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Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 9:00pm

When JULIANA BUHRING set off on her record breaking 18,063 mile trip around the world on her bicycle Pegasus she had no sponsors or funding. Even more amazing is the fact that when she has came up with the idea of doing this feat she hadn't even seriously ridden a bike! In the end she became the fastest woman to circumnavigate the world by bike and her wild story is told in her new book THE ROAD I RIDE: SOMETIMES IT TAKE LOSING EVERYTHING TO FIND YOURSELF. Tune in and find out how she did it.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome artist, filmmaker and writer SKIP SHEA about the upcoming ShAWNA SHEA FILM FESTIVAL (November 10-12 see: for details). We will also discuss his films Trinity and Ave Maria.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Joyce Mandell, founder of Jane Jacobs in the Woo, about making Worcester healthy and sustainable for all people.

Joyce Mandell has lived in Worcester for about 20 years, working for the Oak Hill Community Development Corp. before becoming an academic. In honor of urban theorist Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday this past May, Mandell started the blog, “Jane Jacobs in the Woo,” to inaugurate a full year of community conversations and actions about building a vibrant Worcester. Jacobs was an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for more than 40 years. - and who died 10 years ago, in 2006.

The revolutionary ideas in Jacobs’ 1961 classic treatise, Death and Life of Great American Cities, were based on her observations of city life from her apartment above a candy store on Hudson Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village and her immersion out in the city streets.  She was highly critical of modern urban planning and more specifically, urban-renewal practices of the 1950s that cleared out, in one stroke, whole vibrant neighborhoods considered blighted by city planners and developers.

Jacobs eschewed city planners who sat with maps in a room and instead urged people to know the true ecology of cities by going out into urban spaces to experience them. Based on her acute observations on what she described as the “street ballet” of city life, she promoted these main ideas for building thriving cities: mixed-use development; high-density neighborhoods; pedestrian- and bicycle-centered cities; and, bottom-up planning.

We have Jacobs to thank for saving Greenwich Village, a neighborhood targeted by New York powerbroker Robert Moses for construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway. Because of the activism of neighbors and supporters, the city rejected the proposal for that highway in 1964. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 10:30pm

Ike’s Gamble is a finely researched, unconventional account of America’s role in the Suez Crisis. Drawing on government documents, diaries, memoirs, and other primary sources, former White House adviser Michael Doran provides a salient portrait of President Eisenhower and the conflict he faced in this tumultuous time, and offers a rich new understanding of how the US became the power broker in the Middle East. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by former White house adviser and author Michael Doran.

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 6:00pm

Oliver Jones is among the most famous living jazz musicians you've probably never heard of. The celebrated Canadian pianist was the protege of Oscar Peterson, and he's done much to spread the gospel of Canadian jazz in his 81 years. He marked his retirement this year with a special trio performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Jazz Night was there. We feature his final trio performance in Montreal, interview Cecile Peterson — the daughter of Oscar Peterson — and learn about some of Montreal's rich jazz history.

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of Phil Chess, co-founder of Chicago's Chess records. He passed away at 95 last week and left a legacy of genre-defining blues, rock and soul recordings. Along with his brother Leonard, he recorded such influential artists as Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Etta James and, of course, Muddy Waters. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6:00pm

Composer/arranger/pianist talks about writing "Here's to Life" for the now classic Shirley Horn CD as well as his pop hits for Barry Manilow ("Copacabana") and others.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Seamlessly blending the sensibilities of classical excellence and precision, Latin folk music and Jazz improvisation, The Chamber Jazz Trio brings Enchantment to DreamFarm.


Yulia Musayelvan/Flute
Catherine Bent/Cello
Maxim Lubarsky/Piano


Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00pm

As Halloween approaches, the first two hours will be songs FOR kids, and the last two hours will feature songs ABOUT kids (FOR adults)! Featuring special guest co-host Addison Daly and maybe a surprise visitor or two.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 9:00pm

Mary Shelley's early 19th Century novel Frankenstein may be the most "influential cautionary tale ever written."  Very popular in its day has been made into plays and countless movies, including silents. But why is this horror story still so popular? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with LESTER D. FRIEDMAN, professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. We will be discussing his book: MONSTROUS PROGENY: A HISTORY OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NARRATIVES.

"It's alive!!!" Tonight on Inquiry we return back to the laboratory, when we continue our conversation about MONSTROUS PROGENY: A HISTORY OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NARRATIVES with authors LESTER D. FRIEDMAN (professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York) and ALLISON B. KAVEY (an associate professor of early modern history at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City). Tonight we will consider the "creature" as a part of the story of the Nephillim and look at more contemporary films that extend the Frankenstein narrative.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Kelly Porter, chief people officer of Harmless Harvest, about whether the food industry is ready to go beyond Fair Trade.

As consumers, we are familiar with the “Fair Trade” label on food such as coffee, tea and chocolate—which means farmers received a fair price for the goods they harvested. More recently, food companies have begun to focus on “Fair For Life” certification—which goes beyond fair prices to include fairness in treatment and long-term investment in farming communities.

Only 500 organizations worldwide have received the Fair For Life certification—one of them being San Francisco's Harmless Harvest, a company specializing in organic, great-tasting and sustainably farmed coconut water. 

Fair For Life certification is a badge of honor that represents the highest ethical standards in product safety, environmental sustainability and fair wages and working conditions for employees throughout the product's supply chain. 

Harmless Harvest gets its coconuts from rural communities in Thailand—and has made a powerful impact on these farming communities. Key annual Fair For Life statistics for Harmless Harvest include:

  • 12 mobile health check-up clinics conducted in rural Thai communities in 2015 (an average of one per month)
  • 906 Thai locals examined by Harmless Harvest's mobile healthcare check-up unit
  • 200 farmers and factory workers sustainably employed by Harmless Harvest in Thailand
  • 386 school uniforms (required to attend classes) provided to 193 local Thai schoolchildren
  • Nearly $40,000 reinvested by Harmless Harvest in communities throughout rural Thailand

In the U.S., Thailand and beyond, Harmless Harvest reports that it “shows the power of an ecosystem-based business to return both profit and positive benefit for people and the planet (all while delivering a delicious and hydrating product).”

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:30pm

Boston is world famous for medical care with thousands of people flying into the state for medical attention, but did you know that Boston is also a hotspot for plastic surgery?  When people think of traveling for plastic surgery, they typically think of Beverly Hills, NYC, and Korea, however the Bay State has rapidly become a destination for all types of plastic surgery. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by  world renowned facial feminization surgeon and facial plastic surgeon Jeffrey Spiegel. Find out how and why people seek this type of surgery.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

BOUND FOR GLORY LIVE! from the WICN Performance Studio, a broadcast version (with an audience) of the annual Woody Guthrie tribute show put on by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston. Featuring a large cast of talented local New England artists singing the songs of Woody Guthrie.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and photographer MARA TRACHTENBERG. She creates fantastic worlds of monstrous topiary and creatures using confectionary materials and then photographs those dream-like tableaux. An exhibition of her work will be on view at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE from October 26-December 2.

Tonight on Inquiry, our guest is novelist and poet MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL. He is the son of Holocaust survivors. His new book is a tribute to his friend RITA MILJO. She spent her life rehabilitating and caring for orphaned and abused baboons in South Africa. She was also a childhood member of the Hitler Youth. Their extraordinary friendship and Rita’s amazing work with baboons is the subject of Michael’s book: “BECAUSE THEY NEEDED ME”: RITA MILJO AND THE ORPHANED BABOONS OF AFRICA.

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