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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight I am joined in the studio by Mary M. Tinti, Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Mary talks about the new exhibition One Language is Never Enough: Latino Artists in New England. This show features work by 24 contemporary artists of New England. One of those artists also joins us in the studio tonight: RAUL GONZALEZ III, who talks about his monumental and complex work in the show and his early life as an artist. For some examples of his work, please go to http://www.artbyraul.com/about.html

For more information about all the events associated with this show, please go to http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org/

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.

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

Drummer Herlin Riley brings the beat of the bayou to Jazz at Lincoln Center with three generations of New Orleans piano masters: elder statesman and NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, seasoned veteran Henry Butler, and young lion Jonathan Batiste. Blues, ragtime, and New Orleans inspiration on modern classics set this Crescent City celebration into full swing.

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Dionne's younger sister Dee Dee, began singing in the church with bother her sister and her aunt, Cissy Houston. While her career was not as commercially successful as Dionne's she recorded some classic soul sides for Mercury & Atco records. Join host Tom Shaker as we remember this "Lost Soul" on this week's show. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

Banjoist Béla Fleck discusses his work with Chick Corea, with whom he recorded a duet album titled The Enchantment. As a recipient of 15 Grammy awards and 30 nominations, no individual artist has been nominated in more different musical categories in Grammy history.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

On this edition of DreamFarm Radio, host Julie Lavender and engineer Don Richards take you through selections from their anthology of featured artists. Fun fact: when Don first met Julie, he was attending a live performance at the farm and said, "I think I can make your sound better!" The rest is history...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

News Songs, Listener Requests & Fan Favorites accompanying our WICN Fall Membership Drive, while chatting with several interesting guests. Possible interviews with and/or visits from the Tannehill Weavers, Paul Rogoshewski (PJ Rogue), and Ari Charbboneau.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 9:00pm

Writer James Dempsey, Instructor in the Humanities and Arts Department of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, returns to Inquiry to talk about his new project The Worcester Journal, an on-line literary journal that will feature some of the best unpublished young writers of the area. Also in the studio are two of the writers to be featured in The Worcester Journal Nicholas Porcella and Warren Singh. Tune in for a lively discussion about the art of writing and a passion for reading great literature. To read the Journal, go to http://www.theworcesterjournal.com/

Krista Buckland Reiser, General Manager and violinist for the Worcester Chamber Music Society returns to Inquiry to talk about the wonderful and varied and programs the society is offering this fall and early winter. With her in the studio is violinist Rohan Gregory, who talks about his evolution as a musician and his fascinating work with the like of the Indo-jazz group Natraj and playing with flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual.

Sunday, September 28, 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 Joyce Kressler, director of the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. They talk about how the intersection of Arts and STEM leads to creative innovation.

This episode aired originally on April 6, 2014 In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve was doing public-relations work for the Worcester Incubator for Innovation on the The Art of Science Learning at that time.

The goal is innovation. The medium is creativity. The combination is cutting-edge problem-solving. The initiative is The Art of Science Learning, a National Science Foundation-funded program that uses the arts to spark creativity in science education and the development of an innovative 21st-century STEM workforce.

The Art of Science Learning initiative is built on more than 15 years of work by Harvey Seifter and colleagues, exploring the impact of artistic skills, processes and experiences on learning and the innovation process. Seifter is the New York City-based Art of Science Learning’s founder, director and principal investigator.

Locally, the Art of Science Learning initiative is being driven by the Worcester Incubator for Innovation, which consists of more than 100 volunteers drawn from across sectors of education, sciences, business and the arts. The Worcester Incubator shares equally with Chicago and San Diego a $2.6-million federal grant to explore the Art of Science Learning.

Between last March and next January, the Worcester Incubator participants will be using a cutting-edge curriculum and working with recognized experts. They will be seeking transportation solutions to enhance Worcester’s economic activity, connect its communities, and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.

On April 10, the general public was invited to attend Introduction to the Art of Science Learning and the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. The event was held at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Worcester. The Worcester Incubator shared cutting-edge work from local and national innovators. Learn first-hand how this dynamic, integrated thinking will be applied to Worcester's transportation challenges and the development of new models for STEM learning.

Click here for photos and of the April 10 event.

Click here for audio of the April 10 event.

Joyce Kressler has a remarkable track record of accomplishment in the arts, education and community engagement. It includes a14-year tenure as executive director of First Night Worcester. The non-profit organization produces the largest and most diverse visual- and performing-arts festival in Central Massachusetts, attracting audiences in the tens of thousands annually.

Under Joyce’s leadership, First Night Worcester also developed K-through-12 arts-education and professional-development programs in the Worcester Public Schools in partnership with local colleges and cultural institutions. Benefiting thousands of students and their teachers, the collaborations ranged from innovative art/science programming to initiating the only deaf-youth theater residency in the region.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:30pm

In his new book Scalia law professor and author Bruce Allen Murphy takes a hard look at one of the most dazzling and polarizing jurists on the Supreme Court. Above all he examines the inevitably murky relationship between judicial decision making and religious devotion. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author Bruce Allen Murphy. Hear what he has to says about Antonin Scalia, the man and the jurist.

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