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Programming Highlights

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Newer songs, older favorites, with special guest Revival!

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:00pm

Before the Berlin Wall fell, there were small groups of punk-music loving youth in East Germany who constantly risked arrest and prison to play the music they wanted to hear, dress they way they wanted to dress, and express their independent views. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer, journalist, and translator TIM MOHR about his history of music, politics, and rebellion: BURNING DOWN THE HAUS: PUNK ROCK, REVOLUTION, AND THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL.

Inquiry welcomes back music journalist and historian ROBERT GORDON for Part 2 of our talk about the history of Stax Records in Memphis. Tonight we begin with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King and how that affected the staff of Stax, the coming of mega star Isaac Hayes, and the amazing concert of Wattstax in 1972. Gordon’s must read book is titled RESPECT YOURSELF: STAX RECORDS AN THE SOUL EXPLOSION.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 10:00pm

In an encore of "The Business Beat," Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Jerry Caruso, co-founder of Comics for a Cure. They talk about the business of making people laugh for a cause. This episode aired originally on November 18, 2018.

Growing up in Lynn, Massachusetts, Jerry Caruso always had an interest in comedy. Beginning to be funny at the age of 12, he would impersonate different celebrities at the St. Patrick’s Elementary School schoolyard. Entering high school, Jerry didn’t lose his sense of humor as he continued to make students laugh at St. Mary’s. Being the life of the party both junior and senior years, he emceed all sports pep rallies, entertained students on the school grounds, and was the feature act at the Senior Class Banquet.

At the age of 24, Jerry placed third in WVBF-FM’s “Class Clown” contest out of 100 entrants. After this accomplishment, he dove into the world of comedy for a short while by performing at four open-mic nights at Ding-Ho in Cambridge. Finally, at 38, Jerry decided to enter the world of comedy by performing at Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston, on a dare from his co-workers at Digital Equipment Corp. His successful debut at Nick’s put him back on the road to comedy for good.

Since 1993 Jerry has performed for many Boston-based comedy groups as well as different comedy shows throughout New England and New York.  His unique mix of celebrity impressions, song parodies, and standup comedy has brought laughter to audiences at many different venues. In 1994, Jerry co-founded  Comics for a Cure with Toney Markus. From there on, Jerry put his talents to good use by organizing and performing at comedy shows for non-profit organizations. Since 1999, Jerry has been teaching comedy at three community colleges, has been acting for Murder Mystery USA since 2001, and, has been a motivational speaker to support groups, hospitals and medical staff on “Laughter is the Best Medicine” since 2002.

Jerry’s high energy may scare you. But don’t worry, he declares, because he’s on meds!

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 10:30pm

Hunger knows no boundaries as it affects people from all walks of life. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Erin McAleer president of Boston based "Project Bread". Here what her organization is doing to reduce hunger here in the Bay State and how those efforts are paying off.

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of "The Business Beat," Steve D'Agostino interviews, Patrick Goguen, Lesli Cohen and Elliot Rivera of Worcester Earn-A-Bike. They talk about the business and cause of basic bicycle maintenance.

Worcester Earn-A-Bike’s marquee program engages people of all social and economic means, empowering them to volunteer and learn basic bicycle maintenance, while earning a free bicycle. Participants volunteer 10 hours toward shop operation - then choose a bike from Earn-A-Bike’s selection of earn-able bicycles, and build it up with tools and parts from the shop.

Earn-A-Bikers must participate in an orientation before starting and two Learn-A-Bike workshops per bicycle earned. The orientation and workshops will count toward volunteering hours. Volunteer tasks typically include organizing parts, striping bicycles, building bikes for donation or sale, or generally helping around in the shop.

Patrick Goguen, president and shop manager of Worcester Earn-A-Bike, is a Worcester baser maker. You can see him biking around on bicycles he’s designed and fabricated. Patrick can no longer tell where Worcester Earn-A-Bike ends and he begins. He is committed to empowering people by putting tools into their hands, fostering the development and appreciation for the multitudes of different cycling cultures, and community engagement in the Worcester area.

Lesli Cohen, vice president of Worcester Earn-A-Bike, is a Worcester-based writer, editor, teacher, and advocate who is happiest when her multi-tasking involves being on two wheels. In her previous life, she oversaw a posse of contributors to Cyclismas.com, a satire and commentary website focusing on the world of pro bike racing. Lesli has pedaled her way around the mountains of France and Spain, but finds a Slow Roll (followed by pizza) with the Earn-a-Bike crew much more spiritually satisfying. Her motto is, “If you build it, they will ride.” Lesli also serves as the co-president of the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike, for short), races single-speed cyclo-cross and gravel-endurance events for the Fritz’s Bike Shop/3cross Adventure Squad, and is a part-owner in the 3cross Fermentation Cooperative.

Elliot Rivera, a board member of Worcester Earn-A-Bike, is a a career youth worker, a Worcester native, and someone who has lived and understands the obstacles that face youth. He is a research associate in community engagement at Clark University, and serves on several City of Worcester task forces and commissions.

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