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Programming Highlights

Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 9:00pm

For over 900 years, cotton was the world’s most important manufacturing industry. It was a “global web of agriculture, commerce and industrial production” that ranged from the Americas and Britain to Egypt, Anatolia, India and Brazil. But this was commerce dependent on brutal slavery, staggering social inequality and frightening factory conditions. How did such a system evolve? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with SVEN BECKERT, the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University about his new eye-opening social and economic history: EMPIRE OF COTTON: A GLOBAL HISTORY

Tonight on Inquiry, KATHLEEN A. BOGLE, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at LaSalle University, returns to Inquiry to talk about her previous book HOOKING UP: SEX, DATING, AND RELATIONSHIPS ON CAMPUS. Ms Bogle’s research offers fascinating insight into what really happens in the culture of hooking up on campus, how far do students go during a hook up, and gender differences that exist in expectations from a hook up. Do people still date? What happens when students graduate? What about virginity? Tune in for a serious and revealing discussion on sex and relationships on today’s campuses.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews, Rafael Mares, is a senior attorney working on transportation and environmental justice issues for the Conservation Law Foundation, which is based in Boston. They talk about getting the Bay State’s public-transit system back on track.

Since 1966 – almost half a century – CLF has used the law, science, policymaking, and the business market to find pragmatic, innovative solutions to New England’s toughest environmental problems.

Whether that means cleaning up Boston Harbor, protecting ocean fisheries to ensure continued supply, stopping unnecessary highway construction in scenic areas, or expanding access to public transportation, CLF is driven to make all of New England a better place to live, work, and play.

What’s more, CLF has the toughness to hold polluters accountable, and the tenacity to see complex challenges through to their conclusion.

CLF is also nimble enough to adjust course as conditions change to achieve the best outcomes.

Rafael Mares joined CLF in 2009. For 10 years beforehand, he served as a clinical instructor and lecturer on law at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, where he founded the Healthy Homes and Environmental Justice Project.

Before and during law school, Rafael worked on environmental justice issues in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Boston.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 10:30pm

Can the earth continue to feed it's inhabitants without depleting all our natural resources? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with National Geographic's Joel Bourne. In his new book, "The End of Plenty" Bourne  introduces us to the farmers whose innovations and dedication may very well save us from famine. Bourne takes readers from his family farm to international agricultural hot spots searching for a new land ethic that can sustainably feed us all.

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America explores jazz prodigies from different eras.  We highlight 11-year-old pianist, Joey Alexander, whose first album came out this spring.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 6:00pm

New Orleans drummers Shannon Powell and Herlin Riley discuss their music and perform onstage with guest pianist Mark Shane, at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

A combination of old favorites and tracks from CDs recently arrived at the station (over the past several weeks). The Halifax Three, Cadence Carroll, Dar Williams, Ian & Sylvia, Michael Gutierrez-May, Blackstone Cuil, and the Massachusetts Walking Tour singers will just be some of the many artists featured.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

Sean Jones is composer, trumpeter, educator, activist leading as chair of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music. The Mack Avenue Recording artist talks with Bonnie Johnson about his ever evolving career and upcoming performance at the 4th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival. Sean Jones Quartet plays on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 8 pm. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk again with researcher, educator, photographer and writer PETER TRULL about his fascinating new book THE GRAY CURTAIN: THE IMPACT OF SEALS, SHARKS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING ON THE NORTHEAST COAST. Tune in and find out how these three things, Gray Seals, Great White Sharks and commercial fishing interact and have changed the ecology of the northeast coast forever.

Can an invertebrate have a mind? Can a relative of a clam be considered intelligent or even playful? The answers will surprise you and likely change the way you view invertebrates. Tonight naturalist, documentary scriptwriter and author SY MONTGOMERY returns to Inquiry to talk about her wonderful new book THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS: A SURPRISING EXPLORATION INTO THE WONDER OF CONSCIOUSNESS.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ronnie Cummins, , co-founder and international director of the Organic Consumers Association, and Ben Grosscup, coordinator of the 2015 Summer Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. They talk about the business and politics of organic food.

More than 1,000 backyard gardeners, health-conscious consumers, organic-farming families, and food activists are expected to converge on August 14 through 16 at UMass-Amherst for NOFA’s 41st annual Summer Conference. Participants can choose from more than 140 workshops on topics such as organic farming, gardening, land and animal care, sustainability, nutrition, and food politics.

Many workshops and the two keynote addresses will highlight this year's conference theme, "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology." Those presentations will show how microbiology is at work in the soil and human body, and how they are essential partners in solving some if our biggest problems today, including widespread chronic disease and global climate disruption.

One of the keynote speakers will offer a similarly hopeful message in relation to the role of soil microbes in achieving a healthy climate. He’s Ronnie Cummins, who contends that humanity can reverse the global climate crisis by restoring healthy microbial life in our soils. Farmers and land managers along with conscious consumers can play a crucial role in this restoration, he argues, because the methods we use to manage soil microbial communities in combination with growing plants can produce dramatic impacts on the climate.

Regenerative organic agriculture focuses on providing soil life with favorable growing conditions, thus facilitating efficient photosynthesis and vigorous plant growth. Properly managed, this process can transform excessive atmospheric carbon concentrations into stable, soil-based carbon compounds that enhance soil fertility. By contrast, commonly used pesticides and herbicides kill the soil life, compromising soil integrity and causing soil carbon to oxidize into the atmosphere where it contributes to further global warming.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 10:30pm

Is the Keystone pipeline issue a political hot potato? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al Speaks with David Holt president of the Consumer Energy Alliance. Energy experts such as Holt believe Arctic energy production can bolster our economy, our energy and national security, and our global competitiveness.

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America presents The Simon Bolivar Big Band. For the past 40 years, El Sistema has brought free classical music, instruments and lessons to a quarter million underprivileged kids in Venezuela.  The cream of the crop perform for sellout crowds at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Five years ago they started a new ensemble - The Simon Bolivar Big Band. We’ll hear them play Dizzy Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and learn why jazz is a lot more than just music.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

British writer/TV producer/theater critic Ruth Leon discusses her position as program director for London’s elegant cabaret venue, Le Crazy Coqs at the Brasserie Zedel, and why this room is thriving, when similar venues are closing in NYC.

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

AfrikCan Festival founder, entrepreneur Marie-Claude Mendy joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about the upcoming five day celebration of African culture. The festival will showcase a diverse line-up of musicians of the African Diaspora.

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