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Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 9:00pm

Insects, spiders and other arthropods are all around us, even in our backyards. But could you even indentify more than a handful of the fascinating creatures? Most people intensely dislike insects and spiders, but they are complex often beautiful creatures that often deserve better than our fear. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Arthur V. Evans, D.Sc. He is an entomologist and prolific writer. His latest book will open up a whole new world of exciting natural history right in your own backyard: National Geographic Backyard Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America.

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome in-studio guest Syrian visual artist Aula Al Ayoubi. Her work features expressionistic paintings of women done in paints and collage. Also in the studio is Juliet Feibel, Executive Director of ArtsWorcester and Aula’s translator Ayham Al-Muarrawi.  A show of her work, Fruit Of Heaven, will open at ArtsWorcester October 6.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Eric Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. They talk about healing our ailing American health system.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit health-services companies that, along with its subsidiaries, seeks to improve the well-being of its 2.7 million customers. Its flagship health plans in New England provide health coverage to 1.3 million members, while another 1.4 million individuals are served through Health Plans Inc., a subsidiary that provides integrated-care management, health coaching, and plan-administration solutions to self-funded employers nationwide. 

Harvard Pilgrim’s stated mission is to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities it serves. It aims to do that through the health plans it offers, as well as through: the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, a research and teaching collaboration with Harvard Medical School; and, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, which provides tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities.

For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care reported: total revenues – which they call premium revenues – of $3.8 billion, up from $2.7 billion the year before; and a net loss of $48.5 million, down from a net loss of $54.8 million the year before.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:30pm

Windfall is the boldest profile of the world’s energy resources since Daniel Yergin’s The Quest. Harvard professor and former Washington policymaker Meghan L. O’Sullivan reveals how fears of energy scarcity have given way to the reality of energy abundance. This abundance is transforming the geo-political order and boosting American power. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author, Harvard professor and former energy adviser to George W. Bush, Megan O'Sullivan as she talks about her new book Windfall.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Two wonderful things in store for you on tonight's Soul Serenade! First, we'll celebrate the life of a man who's one of the architects of soul music, the genius of soul, Ray Charles. We'll also learn more about a great event happening right in our own backyard-- The Shawna Shea Film Festival. Join host Tom Shaker. It all starts at 7pm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

To celebrate the publication of his new memoir, My Dear Departed Past, we revisit Judy’s 2007 conversation with the pianist/composer.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new "The Business Beat," Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Kaska Yawo, co-founder and executive director of African Community Education. They talk about educating Worcester’s African refugee and immigrant children.

In 2006, Kaska Yawo and Olga Valman, who is now an ACE board member, founded ACE, a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit, as a community-oriented educational program targeted toward African refugee and immigrant children living in Worcester. The students attending this program have come to the U.S. from nations suffering from war and either political or social instability. As a result, these children were unable to engage in meaningful schooling during their childhood. When they arrive in the U.S., they are enrolled in school according to their age, rather than their actual level of education, and thus are often years behind their peers in most subjects.

Fortunately, many of these children are bright and motivated, and ACE seeks to draw on these strengths to close the gaps with their education. To meet the needs of this population, ACE has developed a Saturday program with formal classes in Math and English, a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, life-skills courses, and extracurricular activities, such as dance, soccer and art.

ACE also offers after-school tutoring, Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Lastly, ACE employs culturally competent outreach staff to do home visitations with families and encourage parents to take an active role in their child's education. All of ACE’s students, who are from many nations, come to learn, achieve, and succeed. At ACE, the goal is to help them achieve their goals by providing a safe and supportive environment for learning.

On Thursday, October 12 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at UMass Medical School in Worcester, ACE will hold its Annual Fall Fundraiser.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino does volunteer public-relations work for ACE.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:00pm

Monday night, Uncle Mark will play music from the decade of the 90s in Britain. It was  politically a time of change and turmoil. Musically, it was a time of great bands like Pulp, Belle and Sebastian, Elastica, Stereo MC's and (of course) Oasis. Tune in for this evening of Brit Rock from the end of the last century!

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