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Programming Highlights

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

Celebrated Chicago based guitarist, Andy Brown discusses his love of solo playing, as well as his duo work with Howard Alden and his own band and why he left his native New York for the windy city.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Imagine Beethovens Fifth´ seemlessly fusioning with a danceable salsabeat, or Strauss´ Blue Danube as a coquet chachacha, yet keeping the essence of the classic piece…Apparently impossible! Doomed to be bad-taste and cheesy! Or is it?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble will play music from past Newport Festivals and tracks from contemporary Newport performers. He will be interviewing Rick Massimo, author of I GOT A SONG, the definitive history of the Newport Folk Festival, and there will also be conversations with Chris Funk (the Decemberists), Bryan Minto (Low Anthem), singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari, and Festival director Jay Sweet.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 9:00pm

What is a Blue Jay worth? Could a Mallard be crucial for the survival of an ecosystem? Do birds matter? Tonight on Inquiry we will attempt to answer these questions when we speak with DANIEL G. WENNY, landbird senior biologist at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and visiting research scholar at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. Joining him will be CHRISTOPHER J. WHELAN, visiting research associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a research affiliate at the Field Museum, Chicago. We will be discussing the collection of papers they edited: WHY BIRDS MATTER: AVIAN ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES.

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk rocket science, as well as satellite science and research launched from the Space Shuttle with retired scientist ROBERT E. HUFFMAN, Ph.D. His long career stretched from the Nixon administration to the Bush administration, during which time he worked on numerous projects including some associated with the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars”. His new memoir recounts what it was like to launch experiments into space all the while dealing with organizational politics, government funding and the tensions of the Cold War. His new book is ADVENTURES OF A STAR WARRIOR: COLD WAR ROCKET SCIENCE ON THE SPACE FRONTIER.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new ‘The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Skyllar Mullvaney, founder of the Horses and Heroes Foundation. They talk about the charitable business of honoring police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Based in Revere, the Horses and Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization that purchases and names horses after police officers who have been either slain in the line of duty or involved in a selfless and heroic act while on duty. To date, the Foundation has bought for $1,000 each and donated 17 such horses in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, Louisiana, Nevada and Virginia.

On Saturday, May 6 in Auburn, the Horses and Heroes Foundation will dedicate the naming of police horse “Tarentino Strong” in honor of fallen Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Officer Tarentino was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street, near Zabelle Avenue, in Auburn shortly after midnight on May 23, 2016. An occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him during as he approached the car, striking him multiple times. He was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him fled the scene, but was later located at an Oxford apartment building. As officers searched the apartment he was believed to have been hiding in they discovered a secret passage into an adjoining apartment. When the officers made entry into the second apartment the subject exited a closet and opened fire, wounding one Massachusetts State Police tactical team trooper before being killed.

Officer Tarentino had served with the Auburn Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Leicester Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 11:00pm

Brian Vinik celebrates 100 episodes as host with a look back at some of our favorite songs and artists we've come to know and love! From lush film scores to worldly rhythms, tune in for this special musical journey.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

Los Angeles based vocalist Dave Damiani, is a proud throwback to the Rat Pack days of Frank Sinatra and the music of the Great American Songbook. Dave discusses the challenges and joys of keeping a big band employed, as well as the different attitude he’s experienced from younger musicians, who Dave feels are more positive about the performance experience.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

The first week in May features International Workers Day, so host Nick Noble will feature four hours of labor songs, topical songs, and songs of protest and reform. Tune in and sing along with sisters and brothers around the world.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:00pm

What happens in our brains when we first look at a Jackson Pollack drip painting or a Mark Rothko color-field work? Tonight we will talk with Nobel laureate ERIC R. KENDEL. He is University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Psychiatry at Columbia University and director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science. His new fascinating and beautiful book explores how the brain perceives and reacts to abstract works of art: REDUCTIONISM IN ART AND BRAIN SCIENCE: BRIDGING TWO CULTURES.

What do T-Rex, David Bowie, Alice Cooper and Lou Reed all have in common? Glam! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer SIMON REYNOLDS. He is the author of seven books about music and pop culture. Tonight we are talking about his latest: SHOCK AND AWE: GLAM ROCK AND ITS LEGACY, FROM THE SEVENTIES TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. So slip on something decadent put on “Jeepster” and listen!

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, producer and host Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dave Peterson, general manager of the two-time League Champion Worcester Bravehearts, who was named the Futures Collegiate Baseball League's Executive of the Year for the 2014 baseball season. They talk about how to survive – and thrive  - with a pro baseball team in Central Massachusetts.

The Bravehearts play a 56-game schedule between June and August. This season, their fourth, the Bravehearts will play 28 home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester. 

The Bravehearts are a member of the FCBL's West Division, which means fans get to see local divisional teams such as the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Bristol Blues, and Pittsfield Suns more often. The Bravehearts were the FCBL Champions in both 2014 - their very first season – and 2015. In 2016, they once again made it to the League Championship Series, but lost to the Nashua Silver Knights, three games to none in the best of-five series.

The Bravehearts strive to bring a full Minor League Baseball-like experience and memorable family experiences at affordable prices to Hanover Insurance Park. Half of the Bravehearts players are local, meaning that they either grew up in Central Massachusetts or are currently playing baseball at a college or university in New England. Chances are that you'll see some familiar faces on the field when you enjoy a Bravehearts baseball game.

The Bravehearts and Dirt Dawgs teams are the latest forays by Central Mass. into trying to sustain at least one baseball team at a time. The now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League played for eight seasons, from 2005 through 2012.

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