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Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about “the discovery and science of the cosmic rhythm that governs our planet”: the tides!  We speak with HUGH ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS curator and author of several books exploring science, design and architecture. His latest book is: TIDES: THE SCIENCE AND LORE OF THE GREATEST FORCE ON EARTH. Tune in and learn about tidal bores, mud larking and the terror of the Maelstrom!

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANNE STENGLE, PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, about Timber Rattlesnakes in Massachusetts and the proposed reintroduction program at Quabbin.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dr. Stephen Mecca, professor in the Department of Engineering-Physics-Systems at Providence College and also a past president of the Jamestown Rotary Club in Rhode Island. They talk about the business of reinventing the toilet. This episode aired originally on July 24, 2016.

As the Jamestown (Rhode Island) Press reported in 2012: “’Someone said you are what you think about everyday,’ said Dr. Stephen Mecca, a Jamestown resident who has been on the faculty at Providence College since 1969. ‘If that’s the case, I’m a toilet.’” While Dr. Mecca began his teaching career as a nuclear physicist, in recent years he has been awarded two grants for work in his current area of interest: toilets. Specifically, microflush toilets.

Dr. Mecca grew up in New York and he first visited Rhode Island when he was a junior in high school to look at Providence College. He ended up enrolling at PC, where he stayed through graduate school. He earned a master’s degree in physics, and from there went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his doctorate.

Although Dr. Mecca still teaches nuclear physics and is chairman of the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission, in recent years his interests have turned to complex problem-solving and economics. It was when he was working as a visiting professor eight years ago in the African country of Ghana, that he became appalled by the sanitation situation there. He decided that something had to be done.

According to Dr. Mecca, the sanitation crisis is off the scale. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death of children in the developing world. In the schools, there are often no toilets – if there are, then they’re filthy. Disease that results from the unclean conditions leads to absenteeism in schools. All of this adds up to a profoundly negative impact on the quality of education.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:30pm

In her new book BLACK EDGE best selling author Sheelah Kolhatkar takes readers inside the government’s  aggressive pursuit of Steven Cohen and the employees of his company SAC Capital, and raises urgent and troubling questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of modern Wall Street. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Sheelah Kolhatkar.

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Leroy Jones started playing New Orleans back when Bourbon Street was lined with jazz clubs instead of bars. The city has changed since then and Leroy has evolved right along with it. He’s led second lines with the Fairview Brass Band and its successor, The Leroy Jones Hurricane Brass Band, played club gigs with modern jazz combos, and toured with Harry Connick Jr’s band for two decades. Always dapper and always swinging, Leroy Jones is known in the Big Easy as the “Keeper of the Flame” for keeping these New Orleans traditions foremost in his playing and his personal character. He brings his septet to the historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, LA for a special Big Easy Jazz Night in America.

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

One word says it all. It's William "Smokey" Robinson's birthday and we're going to celebrate all the great music he's made on this edition of The Soul Serenade.
It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning "Duets II" CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, k.d. lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" as well as the Grammy for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for his duet, "Body and Soul" with Amy Winehouse.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

We were blown away by the group of Boston-area musicians that make up the stellar, or should we say "solar" collaboration we called "Corona," because, a corona is the crown around the sun...blindingly brilliant, blazing, and hot. That pretty much describes this group of brilliant players from around the World who met in Boston and who make music that will blow you away. Drummer Nahum Corona introduced us to this talented ensemble ...thanks, Nahum~

Nahum Corona/Drums
Hoo Kim/Bass
Javier Rosario/Guitar
Edmar Colon/Saxophone
Nikolas Anadolis/Piano

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Each hour a different theme, and host Nick Noble just will call on listeners to guess each theme as it unfolds!

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 9:00pm

Around the world, our oceans and seas are experiencing a bizarre and frightening phenomena: jellyfish blooms. The appearance of many thousands of jellyfish, preventing fishing, gumming up ships and creating general panic. So, why are they appearing? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back scientist LISA-ANN GERSHWIN, director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. We will be talking about her book STUNG! ON JELLYFISH BLOOMS AND THE FUTURE OF THE OCEAN.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about the recent 2017 HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE. Our in-studio guests are DAVID WACKELL, Administrative Assisstant, Lecturer and Preparator at Anna Maria; JAIMEE  TABORDA, instructor from Oxford High School; and artists in the exhibition ERIN REID, MEG BUAREGARD, OLIVIA OBREBSKI, GRACE BOUTIETTE, MORGAN AMOUR and BECCA HOPE.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm. They talk about ending racism in farming and food. This episode aired originally on July 31, 2016.

Soul Fire Farm, located in Petersburg, New York, is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. The farm raises life-giving food and acts in solidarity with people marginalized by what’s known as “food apartheid.” With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, the farm works to reclaim our collective right to belong to the Earth and to have agency in the food system.

Soul Fire Farm brings diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health and environmental justice. The farm is training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

As a farmer, food justice activist and educator, Leah Penniman, co-director of the non-profit Soul Fire Farm, is working to dismantle the oppressive structures that misguide our food system. She backs that mission with an incredible work ethic, sharp intellect and a deep passion for racial equality in land ownership and food production, She is a part-time high school science teacher, was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow and co-founded YouthGROW in Worcester.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 10:30pm

More than two million students are enrolled in for-profit colleges, from the small family-run operations to the behemoths brandished on billboards, subway ads, and late-night commercials. These schools have been around just as long as their bucolic not-for-profit counterparts, yet shockingly little is known about why they have expanded so rapidly in recent years—during the so-called Wall Street era of for-profit colleges. Are they legit? Tune in Sunday evening February 26 at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and educator Tressie McMillan Cottom about her new book; LOWER ED.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

A few old favorites, but also a bunch of tracks from CDs recently arrived at the station.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with BENJAMIN KLEIN. He teaches European and world history at California State University, East Bay. He is also the nephew of photographer Irwin Klein. Benjamin Klein has edited a beautiful new book of Irwin Klein’s photography: IRWIN KLEIN AND THE NEW SETTLERS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF COUNTERCULTURE IN NEW MEXICO. Tune in an dlearn about the life of Irwin Klein and about the commune culture in the southwest.

Inquiry welcomes back DONALD KROODSMA. He is a well-known authority on birdsong and professor emeritus if ornithology at the University of Massachusetts. A few years back, Kroodsma was wrestling with what he wanted from his academic career and he decided to bicycle across America with his 24 year old son, listening to the changing avifauna along the way. It was a great adventure. His account of this road trip is told in the new book LISTENING TO A CONTINENT SING: BIRDSONG BY BICYCLE FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC. This is a unique book that you not only read, but listen to. Tune in and learn all about it.

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