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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 9:00pm

Cyberspace has become a battlefield and the next major international conflict may very well be fought over the Internet. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist SHANE HARRIS about his latest book @ WAR: THE RISE OF THE MILITARY-INTERNET COMPLEX. This frightening and revealing account traces the development of the NSA’s cadre of elite hackers and how they use “zero day” programs to attack critical enemy targets like nuclear facilities. Of course the United States government and major corporations have themselves been hacked by cyber warriors from China and Russia. Tune in and learn about this new kind of warfare and what it means for the privacy of your cell phones and home computers.

Inquiry welcomes back writer and biographer JAMES GAVIN. His new book is titled IS THAT ALL THERE IS? THE STRANGE LIFE OF PEGGY LEE. Peggy Lee grew up in a small town in North Dakota but grew up to become one of the most unique, hard working and tenacious singers. Tonight we talk about her signature songs “Fever” and “Is That All There Is?” as well as her film work in “Pete Kelly’s Blues” and her lawsuit against Disney. Peggy Lee was a one of a kind singer, tune in and find out why.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 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 Chester and Olga Kwasniewski of The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape. They talk about the business and cultural impact of New Americans. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for Mark Chester Photography.

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape is a collection of inspirational portraits produced by nationally known professional photographer Mark Chester. His powerful images create a visual archive that celebrates the diversity of Massachusetts' citizens from 168 countries around the globe.His photographs of New Americans enrich the viewer by sharing the vast cultural resources and rich ethnic heritage of the Bay State's 351 towns and cities.

Joining Mark, is Olga Kwasniewski of Holden, one of the New Americans featured in The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape. Her story is the stuff that best-sellers are made of. Born to a life of privilege, Olga came to the United States after working in international economic affairs for the President in her homeland of Uzbekistan. She left everything behind to start over in a foreign country, and is now the owner of Thai Island Restaurant in Holden, while enjoying success as a fashion model strutting the runways of New York City. In 2014, she was Ms. Massachusetts Globe.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 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 the co-chairs of this year’sWalk + Run for the Homeless: Kevin O’Sullivan, 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

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, April 19, 2015 - 10:30pm

A recent report by the MBTA discusses the many things that Governor Baker will have his hands full while attempting to fix the aging transit system. Can the many problems be solved economically and without hardship to users? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with attorney Rafeal Mares of the Conservation Law Foundation who for years now has worked on such issues with states around the country.

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America celebrates the centennial of jazz legend Billie Holiday, one of the great singers of all time, with one of the singular vocalists of today: Cassandra Wilson. Wilson's new album, 'Coming Forth By Day,' re-scores the songs associated with Lady Day in a decidedly modern context -- it's produced and recorded by musicians better known for their work with Australian rocker Nick Cave. At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Wilson displays her new arrangements and her flexible alto, nodding to one of her spiritual predecessors of the hidden meanings in songs.

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the music of Percy Sledge. While mostly known for his iconic "When A Man Loves A Woman" Percy's music defined southern soul. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 6:00pm

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 6:00pm

DreamFarm Radio takes you to a live CD release concert in the historic Amoskeag Mill in Manchester, NH where we are introduced to the music of Fugue Mill.

Fugue Mill weaves jazz through the fabric of Americana, world, and classical music, creating a complex yet attractive blend of musical and improvisational styles. Original group pieces are featured side by side with music by such composers as Leonard Cohen and Samuel Barber. Violin and mandolin augment the quartet of piano, guitar, bass, and drums, creating a transparent and vibrant palette of improvisation and counterpoint.

Featuring:

Mark Shilansky/ Piano
Sara Caswell/ Violin
Kathleen Flynn/ Vocals
Eric Byers/ Guitar
Lee Harris Jr./ Drums
Keala Laumetheiwa/ Bass

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

FIERY GIZZARD MUSIC AND THE LEGACY OF THE CUMBERLAND TRIO – with special live in-studio guests Jerre and Barbara Haskew

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with musician, former guitarist for the Slits, visual artist and filmmaker VIV ALBERTINE. Her wonderful and refreshingly honest new autobiography is titled CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS. Tune in tonight for part one of our conversation.  Viv talks about her “Ping Pong Affair” with Mick Jones of the Clash, her first band “Flowers of Romance”, and the Slits first record “Cut”. Viv’s latest record is called “The Vermillion Border.” Part 1 airs this week, Part 2 airs next week.

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with ROBERT BEACHY, associate professor of history at the Underwood International College of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. His new book is titled GAY BERLIN: BIRTHPLACE OF A MODERN IDENTITY. It is Beachy’s central argument that our modern understanding of homosexuality and gay culture started in the 19th Century city of Berlin. This is a fascinating history complicated by the extreme politics of Germany in the first decades of the 20th Century. Tune in and learn about the very first gay rights organization and how the Nazis eventually ended decades of progress in sexual rights.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 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 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.)

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, April 26, 2015 - 10:30pm

On May 12 The Greater Worcester Community Foundation will be sponsoring a workshop entitled Building a More Inclusive Workplace  featuring Dr. Diane Goodman. The workshop is organized by the City Manager’s Community Coalition Against Bias and Hate as part of its annual community educational forums. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dr. Goodman about her work and what she has planned for the upcoming event.

Sunday, May 3, 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 Miriam Kutcher, founder and president of Miravan LLC. They talk about the business of marketing Moozi.

Miriam is an award-winning business-to-business marketer with more than 18 years of experience. She is also the inventor of Moozi, which she bills as “the one-button pod solution for perfect-temperature baby-formula bottles in under a minute.”

Moozi will be available in retail and online stores in late 2015. In the meantime, the company launched a Kickstarter campaign in early November that ran until mid-December.

Before Moozi, Miriam was chief marketing officer at the Launch in US Alliance. She’s also served as vice president of marketing for UBM Channel, and vice president of marketing for the Vertical Market Business Units and New Ventures at International Data Corp.

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