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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 7:00pm

With the recent passing of two of their original members, this week The Soul Serenades celebrates the music of The Manhattans. They had one of the best soft ballad "sensual" sounds in all of soul music. "Kiss and Say Goodbye," & "Wish Upon a Star" are just a few of their late night hits. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:30pm

Will the GOP mid term victories have a negative effect on women's access to reproductive health services? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al discusses the issue with Jennie Wetter of the Population Institute

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate Of Climb, interviews Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester. They talk about celebrating community in a challenging economy.

As the Telegram & Gazette reported on August 29, “A new performance venue to add to its lineup, a new contest, a new opening act — the news is starting to come in about First Night Worcester 2015.But First Night Worcester Executive Director Howard McGinn, who successfully navigated a financial crisis last year, is counting down to a prospective New Year’s Eve celebration with ‘fingers crossed’. He added, "We’re going forward. At this point we’re still fundraising."

Founded in 1981, First Night Worcester is a private, not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to providing access to the arts. First Night Worcester is a volunteer-driven organization that is funded 100-percent by button sales and the generosity of the Greater Worcester community: businesses, foundations and individuals who provide financial and in-kind support.

Best known for its New Year’s Eve Arts Festival, First Night Worcester continues its work throughout the year with educational programs and community-outreach initiatives. Taken together, the programs of First Night Worcester create a true spirit of community by providing shared cultural experiences, accessible and affordable to all.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 9:00pm

Michelangelo was a new kind of artist for the Renaissance. His life redefined how people thought about artists in society. He was difficult to work with, often did not finish commissions and had a hard time delegating work to assistants. He lived through turbulent times, working with six popes and through wars, violence and plague. Yet he sculpted and painted some of the most beautiful and important works of the Renaissance. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Miles J. Unger writer, author and former Managing Editor of Art New England about his dynamic new biography Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces.

We live at a time in which we are surrounded by visual media and bright colors. But our experience of color is never just about vision. Colors can also be used to manipulate and control. The colors we now interact with on TV and our computers are not pigments, like those found in paintings and drawings. Contemporary colors are generated and manipulated through mathematics, using complicated systems very few of us understand. We live in the age of the algorithmic image. Everything looks bright and colorful, but do we live in a New Dark Age? Tune in tonight when we have a lively conversation with Carolyn L. Kane, who writes about the history, philosophy and aesthetics of electronic media. We talk about her new landmark book Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art and Aesthetics After Code.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

On this edition of Saturday Night Fish Fry, Norm Rosen begins the first in a series of shows where he will showcase songs by original blues artists, back to back with the covers by more modern blues, rock n roll artists, and others.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 7:00pm

Four hours of holiday recordings in the folk tradition, part of the WICN end-of-year membership drive.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Whether reinventing jazz standards, breathing fresh life into classical repertoire, or premiering their own original works, Tre Corda generates a compelling sound all its own. Their works blend composition and improvisation in new and unexpected ways, using the musical vocabulary of classical composers like Bartok and Stravinsky, as well as songs and ideas from the worlds of jazz and popular musics. The name of the group comes from classical piano notation, as an instruction to the pianist to release the soft pedal and let all three strings vibrate freely (literally “three strings” or “three sounds”), and suggests that the trio’s members, individually and collectively, are free to explore their own creative path - independent of boundaries and categories that limit musical expression. Cellist Eugene Friesen’s dynamic rhythms and incredible array of bowing and plucking techniques, trumpeter Greg Hopkins’s virtuosic leaps and outrageous genre-bending phrases, and pianist Tim Ray’s lyric melodicism and two-fisted pyrotechnics - these are just a few of the ways Tre Corda concerts have satisfied and delighted audiences with both jazz and classical expectations

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:30am

Otis Shepard and Dorothy Van Gorder were two gifted artists who married and teamed up to produce some of the most eye-catching and beautiful outdoors advertising in the middle decades of the 20th Century. Through their friendship with P.K. Wrigley of Wrigley’s gum, they also got to completely redesign Catalina Island and the Chicago Cubs. Their graphic art helped bring modernist design to America and helped to visually define an era. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with art director and design historian NORMAN HATHAWAY. With writer and editor Dan Nadel, he has written a stunningly beautiful book about these two unrecognized graphic artists who helped create the look of modern America: DOROTHY AND OTIS: DESIGNING THE AMERICAN DREAM. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:30am

In the 17th Century, more than 350,000 English people crossed the Atlantic to become colonists in what would later be called America. They still considered themselves “English” and their relationship over the decades with what they considered their homeland was complex. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MALCOM GASKILL, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. His new book is titled BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: HOW THE ENGLISH BECAME AMERICANS. This history of the evolution of the colonists feelings about England is a “national history without borders, an English epic told through stories of adventure.” Tune in and hear a very different perspective on Early American history.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with ROBERT BEACHY, associate professor of history at the Underwood International College of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. His new book is titled GAY BERLIN: BIRTHPLACE OF A MODERN IDENTITY. It is Beachy’s central argument that our modern understanding of homosexuality and gay culture started in the 19th Century city of Berlin. Berlin became a kind of laboratory of sexuality. This is a fascinating history complicated by the extreme politics of Germany in the first decades of the 20th Century. Tune in and learn about the very first gay rights organization and how the Nazis eventually ended decades of progress in sexual rights. 

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