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Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 9:00pm

Can looking at paintings in an art museum improve your skills as a police officer or a surgeon? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with lawyer and art historian AMY E. HERMAN about her ground breaking Art of Perception program, in which people are taught to hone their observational skills by looking at art. Her book about this program is titled: VISUAL INTELLIGENCE: SHARPEN YOUR PERCEPTION, CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

Herbert Hoover is widely regarded as having the greatest failed presidency in American history because of his inability to deal with the crushing Depression. But how well do you really know Hoover’s actual history? Tonight on Inquiry, we Herbert Hoover is widely regarded as having the greatest failed presidency in American history because of his inability to deal with the crushing Depression. But how well do we really know about Hoover’s real history in the White House? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back writer and historian CHARLES RAPPLEYE who takes his considerable journalistic skills to write the first portrait of Hoover “at a remove”. The result is his revelatory new book HERBERT HOOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE: THE ORDEAL OF THE PRESIDENCY.

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Juan Gomez, executive director of Centro, formerly known as Centro Las Americas. They talk about helping the Latino community survive and thrive in a still-tough economy

Established in 1977 as Centro Las Americas by Puerto Ricans to serve Puerto Ricans, Centro bills itself as the largest minority-led, community-based, multiservice, multicultural, multilingual, non-profit organization in Central Massachusetts.

Centro states that its primary purpose is to assist individuals and families striving to reach self-sufficiency while promoting social responsibility, fostering cultural identity, and encouraging families to be significant contributors to the community as a whole.

Juan Gomez has been executive director of Centro since 2007. Most previously, he was a loan officer for Enterprise Bank. He is a former Worcester city councilor at large.

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 10:30pm

In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of miles from another human being, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted a line of mysterious peaks looming in the distance. He called this unexplored realm “Crocker Land.” Scientists and explorers agreed that the world-famous explorer had discovered a new continent rising from the frozen Arctic Ocean. Did Peary really discover a new continent? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and historian David Welky bout his newly released book: A Wretched and Precarious Situation.

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

In the late 1930s, a bespectacled white man who played the clarinet was a teen idol. That was Benny Goodman, and he got to be that way from leading a quartet with Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa — which happened to be jazz's first major mixed-race band. In a special stage show written by Geoffrey Ward and narrated by Wendell Pierce, a young band with a rotating cast of clarinetists tells the whole story at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jazz Night In America dives closer into the history of the quartet, and visits The Appel Room to see Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman.

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Lou Rawls sang it all, from gospel to blues, jazz to r n' b and, of course, soul music. His silky voice lies somewhere between Nat King Cole and Sam Cooke and his soul recordings for Philadelphia International records are still considered classics.
Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of one of America's finest singers. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 6:00pm

West End and UK theater actor, pianist, and vocalist Ben Stock talks about his many inspirations from Noel Coward and Tom Lehrer to John Coltrane and Artie Shaw!

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

Guitarist and composer, John Baboian has performed around the world and now brings his swinging solo Jazz guitar sounds to the farm. The Boston-based educator and performer has a smooth and winning sound that soothes and shines.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four hours of music from and by the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature: Bob Dylan! With special guest co-host Chris Kent.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 9:00pm

Helen Gurley Brown dedicated her life to celebrating the single working “girl”. She wrote two controversial books on that subject and then headed a magazine that was “a glorious unfettered, sexy and seductive paean for aspiring young women who wanted to unleash their ambition.” Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and journalist BROOKE HAUSER whose new book is: ENTER HELEN: THE INVENTION OF HELEN GURLEY BROWN AND THE RISE OF THE MODERN SINGLE WOMAN.

At least 51% of American school children live below the government’s threshold for low income. Low income for children can often mean a life of stress, chaos and uncertainty and this can lead to poor success at school. How can we ensure that these children succeed at learning? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer and journalist  PAUL TOUGH about his important new book HELPING CHILDREN SUCCEED: WHAT WORKS AND WHY.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Leslie Bocskor, president of Electrum Partners. They talk about the bottom lines of medical marijuana. Thjis episode aired originally on October 9, 2016.

Most folks in the cannabis industry for any length of time know Leslie Bocskor by face, name and for his exuberant laugh and immaculate three-piece suits. But don’t be fooled by his formidable frame.

According to the website of Electrum Partners, … “[T]his Transylvanian-descended Renaissance man does not intimidate. He leads by example by embracing an open-source collaborative model unrestricted by time zones and geographies. His boldness enables him to assume a leadership role, mentor, and share the spotlight with other leaders, and fuel the industry’s ascent to a global financial and social phenomenon.”

Bocskor is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, business executive, investment banker, and business advisor. After starting his career in finance and investment banking, in the 1990s, he began investing primarily in internet and new-media properties- later expanding into science, cyber-security, and internet gaming.

He also co-founded and headed a number of technology companies. In 2013 he became founding chair of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association, and he co-founded Electrum Partners in 2014, becoming a managing partner. The firm develops strategies for the expansion of the legal-cannabis market, and also operates a venture-capital fund focused on cannabis-related companies.

In a related matter, Massachusetts voters were asked during the general election on November 8 to decide on Referendum Question 4, a law proposed by initiative petition. They approved the question, with 53.6 percent voting "yes" and 46.4 percent voting "no." The proposed law would permit the possession, use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana in limited amounts by persons age 21 and older and would remove criminal penalties for such activities. It would provide for the regulation of commerce in marijuana, marijuana accessories, and marijuana products and for the taxation of proceeds from sales of these items.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 10:30pm

Over the past decade or so a mysterious phenomenon  has begun to wreak havoc on once-healthy bee colonies. According to experts this is having a major impact on our agricultural industry which to a large extent depends of bees for pollination. Some argue the government hasn't done enough to stem the tide. Is that true? Tune in this Sundays evensong at 10:30 when Al speaks with sociologist and educator Daniel Lee Kleinman who has studied the problem for many years now.

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