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Programming Highlights

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 9:00pm

Tonight we talk with artist and writer JULIA JACQUETTE about her graphic memoir PLAYGROUND OF THE MIND. This is a beautiful, large format work that describes how some very special playgrounds of her youth, and her mother and father, helped shape the artist she is today.

Birds are all around us. Cultures around the world have eaten them and used their feathers as decorations, but can birds teach us something important?  Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer JIM ROBBINS about his new book THE WONDER OF BIRDS: WHAT THEY TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES, THE WORLD, AND A BETTER FUTURE. Tune in and learn about what birds can tell us about the health of our planet and what birds can show us about family and endurance.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:00pm

In an encore of “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Eric Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. They talk about healing our ailing American health system. This episode aired originally on September 17, 2017.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit health-services companies that, along with its subsidiaries, seeks to improve the well-being of its 2.7 million customers. Its flagship health plans in New England provide health coverage to 1.3 million members, while another 1.4 million individuals are served through Health Plans Inc., a subsidiary that provides integrated-care management, health coaching, and plan-administration solutions to self-funded employers nationwide. 

Harvard Pilgrim’s stated mission is to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities it serves. It aims to do that through the health plans it offers, as well as through: the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, a research and teaching collaboration with Harvard Medical School; and, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, which provides tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities.

For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care reported: total revenues – which they call premium revenues – of $3.8 billion, up from $2.7 billion the year before; and a net loss of $48.5 million, down from a net loss of $54.8 million the year before.

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 6:00pm

Ever since the earliest days of jazz music, the pairing of piano and voice has frequently attained a deeply personal level of communication. It's evident in the distinct chemistry between two rising stars of their instruments: pianist Sullivan Fortner and singer Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Jazz Night In America gets to know the charming duo on stage at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and beside a piano in a Harlem brownstone.

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

One word says it all. It's William "Smokey" Robinson's birthday and we're going to celebrate all the great music he's made on this edition of The Soul Serenade.

It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 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, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Four hours of folk music in a multitude of languages. We’ll hear from the Limeliters, the Highwaymen, Joan Baez, and many more!

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 9:00pm

Mouthfeel is created by the physical  characteristics of what we put in our mouth. It’s why a crunchy potato chip tastes better than a soggy one. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with OLE G. MOURITSEN, director of the Danish Center for Taste and the Center for Biomembrane Physics and he is also president of the Danish Gastronomical Academy. Together with award-winning chef Klaus Strybaek, they have written a unique and fascinating book that is part neuroscience and part cookbook: MOUTHFEEL: HOW TEXTURE MAKES TASTE.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER to talk about her new collection ENTER HERE. “L.A. spreads out below me like an autopsy”. Tune in and hear her read several of her poems.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 10:00pm

In an encore of "The Business Beat," Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Kaska Yawo, co-founder and executive director of African Community Education. They talk about educating Worcester’s African refugee and immigrant children. This episode aired originally on October 1, 2017.

In 2006, Kaska Yawo and Olga Valman, who is now an ACE board member, founded ACE, a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit, as a community-oriented educational program targeted toward African refugee and immigrant children living in Worcester. The students attending this program have come to the U.S. from nations suffering from war and either political or social instability. As a result, these children were unable to engage in meaningful schooling during their childhood. When they arrive in the U.S., they are enrolled in school according to their age, rather than their actual level of education, and thus are often years behind their peers in most subjects.

Fortunately, many of these children are bright and motivated, and ACE seeks to draw on these strengths to close the gaps with their education. To meet the needs of this population, ACE has developed a Saturday program with formal classes in Math and English, a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, life-skills courses, and extracurricular activities, such as dance, soccer and art.

ACE also offers after-school tutoring, Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Lastly, ACE employs culturally competent outreach staff to do home visitations with families and encourage parents to take an active role in their child's education. All of ACE’s students, who are from many nations, come to learn, achieve, and succeed. At ACE, the goal is to help them achieve their goals by providing a safe and supportive environment for learning.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino has done volunteer public-relations work for ACE.

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