Pittsfield Suns more often. Should any of those teams qualify for the F-C-B-L playoffs, those games will be staged from August 7 through14.

Now in their second year, the Bravehearts strive to bring great baseball and memorable family experiences at affordable prices to Hanover Insurance Park. The Bravehearts are the reigning champions of the F-C-B-L and compete against nine other teams from around New England in stadiums that give fans a full Minor League-style experience.

Half of the Bravehearts players are local, meaning that they either grew up in Central Massachusetts or are currently playing baseball at a college or university in New England. Chances are that you'll see some familiar faces on the field when you come enjoy a Worcester Bravehearts baseball game!

The Bravehearts and Dirt Dawgs teams are the latest forays by Central Mass. into trying to sustain at least one baseball team at a time. The now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League played for eight seasons, from 2005 through 2012.

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 10:30pm

Charter schools, discipline policies, assignment lotteries: they’re front page stories across the country. But how do we constructively tackle such complex, fraught issues? And how do we perceive them, not as administrative problems needing snappy decisions, but ethical challenges capable of determining the shape of our children’s future? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Meira Levinson, associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-author of the new book "Dilemmas of Educational Ethics".

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