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Monday, March 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Catherine Russell remembers her late mother, singer Carline Ray, in a performance honoring the vocal jazz trio tradition. Russell is known for her work with Steely Dan and David Bowie, but also as an interpreter of blues and early jazz music. For this episode of Jazz Night in America, she hones in on this style with arrangements originally reworked by Sy Oliver for Carline Ray. Also, Russell shares stories of her mother’s journey in jazz through coming up in the 1940s as a black woman.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 10:30pm

Everyone knows that America is 50 states and…some other stuff. Scattered shards in the Pacific and the Caribbean, the not-quite states—American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—and their 4 million people are often forgotten, even by most Americans. But they’re filled with American flags, U.S. post offices, and Little League baseball games. How did these territories come to be part of the United States? What are they like? And why aren’t they states? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30  when Al is joined by best selling author Doug Mack as he discusses his latest book; "The Not-Quite States of America".

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore "The Business Beat," Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Jason Eastty, founder and owner of Escape Games Worcester. They talk about helping businesses do team-building  – in a fun, healthy and learning ways. This interview aired originally on February 5, 2017.

During its first year of operation, the locally owned and operated Escape Games Worcester has offered challenging team-building experiences to managers and staffers of area businesses – among other target markets. For the business market, an escape room provides a fun, learning place for coworkers to practice and learn true social interaction - mixed with a healthy dose of competition.

Escape Games Worcester features four room themes: Conspiracy, Crime Story, Fallout Shelter, and Museum - with a fifth room, The Experiment, coming soon. Each room has a different mood, design, size, and level of difficulty, with no expense being spared to immerse players in a total sensory experience.

However, the time limit remains the same—60 minutes to get out. Groups of up to six participants find themselves in “locked” rooms, clues hidden throughout, with one mission—to escape in the allotted amount of time.

Escape Games Worcester opened in January 2016 in the Northworks Building at 108 Grove St. in downtown Worcester. It now occupies more than 4,000 square feet of space – up from the original 2,500 square feet - and employs six full-time-equivalent people – plus its founder and owner, Jason Eastty, who works there on a part-time basis.

In its first year of operation, Escape Games Worcester attracted more than 17,500 people. According to TripAdvisor, Escape Games Worcester is now No. 1 among “fun and games” and No. 3 among “things to do” in Worcester.

Jason Eastty grew up in Webster, and has been a Worcester resident since 2010. In addition to working part-time at Escape Games Worcester, he is the full-time practice director for his wife’s dental office in Westborough.

Shown: Jason Eastty (left) and Game Master Kiara Vincent (right), in the lobby of Escape Games Worcester.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino recently did public-relations work for Escape Games Worcester.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 9:00pm

“Sherman, set the WABAC…” We are all fascinated by stories and films about time travel and considering the possibilities of actual travel to the past or future. But is time travel possible? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with noted chronicler of science and technology JAMES GLEICK about his new wonderful book that explores the science, literature and philosophy of TIME TRAVEL.

On Friday, April 1 1664 in Bologna, Italy, two former prostitutes were abducted from their convertite where they had recently become nuns. More than a year later, their brutally murdered bodies were discovered in a wine cellar. The search for their killers and the story of what happened to them reached all the way to the papacy and beyond. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CRAIG A. MONSON. He is the Paul Tietjens Professor Emeritus of Music at Washington University in St. Louis. The complex and thrilling story he uncovered is told in his book HABITUAL OFFENDERS: A TRUE TALE OF NUNS, PROSTITUTES, AND MURDERERS IN 17TH CENTURY ITALY.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs and tunes in celebration of St. Patrick’s day. Host Nick Noble will be joined by special guest Tyler Alderson, and they’ll play music from the Jolly Beggars, Mary O’Dowd, Oran Mor, Carrigan & Blair, the Dubliners, the Highwaymen, John Roberts, the Irish Rovers, Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers, Spailpin, Tom Lanigan, the Dropkick Murphys, and MANY MORE! Tune in, enjoy, and support WICN and THE FOLK REVIVAL.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Twice Grammy-nominated composer, arranger and woodwind master, Kim Richmond, is a versatile musician and sought after studio and concert player, based in the Los Angeles area. His first love is jazz, and his primary jazz voice is the alto saxophone. You will love hearing the rich and varied colors of his fabulous collaborative work with Clay Jenkins in their 7 piece jazz ensemble.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CANDACE SMITH Director of CAPELLA ARTEMESIA a group of vocalists and instrumentalists dedicated to performing pieces written by nuns from 16th and 17th Century Italian convents. They are about to start another North American tour , so tune in and find out the details. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:00am

What does the earth weigh? What is the shape of the universe? Did anything come before the Big Bang? These are just some of the subjects we will talk about tonight on Inquiry with our guest JEFF FORSHAW, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester. Together with Brian Cox, professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester, they have written a dynamic guide for the non-scientist titled UNIVERSAL: A GUIDE TO THE COSMOS. Tune in and find out where we are all headed. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, our in-studio guests are artists MICHAEL HACHEY and KAT O’CONNOR. An exhibition of their work is on view at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS  is titled DEFINITE: INDEFINITE. Also joining us in the studio is HONEE A. HESS Executive Director at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Guitarist Greg Ruggiero grew up in New Mexico with swing-dancing parents who encouraged him to listen to the Great American Standards and classic jazz, something he initially resisted.  Greg is now one of the most respected younger musicians on the scene and an enthusiastic proponent of the very music he initially avoided and talks to Judy about his journey from rock musician to jazz player.

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