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Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 9:00pm

Ever wonder what an Ancient Greek would find funny or what kind of a story Ancient Roman would find interesting? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we speak with WILLIAM HANSEN, professor emeritus of classical studies and folklore at Indiana University. His new collection is THE BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES, LEGENDS AND MYTHS which he edited and translated.

Journalist AMY LIPTROT was born and raised on the remote Orkney Islands north of Scotland. Here she lived with her parents who raised sheep. But as soon as she was old enough, she left the peaceful island home for a very wild life in London where she became a serious party animal and alcoholic. As part of her long and difficult rehabilitation, she moved back to the Orkneys where the wind, sea, wildlife and people forever changed her life.  Liptrot’s moving and atmospheric account of those years are told in her new book THE OUTRUN: A MEMOIR. Tune in and hear her story.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve D’Agostino interviews Don McPherson, who runs Minute Man Air Field in Stow. They talk about running a local business with an “economy, community, environment” pledge.

Minute Man Air Field is a rarity – it’s still a family-run operation. Don McPherson runs the Air Field while his wife, Nancy runs Nancy’s Airfield Cafe. Minute Man has a 2,800-foot paved, lighted, instrument runway and a 1-600-foot visual runway, and is known as the I-495 region’s “24 hour, All-Weather, Public Use Airport.”

Started by local pilots in 1963 as a 1,700-foot grass landing strip known as Erikson Field, the airport was purchased by Paul McPherson in 1966. Paul and his son, Don, paved and extended the runway to 2,000 feet, added a parallel taxiway and tie-downs for 50 planes, installed AVGAS pumps, and constructed the Operations Building.

The former grass strip was re-opened as Minute Man Air Field in 1969.Paul’s wife and daughter also opened a small coffee shop on the field, called “Peg’s Place,” making Minute Man Air Field truly a family-run business. Over the decades, the airport has added aircraft-maintenance and -storage hangars, a runway extension, a second cross-wind runway, and aircraft-parking aprons, and has upgraded the fuel storage facility to Massachusetts environmental standards.

In the early ‘90s, 100 acres of land, destined to be a housing development, were added to the field’s land holdings, providing additional buffer between the airfield and its residential neighbors. The land was purchased with state and federal grant funding. Now, the open space is being farmed, and serves as home to many species of wildlife.

All of this enables Minute Man Air Field to honor its “economy, community, environment” pledge.

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Unfathomable. Unimaginable. These are among the words used to describe the recent mass shooting in a rural Texas church, which left more than two dozen parishioners dead, eight of them children. For many of us, the inhuman horror of this act literally defies comprehension. The dimensions of the tragedy are all too familiar for Jimmy Greene.

A saxophonist both respected and beloved in the jazz community, Greene lost his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The shock and pain left his family dumbstruck. But Greene eventually decided to begin making music again, this time in honor of his daughter: Beautiful Life, released in 2014, paid tribute to the spirit and love that Ana exuded, and the joy that she spread.

Jazz Night in America caught up with Greene in 2015, speaking with his family about Ana and her legacy. This episode features those conversations, as well as an uplifting performance by Greene's quartet at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, drawing from Beautiful Life.

Greene has since released a follow-up album, Flowers, once again dedicated to Ana's memory. Together with his wife, Nelba Márquez-Greene, he has carried on her legacy through the Ana Grace Project, a nonprofit community arts organization. They have been outspoken in the campaign for gun control, an ongoing and uphill struggle.

"Love Wins" is the slogan that helped carry the Greene family through their darkest hours. That message carries through the music, and it's an abiding theme in this episode of Jazz Night in America.

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we welcome John Capouya to talk about his great new book, Florida Soul. And, we'll spin soul songs about food to whet your appetite for Thanksgiving. Bon Appetite! It all starts at 7pm.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

After years away from performing because of vocal cord issues, Steven is back with his new big band CD, “The Way You Look Tonight” a throwback to the Sinatra days of swinging arrangements of the standards.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

“Home” is such a powerful word. Warm comforting, evocative. Songs such as “Home Is Where The Heart Is” remind us of a uniting truth in these divisive times. Spending time at home, especially around the holidays should be about the most important values of family, friends, and shared memories.  Millions of Americans will travel during Thanksgiving week to connect with family and friends to rekindle and celebrate those traditional values. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, The Bluegrass Junction will dedicate our time to songs of “Home Sweet Home”. Remembering the good times and anticipating another homecoming, in song, the good old Bluegrass way.

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, the annual FOLK REVIVAL Thanksgiving show (pre-recorded: host Nick Noble will be enjoying Thanksgiving with his family)

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 9:00pm

The life of a museum curator is not an easy one! Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back LANCE GRANDE, the Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History. His new book is titled CURATORS: BEHIND THE SCENES OF A NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.  This is a very entertaining account  of how Grande became a curator, and the people who influenced and helped him along the way as well as biographies of other curators at the museum, past and present.

Is the answer to global climate change for all of us to burrow underground? You may consider that option after listening to tonight’s guest: ANTHONY J. MARTINS. He is a professor at Emory University and is a paleontologist, geologist and one of the world’s most accomplished ichnologist. He has spent his life studying creatures past and present  that burrow. Did prehistoric  burrowing behavior help certain animals survive the great extinction events of the past? His new book is: THE EVOLUTION UNDERGROUND: BURROWS, BUNKERS, AND THE MARVELOUS SUBTERRANEON WORLD BENEATH OUR FEET. Did the Morlocks have the right idea? Tune in and see.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Chris Moulding, regional community marketing manager of Zipcar. They talk about the business of transporting people. This episode aired originally on July 16, 2017.

On June 28, Boston-based Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, announced a new partnership with the City of Worcester to bring its “wheels when you want them” membership service to area residents, businesses, visitors and students.  

Six Zipcars are now available for reservation by the hour or by the day in easily accessible locations downtown. The vehicles are parked in designated spots for convenient pick-up and drop-off and can be reserved in seconds on Zipcar’s mobile app, online or over the phone.

The Zipcar Worcester fleet features a variety of makes and models. Each reservation includes gas, insurance and 180 miles of driving per day.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

A look at the music and careers of two folk duos and their bands: The Nields and Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards.

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