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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 7:00pm

We’ll be hearing tracks from many artists who plied their musical trade from time to time in Greenwich Village during the early-to-mid 1960s, including Dave Van Ronk, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Doc Watson, Len Chandler, and so many others. Singer-songwriter Tom Ghent (“Gandy Dancer”, “Whiskey Whiskey”), a veteran of the 1960s folk scene,  will be joining us live in the WICN studio.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:00am

HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS, drops by Inquiry to talk about the Centers new stunning show of enamel works: ALCHEMY 3: VISION+PASSION+CREATION. Joining her in the studio is one of the artists in the show, DIANE SEILER. Pictured: from the show: MARISSA SANEHOLTZ "Ode to the pencil brothers". For more information, go to the Worcester Center for Crafts website: 

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 9:30am

Canada may seem like the quiet and benign giant to our north, but in fact the history of relations between Canada and the United States has been peppered with border disputes, wars, invasions and master plans to invade. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with KEVIN LIPPERT, founder of Princeton Architectural Press about his wild new book: WAR PLAN RED: THE UNITED STATES’ SECRET PLAN TO INVADE CANADA AND CANADA’S SECRET PLANS TO INVADE THE UNITED STATES. You will never look at Moose Jaw the same again!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 2:30pm

Ernest Lawrence was an experimental physicist from the University of California who discovered the cyclotron in the 1930s and then used that discovery to create a new way of doing science. This involved using large numbers of researchers, some from outside physics, to work together on a single goal. It also meant looking for funding from private sources or the government. Lawrence later used those same skills to help develop the atomic bomb and the thermonuclear bomb. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author MICHAEL HILTZIK about his new biography: BIG SCIENCE: ERNEST LAWRENCE AND THE INVENTION THAT LAUNCHED THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

Pianist/vocalist and Grammy-winning composer John Proulx talks about his favorite inspirations and what it’s like to be so often compared to Chet Baker.

Monday, August 24, 2015 - 6:00pm

To say Max Roach was a bebop pioneer, or a paramount innovator of the drums, or a prominent social activist would be accurate. Yet these labels fall short of this American icon’s totality. One drummer who not only understands this idea, but has benefitted from Roach single-handedly changing the perception of what it means to be a drummer, is composer, arranger, and percussion wizard Ali Jackson. After crossing paths with Roach at age 12, Jackson was forever impacted, and the two would enjoy a formative student-teacher connection. In a one-night-only salute to the father of modern drumming, JLCO member Jackson illuminates Roach’s conceptual and artistic genius. An ensemble has been formed specially for this performance, featuring percussionist Victor Provost, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist Russell Hall, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, and a string quartet with violinists Elio Bishop and Sara Caswell, violist Jeremy Kittel, and cellist Eugene Friesen.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 10:30pm

Is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and surfer dude Bill Finnegan

Sunday, August 23, 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 Clarinda “Rindy” Higgins and William “Bill” Armstrong Jr. about their new book, Against the Current. They talk about the how Albert Schweitzer inspired a young man’s journey. This episode aired originally on April 5, 2015.

Against the Current recounts the African adventures of Mark Higgins, the 18-year-old scion of a Worcester industrial family who elects to pursue his own destiny – in Africa - rather than the one his father charted for him. As the emerging nations of Africa gained their freedom in 1960, the global balance of power changed. Africa sat at the nexus of east-west contention, as well as being a cauldron of inter-tribal warfare. Mark Higgins’ travels took him deep into the Congo, where he was out of contact for weeks. The thoroughly researched and richly detailed narrative describes a young man’s quest for authenticity and purpose at a time crucial to African independence. Mark Higgins left legacies that have a profound impact on society more than half a century later.

Rindy Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in eastern studies from Smith College and a master’s degree in education. She taught elementary school for 11 years and has worked as an environmental educator since 1986. She was recognized with the Gold Award by the National Science Teachers Association. She has traveled widely in third-world countries seeking authentic experiences and understanding. In working on this book she led a four-person two-week expedition through western Gabon.

Bill Armstrong holds a degree in political science and journalism from Kent State University. He is a former writer for the Associated Press, assistant dean of New York University’s Graduate School of Business, and worked for more than two decades as a senior public-relations executive in New York. He served as a U.S. Navy public-affairs officer for 30 years, retiring with the rank of captain. He has written several specialty books.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 9:00pm

Ian Dury once sang "Sex and drugs and rock and roll is all my brain and body need." But why are humans so attracted to these three things that often lead us into doing very rebellious and crazy things? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ZOE CORMIER, journalist, science writer, photographer and former head of communications for Guerilla Science. Her new book is titled SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK 'N ROLL: THE SCIENCE OF HEDONISM AND THE HEDONISM OF SCIENCE. Tune in and find out how in the world it's possible to have sex in an MRI machine, and why in the world a scientist would want to do that.

Ian Dury was a unique British musical talent. The music he made with his band The Blockheads was part funk, part music hall, and part rock. His stage presence was that of a rowdy entertainer, a "lawless brat from a council flat", not a rock star. Nobody sounded like Ian, before or since. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back journalist RICHARD BALLS to talk about his wild biography that takes it's title from one of Dury's iconic anthems: SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK 'N' ROLL: THE LIFE OF IAN DURY.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 7:00pm

A show where listeners can request specific songs and hear some old favorites. One hour will be hosted by special guest DJ Spencer Cardillo (who won the opportunity in our WICN donor appreciation raffle) and we will also be chatting with singer-songwriter Lenny Solomon.


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