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Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:00pm

Israeli born jazz guitarist and composer Assaf Kehati brings lyricism and hard swing to his musical storytelling. Kehati came to the United States in pursuit of an advance degree at Boston's New England Conservatory.  Since then, he has released three albums, presented masterclass videos for Jazz Guitar Society and traveled the world accompanying jazz luminaries from Anat Cohen and Donny McCaslin to Victor Lewis and Billy Hart. Kehati joins host Bonnie Johnson to talk about his trio's summer tour including a stop on the international stage at The Atlanta Jazz Festival. Tune in at 12 pm ET.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back two guests committed to quality and fun natural history and environmental education for young people. STACY TORNIO is a writer, editor, master gardener and master naturalist. KEN KEFFER is a naturalist and environmental educator. Their new book is THE SECRET LIVES OF ANIMALS: 1,001 TIDBITS, ODDITIES AND AMAZING FACTS ABOUT NORTH AMERICA’S COOLEST ANIMALS. Tune in and find out where a Moose’s “bell” is and why bison are such good snowplows.

The year 1606 was a disastrous one for England. There was the plague, and the infamous Gunpowder Plot and unrest and even demonic possession. King James had succeeded Queen Elizabeth and the transition was a difficult one. But it was a great year for William Shakespeare who wrote King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. How did Shakespeare incorporate what was going on around him in England into his plays? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES SHAPIRO, the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University about his latest book: THE YEAR OF LEAR: SHAKESPEARE IN 1606.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR+Best Rate of Climb interviews Joe Bush, executive director of Worcester CleanTech Incubator. They talk about fostering the growth of new “green” enterprises. This episode aired originally on April 24, 2016.

Joe is a scientist, manager, and entrepreneur who is passionate about leveraging technology to improve our standard of living, while bringing our ecological impact in-line with regional and global carrying capacities.

Worcester CleanTech Incubator’s mission is to foster the growth of new enterprises to address the most pressing issues of our time. The Incubator states its belief that “entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of innovation and the key to society’s transition towards sustainability.” The Incubator provides both the physical and network resources companies need to propel their ideas to market.

Founded and operated by the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, the Incubator is a community in the heart of Central Massachusetts dedicated to building change.  The Incubator facility, located in the Printers Building – here  at 44 Portland Street in downtown Worcester - provides more than 10,000 square feet of space that offers private offices, co-working space, conference rooms, event space, and prototyping labs.  

Joe Bush expresses his eagerness to help fellow entrepreneurs as well as established businesses grow the regional green economy.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:30pm

After the Nuremberg trials and the start of the Cold War, most of the victors in World War II lost interest in prosecuting Nazi war criminals. Many of the lower-ranking perpetrators quickly blended in with the millions who were seeking to rebuild their lives in a new Europe, while those who felt most at risk fled the continent. In his new book,The Nazi Hunters author Andrew Nagorski focuses on the small band of men and women who refused to allow their crimes to be forgotten—and who were determined to track them down to the furthest corners of the globe. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author Andrew Nagorski.

Monday, May 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Leroy Jones was playing in New Orleans back when Bourbon Street was lined with jazz clubs. The city has changed since then — Bourbon Street is a prime example — and Jones has evolved with it. From second lines with the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band and the Hurricane Brass Band, club gigs with modern combos and tours with Harry Connick Jr., he's been a part of many jazz scenes.

Jazz Night In America takes in a set with Jones' sextet at the Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall in Mandeville, La., across the lake from New Orleans. We hear the story of the venue, a small wooden room which has hosted jazz performances for more than a century, and the stories of Jones, a well-loved presence in his hometown.

Monday, May 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Memorial Day with a whole
Show devoted to the sounds of Motown! All your favorites will be there, Stevie, Smokey, Marvin, Diana and many more, plus a few surprises. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 6:00pm

Jazz pianist John Sheridan discusses his years playing with Jim Cullum's Band on the radio show "Live From the Landing" and his thoughts on being a great ensemble player.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 6:30pm

A listen-back to the rich and varied string vibrations that have permeated the atmosphere at DreamFarm.

Featuring:

“Waterfall”
Peter Jansen/Bertram Lehmann

“Bon Filho”
“Choro Negro”
Trio Por Do Sol

“Modim”
Julie Lavender

“Shadow Play”
Eugene Frisen/Tim Ray/Greg Hopkins

“Johnny’s Swing”
Ameranouche

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four hours of maritime music from artists who have been integral to the Portsmouth NH music sessions and the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival over the past several years. You'll hear tracks from Tom Hall, Emery Hutchins, Great Bay Sailor, Mudhook, Sue Young, Linn Schulz, Jeff Warner, Charlie Ipcar, and many more! Listen for the Johnson Girls, Gordon Bok, John Roberts, and others who have been featured performers at the annual PMFF. The music will allow you to "view the still waters and take the salt air" from the comfort of your home or car, listening to THE FOLK REVIVAL with host Nick Noble.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 9:00pm

Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge about his fascinating new book: BATTLING THE GODS: ATHEISM IN THE ANCIENT WORLD. During the middle years of the 20th Century, graphic artists working for technical corporations and journals had to creatively depict some of the important new components for advertisements and promotional material. These artists employed the visual language of Modernism to make cathode ray tubes, printed circuits, punch cards, sonar, radar and semiconductors look interesting and colorful. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with cultural historian and archivist MEGAN PRELINGER about her new book INSIDE THE MACHINE: ART AND  INVENTION  IN THE ELECTONIC AGE

Inquiry welcomes award-winning cartoonist, painter and educator CAROL TYLER to discuss her complex and moving new book SOLDIER’S HEART: THE CAMPAIGN TO UNDERSTAND MY WWII VETERAN FATHER. A DAUGHTER’S MEMOIR.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 10:30pm

When Richard Nixon campaigned for the presidency in 1968 he promised to change the Supreme Court. With four appointments to the court, including Warren E. Burger as the chief justice, he did just that. In 1969, the Burger Court succeeded the famously liberal Warren Court, which had significantly expanded civil liberties and was despised by conservatives across the country. The Burger Court is often described as a “transitional” court between the liberal Warren Court and the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts, a court where little of importance happened. But in his new book, "The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right" noted law professor and author Michael Graetz details how the Burger court had indeed made land-mark decisions many of which exist to this very day.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Michael Graetz.

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR+Best Rate of Climb interviews Dante Comparetto and Martha Assefa, co-owners of Pure Juz. They talk about Why we should support locally owned businesses.

Located in Worcester, Pure Juz is a locally owned and socially responsible juice bar committed to providing the community with the freshest fruit and vegetable juice blends possible. Juices are made fresh from locally sourced produce where possible.

Pure Juz is unique in that it adheres to socially responsible business practices by purchasing produce from many local farms and utilizing services from other local businesses to recycle money in the local community in order to support economic development. Energy is produced from renewable energy and a minimal amount of waste is produced from the business. The juice byproduct is given to local farms for composting and feedstock.

Pure Juz says it “strongly believes that the strength of Worcester depends on collaborative relationships between the business and non-profit communities.” It has created a partnership with the Worcester Parks Department to maintain the "Iron Bridge" at neighboring Elm Park. It also earmarks 3 percent of proceeds from every order of juice goes to support Elm Park Community School, a high-poverty school.

One of the owners, Dante Comparetto, also works as director of youth development with StandUp for Kids, a non-profit that supports homeless and at-risk youth, and intends to prioritize homeless and at-risk youth for hiring decisions. He and his partner, Martha Assefa, say they “truly believe that if every business adheres to socially responsible business practices, then we would have a stronger city.” They express hope that their business will “lead by example.”

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