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Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson presents the legacy of live jazz at Newport.  From the vocal expressions of Bobby McFerrin to the high energy brass of Trombone Shorty, celebrate the Colors of Newport Jazz Festival with artists past and present plus... everyone in between.  Tune in at 4 pm.

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 9:00pm

Why are some species of birds increasing in numbers while other species numbers are declining? What are the factors that influence a bird’s population? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with IAN NEWTON, ornithologist, applied scientist and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography. His new book BIRD POPULATIONS describes what we know scientifically about the avian population dynamics. Tonight we talk about how global climate change will affect bird distribution and migration and how severe winters, like the one we just experienced here in New England, affects bird numbers

Writer LYANDA LYNN HAUPT returns to Inquiry to talk about her book CROW PLANET: ESSENTIAL WISDOM FROM THE URBAN WILDERNESS. Crows are all around us even in cities and as Lyanda writes they are the single most often encountered native wild animals we are likely to see. And everyone has a crow story. Part of the reason is that crows are very intelligent and display elements of reasoning and even imagination. Crows also allow us to enter the world of wild nature that is right outside our door. Forget Hitchcock’s The Birds, tune in and learn just how fascinating these birds really are.

Sunday, July 27, 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 Mark Waxler, founder of Waxler Hospitality Group. They talk about How Central Massachusetts rates when it comes to hospitality.

In 2013, Mark founded Waxler Hospitality Group to serve hotels, restaurants and service businesses that would like to improve operations, sales, profitability, and customer attraction and retention. He was vice president and general manager of the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester for 18 years, until 2013. He has been in the hospitality industry for 40 years.

Mark started at the Front Desk of the Watergate Hotel and has worked for Hyatt Hotels, Doubletree Hotels and Marriott Hotels in various management positions before joining the Beechwood Hotel in 1995. During his tenure at the Beechwood, he has upgraded the property to the only AAA Four Diamond Hotel in Massachusetts. 

Mark is a member of Destination Worcester’s Board of Directors, Chairman of the Hospitality Advisory Committee for Worcester Technical High School, Program Advisory Member to help develop the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Educational Framework for hospitality management and Board of Directors member of Worcester Regional Research Bureau. Previously, he was chairman of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Lodging Association and president of the New England Inns and Resorts.

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:30pm

There are nearly 7.2 billion people on the planet today, and our numbers keep growing. That means more crowds, more traffic, more pollution…and less room for wildlife. The Center for Biological Diversity wants to know what living in a world of 7 billion looks like and feels like. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with Stephanie Feldstein, of The Center for Biological Diversity about this pressing problem.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra's old haunt called "Jilly's." Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on "Sweet Lorraine," "Come Fly with Me," and more - with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 7:00pm

In 1973, Dobie Gray's hit single "Drift Away" went gold.  A decade earlier his "The In Crowd" landed in the Top 10. Long revered in the Northern Soul scene and on the country music charts, Dobie Gray leaves a rich musical legacy. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate this "lost soul's' birthday. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:00pm

Canadian singer takes a straightforward, swinging approach to the Standards. Judy talks with her and her guitarist Jordan Officer on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland about their somewhat retro approach to jazz and how that interest developed.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 7:00pm

Some tracks from artists who were at the 2014 NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL—Nickel Creek and Dan Blakeslee, to name just two—over the first two hours; over the last two hours, Bob Dylan songs covered by other artists (Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Ian & Sylvia, Pete Seeger, the Byrds, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Jefferson Starship, and even Mylie Cyrus, to name just a few).

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, chair of Ivy Child International’s First Annual Mindful Kids Yogathon. They talk about the business of helping each child achieve their best. This episode aired originally on March 2, 2014.

Ivy Child is a non-profit organization for “teaching children to use their mindfulness, self-regulation and leadership to build their resilience, emotional intelligence and healthy habits for life.” On April 5, Ivy Child, which is based in both Georgia and Worcester, held New England’s first Mindful Kids Yogathon at the Boys and Girls Club in Worcester.  

Mayor Wong, one of Ivy Child’s board members, is at the forefront of an important movement in child health. She is also in her fourth two-year term as mayor of the City of Fitchburg - having won her latest re-election last fall. Mayor Wong was first elected to that office in 2007 at the age of 28. She is the first minority mayor in Fitchburg and the first female Asian-American mayor in Massachusetts.

Mayor Wong has become known throughout the state as one of the most effective leaders in economic restructuring, environmental-affairs, and redevelopment projects. She and Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll co-chair the MassInc Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, which “envisions vibrant midsize cities driving regional economies.”

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

"Mambo," translated from Kikongo (the Creole language of Cuba), means "conversation with the gods." With Afro-Cuban rhythms and other notes from this divine conversation, Cuban bassist "Cachao" Lopez (and his brother) enlightened the jazz world and brought forth the mambo. Led by bassist Carlos Henriquez, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rocks Rose Theater with the ultimate "discarga" jam session, in honor of the late "Cachao." Wendell Pierce hosts.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Bill & Eli Perras will be live in-studio guests, and there will be tracks from newly acquired CDs, plus a few old favorites

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the "soulful erudition" of the late pianist Mulgrew Miller and the "taut, molten" music of saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Miller's untimely passing in May, 2013 turned this concert partially into a tribute, with the JLCO premiering new arrangements of both his and Garrett's compositions. Garrett performs, with arrangements by Chris Crenshaw and Vincent Gardner. Wendell Pierce hosts.

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