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Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tune in this Saturday Night for the 4th annual Halloween Blues show where some of your favorite blues, rock n' roll, and novelty bands will be featured during this 4 hour freak show called Saturday Night Flesh Fry.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 9:00pm

Mary Shelley's early 19th Century novel Frankenstein may be the most "influential cautionary tale ever written."  Very popular in its day has been made into plays and countless movies, including silents. But why is this horror story still so popular? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with LESTER D. FRIEDMAN, professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. We will be discussing his book: MONSTROUS PROGENY: A HISTORY OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NARRATIVES.

"It's alive!!!" Tonight on Inquiry we return back to the laboratory, when we continue our conversation about MONSTROUS PROGENY: A HISTORY OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NARRATIVES with authors LESTER D. FRIEDMAN (professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York) and ALLISON B. KAVEY (an associate professor of early modern history at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City). Tonight we will consider the "creature" as a part of the story of the Nephillim and look at more contemporary films that extend the Frankenstein narrative.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Kelly Porter, chief people officer of Harmless Harvest, about whether the food industry is ready to go beyond Fair Trade.

As consumers, we are familiar with the “Fair Trade” label on food such as coffee, tea and chocolate—which means farmers received a fair price for the goods they harvested. More recently, food companies have begun to focus on “Fair For Life” certification—which goes beyond fair prices to include fairness in treatment and long-term investment in farming communities.

Only 500 organizations worldwide have received the Fair For Life certification—one of them being San Francisco's Harmless Harvest, a company specializing in organic, great-tasting and sustainably farmed coconut water. 

Fair For Life certification is a badge of honor that represents the highest ethical standards in product safety, environmental sustainability and fair wages and working conditions for employees throughout the product's supply chain. 

Harmless Harvest gets its coconuts from rural communities in Thailand—and has made a powerful impact on these farming communities. Key annual Fair For Life statistics for Harmless Harvest include:

  • 12 mobile health check-up clinics conducted in rural Thai communities in 2015 (an average of one per month)
  • 906 Thai locals examined by Harmless Harvest's mobile healthcare check-up unit
  • 200 farmers and factory workers sustainably employed by Harmless Harvest in Thailand
  • 386 school uniforms (required to attend classes) provided to 193 local Thai schoolchildren
  • Nearly $40,000 reinvested by Harmless Harvest in communities throughout rural Thailand

In the U.S., Thailand and beyond, Harmless Harvest reports that it “shows the power of an ecosystem-based business to return both profit and positive benefit for people and the planet (all while delivering a delicious and hydrating product).”

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:30pm

Boston is world famous for medical care with thousands of people flying into the state for medical attention, but did you know that Boston is also a hotspot for plastic surgery?  When people think of traveling for plastic surgery, they typically think of Beverly Hills, NYC, and Korea, however the Bay State has rapidly become a destination for all types of plastic surgery. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by  world renowned facial feminization surgeon and facial plastic surgeon Jeffrey Spiegel. Find out how and why people seek this type of surgery.

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 6:00pm

Herbie Hancock always seems to be on some kind of voyage, whether sitting in a eleven-keyboard cockpit or forming new bands that push his possibilities. Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride sits down with Herbie to discuss his journey in technology through the years. His current band, core to a forthcoming album, features Lionel Loueke on guitar, James Genus on bass, Trevor Lawrence Jr. on drums and Terrace Martin on keyboards and alto saxophone. It performs live in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Why is a chamber-jazz quartet lead by Bert Seager, American jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, and educator. The Why also features cello, upright bass, and hand percussion and together reveal new ways to hear dance rhythms from many cultures. The music makes one wonder what Schubert would have sounded like had he lived in Peru and played odd meters, or if Ravel had lived in Ghana and had been able to improvise over chord changes.

Cadence Magazine says Bert’s music is filled with “effervescent optimism.” And the Boston Globe wrote that his “kind of exuberance makes the jazz world go round.”



Bert Seager/Piano
Cathrine Bent/Cello
Ehud Ettun/Bass
Brian O’Neill/Percussion

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

BOUND FOR GLORY LIVE! from the WICN Performance Studio, a broadcast version (with an audience) of the annual Woody Guthrie tribute show put on by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston. Featuring a large cast of talented local New England artists singing the songs of Woody Guthrie.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and photographer MARA TRACHTENBERG. She creates fantastic worlds of monstrous topiary and creatures using confectionery materials and then photographs those dream-like tableaux. An exhibition of her work will be on view at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE from October 26-December 2.

Tonight on Inquiry, our guest is novelist and poet MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL. He is the son of Holocaust survivors. His new book is a tribute to his friend RITA MILJO. She spent her life rehabilitating and caring for orphaned and abused baboons in South Africa. She was also a childhood member of the Hitler Youth. Their extraordinary friendship and Rita’s amazing work with baboons is the subject of Michael’s book: “BECAUSE THEY NEEDED ME”: RITA MILJO AND THE ORPHANED BABOONS OF AFRICA.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Walter Bird Jr., editor of Worcester Magazine, about the business of local journalism 40 years ago – and today.

Forty years ago, two young entrepreneurs named Dan Kaplan and Ryck Bird Lent – who were new to Worcester, to Massachusetts, and to New England – founded Worcester Magazine as a monthly. It went weekly two years later, in 1978. This past September 22, WoMag published a jam-packed 40th Anniversay issue.

During the past four decades, WoMag has gone through numerous ownerships. Dan and Ryck sold it in 1986. More than two decades later, in, 2008, the Holden Landmark Corporation, owned by Kirk Davis, bought WoMag.

Holden Landmark Corporation, which is based in Millbury, also owns the weekly Holden Landmark  plus the monthly Bay State Parent, and the weekly Grafton News, Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Leominster Champion. Together with Worcester Magazine, they have a combined circulation of more than 85,000.

Since 2014, Kirk Davis has also been CEO of Gatehouse Media, a separate company based in Pittsford, New York. Gatehouse Media owns 620 community and business publications, along with 125 daily newspapers, including the Telegram & Gazette and Metrowest Daily News, plus more than 530 local-affiliated websites.

Worcester Magazine has gone through many transformations during the past 40 years – from monthly to weekly, and from alternative to mainstream. Through it all, WoMag has survived, thrived, delivered consistently on a slogan that it touted than a decade ago: “Love It. Hate It. Read It.”

Steve’s guest, Walter Bird Jr., has been editor of Worcester Magazine since 2014.

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