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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

Lots to enjoy on this edition of The Soul Serenade! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the Summer Solstice, the music of legendary songwriter-producer Chips Moman and we remember the beehive hairdo of the 1960s girl groups. It all starts at 7pm!!

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 11:00pm

Award winning world music band, Sultans of String, will appear on Tonal Rhythms on Sunday, June 19th!  Tune in as host Brian Vinik discusses the band's latest release, "Subcontinental Drift", with bandleader Chris McKhool.  Featuring Indian influences fused with musical sounds from other cultures (including a Bob Dylan cover!), this band is a welcome addition to Tonal Rhythms' musical journey across time, genres, and the world.  Tune in on Sunday, June 19th, at 11 PM, and be sure to follow Tonal Rhythms on Facebook for the latest updates about the show! (

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 10:30pm

Managing how you think is more important than what you think—That's according to best selling author and journalist Charles Duhigg. In his new book: Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently. Tune in this Sundays evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Charles Duhigg.

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Allison Chisolm, author of The Inventive Life of Charles Hill Morgan: The Power of Improvement in Industry, Education and Civic Life. This episode aired originally on November 7, 2015.

A man of deep convictions, quiet generosity and constant curiosity about new ideas and the world, Charles Hill Morgan was far from the "starchy Puritan" that his grandchildren recalled. When he learned how to use specialized drafting tools in the 1840s, his professional-grade compass precisely centered measurements for foundations and steam engines. His mastery of these tools led to a future of vast new possibilities.

Morgan’s  life reflected a strong moral compass, centered on church, family and service to others while running a Philadelphia paper bag business, overseeing the world’s largest producer of barbed wire, and then founding his own steel rolling mill company in Worcester. His life journey serves to personalize the early development and subsequent successes of the American industrial revolution -- a time in history when the power of ideas coupled with mechanical ability fueled those with a strong desire to find new solutions to old problems.

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back writer and journalist GINGER STRAND to talk about her new dual biography THE BROTHERS VONNEGUT: SCIENCE AND FICTION IN THE HOUSE OF MAGIC. After World War II, Kurt was a struggling writer working on his first novel Player Piano and brother Bernie was an accomplished scientist interested in learning how to control weather. They both worked at GE. Tune in and learn their amazing stories.

VICTORIA LOOSELEAF is an award-winning dance and Los Angeles arts writer, professional harpist and now a published poet. Her first book of poems is titled ISN’T IT RICH? Tune in and hear her read several of her poems and discuss her amazing life. To check out Victoria’s blog, go to:

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 3:00pm

Artistic Director and performing arts influencer Piotr Turkiewicz talks with Bonnie Johnson about the JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL and it's 2nd Annual U.S. Edition (June 19-July 1, 2016) presented by the National Forum of Music and Polish Cultural Institute of New York. Discover the music of some of the "most important artists from the Polish contemporary Jazz scene" as Poland's leading jazz all-star ensembles partner with the likes of saxophonist Tony Malaby and pianist Uri Caine among others. These top flight musicians will "celebrate improvisation" on stage "in the homeland of Jazz, the United States", in east coast venues from New Haven, Connecticut and the Adirondack Mountains to the boroughs of New York and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC.

Hailed as "one of the most important jazz events in Poland and Central Europe", Jazztopad is an annual festival that takes place in Wroclaw, Poland. Past international guest artists have included Ornette Coleman, Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Peacock, Sonny Rollins, Charles Lloyd, Jack DeJohnette, Maria Schneider Orchestra and in 2016, Wayne Shorter, Jason Moran and Hugh Masakela. Over the years, "Jazztopad Festival has commissioned works which often push the boundaries of genre and combine jazz with classical music".  Listen Here.


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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four hours of old favorites plus a handful of tracks from CDs newly arrived at the station. Some real treats and deelightful surprises. Please tune in to support WICN!

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 11:00am

THOMAS THWAITES is a designer in London, where he ponders technology, science and futures research. One day he realized he was tired of all the worry and stress of human life and decided to try to become a goat. What happened next is told in his new book GOATMAN: HOW I TOOK A HOLIDAY FROM BEING HUMAN. The story is even weirder than you think. Tune in and see. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 10:00am

The Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Eleventh Edition, publish in the early years of the Twentieth Century, is considered “the last great English language encyclopaedia.” But the story of its creation is a complicated and chaotic tale of the clash of British and American culture. It is one of the great (and wild) stories from the history of book publishing. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer, teacher and journalist DENIS BOYLE about his new book: EVERYTHING EXPLAINED THAT IS EXPLAINABLE: ON THE CREATION OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA’S CELEBRATED ELEVENTH EDITION, 1910-1911.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 3:30pm

Do you find it tough to find the groove in the music of Coltrane? Do you have a hard time finding new music you like? Inquiry welcomes back jazz pianist, music historian, critic and writer TED GIOIA. His new book HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ is a useful and fun guide for listening to all types of jazz music critically.  It is also a fine concise history of jazz and a biography of some of the giants of jazz. When you hear a new band or recording, what should a listener focus on? Tune in and find out.


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