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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS to talk about the 2015 annual FESTIVAL OF CRAFTS sponsored by UniBank and the upcoming exhibition: NOW: NEW WORK, NEW ARTISTS (sponsored by the Worcester Business Journal). For ore information about the Crafts Center go to:
To apply to be one of the artists in the NOW show, go to:


Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:30am

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back two guests committed to quality and fun natural history and environmental education for young people. STACY TORNIO is a writer, editor, master gardener and master naturalist. KEN KEFFER is a naturalist and environmental educator. Their new book is THE SECRET LIVES OF ANIMALS: 1,001 TIDBITS, ODDITIES AND AMAZING FACTS ABOUT NORTH AMERICA’S COOLEST ANIMALS. Tune in and find out where a Moose’s “bell” is and why bison are such good snowplows.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Chef Paul discusses his childhood as one of 13 siblings (and how one cooks for such a brood) and talks about the similarities between being a great chef and being a great jazz musician.

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Marquis Hill has shot to international renown recently, especially after winning the Thelonious Monk Competition -- a sort of international Heisman Trophy for young jazz artists. But it takes a village to raise a musician. Jazz Night in America caught up with Hill when he returned to his native Chicago for a string of shows, touring his old South Side haunts, interviewing his former teachers, and catching a rehearsal. Then we got to see it all come together at the Jazz Showcase downtown in a performance by Hill's tight working band, the Blacktet.

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
One of the legends of American music left us last week. He not only defined New Orleans music but he collaborated and wrote songs for a veritable who's who of rock, blues, soul, jazz, country and gospel artists. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of Allen Toussaint. It all starts at 7pm!
Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 10:30pm

Author Amos Kamil,s new book, Great Is The Truth:  Secrecy, Scandal, and the Quest for Justice at the Horace Mann School is based on Amos’ investigative reporting for the New York Times Magazine. He argues that we have an urgent need to create a culture in which sex abuse does not happen, and in which survivors are supported when they report cases of abuse. But also the need to change public policy so that  justice prevails, even long after the crimes have been committed. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Amos Kamil.

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Mark Chester and Olga Kwasniewski of The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape - Photographs of New Americans. They talk about the business and cultural impact of New Americans. This episode aired originally on April 19, 2015.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for Mark Chester Photography. Check out the recent Telegram & Gazette profile of Mark and Olga.

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape is a collection of inspirational portraits produced by nationally known professional photographer Mark Chester. His powerful images create a visual archive that celebrates the diversity of Massachusetts' citizens from nearly 170 of the 196 countries around the globe. His photographs of more than 300 newly naturalized U.S. citizens, all of whom are residents of the Commonwealth, enrich the viewer by sharing the vast cultural resources and rich ethnic heritage of the Bay State's 351 towns and cities.

Joining Mark, is Olga Kwasniewski of Holden, one of the New Americans featured in The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape. Her story is the stuff that best-sellers are made of. Born to a life of privilege, Olga came to the United States after working in international economic affairs for the President in her homeland of Uzbekistan. She left everything behind to start over in a foreign country, and is now the owner of Thai Island Restaurant in Holden, while enjoying success as a fashion model strutting the runways of New York City. In 2014, she was Ms. Massachusetts Globe.

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 9:00pm

Public libraries are at the cultural and social center of every town and city where they are found. But these days libraries are also woefully under funded and under appreciated. After all, “why do we need a library when we have Google?”. Libraries are going to need to radically change, not only to keep up with the avalanche of new material, electronic and printed, but to meet the needs of modern patrons. Today on Inquiry we talk with JOHN PALFREY, professor of law, founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America and Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover. His new book BIBIO TECH: WHY LIBRARIES MATTER MORE THAN EVER IN THE AGE OF GOOGLE offers some thought-provoking suggestions for how modernize the public library.

Thousands of years ago, prehistoric Homo sapiens invaded what we now call Europe and were confronted by another hominid species, the Neanderthals. Within a relatively short time, the Neanderthals were extinct. What happened? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with PAT SHIPMAN, retired Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. Her new book is: THE INVADERS: HOW HUMANS AND THEIR DOGS DROVE NEANDERTHALS TO EXTINCTION.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

Remember "Green, Green",  "Saturday Night", and "Today", - just to name a few?  For four hours host Nick Noble will trace the history of one of the most popular ensembles of the folk revival period. You'll hear at least 40 songs over four hours and Randy Sparks, legendary founder of the New Christy Minstrels will be with us live in the WICN broadcast studio.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

An instrumental ensemble hailing from Boston, MA (USA), Esthema has been creating their unique sound since 2006 by fusing the sounds of Jazz/Fusion and Progressive Rock with the sounds of the traditional music of the Balkan region and the Near & Middle East. The musicians that shape the sound of Esthema bring together both Western and Eastern influences, instruments, and concepts creating a musical tapestry that transcends genres and cultures.


Andy Milas, Guitar
Tom Martin, Bass
Onur Dilisen, Violin
Naseem Alatrash, Cello
George Lernis, Percussion


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