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Monday, March 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jane Bunnett is a Canadian saxophonist and flautist who’s spent the majority of her professional career traveling to and playing music from Cuba. In recent years, Bunnett began collaborating exclusively with female musicians from Cuba on a project that combines jazz, classical and folkloric Cuban music. Jazz Night in America heads to Miami, Florida to hear music of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque at the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival. This episode traces the origins of the band, the cultural exchanges between Jane, her band, the artistic communities in Miami and mainland Cuba.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

WICN's Northern Soul connoisseur Steve Moysey joins us in the studio with another blazing hot dance playlist of little heard soul gems. Also, a tribute to the late great Chuck Berry and some songs celebrating the "fool" in all of us. Join host Tom Shaker this Monday at 7pm!

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 10:30pm

Dogs do so much for us—giving us comfort and love everyday. In the case of Dogs Who Change the World, these hero dogs help people live fuller and richer lives by going above and beyond the call of doggy duty to help them navigate their world. That is why Milk-Bone has teamed up with Canine Assistants to do more for dogs and honor a few of these exceptionally hard-working canines around the country. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Dudley Arnold of Canine Assistance Programs of Georgia as he talks about the work that goes into preparing service dogs for work with humans.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. They talk about turning convicts into colleagues. This interview aired originally on February 12, 2017.

In an August 2016 article, “Turning convicts into colleagues,” Worcester Business Journal reported, “As workforce development continues to be a pressing issue for Central Massachusetts employers, greater efforts are being made to tap into a portion of the population numbering more than 10,000 to help fill that need – the incarcerated. Mount Wachusett Community College in July announced it was one of 67 colleges nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of Education pilot program to provide education and job training for inmates."

The WBJ article continued, “The pilot is part of a push from the Obama Administration to spearhead criminal justice reform by preparing ex-offenders to reenter the community with skills and resources they need to obtain long-term employment.As Massachusetts focuses on filling the workforce skills gap, workforce development advocates said tapping into the state’s incarcerated population could help fill those needs, while at the same time hopefully reducing recidivism and creating productive members of society.”

As the WBJ article noted, there has been a lot of talk about the need to fill the so-called workforce skills gap in Massachusetts. An October 2015 study by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy projected a shortage of 1.2 million job openings between 2012 and 2022.

Sheriff Evangelidis was quoted in that WBJ article. The now-second term sheriff, who was reelected last November, said he was happy with how inmates have responded to and benefited from the Mount Wachusett job training program so far, but also said he knows there’s a lot of work to be done, especially when it comes to connecting inmates with sustainable employment.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back KLEDIA SPIRO, Marketing Manager for the Fitchburg Art Museum and LISA CROSSMAN, Interim Curator for the Fitchburg Art Museum. They will be taking about the brand new exhibition of large paintings: A CURIOUS NATURE: PAINTINGS BY SHELLEY REED. For more information, go to: membership@fitchburgartmuseum.org


Tonight on Inquiry, our in-studio guests are artists MICHAEL HACHEY and KAT O’CONNOR. An exhibition of their work is on view at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS  is titled DEFINITE: INDEFINITE. Also joining us in the studio is HONEE A. HESS Executive Director at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 1:00pm

The Baylor Project are a husband and wife duo making music, love and laughter come to life. They're celebrating the launch of their new release The Journey (2017 Be the Light); making it first in jazz on iTunes and Billboard's Top Ten Jazz Albums & Song Charts and will play Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on Friday, March 31, 2017. Jean Baylor, the vocalist and Marcus Baylor, the drummer join Bonnie Johnson to talk about making their collective footprint in the jazz.  Posted by bonnie@wicn.org

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, a favorite program of FOLK REVIVAL listeners. Tune in as host Nick Noble counts down the top 50 folk group tracks recorded between 1950-1970.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Great on Paper is an improvised, four-person party of abstract sound fashioners. They go into new musical situations without an exit strategy!

Isacc Wilson/Piano
Simon Willson/Bass
Kevin Sun/Sax
Robin Baytas/Drums

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00am

What are the odds that a large asteroid, of the type that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, could hit earth in our lifetime? Tonight on Inquiry  we speak with a person who discovers and tracks these wandering celestial bodies. CARRIE NUGENT is an asteroid hunter who works with a small team to discover and study asteroids at Caltech/IPAC. Her new book is ASTEROID HUNTERS. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and photographer BILL HAYES about his unique and tender new memoir INSOMNIAC CITY: NEW YORK, OLIVER, AND ME which tells of his love affair with Oliver Sacks and New York City.

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