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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 2:00pm

Four-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist, educator, innovator and Mack Avenue recording artist Christian McBride is wearing multiple hats, leading in the jazz world. His latest release Bringin' It (2017) follows the Christian McBride Big Band's 2011 Grammy® Award-winning debut,The Good Feeling. The Christian McBride Trio returns to perform in the Celebrity Series of Boston at Sanders Theatre - Cambridge on Sunday, October 29th, 7pm. This week he talks with Bonnie Johnson about the host of his many ongoing projects including artistic leadership of Newport Jazz Festival, hosting the NPR program Jazz Night In America and bringing jazz into the lives of the next generation. Tune in at 12pm.


Photo by R. Andrew Lepley


Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

Live from WICN's Performance Studio 50 -- four hours-plus of live music featuring as many as thirty local acts (more than 40 N.E. artists) who have appeared on THE FOLK REVIVAL over the years, celebrating Nick Noble's 500th show as host of the program. Tune in, or better yet join us as part of the audience in WICN's Performance Studio 50. Featured acts will include Colette O'Connor, Dale LePage with Joe D'Angelo, Beth DeSombre, Eric Luskin, Amanda Carr, The Lied To's, Crowe's Pasture, Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli, Sandy Haddon, Kathryn Kaufman, Lori Fassman, P.E. James, Jan Luby, Don Prange, Jane Fallon, Kim Jennings, Kryngle Daly, Cara Brindisi, Chris Maden, Ari Charbonneau, Steve Pavao, Ilene Springer, James Keyes, Edwin Baculima, Kelsey Rose, Kevin Kvein, Chuck Greene, Old Horse, Chris Kent, Stephen Hebert, Andy Cummings, and yes, even Wolfpen! Perhaps a few surprises as well.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 4:00pm

NOAH STRYCKER, associate editor of Birding magazine, decided to spend the entire year of 2015  trying to break the record for the most species of birds seen worldwide in a year. The previous record was 4300 species. Of course it took a lot of planning and flying around the world to get to some very unique destinations. Did he break the record? Tune in tonight when we talk about Strycker’s memoir of one crazy year of birding: BIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS: AN OBSESSION, A QUEST, AND THE BIGGEST YEAR IN THE WORLD. Pictured is a Karamoja Apalis. Tune in to find out about what was special about that bird for Strycker.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 3:00pm

Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is writer and comic book historian HOPE NICHOLSON. She is the owner and founder of Bedside Press. Her new book is a great and colorful compendium of some of the greatest female heroes in comicdom. From Little Lulu to Ms Marvel, you’ll find them in Nicholson’s new book: THE SPECTACULAR SISTERHOOD OF SUPERWOMEN: AWESOME FEMALE CHARACTERS FROM COMIC BOOK HISTORY. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Young Chicago pianist/organist/vocalist discusses his move to New York, his love for Oscar Peterson and Jimmy Smith and his new, as yet unnamed CD.

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

Overton Vertis Wright is commonly known as one of the greatest southern soul singers ever. His vocals recall his church beginnings and the hard, short life he lead. He recorded for legendary Memphis labels, Goldwax and Hi records. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates O.V. Wright's life and music on Monday night at 7pm.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 10:30pm

Deanna Wallace, Staff Counsel with Americans United for Life, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health earlier last week asking that they reject S.1225 - a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide. Has the time come for assisted suicide? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with attorney Deanna Wallace about her testimony.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Worcester immigration attorney Randy Feldman. They talk about the importance of immigration for America’s economy.

Less than a week after moving into the White House this past January, President Donald Trump signed an order to increase deportations of an undocumented immigrant population that is 77 percent Hispanic and 15 percent Asian. He then instituted a temporary travel ban from countries that are 98 percent Muslim and suspended the admission of refugees who come mostly from Africa and the Middle East.

Several months later, in August, Republican U.S. senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia introduced a bill that they said would cut legal immigration to the United States by 50 percent. According to a New York Times op-ed at the time, “They are right about that, but nearly everything else that they have said about their bill is false or misleading.”

As that same New York Times op-ed noted, “A million immigrants to the United States in 2017 isn’t equivalent to the same number in 1900, when there were a quarter as many Americans. Controlling for population, today’s immigration rate is nearly 30 percent below its historical average. If their bill becomes law, the rate would fall to about 60 percent below average.”

As Randy Feldman wrote in “What is an American?,”  in a January 2017 op-ed in the Telegram & Gazette, “It is no longer acceptable to tell immigrants from abroad, ‘We want your labor but not your citizenship.’ In a nation of immigrants this attitude is a betrayal of the social and political contract offered to our own ancestors by earlier Americans. We need new immigrants as fully as they need us.”

“Although there remains work to be done to erase ‘the color line’ in America, our country’s significance in world history is no longer an experiment of constructing a nation,” Randy continued in that T&G op-ed. “We the people, have built our country by incorporating a fluid core of immigrants into a united whole. We are no longer an experiment.”

After studying, traveling and living abroad in more than 70 countries around the world, Randy returned to the U.S., married a physician originally from the Philippines and attended Boston University School of Law.  After law school, he opened his own immigration law firm, which for more than 26 years has helped thousands of immigrants throughout Central Massachusetts and the Boston area.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Sharon Begley. She is the senior science writer at STAT, the life sciences publication of the Boston Globe. Her new book is about compulsions. Tonight we will discuss how compulsions are different from addictions and impulsive behaviors, the role anxiety plays in compulsive behavior,  and how medicine treats compulsions. Begley’s new book is: CAN’T. JUST. STOP. AN INVESTIGTION OF COMPULSIONS.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back Gordon B. Arnold to continue our conversation about his new book: ANIMATION AND THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION. Tonight we talk about animation on television in the 1950s and 1960s and characters like Crusader Rabbit, Ruff and Reddy and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 2:00pm

Jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke fuses his mastery with African folk music into a style that pianist Herbie Hancock describes as "a musical painter". The Blue Note recording artist hails from Benin and has played with the likes of Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Esperanza Spalding and Marcus Gilmore. With four of his own recordings, he co-produced the album Heritage featuring Derrick Hodge and Mark Guiliana with Robert Glasper. Loueke talks with Bonnie Johnson about his international tour with with jazz legends The Chick Corea / Steve Gadd Band. They'll perform as part of "FirstWorks' Artistic Icons Series" on Sunday, October 15th, 7:00pm at The VETS in Providence, RI. Tune in at 12pm.


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