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Programming Highlights

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 9:00pm

Albatrosses, shearwaters, and petrels are just a few of the species of birds who spend most of their life at sea. Some only touch land to breed. Many of these species stage spectacular migration flights covering thousands of miles. But how can we learn about the lives of these birds if they are always at sea? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with MICHAEL BROOKE, the Strickland Curator of Ornithology at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. His new book explores how state of the art new technology is allowing scientists to look into the lives of these ocean wanderers: FAR FROM LAND: THE MYSTERIOUS LIVES OF SEABIRDS.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome photographer LOUIE DESPRES. An exhibition of his work titled: “it’s pronounced day-pray” will be at the Sprinkler Factory in Worcester March 30 (opening reception 5-8PM) to April 21 (closing reception 1-4PM).

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve D’Agostino interviews Julian “Zeus” McClurkin, a forward for the Harlem Globetrotters. They talk about playing for the team that changed the world.

The Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with family entertainment and great basketball skills. They represent nine decades of breaking down barriers, acts of goodwill and a commitment to fans that goes beyond the game

Zeus McClurkin, a forward for the Globetrotters, is a testament to not giving up - or letting obstacles get in the way of achieving one’s dreams. He was cut from every basketball team he tried out for from seventh grade through 10th grade, but he kept pushing and finally made his high school team in his junior and senior seasons.

He played his first couple of years of college ball at a Division II program, but the departure of the head coach left Zeus on the outside looking in. Undeterred, he enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University, and he made the basketball team as a walk-on - beating out 30 other hopefuls in the process.

Zeus is also one of the most decorated athletes on the Globetrotters roster, holding four Guinness World Records titles. He has set the mark for: most basketball slam dunks in one minute, with 16 (2017); most bounced three-pointers in one minute, with five (2017); most blindfolded basketball slam dunks in one minute, with five (2018); and, most behind-the-back three-pointers, with three baskets made (2018).

Zeus is known for his fun personality and crazy trick shots from places like Ohio State and the Mall of America, which have been featured on ESPN.  Since joining the Globetrotters, he’s also transcended language barriers with appearances on popular Spanish-language television shows like Univision’s “Republica Deportiva,” and Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Dia.”

Zeus has accomplished all of this while dealing with exercise-induced asthma, a narrowing of the airways in the lungs that is triggered by strenuous exercise. To this day, he carries an inhaler with him.

The Harlem Globetrotters play in Worcester on March 23, at the DCU Center.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:30pm

This week Al is joined by educator and author Max Klau who is also Chief Program Officer at the New Politics Leadership Academy in Boston. His new book; Race and Social Change highlights the quest, the call and the action needed to help America become a more racially tolerant nation. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 11:00pm

The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry
Raised in the backwoods of Montana, completely off the grid, Heather Anne Cook learned the necessary skills to keep herself alive. In this interview, she shares the details of her adventurous life, including the many times she took 3 matches into the woods to see how long she could survive.  Now a wife and the mother of twins, Heather is a pastor, a survivalist, a long distance runner, a bee-keeper, a chicken lady, a horsewoman, a gardener, a children's book author, an illustrator, an international traveler, and the force behind Three Match Creations. Her next adventure is to run the Pacific Northwest Trail which spans 1200 miles through the wilderness, high desert, and coastline.   #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

On Mic with Jordan Rich
Meet WWE Champion and Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page, creator of the successful life training program DDP Yoga, star of the award-winning documentary “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake,”  and author of the new book “Positively Unstoppable.”  Check out Jordan Rich’s other podcast episodes, his voice-over training and state of the art recording studio here at

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

"When I was younger," Sherrie Maricle says, "it was almost a mission to blend in with all the men I was playing with. Not to be viewed as female in any way." But Maricle, a drummer inspired by the precision and power of Buddy Rich, found her calling as a leader of women — specifically, as leader of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, which recently marked 25 years as a proving ground, a pipeline and a rejoinder to any lingering bias that this music is a masculine domain.

Jazz Night in America recently caught up with Maricle and the band at Dizzy's Club in New York during an album celebration for The DIVA Jazz Orchestra 25th Anniversary Project. In this radio episode, we'll hear some of that new original music. And we'll hear from a few DIVA musicians, including Alexa Tarantino, an excellent saxophonist who was born in the same year as the band.

There's a rich, important and often under-recognized legacy of all-female big bands, so we'll also spend some time in this show paying tribute. Our host, Christian McBride, traveled to California to sit down with 93-year-old saxophonist Roz Cron — one of the last surviving members of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, which caused a sensation in the 1940s. You'll want to hear Cron's recollections of the road, which underscore why Earl "Fatha" Hines once characterized the International Sweethearts of Rhythm as "the first freedom riders."

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 6:00pm

Pianist Alan Pasqua’s career is wide and varied, from his present post as Professor of Jazz Studies at USC, to his early stints with Bob Dillon and Santana, to recording with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Queen Latifa to multiple collaborations with legendary jazz musicians.  He’s equally comfortable in all these worlds and feels each has contributed to his musical development.  Alan feels his latest solo jazz piano CD, Soliloquy, reveals more than any other recording, exactly who he is musically.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

 Host Nick Noble will share an assortment of songs from old favorites and newer artists, many from CDs recently arrived at the station.

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 12:00pm

Worcester Education Collaborative champions excellence in Worcester Public Schools. Executive Director Jennifer Davis Carey joins host Bonnie Johnson to talk about their 4th Annual WEC'Apella ~ On April 6, 2019, A cappella groups from four high schools and five colleges will compete at Mechanics Hall in a “sing-off for trophies and bragging rights as the best a cappella group in the city!”

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with poet and novelist BEATE SIGRIDDAUGHTER. She is the Poet Laureate of Silver City, New Mexico. She will be talking about, and reading some selections from, her new collection: XANTHIPPE AND HER FRIENDS.

Sea otters are the definition of cute to many people, but they are also an apex species in several ecosystems. They once were almost extinct, but populations have rebounded in recent decades. They still face many dangers from pollution, sharks and some fishermen would rather they be exterminated. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with science and environmental writer TODD MCLEISH about his new book RETURN OF THE SEA OTTER: THE STORY OF THE ANIMAL THAT EVADED EXTINCTION ON THE PACIFIC COAST.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Check out tracks from the Smothers Brothers, Tom Lehrer, Christine Lavin, Bud & Travis, the Limeliters, the Highwaymen, the Chad Mitchell Trio, and many more!

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with poet and teacher ERIC MORAGO. He will be reading poems from his collection FEASTING ON SKY.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back E. PAUL ZEHR. He is an award-winning science communicator and the director of the Center for Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria. His new book, the third in his superhero trilogy, considers whether it will be possible in the near future to create an actual Captain America, an augmented human with the physical and mental prowess of the Marvel superhero. Zehr’s new book is: CHASING CAPTAIN AMERICA: HOW ADVANCES IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND BIOTECHNOLOGY WILL PRODUCE A SUPERHUMAN.

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