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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 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.

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:30pm

History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy’s enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye peels away layers of myth and misconception to paint a complete portrait of this singularly fascinating figure. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Boston based best selling author Larry Tye.

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

This week let The Soul Serenade take you to the drive-in movies without leaving your home! Celebrate a summer tradition with soul/funk music from 1970s era Blaxploitation films, vintage radio ads, coming attractions and, don't forget, a trip to the snack bar! Join host Tom Shaker at 7pm…and don’t forget the popcorn!!!

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 10:00pm

Tune in to Positive Noise Monday night August 1 at 10PM. Uncle Mark will be featuring rock by artists who changed and continue to change the landscape of rock. All of them are women. Bands/artists featured will include Au Pairs, the Muffs, PJ Harvey, Stereolab, the Passions, the Pretenders, Helium, Kristin Hersh, the Julie Ruin, Sleater-Kinney, Mitski and many, many more.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 6:00pm

British classical pianist Alisdair Hogarth discusses his solo playing, accompanying vocalists and how jazz has changed the way he listen and practices. Judy recorded this conversation in London.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

Beau D'Ver is a collective of improvisers based in Boston that seeks to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, comedy and concert Jazz music. This show with Beau D'Ver is a perplexing and engrossing adventure.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs sung in a variety of languages, including French, Spanish, German and many more!

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 1:00pm

Vocal artist, multi-instrumentalist, musician Rachelle Ferrell speaks from the heart with Bonnie Johnson. Internationally known for her "potent combination of range, phrasing, and musicianship", Ferrell performs live at Scullers Jazz Club on August 13, 2016 at 8 & 10 pm.

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Joe Bush, executive director of Worcester CleanTech Incubator. They talk about fostering the growth of new “green” enterprises. This episode aired originally on April 24, 2016.

Joe is a scientist, manager, and entrepreneur who is passionate about leveraging technology to improve our standard of living, while bringing our ecological impact in-line with regional and global carrying capacities.

Worcester CleanTech Incubator’s mission is to foster the growth of new enterprises to address the most pressing issues of our time. The Incubator states its belief that “entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of innovation and the key to society’s transition towards sustainability.” The Incubator provides both the physical and network resources companies need to propel their ideas to market.

Founded and operated by the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, the Incubator is a community in the heart of Central Massachusetts dedicated to building change.  The Incubator facility, located in the Printers Building – here  at 44 Portland Street in downtown Worcester - provides more than 10,000 square feet of space that offers private offices, co-working space, conference rooms, event space, and prototyping labs.  

Joe Bush expresses his eagerness to help fellow entrepreneurs as well as established businesses grow the regional green economy.

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 10:30pm

Author Elizabeth Greenwood grew up right here in Worcester, Massachusetts. Today she teaches creative nonfiction at Columbia University. In her new book Playing Dead she chronicles the extreme measures some people take to fake their deaths. Be it money woes or otherwise these people go to extreme measures start a new life while leaving behind the old. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author, Elizabeth Greenwood.


Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

Featuring classic tracks from the Weavers, the Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, the Tarriers, Joan Baez, the Brothers Four, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul- &-Mary, Odetta, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, the New Christy Minstrels, and MANY more!

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