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Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 9:00pm

Young people’s author and artist JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA returns to Inquiry to talk about all his new projects: His new book Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, the next volume in the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, a new title in the Platypus Police Squad series and the Comics Squad : Recess book, a wonderful anthology of young people’s comics writers and authors. All this and  a trip to the Library of Congress too. PLUS: 2 SPECIAL GUEST STARS!

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DANAH BOYD. She is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor at New York University and Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She has done years of research that included talking with teens about how they use and view the social media. What she found out will surprise you. Boyd’s book is titled: IT’S COMPLICATED: THE SOCIAL LIVES OF NETWORKED TEENS.

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.”

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 10:30pm

The cartoon, Nancy has been an iconic part of America for over 80 years. Even with the demise of newspapers and the comic sheet it still retains its popularity. Now with mobile apps and the internet Nancy is being introduced to a new generation. Why does Nancy after 80 years and without changing retain such popularity? Why are so many cartoons that made their debuts in the 1930s still going strong? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Guy Gilchrist the mind behind Nancy for the past 20 years.

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.

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes the lead singer of the legendary Manhattans to the Soul Serenade. For over five decades the Manhattans have been one of soul music's most successful groups, with hits like "Kiss & Say Goodbye" & "Shining Star." It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

Musician and early jazz scholar Vince Giordano fell in love with twenties and thirties jazz at an early age and carries on the tradition performing with his band “The Nighthawks.”  Vince discusses bringing this music to a broader audience and especially the importance of young people hearing jazz live.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Born in Brussels, Belgium on April, 29 1922. He played accordion as a child and started playing harmonica as a hobby. Toots originated a new sound by whistling and playing the guitar in unisono which he did for commercials; the best known is “Old Spice,” and In 1962 he composed “ Bluesette” receiving several awards.

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

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz when two time GRAMMY award winning drummer Will Calhoun joins host Bonnie Johnson. He'll talk about touring the world with rock band Living Colour, honing in on his career in jazz and his album Life In This World released in 2013 with Motéma Music. Celebrating fun and creativity, Calhoun's latest project "AZA" is "a collection of artwork crafted from rhythm" of the drums. The Will Calhoun Trio featuring pianist Marc Cary and Luques Curtis on bass will take the stage at Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, August 14th at 8PM.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with comic book historian TIM HANLEY about his wild new history WONDER WOMAN UNBOUND: THE CURIOUS HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS HEROINE. Tune in and learn how Wonder Woman’s creator used his comic to prepare boys in the 1940s for what he thought was the coming matriarchy and learn why Superman was always a jerk to Lois Lane.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and artist TRINA ROBBINS. She has been writing about and drawing comics since the 1960s. She is now one of the foremost authorities on the history of women comic artists. Tune in and learn about artists like Dale Messick who drew Brenda Starr; Tarpé Mills who created the fantastic Miss Fury and finally learn about the beginnings of the groundbreaking Wimmen’s Comix the long-running anthology of comics by women. Trina Robbins’ latest book is PRETTY IN INK: NORTH AMERICAN WOMEN CARTOONISTS 1896-2013.

Sunday, August 10, 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 Douglas Quattrochi (shown, left), part-time executive director of the Worcester Property Owners Association since December 2013. He’s also full-time COO of Artist Bomb in Lowell, an angel-funded startup in the live-music industry. Steve’s other guest is Rich Trifone (shown, right), WPOA’s membership coordinator and a Realtor with RE/Max Vision. Both Doug and Rich own residential rental properties. This episode aired originally on March 16, 2014.

They talk about the challenges and opportunities for landlords in a still-struggling economy.

The Worcester Property Owners Association is Worcester County’s oldest landlord group.  The organization was formed in the 1940s, formally incorporated in Massachusetts in the 1980s, and restructured as a modern, not-for-profit trade organization in 2013.

Beginning in the ‘40s prominent businessmen such as the late Israel Katz, Arthur LaRiviere and others organized to deal with the rental-business challenges of the day. The focus was legislative, and this was to remain an important focus through to the present day.

In the mid ‘60s, Leo Charbonneau and Ed Edison came in and called the group the Landlord’s Guild.  This group functioned until 1970, when Irving Coven formally rebranded it as the Rental Housing Association of Worcester County.

The Worcester group developed cohesiveness through the oil-embargo days of the late ‘70s, which were very challenging.  Sudden increases in heating oil-prices triggered rent increases for apartments with “utilities included,” and this in turn brought out counterproductive actions by tenant groups, including very serious talk of rent control.

This movement was narrowly defeated here in Massachusetts on a statewide basis. However, certain communities such Cambridge became subject to local rent-control laws.

In the late ‘70s, the name was changed to Worcester Property Owners Association. In the ‘80s, under the guidance of Haskell Morin and Bob Sweeney, it grew to one of the largest organizations of its kind.

In the late ‘80s, WPOA presidents Irene Chiavalloti and JoAn Geissler worked to overturn rent control in Cambridge. They joined with the Mass Rental Housing Association and other landlord groups all over the state. In 1994, rent control was overturned.

Without a need for urgent political action, the WPOA developed a focus on education, legal compliance, and operational efficiency. Bills presented to the state legislature without landlord input were dealt with as they came up.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:30pm

This week Al's guest is best selling author and journalist Hampton Sides. His new book "In The Kingdom of Ice" depicts the ill-fated journey of the USS Jeannette a nineteenth-century US naval expedition to chart the North Pole. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 as Sides talks about this overlooked bit of history and the tragedy that followed.

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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

Jazz-Rock pioneer , guitarist Larry Coryell has drawn on musical styles beyond these two forms, throughout his career. He continues to be inspired by a wide array of influences, everything from Tolstoy to Buddism and discusses this, and the challenge of writing his first opera.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 6:00pm

For over forty years, Brian Auger has been a musician’s musician. Jazz pianist, bandleader, session man, Hammond B3 innovator, and key player in the rise of jazz/rock fusion, Brian has done it all and then some. An incredible gentleman with one of the most varied careers in music, he has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul and rock into an incredible catalog that has won him legions of fans all over the world.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Albanian-born electric bassist and his trio specialize in fierce, soulful, funky workouts on jazz, pop, and original tunes attracting their fans always.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 7:00pm

Featuring two hours of songs for kids (from Peter-Paul-&-Mary, the Cumberland Trio, Betty Lehrman, the Chad Mitchell Trio, and many others) with special guest co-host Addison Daly (back by popular demand!) followed by two hours of songs about kids, from such artists as Eric Sinclair, Rob Lytle, Dar Williams, and more).

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with award-winning poet MARTHA SILANO. She talks about her new collection of poems titled RECKLESS LOVELY  as well THE DAILY POET: DAY-BY-DAY PROMPTS FOR YOUR WRITING PRACTICE written with Kelli Russell Agodon. Tune in and listen to one of the most exciting and original new voices in contemporary poetry read her poem “Ode To Frida Kahlo’s Eyebrows”.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with legendary comic and cartoon artist M.K. BROWN. A new collection of her work has just been published titled STRANGER THAN LIFE: 1970-2013 CARTOONS AND COMICS. Tune in and learn about her early days at National Lampoon and what happened when she got angry with Billie Jean King. M. K. Brown’s work remains some of the wildest and most original comic work ever to be published tune in and learn why.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Early recordings from collectors like the Lomaxes and the Warners, followed by more modern arrangements of those same songs, as well as various versions of Hild Ballads, old maritime songs, and more!

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES DEMPSEY, writer and instructor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His new book is a fascinating biography titled THE TORTURED LIFE OF SCOFIELD THAYER. Scofield Thayer was born in Worcester and became the owner and editor of The Dial magazine, the premiere showcase for modernist writers and artists like Picasso, E. E. Cummings, T. S. Eliot and James Joyce. But Thayer was a complex and troubled man. An uneasy mix of “the Victorian and the libertine”, he believed in free love despite being married. He went under analysis with Freud in Vienna but spent his remaining decades suffering from mental illness. Then there is the story of the Dial Collection that resided at the Worcester Art Museum for decades, but is there no longer. To find out why, tune in.

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively and wide-ranging conversation with psychotherapist, writer and artist DONNA HAMIL TALMAN. Her fascinating work deals with themes of transformation, purification, destruction and regeneration. Her website is: http://www.donnahamiltalman.com/

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back CARY GINELL, award-winning writer, jazz historian and discographer. His new book is the next volume in the Hal Leonard Jazz Biography Series: THE EVOLUTION OF MANN: HERBIE MANN AND THE FLUTE IN JAZZ. Tune in and learn about Herbie Mann’s amazing and varied career and his interests in world music from Afro-Cuban Jazz to Brazilian Jazz and Bossa Nova to Middle Eastern Music and even Japanese music. Herbie Mann may not have been the first jazz flute player but he was the first jazz musician to specialize in the flute and he brought his music around the world.

Tonight Inquiry welcomes HISHAM D. AIDI, a lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University. His important new book is titled REBEL MUSIC: RACE, EMPIRE, AND THE NEW MUSLIM YOUTH CULTURE. “Music is a powerful lens through which to view the identities and movements emerging in Muslim communities.” Writes Hisham D. Aidi in the introduction to this complex and fascinating history. Be sure to tune in.

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