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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Join host Bobby Jackson on Roots of Smooth as he directs our attention toward percussionist Sammy Figueroa. Born in the Bronx, Sammy is known for his session work as a studio musician.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Massachusetts' own young rising star - saxophonist Grace Kelly - will be the highlighted artist on this edition of Dreamfarm Radio with Julie Lavender.

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 child 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 24, 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 Mark Shepard, CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, founder and president for Restoration Agriculture Institute, and author of Restoration Agriculture. They talk about developing and maintaining self-renewing gardens. This episode aired originally on December 12, 2013.

Over the years at its Winter Conference, the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers. They have included Karen Washington of Just Food - whom Steve interviewed nearly two year agos, prior to the 2013 Winter Conference - as well as other thoughtful leaders in the food movement. 

The 2014 Winter Conference, held last January 11 at Worcester State University, offered a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, exhibits by numerous regional vendors, and an all-day seminar and keynote by Mark Shepard,  a perennial-agriculture and permaculture design expert. The Massachusetts native designs self-renewing gardens in Wisconsin.

Shepard runs New Forest Farm, a 106-acre perennial-agricultural forest that  is considered by many people to be one of the most ambitious sustainable-agriculture projects in the U.S. Shepard, who also has experience in water conservation and land restoration, questions the easy availability of future staple crops - particularly in urban population centers.

Around the globe, most people get their calories from annual agriculture - plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. 

Shepard’s book explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs - in our own backyard, farm or ranch. His book, which is based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:30pm

In his new book Foreign Correspondent H.D.S. Greenway shares extraordinary tales of his brilliant career as a war correspondent reporting from the front lines for over five decades, his insights into the changing nature of journalism, and the overarching lessons he has drawn from America’s recent foreign military ventures.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear how reporting the news has changed.

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.

Sunday, August 31, 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 Ray Raphael (shown,right), author of The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and ConcordJoining him toward the end of the interview, is Bill Wallace (shown,left) , executive director of the Worcester Historical Museum. They talk about the Worcester Revolution of 1774. This episode aired originally on April 20, 2014.

Over the last decade Ray Raphael has emerged as one of our leading writers on the birth of the United States. In 2001, his acclaimed People’s History of the American Revolution widened history’s lens to include those not generally present in tales of our nation’s founding. In 2002, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord led to marked rethinking about the Revolution’s beginnings in academic circles. In 2004, Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past established new standards for future renderings of our nation’s birth.

Five years later, in 2009, Ray incorporated his work into an original synthesis featuring seven diverse characters, titled Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation. And in 2011, he was asked to create another broad synthesis for a different audience, titled The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Founding Fathers and the Birth of Our Nation.  Also in 2011, with Gary Nash and Alfred Young, he co-edited a book of biographical essays from 22 noted scholars, titled Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation.

The  next year, 2012,Ray focused on the historical context of the Constitution, with the publication of Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive. And in 2013, he set the historical record straight – and sounded the call for reasoned, evidence-driven discussions and interpretations – regarding our founding document, with the publication of Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right .

On March 13, Ray visited the Worcester Historical Museum to give a talk as part of the Museum’s Worcester Revolution of 1774 celebration. The recognition of Worcester County’s role in the American Revolution began last fall and runs through September 7, 2014. It includes activities across the cultural and historical organizations of Worcester and the 37 towns that participated in the Worcester Revolution of 1774.

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