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Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back musician, songwriter, director, and writer VIV ALBERTINE to talk about her new memoir of her family TO THROW AWAY UNOPENED.

It was often total drug fueled anarchy on the set and when the film opened, it was soundly panned by most critics. Yet, Caddyshack has become a comedy classic. Today on Inquiry, we look at the crazy background and history of that film when we talk with CHRIS NASHAWATY, film critic for Entertainment Weekly, about his new book: CADDYSHACK: THE MAKING OF A HOLLYWOOD CINDERELLA STORY.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:00pm

In an encore of “The Business Beat,” Steve D’Agostino interviews Bill Moore, founder and voluntary president and CEO of Project New Hope. They talk about helping veterans rebuild with honor. This episode aired originally on December 3, 2017.

After attending a weekend retreat in 2010 with Project New Hope of Minnesota and talking with founder Bruce Billington, Worcester resident Bill Moore established his own charitable non-profit in 2011 in Worcester, called Project New Hope Inc.

Since its inception, Project New Hope Inc. has helped thousands of veterans as well as their spouses or partners, and their children. This past year has been one of unprecedented forward momentum. Project New Hope is offering more retreats and programs, networking with organizations, and strengthening its ties within the community. In addition, service members and veterans from coast to coast are attending its retreats, and spreading the word about Project New Hope.

Bill Moore was born and raised in Worcester. While serving in the Air Force as a crash-rescue firefighter, he was injured in a successful rescue of two pilots from a burning F-111. He was discharged honorably with a service-connected disability.

Bill attended Assumption College under the GI Bill, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies in 1996, and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2000. He also earned an Associate in Science in 1992 from Quinsigamond Community College.

Prior to starting Project New Hope, Bill held numerous positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: as a laborer with the Metropolitan District Commission; as a juvenile-corrections worker for the Department of Youth Services; as an adolescent social worker with the Department of Social Services; and as a disabled-veterans outreach-program specialists with Workforce Central, in the Division of Career Services. He retired from state employment in 2007.

Bill is the recipient of the distinguished Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County Award of Merit, the Captain Thomas J. Hudner Hero Award, and the Citizen’s Bank 2015 Champion in Action, among many other awards.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:30pm

Former Boston Red Sox legend Luis Tiant is a man who has known racial prejudice, loneliness and bountiful success. Through it all he has remained down to earth and sympathetic to the needs of others. This week Al is joined by author Saul Wisnia  who along with Tiant collaborated on writing the new book; SON of HAVANA , one man's journey to the big leagues and back. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear how Luis Tiant left his native Cubs to become one of baseballs most admired players.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 11:00pm

The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry
When Leslie Musser gave birth to her son, Colton, she thought about his soft, newborn skin, and decided she would do everything she could to keep that skin away from fabrics that had been treated with pesticides.  That's when she discovered how hard affordable, organic children's clothing was to find.    Once a PR and events pro, Leslie had an idea: to create her own children's clothing line, made from cotton grown in the United States, without the use of pesticides. Enter: a line of children's organic clothing that grows with your child. At the heart of KinderCapsule is a passion to put an end to child sex trafficking by donating a portion of the proceeds from every sale to Operation Underground Railroad which rescues innocent children sold into slavery worldwide. Because you are a loyal listener to this podcast series, take advantage of Leslie's special discount on her clothing line. Just use promo code CANDYO.  @kindercapsule   #kinderkids   @OURrescue    #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons   #mydoveproductions

On Mic with Jordan Rich
Bill Smith, currently production director at WRKO in Boston, personifies the terms “smooth” and “professional.” He has written, produced and voiced hundreds of spots and is a talented musician with one of the coolest home studios around. Bill recounts his early days in radio and how the industry has evolved.

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 6:00pm

If you're even a casually observant jazz fan, you might think you know a thing or two about Joe Lovano. A tenor saxophonist with dozens of albums to his name, most of them made during a roughly 25-year tenure on Blue Note Records, Lovano is one of the most instantly identifiable musicians on the jazz landscape and on the New York scene. But he didn't come from nowhere.

With that in mind, Jazz Night in America joins the amiable saxophonist on one of his customary visits to Cleveland, where he came up under the wing of his father, Tony, a tenorman known "Big T." We'll stop by his Uncle Sandy and Aunt Rose's house, where he spent countless childhood hours, and hear family lore from his brothers Anthony and Patrick, and sister Laura-Jo.

And, of course, we'll hear some terrific music — Lovano on the bandstand at The Bop Stop, a Cleveland fixture, with close friends like vibraphonist Ronzo Smith and drummer Carmen Castaldi.

"There were five generations of musicians in my life from Cleveland that I presented in those two nights," Lovano muses. "I didn't realize it 'til afterwards, either. You know, it was just people I wanted to play with."

You'll want to be there, so to speak, when he does.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:00pm

Although a native of Brazil, pianist, composer, bandleader and singer Tania Maria began her recording career in France. She embodies the sensual, sexy sounds of Brazil.

Thursday, May 30, 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, June 2, 2019 - 12:00pm

Singer/songwriter India.Arie makes music that transcends folk, soul, and R & B. The four-time GRAMMY® winning songstress continues on her mission to independently “spread, love, healing, peace and joy through the power of words and music”. Tune in when Bonnie Johnson talks with India about her musical journey and tour in support of the new album WORTHY (SoulBird/BMG), her eighth recording and first full-length release in five years. The Cabot presents India.Arie live at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center on June 4, 2019, 7:30pm. - Catch Colors at 12pm.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 9:00pm

Tonight we talk with writer JIM HOLT. He writes about math, science, and philosophy for publications like the New York Times and the New Yorker. His new book is a collection of essays about the ideas and lives of some of the great minds of math, science, and philosophy: WHEN EINSTEIN WALKED WITH GÖDEL: EXCURSIONS TO THE EDGE OF THOUGHT

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

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 11:00pm

The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry
Flashback 20 years ago, and the confident, accomplished CEO of Xpressman Trucking & Courier in Randolph, Massachusetts was a skinny, scared victim of domestic abuse with zero self-esteem.   First, she hit rock bottom and then, she lifted herself up and made a plan to take her life back.  Using her parent's laundry room as an office, this exceptional woman created a multi-million dollar business in the male-dominated trucking and delivery industry. Featured recently in Harper's Bazaar Magazine, Michelle is due to release a book about her life called High Heels in the Laundry Room this year. Learn more at

On Mic with Jordan Rich
Donna Mac is a broadcast pro with a golden voice who is now a leading communications and leadership coach. Learn more at:    Subscribe to On Mic with Jordan Rich at

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 9:00pm

Tonight, Inquiry welcomes DAVID J. LINDEN. He is a professor of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has gathered together a “dream team” of his neuroscience colleagues and ask them to write a short essay on “what idea about brain function would you like to explain to the world?”. The results are to be found in the new book that Linden has edited: THINK TANK: FORTY NEUROSCIENTISTS EXPLORE THE BIOLOGICAL ROOTS OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE.

Inquiry welcomes back poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER. She will be talking about and reading from her new chapbook: JUNKIE WIFE. “No names were changed. No one was innocent.”

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 11:00pm

The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry
"I had no idea who was dead or alive and I can't tell you what that feels like, not knowing, do I even still have a family?" These are the terrifying words of Lisa Brodeur, author of the book A Mother's Journey Through Faith, Hope & Courage. Twenty years ago, this mom's life was forever changed when a drunk driver crashed into her family's minivan, killing her husband, paralyzing her son, breaking her three-year-old daughter's hip so badly she was in a body cast, traumatizing her 5-year-old daughter to the point where she could not speak and leaving Lisa disabled. You might ask yourself, "so how does a family come back from such a huge loss?" That's what Lisa's story is all about: the strength of a mother's love. Don't miss this very special episode of The Story Behind Her Success.  Learn more at Lisa’s website or on FaceBook @amothersjourneylisa, Twitter @AMothersJourney and Instagram amothersjourney Purchase her book on Amazon

On Mic with Jordan Rich
Jerry Goodwin is an extremely busy character actor appearing on stage and TV/film roles.  He is also a veteran voice over artist and legendary radio personality with stints in Texas and Detroit before coming to Boston and reigning as the famous “Duke of Madness” at classic rocker WBCN.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 11:00pm

The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry
Janis Joplin was only 27 when she died of an overdose in 1970 at the height of her career.  People used to say:  "no one will ever sound like Janis".  But they were wrong.  Enter Mary Bridget Davies.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Mary wasn't even born when Janis was making pop history. Yet, she heard her songs on the radio and played her parent's old albums.  Somewhere, very deep down inside, she connected with singing the blues.  In this interview, Mary shares how she got to where she is today as an accomplished singer, including the long, hard road to Broadway, where she starred in "A Night with Janis", earning a Tony Award Nomination for her incredible performance as Janis Joplin. Find her music, social links and more at

On Mic with Jordan Rich
Fred Frees is the son of voice-over legend Paul Frees, aka Boris Badenov and voice of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, to name but a few. Fred in his own right is a brilliant voice artist and teacher with personal insight into his Dad’s amazing career in show business.

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 11:00pm

The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry
"If you want to be successful, you have to imagine who you want to be and picture it in your mind."  These are words of wisdom from Marilynn and Sheila Brass, aka: The Brass Sisters.  As the stars of the PBS show The Food Flirts, these two sisters from Winthrop, MA. have collected thousands of recipes, some from their own family and others, written on notecards, found in old cookbooks at yard sales.  The cookbook authors believe that recipes tell stories about love, tradition and family and that when you prepare a meal for someone, you give them a gift beyond compare. Find out how Marilynn (76) and Sheila (80) are making foodie headlines with their famous Crazy Shake. Reinvention is their middle name!  Marilyn and Sheila are living proof that "you have to have a dream" in order to achieve it.

On Mic with Jordan Rich
Grace Kelly is a musical phenom, one of the brightest stars in jazz and beyond! Learn more at: Listen to this podcast and all the previous episodes on your favorite player. Subscribe today! Its easy at Jordan Rich’s website:

Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 11:00pm

The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry
This week's success story is about a medical doctor who is specially trained as a breast imaging radiologist.   After years of watching patients receive mistaken breast cancer diagnosis that could have been avoided IF the patient had a full, side by side medical record of her mammograms, Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton created Mammosphere:  a cloud-based repository for breast scans.  Once a concert violinist, Kathryn thrived in medical school and was determined to do what she could in the fight against breast cancer.  Her great-grandmother, her grandmother, her mother, her aunts have all heard the words "you have breast cancer" and when Kathryn learned that she had an 85% lifetime risk of experiencing the disease herself, she had an elective bilateral mastectomy.  In this compelling interview, Dr. Peyton shares how she felt at the moment she raised her hand to take the Hypocratic Oath, her devotion to her family, and her passion for providing every woman with the tools she needs to take control of her medical records.   #storybehindhersuccess  #16LifeLessons

On Mic with Jordan Rich
He’s one of the best play-by-play announcers in the game today.  Meet Dave O’Brien, who covers the Red Sox for the New England Sports Network.  Enjoy a little “inside baseball” from Dave who is living a childhood dream of covering the Sox!

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