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Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 9:00pm

We know that whales and dolphins are very intelligent creatures, but do they have a culture? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with HAL WHITEHEAD, University Research Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Together with biologist Luke Rendell, they have written one of the most though provoking books about animal behavior: THE CULTURAL LIVES OF WHALES AND DOLPHINS. Tune in and learn about how we define culture, social learning in dolphins and Killer Whales, and what the implications are when we think about conserving species that have a culture.

It began with the simple act of throwing table scraps out of the backdoor of rural homes but over the decades turned into a major avocation for millions of Americans and a big business. Bird feeding is something that many of us take for granted, but it took many years of changes in how we think about birds to turn it into the beloved and common pastime it is today. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with PAUL J. BAICICH, birding and conservation writer and editor about the new book he wrote with Margaret A. Barker and Carrol L. Henderson: FEEDING WILD BIRDS IN AMERICA: CULTURE, COMMERCE AND CONSERVATION.

Sunday, August 30, 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 the co-chairs of this year's Walk + Run for the Homeless: Kevin OSullivan, president and CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, based in Worcester; and Father John Madden, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church in Worcester. They talk about ending family homelessness. This episode aired originally on April 19, 2015.

The Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, a charitable non-profit organization that’s based in Worcester, leads a collaborative response to homelessness. It’s a response that seeks to foster long-term housing stability through prevention, quality services, education and advocacy.

For 30 years, the Alliance’s annual Walk + Run for the Homeless has been a source of hope, reassurance and community engagement for the Greater Worcester community.

This annual event has:

  • Assisted more than 100,000 families in preventing homelessness by providing quality shelter and resources, to move affected people to stable, safe housing.
  • Raised $1.7 million to support vital homelessness-prevention, quality-shelter and housing-stabilization programs.
  • And, walked 68,000 miles with more than 17,000 people, to raise funds and build community support for ending homelessness.

The goals for this year’s Walk + Run for the Homeless – set for Sunday, May 17 at 12:00 noon at Worcester’s Elm Park - are to:

  • Raise $30,000 through online donations.
  • Help 350 families maintain safe and stable housing
  • Assist more than 1,000 additional people who need access to safe shelter, nutritional meals, and the household goods to move beyond homelessness.
  • And, bring together with more than 1,500 walkers, runners, and volunteers, to demonstrate a community commitment to ending family homelessness.
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 10:30pm

Spinglish-the devious dialect of English used by professional spin doctors-is all around us. And the fact is, until you've mastered it, politicians and corporations (not to mention your colleagues and friends) will continue putting things over on you, and generally getting the better of you, every minute of every day-without your even knowing it.However, once you perfect the art of terminological inexactitude, you'll be the one manipulating and one-upping everyone else! Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and National Lampoon contributor Chritopher Cerf his new book: Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language  really says a lot about our society today.

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 6:00pm

Legendary trombonist and conch shell virtuoso Steve Turre brings a monster lineup to Jazz at Lincoln Center to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of his influences, the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 7:00pm

Van Morrison has sung it all, from rock to country, blues to jazz, celtic, soul and gospel! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate one of pop music's most prolific singer songwriters on his 70th birthday. Tonight, we'll focus on his soul influences. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

British bassist Dave Green discusses his work with everyone from Colman Hawkins to Charlie Watts.

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

European Bass Player Ervin Dhimo presents his dynamic jazz-funk-fusion project THE ERViN DHIMO TRIO, featuring World renowned jazz pianist, composer and jazz educator, Steve Hunt and prodigy Percussionist/Drummer Vancil Cooper.

"The Albanian-born electric bassist and his trio specialize in fierce, soulful, funky workouts on jazz, pop, and original tunes..." -Kevin Lowenthal, Boston Globe

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 7:00pm

In honor of his birthday week (born September  5, 1939) we will be featuring the music of singer-songwriter John Stewart (NOT comedian Jon Stewart). John Stewart  sang with the Cumberland Three and the Kingston Trio, wrote hits for other artists (“Daydream Believer” for the Monkees, “Runaway Train” for Rosanne Cash), and had a top ten hit himself with “Gold” (1979). He was one of the most popular and respected songwriter/arrangers and a brilliant performer over a forty year career.

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 9:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is Executive Director of ARTSWORCESTER, JULIET FEIBEL. She will be talking about the Material Needs Grant Exhibition. With her in the studio is one of the artists in the exhibition, VICTOR PACHECO, whose work has been exhibited recently at the Fitchburg Art Museum and the Worcester Center for Crafts. For this show, Victor’s work is inspired by the city of Worcester’s water supply!  For more information about this exciting exhibit, go to Arts Worcester’s website: http://artsworcester.org/
To see Victor’s work, please visit his website: http://www.vicpacheco.com/

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER, Los Angeles based poet and photographer. The latest collection of her poetry is HOW I LOST MY VIRGINITY TO MICHAEL COHEN AND OTHER HEART-STAB POEMS. Her powerful poetry is about power, sex, and passion. Alexis’ photography includes an ongoing project photographing the poets of LA and places like Venice Beach. Tune in and listen to Alexis read two of her poems. To read and hear more of Alexis’ poetry and see examples of her photography, go to her website at: http://www.alexisrhonefancher.com/

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat Steve Jones-D'Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Jill Dagilis (shown, center), executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council, and Charla Hixon (shown, right), director of WCAC’s Jobs and Education Center. They talk about ending family homelessness. (They are posing with Ellen Ganley, WCAC's director of development.) This episode aired originally on May 10, 2015.

WCAC was started in 50 years ago – in 1965 - as the locally designated “community action” agency for the federal Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency for 18 education and social-service programs.

The mission of WCAC, which is the federally mandated antipoverty agency for Central Massachusetts, is “helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy.” More than 130 employees serve more than 72,000 individuals and families through 18 programs and services annually.

WCAC’s offices are located in downtown Worcester, Southbridge, Spencer, Millbury, and Oxford.

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 10:30pm

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society-on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health-Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these machines help us, or will they replace us? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with John Markoff about his new book:" Machines Of Loving Grace".  Wondering if you'll be replaced by robots soon? Tune in and find out.

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

"My father was born and grew up along Highway 61, way up in Minnesota, not far from Bob Dylan's childhood home. That road starts in New Orleans, follows the Mississippi River, up through the Delta, Memphis, St. Louis, Davenport, all the way up to the Canadian border. To think of the music that has sprung from up, down, and all along this way is truly staggering. The main artery. I am excited, humbled, and honored to have this opportunity to explore some of the many possibilities with these great musicians. I can't wait to dive in." - Bill Frisell. In the grand series finale of two years and six dynamic performances of the Roots of Americana series, Guitarist Bill Frisell, along with saxophonist Greg Osby, cornetist Ron Miles, pianist Craig Taborn, and drummer Kenny Wollesen, embarks on a musical journey along the revered route, which Bob Dylan famously immortalized in 1965. Join us for a profoundly historic sojourn realized by Frisell through his unique embodiment of the American landscape.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

On this very week in 1961, five students at Wesleyan University had a #1 hit with “Michael”. For four hours THE FOLK REVIVAL will trace the career of this seminal folk group over their fifty year run. You’ll hear “Michael” and “Cottonfields” along with many other recordings from their original eight albums, as well as songs from the band’s second manifestation (1965-1966) and from their first reunion in 1975. Finally, we’ll hear songs from their highly praised revival period (1990-2010) including tracks from five later CDs.

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