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Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 9:00pm

We hear a lot today that the healthcare system is broken and that we have become a nation of “doctor shoppers” who believe that more care, more scans and more drugs means better care. How did we get this way and what can be done about it? Tonight on Inquiry we will look at the history of the patient –doctor relationships and how it has evolved. We talk with NANCY TOMES, professor of history at Stony Brook University about her revealing history: REMAKING THE AMERICAN PATIENT: HOW MADISON AVENUE AND MODERN MEDICINE TURNED PATIENTS INTO CONSUMERS.

Tonight’s guest is KEN ONO. He is the Asa Griggs Chandler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University and a Fellow of the Mathematical Society. His parents were first generation Japanese emigrants to the United States at a time when there was tremendous racism expressed to the Japanese. His father was a brilliant mathematician and it was expected that Ken would follow in his footsteps. But he struggled to find himself for many years until he became inspired by one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. Ken Ono’s book is titled MY SEARCH FOR RAMANUJAN: HOW I LEARNED TO COUNT written with Amir D. Aczel.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Amy Collinsworth, president of the Boston Rotaract Club, Sheryl Meehan, governor of Rotary District 7930, of which Boston Rotaract is a part, and Dave Gardner, governor-elect of District 7930. They talk about Women in Rotary: Three Decades After A Landmark Supreme Court Ruling.

Boston Rotaract hosts the Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club forum on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. This event will focus on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.

Founded in 1905, Rotary International is a global community of more than 1.2 million like-minded individuals in 35,000 clubs who have a passion for service. However, the Rotary International Constitution required membership to be limited to just men until 1989 - two years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that mandated gender equality in Rotary in the United States. Today, there are more than 200,000 women in Rotary, comprising nearly 20% of Rotary’s membership.

Rotaract - a Rotary Club partner - is targeted toward young professionals who extend Rotary’s value of “service above self, and who want to join in making a difference in their local and international communities. Rotary and the world it serves have transformed since 1905. Women now hold more prominent roles in the workplace, their communities, and in Rotary International – from club presidents to district governors to Rotary International vice president. The “Women in Rotary” forum will focus on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino is president of the Auburn Rotary Club.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 10:30pm

Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers and field hands, tradesmen, servants, and children. Many black residents were poor sharecroppers, but others owned their own farms and the land on which they’d founded the county’s thriving black churches.But then in September of 1912, three young black laborers were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. One man was dragged from a jail cell and lynched on the town square, two teenagers were hung after a one-day trial, and soon bands of white “night riders” launched a coordinated campaign of arson and terror, driving all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with award winning author and historian Patrick Phillips, author of the new book: BLOOD AT THE ROOT.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

To say Max Roach was a bebop pioneer, or a paramount innovator of the drums, or a prominent social activist would be accurate. Yet these individual labels fall short of his totality. Ali Jackson had a chance to see a fuller picture — after crossing paths with Roach at age 12, Jackson was forever changed, and would go on to study with Roach. Today, he's the drummer for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and still deeply appreciative.

Jazz Night In America takes in Jackson's one-night-only salute to the father of modern drumming, complete with an expanded ensemble and string quartet.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

It's finally here, so turn down the sound and join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate "Soul Serenade style" the first presidential debate of 2016. We'll have songs about politics, the economy, fear, love and loathing! It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Chicago saxophonist talks about working with Count Basie and Earl Hines and performs with Judy onstage for “Jazz Inspired from Kiawah Island.”

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:00pm

Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians performing today. Her music transcends genre through soaring violin and winning vocals. Together with Hankus Nitsky they explore Jazz standards, originals and Jewish folk idioms.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:00pm

Music from and conversation with North Sea Gas: THE Scottish Folk Band for the past 36 years! A shorter show—just 2 or 3 hours—but absolute quality!

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 9:00pm

What’s it like to have your own laboratory? What is it like to be a woman scientist in field dominated by men? These are just some of the topics discussed tonight when Inquiry welcomes geobiologist and Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Maňoa, HOPE JAHREN. Her wonderful new book is part memoir, part introduction to the biology of trees and is titled LAB GIRL.

Tonight we talk with artist KEVIN BURNS. Examples of his work will be exhibited with works by J.D. Sage in the exhibition GO FIGURE: ART ABOUT MANKIND AND MIND at the Worcester SPRINKLER FACTORY in October. Tune in and here Kevin talk about his investigations into “entropy and optimality in abstract art” among other topics.

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Grace Ross, is one of the founders and the coordinator of the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending. They talk about putting an end to predatory and illegal discrimination in lending practices.

The Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending is a seven-year-old coalition of nearly 70 member organizations, as well as a number of endorsing organizations. Among the member organizations are housing-counseling agencies, legal-services groups, social- service agencies, and community-based social-action groups. All have come together to work on reversing the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts. The Alliance focuses its work on:

  • Legislative initiatives, including judicial foreclosure, mandatory mediation, just-cause eviction post-foreclosure, and other pre- and post-foreclosure protections for tenants and homeowners;
  • Organizing to prevent eviction of tenants and resident homeowners who are paying their rents in foreclosed properties;
  • Providing education to homeowners and tenants regarding their rights, as well as educating the general public regarding the predatory and discriminatory practices of lenders and financial institutions;
  • Ensuring that foreclosed properties can be acquired as affordable housing by non-profits and other entities.

The Alliance shares information among, and coordinates the activities of, its member organizations and, where possible, speaks with a united voice on behalf of people impacted by the foreclosure crisis and against predatory lending practices.

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 10:30pm

As the crack epidemic swept across inner-city America in the early 1980s, the streets of Baltimore were crime ridden. For poor kids from the housing projects, the future looked bleak. But basketball could provide the quickest ticket out, an opportunity to earn a college scholarship and perhaps even play in the NBA.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author Alejandro Danois about his new bestseller, The Boys of Dunbar". This inspirational story of how inner city kids during the 1980's played local basketball to avoid the temptations of drugs and crime only to become NBA champions

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of jazz circles. Performing under his given name, he was an up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed — or didn't — he found that a lot of contemporary rock music also spoke him deeply. So performing under the name ELEW, he devised a new theatrical, high-energy method of solo piano he called rockjazz, and it took him to TED Conferences, national tours, America's Got Talent and the White House. Now he's set to return to the jazz trio format, planning a recording with some major players. Jazz Night In America follows ELEW to the studio, and to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, where his burning band includes Reginald Veal on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

From child prodigy as a classical pianist to his own Dixieland band as an eight year old to the musician Yehudi Menuhin calls “one of the finest pianists I have ever had the pleasure of performing with."

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble shares more than fifty of his favorite tracks over four hours of song.

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