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Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 9:00pm

Who came up with the body/mass index to figure out if you are really overweight? How does one figure out the SPF of a suntan lotion? What does Henry’s Law have to do with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge? All this and much more is talked about on tonight’s Inquiry when we speak with JOHN M. HENSHAW, the department chair and Harry H. Rogers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tulsa. His new book is AN EQUATION FOR EVERY OCCASION: 52 FORMULAS AND WHY THEY MATTER. This is one of the most interesting and entertaining books about mathematics in a long time. Tune in and learn how we figure out dog years and what makes some equations “beautiful”.

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with RICHARD LOREN, who was a music agent and manager during some of the most pivotal years in the history of Rock. Tune in for some amazing recollections of the Doors, Jefferson Airplane and especially Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Loren’s amazing new book is HIGH NOTES: A ROCK MEMOIR: WORKING WITH ROCK LEGENDS JEFFERSON AIRPLANE THROUGH THE DOORS TO THE GRATEFUL DEAD.

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 9:30am

Today we consider the Bill of Rights one of the most important parts of the Constitution. But it almost didn’t get put down in writing. The story of the fight over the inclusion of the Bill of Rights reveals a lot about our historical and current battles between those who want a strong central government and those who champion state’s rights. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CAROL BERKIN. She’s the Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and a member of the history faculty of the Graduate Center of CUNY, Emerita. Tonight we talk about her important new book: THE BILL OF RIGHTS: THE FIGHT TO SECURE AMERICA’S LIBERTIES. (James Madison pictured

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs from the many artists who will be appearing at the 20th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival this coming July 4-5. Host Nick Noble will be talking with Chris Pahud, Grace Morrison, The Kennedys, Reggie Harris, (we LOVE the music of Kim and Reggie Harris) and David Tamulevich of Mustard's Retreat (who will be leading a workshop at the Festival), along with Festival organizer Alan Korolenko and possibly even Katryna Nields and Tom Rush. We'll hear from all those artsists, as well as the Boxcar Lillies, Tim Eriksen, Vance Gilbert, Parry Larkin, Danielle Miraglia, Matt Borello, and more! Tune in and enjoy!

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. Insite Magazine calls Bennett's music, "refreshingly capricious and trippy." The Village Voice raves, "saxophonist Daniel Bennett makes hay with an airy approach that's buoyant enough to conjure notions of East African guitar riffs and Steve Reich's pastoral repetition." The Boston Herald describes Bennett's music as "exploratory Folk-Jazz hybrid." Timeout New York raves, "Daniel Bennett airs his lilting, potentially hypnotic compositions!" Check out this episode featuring Recorded Daniel Live in Concert for this very special episode of DreamFarm Radio.


Daniel Bennett/Alto Saxophone/Flute/Oboe/Clarinet
Nat Janoff/Electric Guitar
Eddy Khaimovich/Electric Bass
Matthew Feick/Drums
Britt Melewski/Poetry/Spoken Word artist

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 3:30pm

Thousands of years ago, prehistoric Homo sapiens invaded what we now call Europe and were confronted by another hominid species, the Neanderthals. Within a relatively short time, the Neanderthals were extinct. What happened? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with PAT SHIPMAN, retired Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. Her new book is: THE INVADERS: HOW HUMANS AND THEIR DOGS DROVE NEANDERTHALS TO EXTINCTION.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 2:30pm

Public libraries are at the cultural and social center of every town and city where they are found. But these days libraries are also woefully under funded and under appreciated. After all, “why do we need a library when we have Google?”. Libraries are going to need to radically change, not only to keep up with the avalanche of new material, electronic and printed, but to meet the needs of modern patrons. Today on Inquiry we talk with JOHN PALFREY, professor of law, founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America and Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover. His new book BIBIO TECH: WHY LIBRARIES MATTER MORE THAN EVER IN THE AGE OF GOOGLE offers some thought-provoking suggestions for how modernize the public library.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

British jazz vocalist  Jacqui Dankworth came to jazz after pursuing a theatre career, performing everywhere from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the West End. Jacqui talks about the advantages and challenges of having two well-known parents, Dame Cleo Lane and Sir John Dankworth.

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now. Even longer, if you consider how long his 10-piece working band has known each other: Most of its members, known collectively as The Next Step or The West Coast Get Down, have known each other since at least high school decades ago in South Central Los Angeles, and in some instances well before that. Even as their diverse careers have made it difficult to focus exclusively on this band — Washington is, for instance, the saxophone player heard on the new Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar albums — they've all continually committed to experimenting with a brand of jazz that resonates with their own generation's lived experience.

Jazz Night In America features Kamasi Washington and the music of The Epic at its release party, and in its full glory. From the Regent Theater in Downtown L.A., Washington presents his new album with his working band, a choir, a string section and plenty of special guests.

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 10:30pm

In December 1941, as American forces tallied the dead at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt gathered with his senior military counselors to plan an ambitious counterstrike against the heart of the Japanese Empire: Tokyo. Four months later, on April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way mission to pummel the enemy’s factories, refineries, and dockyards and then escape to Free China. Tune in this Sunday at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by historian and best selling author, James Scott. His new book: Target Tokyo chronicles the planning of this highly critical mission.

Sunday, June 14, 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 Lisa Piehler (shown, right), executive director, and Elizabeth Wambui (shown, center), major-gifts associate, for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts and Lauren Petit (shown, left), manager of communications and community relations for Saint-Gobain Corporation, one of the sponsors of the Red Cross Central Mass. chapter's 2015 Hometown Heroes. They talk about what it takes to be a Red Cross Central Mass. Hometown Hero. Shown, is a Red Cross photo of some past Hometown Heroes. This episode aired originally on March 8, 2015.

Each April, the American Red Cross of Central Mass. holds its Hometown Heroes Breakfast. And each year during that event, local people who have done remarkable things in the community are honored. The annual signature event, which this year took place on April 8, began as a way to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001. In the years since, it has grown into a celebration of the courage, kindness and unselfish character displayed by incredible people across Central Mass.

Past honorees include people who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or fellow man by saving a life or through community service.  Members of the community are invited to nominate a local hero for consideration.  Honorees will be selected by a committee of individuals from the local community, including former award recipients.

Here are the 2015 Hometown Heroes honorees, in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Mark E. Leary of Fitchburg, who helped pull a man from a burning building in Fitchburg
  • Kaitlin K. O’Connell of Leominster, who donated a kidney to a person that she did not know
  • Terry and Pam Parker of Charlton, who founded Nick’s House, a home for returning veterans suffering from PTSD, in memory of their son, Nick Perry
  • Darlene Russell of Gardner, who helped rescue a mother and her baby from their burning car on I-190

This year’s Britney Gengel International Humanitarian Award will be awarded to a group of doctors and nurses for their work in response to the Ebola crisis. The group is comprised of:

  • ACCEL (Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia) of theGreater Worcester area
  • Moses Makor of Worcester, who worked with the Liberian Association of Worcester County to raise awareness and funds to combat Ebola
  • Richard Sacra, MD, of Holden, who contracted Ebola, was cured, and has returned to Liberia continue his work

Here are the 2015 Hometown Heroes honorable mentions, in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Engineers Without Borders USA – Worcester Polytechnic Institute Student Chapter in Worcester, which, through a Global Grant from Rotary International, is embarking on a expanded project to harvest rainwater in Guachtuq, Guatemala. This will bring a much-needed clean-water supply to additional households in this community
  • Michael McCallan of National Grid, who, through his role as director of emergency planning, is training employees on how to respond to emergency situations
  • Senior Allied Help Students in Worcester, which hosted a CPR marathon at Worcester Technical High School that certified 135 people.
  • Staff Sergeant Daniel R. Papagno of Clinton, who was the only person to assist a Worcester police officer in restraining a young man wielding a gun as a crowed stood and watched
  • Kevin Shaughnessy of Worcester, who has worked to improve the lives of veterans in Worcester through his work with Habitat for Humanity and Veterans Inc.
  • Laura Wonderlie of Worcester, who has implemented a literacy plan at the Seven Hills Charter Public School in Worcester to help improve reading levels of students from kindergarten through grade 8


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