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Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 9:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is the acclaimed scientist and writer Bernd Heinrich. Tonight he talks abut his new book The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration. This is a wonderful book that explores how different animals (including people), birds and invertebrates create homes and how they manage to find their way back home. Tune in and learn about beelining, how chestnut trees are spread through the forest and about a spider that made her home in Bernd’s home, right above his desk. Bernd Heinrich is one of the great writers in the study of natural history, tune in and find out why.
The symbols we now use for numbers evolved very slowly over the centuries. The concept of using a zero took even longer. Most of the mathematical symbols we take for granted today, like an equals sign or the sign for a square root were not invented till the 16th down algebra problems and many ancient cultures had to solve complex math problems in order to do business. How did they do it? For some of the answers, tune in tonight to Inquiry. Our guest is award-winning author Joseph Mazur and we discuss he deeply fascinating new book Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and its Hidden Powers.

Sunday, September 14, 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 Lisa Piehler (shown, center), executive director, and Elizabeth Wambui (shown, right), major-gifts associate, for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts and Diane Giampa (shown, left), vice president of human resources and marketing for Bay State Savings Bank, one of the sponsors of the local Red Cross chapter's 2014 Breakfast of Champions. This episode aired originally on January 19, 2014.

Last April, the American Red Cross of Central Mass. held its 2014 Breakfast of Champions. Each year, the Breakfast of Champions honors local people who have done remarkable things in the community. This annual signature event began as a way to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001. In the years since, it has grown into a celebration of the courage, kindness and unselfish character displayed by incredible people across Central Mass.

Past honorees include people who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or fellow man by saving a life or through community service.  Members of the community are invited to nominate a local hero for consideration.  Honorees will be selected by a committee of individuals from the local community, including former award recipients.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:30pm

In her new book The Teacher Wars best selling author Dana Goldstein uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools—instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting “elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change. She also discovers an emerging effort that stands a real chance of transforming our schools for the better. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dana Goldstein.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson will be interviewing Nancy Kelly, who has been named "Best Female Jazz Vocalist" in the Down Beat Readers' Poll, twice! She has also found her way on to the Billboard charts in the past, reaching #11 with her first record Live Jazz.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

The musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute to the late bassist Charlie Haden, who has played alongside saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Keith Jarrett.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 7:00pm

Born Barry Eugene Carter 70-years ago in Galveston, Texas, Barry White is to blame for lots of babies being born! His sultry vocals, lush orchestrations and long-format songs made romance priority #1. Join host Tom Shaker as we spotlight a great soul artist on this week's show. WICN is not responsible for any May babies!!! It all starts at 7pm.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 4:00pm

Joining us this afternoon is harmonica player Clint Hoover. Having mastered both the chromatic and diatonic harmonicas, Clint's work has earned himself a place in the Encyclopedia of the Harmonica. As a respected music educator, Clint has also been on the applied music staff at numerous colleges around the country.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

TV, radio and film composer Tony Monte talks about working with Steve Allen, Peggy Lee, Carly Simon and others and writing for everything from soap operas to stage productions.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:00pm

Pianist Tim Ryan will be in the studio for a live performance. He has performed with artists such as Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin. Currently, Tim is an associate professor in the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 4:00pm

Known for his work with Paul Winter, pianist Jeff Holmes will be speaking with host Chet Williamson. Holmes has written music for many artists including Ernie Watts.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

 A unique celebration anticipating the upcoming Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival featuring some of the artists who have appeared and/or will be appearing there, along with a number of the regular participants at the monthly maritime song sessions in Portsmouth, other artists so-inclined, and an enthusiastic audience: all singing songs of the sea!

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with the Fitchburg Art Museum about the current exhibition: One Language is Never Enough: Latino Artists in New England.

We continue our conversation (Part 3) with writer, screenwriter, teacher and film blogger Beverly Gray about her detailed and amazing biography: Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches and Driller Killers. Tune in tonight as we talk about Cornan’s career up till today from Frankenstein Unbound to Sharktopus. Beverly’s blog can be found at:
http://beverlygray.blogspot.com/.

Sunday, September 21, 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 Satya Mitra, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Worcester. They talk about service above self. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve is a member of Worcester Rotary and chairs its Public Relations Committee.

The 109-year-old Rotary International is a worldwide service organization. Its purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders, to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. Globally, there are more than 34,000 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide.

Rotary members are known as Rotarians. Usually, they meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner. These are social events as well as opportunities to organize work on their service goals.

Rotary's primary motto is, "Service above self.” An earlier motto was, "One profits most who serves best.” This year’s Rotary International theme—“Engage Rotary, Change Lives” —challenges Rotarians to make a difference by renewing their commitment and welcoming those who have an interest in giving back and wish to join Rotary.

Rotary started with the vision of one man: Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, in 1905. It was intended to be a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

The Worcester Rotary Club held its first meeting 102 years ago this month - in March 1912 - and its charter was issued that April. By that August, there were 29 members. In the mid-1990s, Worcester Rotary’s membership stood at more than 225. Between then and the past year or so, membership fell to around 50. These days, thanks in large part to the inspirational vision and leadership of Satya Mitra, the chapter’s president for 2013-2014, Worcester Rotary’s membership has risen to more than 110.

Satya came to America from India in 1976 with a PhD in biochemistry. Since 1991, he and his wife, and Sheema Mitra, who was also born and raised in India, have owned and operated The Guru Tax and Financial Services - which is based in Worcester and serves primarily the Indus-American community. Satya also hosts Not Only Money, a radio show that airs Sunday mornings at 10 on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:30pm

In her new book, Reign of Error, former assistant secretary of education Diane Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country. She makes clear that, contrary to the claims being made, public school test scores and graduation rates are the highest they’ve ever been, and dropout rates are at their lowest point. Tune in this Sunday evening to catch the real scoop.

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