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Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Award-winning pianist, composer Justin Kauflin talks with Bonnie Johnson about his Quincy Jones produced, Jazz Village recording Dedication and U.S. tour that will bring him to Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.  Kauflin discovered piano after losing his vision at age 11 and began a musical journey that lead him jazz studies at William Paterson University after graduating high school at the top of his class. A recent, highly acclaimed documentary Keep On Keepin' On chronicles's Kauflin's relationship with his mentor, legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who he met while attending college. Tune in at 12 pm to hear his inspiring story.

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 9:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is Executive Director of ARTSWORCESTER, JULIET FEIBEL. She will be talking about the Material Needs Grant Exhibition. With her in the studio is one of the artists in the exhibition, VICTOR PACHECO, whose work has been exhibited recently at the Fitchburg Art Museum and the Worcester Center for Crafts. For this show, Victor’s work is inspired by the city of Worcester’s water supply!  For more information about this exciting exhibit, go to Arts Worcester’s website: http://artsworcester.org/
To see Victor’s work, please visit his website: http://www.vicpacheco.com/

HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS, drops by Inquiry to talk about the Centers new stunning show of enamel works: ALCHEMY 3: VISION+PASSION+CREATION. Joining her in the studio is one of the artists in the show, DIANE SEILER. For more information, go to the Worcester Center for Crafts website: http://www2.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat Steve Jones-D'Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Jill Dagilis (shown, center), executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council, and Charla Hixon (shown, right), director of WCAC’s Jobs and Education Center. They talk about ending family homelessness. (They are posing with Ellen Ganley, WCAC's director of development.) This episode aired originally on May 10, 2015.

WCAC was started in 50 years ago – in 1965 - as the locally designated “community action” agency for the federal Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency for 18 education and social-service programs.

The mission of WCAC, which is the federally mandated antipoverty agency for Central Massachusetts, is “helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy.” More than 130 employees serve more than 72,000 individuals and families through 18 programs and services annually.

WCAC’s offices are located in downtown Worcester, Southbridge, Spencer, Millbury, and Oxford.

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 10:30pm

As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society-on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health-Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: will these machines help us, or will they replace us? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with John Markoff about his new book:" Machines Of Loving Grace".  Wondering if you'll be replaced by robots soon? Tune in and find out.

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

"My father was born and grew up along Highway 61, way up in Minnesota, not far from Bob Dylan's childhood home. That road starts in New Orleans, follows the Mississippi River, up through the Delta, Memphis, St. Louis, Davenport, all the way up to the Canadian border. To think of the music that has sprung from up, down, and all along this way is truly staggering. The main artery. I am excited, humbled, and honored to have this opportunity to explore some of the many possibilities with these great musicians. I can't wait to dive in." - Bill Frisell. In the grand series finale of two years and six dynamic performances of the Roots of Americana series, Guitarist Bill Frisell, along with saxophonist Greg Osby, cornetist Ron Miles, pianist Craig Taborn, and drummer Kenny Wollesen, embarks on a musical journey along the revered route, which Bob Dylan famously immortalized in 1965. Join us for a profoundly historic sojourn realized by Frisell through his unique embodiment of the American landscape.

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 7:00pm

It just doesn't get any better than Otis Redding! The "Big O" defined 1960s soul music with his raw, explosive voice and his great songwriting. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of Otis Redding on this week's program. It all starts at 7pm!

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

On this very week in 1961, five students at Wesleyan University had a #1 hit with “Michael”. For four hours THE FOLK REVIVAL will trace the career of this seminal folk group over their fifty year run. You’ll hear “Michael” and “Cottonfields” along with many other recordings from their original eight albums, as well as songs from the band’s second manifestation (1965-1966) and from their first reunion in 1975. Finally, we’ll hear songs from their highly praised revival period (1990-2010) including tracks from five later CDs.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist, videographer and painter JENNIFER SULLIVAN. One of her pieces, “One Week Walden” was on view in the Decordova’s “Walden, revisited” show. Jennifer’s work is complex, sometimes humorous, often autobiographical  and above all wildly unique. Tune in and get to know the only artist I know that covers “Sexual Healing”, Madonna and Kate Bush in her work. To see some examples of Jennifer Sullivan’s work, go to her blog at: http://www.jennifersullivan.org/

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with artist WILLIAM LAMSON. His beautiful and meditative work often uses light, water and time as elements in his site specific work. A fine example of his work was on view in the Walden, Revisited show at the Decordova. Lamson’s website is: http://www.williamlamson.com/

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Zach Combs, founder of African Arts in Education. They talk about the business of building awareness of the birthplace of civilization.

This episode aired originally on May 17, 2015. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for African Arts in Education.

African Arts in Education is a Worcester-based, non-profit program that provides an exhibit of authentic African art and produce an educational enrichment program of art, music, history and dance – all, customized for your school. By working in collaboration with professional African performers and teachers, African Arts in Education give our audiences an authentic and inspirational passport to African culture.

African Arts in Education’s mission is to educate, enrich and entertain the broadest audience by sharing the rich music, compelling art and vibrant dance that is Africa, and to give African artists living in America a singular opportunity to be successful cultural ambassadors while earning a living from their arts. The program fulfills its mission of sharing the cultures of Africa through stimulating interactive workshops, compelling performances and engaging school residencies.

African Arts in Education was founded in 2012, in Clinton, and collaboratively developed by Crocodile River Music and Clinton’s Gallery of African Art. Now located in downtown Worcester, AAiE is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Zach Combs is also the founder of the for-profit Crocodile River Music, which performs African music and dance. He attended Connecticut College, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in African Studies and a focus in Elementary Education. It was there that he was first drawn to West African music and culture. He won the prestigious and highly competitive Watson Fellowship, which funds travel and research for a full year outside the United States to exceptional graduating seniors.

Inspired by the traditions of music he learned about as an undergraduate, Zach chose Mali, West Africa to live and study for his year abroad. There, he worked with master drummer Ibrahima Sarr and conducted research on Malian culture in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Since then time, Zach has been working to develop a cultural bridge between the United States and West African traditions.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 10:30pm

Through five years’ worth of interviews and data-gathering educator and author Amanda Lewis has created a powerful and illuminating study of how the racial achievement gap continues to afflict American schools more than fifty years after the formal dismantling of segregation. As students progress from elementary school to middle school to high school, their level of academic achievement increasingly tracks along racial lines, with white and Asian students maintaining higher GPAs and standardized testing scores, taking more advanced classes, and attaining better college admission results than their black and Latina/o counterparts. Why is that? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Amanda Lewis author of the new book: Despite the Best Intentions.

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