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Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 10:30pm

In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of miles from another human being, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted a line of mysterious peaks looming in the distance. He called this unexplored realm “Crocker Land.” Scientists and explorers agreed that the world-famous explorer had discovered a new continent rising from the frozen Arctic Ocean. Did Peary really discover a new continent? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and historian David Welky bout his newly released book: A Wretched and Precarious Situation.

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 9:00pm

Can looking at paintings in an art museum improve your skills as a police officer or a surgeon? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with lawyer and art historian AMY E. HERMAN about her ground breaking Art of Perception program, in which people are taught to hone their observational skills by looking at art. Her book about this program is titled: VISUAL INTELLIGENCE: SHARPEN YOUR PERCEPTION, CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

Herbert Hoover is widely regarded as having the greatest failed presidency in American history because of his inability to deal with the crushing Depression. But how well do you really know Hoover’s actual history? Tonight on Inquiry, we Herbert Hoover is widely regarded as having the greatest failed presidency in American history because of his inability to deal with the crushing Depression. But how well do we really know about Hoover’s real history in the White House? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back writer and historian CHARLES RAPPLEYE who takes his considerable journalistic skills to write the first portrait of Hoover “at a remove”. The result is his revelatory new book HERBERT HOOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE: THE ORDEAL OF THE PRESIDENCY.

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 3:00pm

One of the most basic questions in physics is: “what is nothing?” The answer is not as simple as you may think as nothing really matters!. Tune in tonight when we talk with JAMES OWEN WEATHERALL, Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine. We will be talking about his new book: VOID: THE STRANGE PHYSICS OF NOTHING.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

Ian & Sylvia, Joan and Bob, Bud & Travis, Mitch & Mickey, Mark & Raianne, Lori & Fred, Dan & Faith, Bridge & Davies, and MANY more! With special guest duo Three at Home (Mary Casiello and Dan Russo)

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:00pm

Thanksgiving is our holiday and there is nothing quite like celebrating it at DreamFarm. This collection of Julie’s favorite Thanksgiving music will enrich your celebration as you give Thanks!


Gary Burton
Elise Carlise
Louis Armstrong
Bert Seager/Anita Diamonte and singer Rebecca Shrimpton
Christopher Philips

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 11:30am

Keerrrrang! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer ALAN DI PERNA, who is a long time contributor to Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado. With writer BRAD TOLINSKI, who was the Editor in Chief of Guitar World magazine, they have written a new history of the electric guitar,  from the first electric guitar pick-up in the 1920s through Jimmy Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. Their book is: PLAY IT LOUD: AN EPIC HISTORY OF THE STYLE, SOUND, AND REVOLUTION OF THE ELECTRIC GUITAR. Tune in and learn about Dick Dale (pictured).

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 2:00pm

Grace Kelly! Grace returns to the WICN studios to chat with Tom Lucci. Her CD "Trying to Figure it Out" just made #2 in the DownBeat Readers Poll for Jazz Album of the Year! We at WICN are so proud to have helped launch her career in 2005, at age 12 - and we're always thrilled to have Grace back with us.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 6:00pm

Celebrating his 30th sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, we revisit Judy’s 2000 interview with Billy, one of her first for “Jazz Inspired."  Billy discusses his studies with jazz great Lennie Tristano and how jazz has influenced his music.

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

The Supremes, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temps! The list goes on and on…Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the birthday of Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

The large instrumental band Snarky Puppy, which just won its second Grammy Award, is hard to pin down to one place. Its core is now in New York, but its members have toured and recorded all over the world, and their spiritual home is still Dallas, Texas. It's where they'd take in gospel performances in area churches; it's near where they initially met at music school at the University of North Texas in Denton. As bassist and bandleader Michael League explains, you can hear all those collisions in the pocket of their complex and beyond-category grooves. Snarky Puppy makes what it calls "music for the brain and booty" alike.

Jazz Night In America recently flew to Dallas to visit Mike League's old stomping grounds and take a deep dive into his fascinating compositional process. Then we witness its execution in a sold-out, live, hometown Snarky Puppy concert at The Door in Dallas.


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