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Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 10:30pm

Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers and field hands, tradesmen, servants, and children. Many black residents were poor sharecroppers, but others owned their own farms and the land on which they’d founded the county’s thriving black churches.But then in September of 1912, three young black laborers were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. One man was dragged from a jail cell and lynched on the town square, two teenagers were hung after a one-day trial, and soon bands of white “night riders” launched a coordinated campaign of arson and terror, driving all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with award winning author and historian Patrick Phillips, author of the new book: BLOOD AT THE ROOT.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 9:00pm

We hear a lot today that the healthcare system is broken and that we have become a nation of “doctor shoppers” who believe that more care, more scans and more drugs means better care. How did we get this way and what can be done about it? Tonight on Inquiry we will look at the history of the patient –doctor relationships and how it has evolved. We talk with NANCY TOMES, professor of history at Stony Brook University about her revealing history: REMAKING THE AMERICAN PATIENT: HOW MADISON AVENUE AND MODERN MEDICINE TURNED PATIENTS INTO CONSUMERS.

Tonight’s guest is KEN ONO. He is the Asa Griggs Chandler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University and a Fellow of the Mathematical Society. His parents were first generation Japanese emigrants to the United States at a time when there was tremendous racism expressed to the Japanese. His father was a brilliant mathematician and it was expected that Ken would follow in his footsteps. But he struggled to find himself for many years until he became inspired by one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. Ken Ono’s book is titled MY SEARCH FOR RAMANUJAN: HOW I LEARNED TO COUNT written with Amir D. Aczel.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Playing tracks from the Brandywine Singers, Peter-Paul- and-Mary, the Limeliters, Joan Baez, the Highwaymen, Cadence Carroll, Tom Hall, and many more: all for the WICN Fall Membership Drive.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

A "gifted acoustic finger-style guitar player" Peter Janson brings world-class acoustic guitar music to records and the concert stage with fresh contemporary arrangements of new and traditional tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and North America, as well as Celtic inspired compositions. A fusion of Jazz, American roots music, new age and classical sounds, his original and compelling contemporary style is filled with artistry, superb technical mastery, and heartfelt passion: weaving songs about Celtic kings, lost love and sad dogs, memory, life, and the heart. Peter comes to DreamFarm to talk about what is driving him to dig deep and find new inspiration and share some of the highlight of his journey so far.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 4:00pm

Tonight we talk with artist KEVIN BURNS. Examples of his work will be exhibited with works by J.D. Sage in GO FIGURE: ART ABOUT MANKIND AND MIND at the Worcester SPRINKLER FACTORY in October. Tune in and here Kevin talk about his investigations into “entropy and optimality in abstract art” among other topics.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

The French/Scottish vocalist spent her young life in Paris, training four hours a day as an ice skater, with breaks for the occasional gig as a child actor. Somehow, she knew she would be a singer someday, even though that was never the focus of her life. She now lives and works in England, singing and playing accordion, performing a repertoire influenced by everyone from Edith Piaf to Billie Holiday.

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

It doesn't get any better on this week's soul spotlight as we celebrate the legendary Ray Charles' birth date. He's an American icon and one of the architects of soul music. Join host Tom Shaker this Monday at 7 pm!

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

We get to be tourists this week.  The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra takes us to Latin America and Spain, through the work of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and John Coltrane.  Excerpts from Tijuana Moods, Latin American Suite and Ole Coltrane take us to a Tijuana gift shop and a Spanish bullfight, but we'll also get a look inside the heads of these 3 jazz greats, and learn what makes them some of the best storytellers jazz has ever known.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:30pm

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, during the four long days and nights that followed, the inmates negotiated with state officials for improved living conditions. On September 13, the state abruptly ended talks and sent hundreds of heavily armed state troopers and corrections officers to retake the prison by force. In the ensuing gunfire, thirty-nine men were killed—hostages as well as prisoners—and close to one hundred were severely injured. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with best selling author Heather Ann Thompson, her new book: Blood IN The Water recaptures this historic event in thrilling detail.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm. They talk about ending racism in farming and food. This episode aired originally on July 31, 2016.

Soul Fire Farm, located in Petersburg, New York, is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. The farm raises life-giving food and acts in solidarity with people marginalized by what’s known as “food apartheid.” With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, the farm works to reclaim our collective right to belong to the Earth and to have agency in the food system.

Soul Fire Farm brings diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health and environmental justice. The farm is training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

As a farmer, food justice activist and educator, Leah Penniman, co-director of the non-profit Soul Fire Farm, is working to dismantle the oppressive structures that misguide our food system. She backs that mission with an incredible work ethic, sharp intellect and a deep passion for racial equality in land ownership and food production, She is a part-time high school science teacher, was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow and co-founded YouthGROW in Worcester.

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