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Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back RICHARD FORTEY. Fellow of the Royal Society, he was a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. “After a lifetime of working in a great museum, it was time to escape into the open air..” Fortey writes in his new book THE WOOD FOR THE TREES: ONE MAN’S LONG VIEW OF NATURE. His “where” ends up being in the Chiltern Hills of the England. Tune in for a discussion about the natural and human history of some classic English countryside.

Inquiry welcomes back ERIC R. KANDEL. He is the University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Psychiatry at Columbia University. In 2000 he was awarded the Nobel prize in Physiology and Medicine. His latest book is REDUCTIONISM IN ART AND BRAIN SCIENCE  and you can listen to our conversation about that book by clicking on Inquiry podcasts. Tonight we will be discussing his fascinating autobiography IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW SCIENCE OF THE MIND.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of ‘The Business Beat,’ Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews John Giangregorio, a Worcester businessman and community organizer in the Worcester Canal District, Paul Dell’Aquila, an organizer for Jane Jacobs in the Woo, and Kyla Pacheco, co-founder of Action! Worcester. They talk about who Jane Jacobs was – and why Worcester should celebrate her 100th birthday. This episode aired originally on April 9, 2017.

As Joyce Mandell, author of the blog Jane Jacobs in the Woo, observes, “Worcester’s urban-development agenda since the 1960s’ urban-renewal craze has been based on two major fallacies: 1) that historic buildings such as Notre Dame serve as an impediment to economic progress; and 2) fuzzy-headed nostalgia (not economic rationalization) drives the work of historic preservation.”

Joyce Mandell continues: “Smart cities know the real truth: that adaptive reuse of historic buildings makes dollars and sense – and translates into tangible economic benefits: job creation, increase in tourism, resource-cost savings, downtown revitalization, niche-business incubation, and community-branding opportunities.”
In her blog, Joyce Mandell cites the famous urban theorist Jane Jacobs, who noted, - “Cities need old buildings so badly, it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them.”

On May 2 through 7, Jane Jacobs in the Woo along with several other groups with a mission and passion for a healthy, sustainable and profitable Worcester for all people – not just the rich – will celebrate Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, which was on May 4, 2016.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:30pm

A college education nowadays can easily exceed the cost of a house, but it differs from real estate in at least one important way: it’s not all about “location, location, location.” College is rendered worthwhile or inadequate not by the name at the top of the diploma, argues educator and author Jacques Berlinerblau in Campus Confidential, but by a student's encounter with professors. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Berlinerblau about his new book and his take on college today.

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

One of America's greatest songwriters, Doc Pomus came out of the Brill Building era and wrote classic songs for the likes of Elvis, The Coasters, Ray Charles and so many, many more. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate a truly remarkable figure in the history of pop music. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

British guitarist Sam Dunn discusses the challenges of the jazz scene in England and combining his equal passion for the music of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and English rock.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

Hear from the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, the Tarriers, the Gateway Singers, the Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four, the Limeliters, the Cumberland Three, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Highwaymen, the womenfolk, Peter-Paul-and-Mary, the New Christy Minstrels, the Cumberland Trio, the Brandywine Singers, the Tripjacks, the Whisky Hill Singers, We Five, the Byrds, the Seekers, the Rooftop Singers, the Serendipity Singers, the Pozo-Seco Singers, and more!

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 9:00pm

When writer and journalist EMILY WITT turned thirty and found herself single, she began to wonder about the meaning of relationships and sex. Was there something to hope for other than the long-term monogamous relationship sanctioned by society? So she began to explore other options and attitudes including internet dating,  OMing, internet porn, live webcams and polymory. Witt’s new book FUTURE SEX chronicles her journey of sexuality and identity.

Inquiry welcomes back artist, performer and film maker DAME DARCY. Tonight we talk about the new compilation of her “Neo-Victorian” masterpiece comics MEATCAKE BIBLE. If you are a fan of mermaids, possessed dolls, and sailors lured to their doom, be sure to tune in!

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Allen Fletcher of Worcester’s Canal District Alliance. They talk about raising the city’s Canal District to the next economic-development level.

As Mass Live reported on June 14, Worcester businessman and community activist Allen Fletcher is increasing the growth and development of Worcester's burgeoning Canal District with the construction of an 70,000-square-foot public market and apartment complex. The market will be indoors open year-around. Construction is expected to begin this summer, and take one year to complete. 

The complex will be built right next to the city's most notorious intersection – Kelley Square - on the dirt lot next to the Crompton Building. But, as Mass Live notes, Fletcher isn't deterred by that six-way intersection of insanity. In fact, he embraces the madness.

"I think already everyone loves Kelley Square, whether they understand it or not. From my standpoint, it's a huge asset. I think it’s an eighth wonder of the world from a traffic standpoint. It’s absolutely wonderful to look out on it," Fletcher tells Mass Live.

Through the Harding Green LLC, Fletcher has submitted a plan to the city's Planning Board calling for a market place on the first floor and 48 apartments above that. The market will have room for 30 to 40 vendors, all of which will serve different types of food. 

Fletcher envisions a hall for fish-mongers, cheese-makers, Albanian, Ghanian, Dominican food vendors and seasonal farmers markets. At the tip of the complex will be a diner.

Fletcher, is a longtime member of the Canal District Alliance, a collaboration of business owners dedicated to improving that neighborhood. He and the group have been at the forefront of improving the entertainment and living options in the Canal District.

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