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Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:30pm

In his new book "The End of White Christian America" best selling author and international speaker  Robert Jones challenges readers to grasp the profound consequence's of a new reality-that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Robert P. Jones for an eye opening discussion.

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dr. Stephen Mecca, professor in the Department of Engineering-Physics-Systems at Providence College and also a past president of the Jamestown Rotary Club in Rhode Island. They talk about the business of reinventing the toilet. This episode aired originally on July 24.

As the Jamestown (Rhode Island) Press reported in 2012: “’Someone said you are what you think about everyday,’ said Dr. Stephen Mecca, a Jamestown resident who has been on the faculty at Providence College since 1969. ‘If that’s the case, I’m a toilet.’” While Dr. Mecca began his teaching career as a nuclear physicist, in recent years he has been awarded two grants for work in his current area of interest: toilets. Specifically, microflush toilets.

Dr. Mecca grew up in New York and he first visited Rhode Island when he was a junior in high school to look at Providence College. He ended up enrolling at PC, where he stayed through graduate school. He earned a master’s degree in physics, and from there went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his doctorate.

Although Dr. Mecca still teaches nuclear physics and is chairman of the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission, in recent years his interests have turned to complex problem-solving and economics. It was when he was working as a visiting professor eight years ago in the African country of Ghana, that he became appalled by the sanitation situation there. He decided that something had to be done.

According to Dr. Mecca, the sanitation crisis is off the scale. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death of children in the developing world. In the schools, there are often no toilets – if there are, then they’re filthy. Disease that results from the unclean conditions leads to absenteeism in schools. All of this adds up to a profoundly negative impact on the quality of education.

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 9:00pm

This week on Inquiry we welcome back artist, writer, natural historian and contributing Editor to Birdwatcher’s Digest Julie Zickefoose. Her new book Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into The Nest is a stunning collection of her watercolor paintings (and journal entries) of very young birds. These were done every day as the birds developed. Some of these birds came from her nest boxes on her property, others were orphaned and brought to her to rehab. Species included familiar birds like bluebirds, chickadees, House Sparrows and starlings as well as a number of birds most of us have never seen in the next. Tune in for a lively conversation with one of the great wildlife artists in America

Inquiry welcomes back photographer and artist Tara Sellios. Her large exquisite photographs of dead fish, animals and flowers echo themes found in Dutch, Flemish and Baroque canvases concerned with “memento mori”. Her new body of work, using numerous moths and beetles, is amazing. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

Live from the WICN Performance Studio, a concert featuring local N.E. artists, including James Keyes, Cara Brindisi, Zack Slik, Sandy Haddon, Colette O’Connor, the Road Owls, and more!

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 6:00pm

Seamlessly blending the sensibilities of classical excellence and precision, Latin folk music and Jazz improvisation, The Chamber Jazz Trio brings Enchantment to DreamFarm. Featuring Yulia Musayelvan, Catherine Bent and Maxim Lubarsky. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 9:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about “the discovery and science of the cosmic rhythm that governs our planet”: the tides!  We speak with HUGH ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS curator and author of several books exploring science, design and architecture. His latest book is: TIDES: THE SCIENCE AND LORE OF THE GREATEST FORCE ON EARTH. Tune in and learn about tidal bores, mudlarking and the terror of the Maelstrom! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we continue our conversation with award-winning writer and journalist CARL SAFINA about his important new book BEYOND WORDS: WHAT ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL. Safina is the Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University. Tonight we talk about why humans have been so hesitant to accept the idea that animals other than us could have minds. In addition, we will talk about the very social and complex minds of Killer Whales. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 2:00pm

Mary Shelley’s early 19th Century novel Frankenstein may be the most “influential cautionary tale ever written.” Very popular in its day, it has been made into plays and countless movies, including silents. But why is  this horror story  still so popular? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with LESTER D. FRIEDMAN, professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and ALLISON B. KAVEY, associate professor of early and modern history at the CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center. We will be discussing their book: MONSTROUS PROGENY: A HISTORY OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NARRATIVES. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 6:00pm

Judy talks with pianist/vocalist Billy Stritch fresh from his participation in the 2013 Bobby Short tribute at Jazz at Lincoln Center and discussed how Bobby, Liza and other greats have informed and shaped his music and career.

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tonight's Soul Serenade is all about the Summer of '66! It's three hours of nonstop musical greatness. Motown and Stax were at their peak, and fabulous tunes were coming from everywhere.  "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear!" Tom Lucci hosts.


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