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Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 7:30pm

Distinguished presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith offers a critical yet fair biography of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself—most disastrously in invading Iraq—and how these decisions were often driven by the President’s deep religious faith. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with award winning biographer Jean Edward Smith.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 9:00pm

Imagine being a visual artist with a family and then getting the diagnosis that you have Parkinson’s Disease. PETER DUNLAP-SHOHL is an artist, and former cartoonist who has Parkinson’s and has written a powerful account of his coming to terms with a diagnosis that included the words: progressive, disabling and incurable. His graphic memoir is titled: MY DEGENERATION: A JOURNEY THROUGH PARKINSON’S. Peter also writes two blogs about living with Parkinson’s: “Frozen Grin” and “Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag.”

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer DEBBIE CLARKE MODEROW. She moved to Alaska from Connecticut and became interesting in racing sled dogs. Eventually she decided to enter the 1100 mile brutal course known as the Iditarod. Tune in and learn what it takes for dogs and humans to run this course in the depths of winter when temps well below zero are typical and the course conditions can vary unpredictably. Her book about her experiences is titled FAST INTO THE NIGHT: A WOMAN, HER DOGS, AND THEIR JOURNEY NORTH ON THE IDITAROD.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Dr. Stephen Mecca, professor in the Department of Engineering-Physics-Systems at Providence College and also a past president of the Jamestown Rotary Club in Rhode Island. They talk about the business of reinventing the toilet

As the Jamestown (Rhode Island) Press reported in 2012: “’Someone said you are what you think about everyday,’ said Dr. Stephen Mecca, a Jamestown resident who has been on the faculty at Providence College since 1969. ‘If that’s the case, I’m a toilet.’” While Dr. Mecca began his teaching career as a nuclear physicist, in recent years he has been awarded two grants for work in his current area of interest: toilets. Specifically, microflush toilets.

Dr. Mecca grew up in New York and he first visited Rhode Island when he was a junior in high school to look at Providence College. He ended up enrolling at PC, where he stayed through graduate school. He earned a master’s degree in physics, and from there went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his doctorate.

Although Dr. Mecca still teaches nuclear physics and is chairman of the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission, in recent years his interests have turned to complex problem-solving and economics. It was when he was working as a visiting professor eight years ago in the African country of Ghana, that he became appalled by the sanitation situation there. He decided that something had to be done.

According to Dr. Mecca, the sanitation crisis is off the scale. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death of children in the developing world. In the schools, there are often no toilets – if there are, then they’re filthy. Disease that results from the unclean conditions leads to absenteeism in schools. All of this adds up to a profoundly negative impact on the quality of education.

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 6:00pm

Wayne Shorter revisits some of his most career-defining work in this rare opportunity to hear a true jazz master exploring his back catalog. Joined by the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Shorter touches on a lifetime of brilliance and trail-blazing in this special episode of Jazz Night In America.

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we witness some of the worst musical performances ever. Special guests include Telly Savalas, Mr. T and Betty White.
So bad it's good!! It all starts at 7pm.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

British composer/ pianist discusses his new CD Story Inside and the deep influence pianist Bill Evans has had on his work.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

Featuring:

“How Sweet It Is”
Tracy Clark Quartet

“Inspiration”
“Mama Africa”
Albino Mbie

“All That Love”
The Amethyst Group

“Veil”
Julie Lavender with The Amethyst Group

“Buscayando Guayaba”
Los Soneros de las Seis

“Sweet Prince”
Julie Lavender with Eugene Friesen/Tim Ray/Greg Hopkins

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

Old favorites, songs from CDs recently arrived at the stations, tracks acquired from artists at this year’s Newport and New Bedford Folk Festivals, and more!

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 9:00pm

We live in a time of music plenty. Every kind of music is now available to us all the time. But how can we make sense of this insane amount and variety of Music? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with author and jazz and pop critic for the New York Times, BEN RATLIFF about his important new book: EVERY SONG EVER: TWENTY WAYS TO LISTEN IN AN AGE OF MUSICAL PLENTY.

The proposed Superconducting Super Collider was going to make the United States the premier research destination in high energy physics when it was proposed in the 1980s. It was the largest basic-science project ever attempted in this country and construction was started in Texas. But funding for the project was cut off by Congress in 1993, thus terminating the project and ending this country’s leadership in the field. What went wrong? Tonight we talk with historian and writer MICHAEL RIORDAN about his history (co-authored with Lillian Hoddeson and Adrienne W. Kolb) TUNNEL VISIONS: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SUPERCONDUCTING SUPER COLLIDER.

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm. They talk about ending racism in farming and food

Soul Fire Farm, located in Petersburg, New York, is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. The farm raises life-giving food and acts in solidarity with people marginalized by what’s known as “food apartheid.” With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, the farm works to reclaim our collective right to belong to the Earth and to have agency in the food system.

Soul Fire Farm brings diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health and environmental justice. The farm is training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

As a farmer, food justice activist and educator, Leah Penniman, co-director of the non-profit Soul Fire Farm, is working to dismantle the oppressive structures that misguide our food system. She backs that mission with an incredible work ethic, sharp intellect and a deep passion for racial equality in land ownership and food production, She is a part-time high school science teacher, was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow and co-founded YouthGROW in Worcester.

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