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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 2:00pm

Singer Rhea Simon joins Pamela Hines for an intimate live in-studio performance from the WICN Performance Hall. Featuring Steve Hershman on piano and Todd Baker on bass. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 6:00pm

Guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, talks about Eddie Lang, Dick McDonough, and others who influenced him, and what it takes to be a great rhythm guitarist.

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we remember a "lost soul" of the southern R&B music scene.  Marvin Sease started out singing gospel but found his success singing explicit songs about love & food. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

Eric Lewis’ career has circulated both in and out of jazz circles. Performing under his given name, he was an up-and-coming pianist who performed in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed – or didn’t – he found that a lot of contemporary rock music also spoke to what he wanted to do. So performing under the name ELEW, he devised a new theatrical, high-energy style of playing solo piano called rockjazz, and it took him to TED Conferences, national tours, America’s Got Talent and the White House. Now he’s set to translate his vision to the jazz trio format, planning a recording with some major players. Jazz Night In America follows ELEW to the studio, and to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, where his burning band includes Reginald Veal on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 10:30pm

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author and investigative journalist Jane Mayer. Her new book "Dark Money"  provides some very insightful thoughts as to current issues facing America today.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “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.

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, February 21, 2016 - 9:00pm

The history of Asian Americans is a history of immigration as well as the history of how “race works in the United States”. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome ERIKA LEE. She teaches history at the University of Minnesota where she is also the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair of Immigration History and Director of the Immigration History Research Center. Lee’s new book is the monumental THE MAKING OF ASIAN AMERICA: A HISTORY and tonight we will focus on what happened to Japanese American citizens during World War II.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer ABIGAIL SANTAMARIA. Her new biography is titled JOY: POET, SEEKER, AND THE WOMAN WHO CAPTIVATED C.S. LEWIS. Joy Davidman was a passionate writer, poet, dedicated member of the American Communist Party and atheist till she read the writings of C.S. Lewis. Then she became deeply religious and gave up her life in America to meet Lewis in Britain. This became one of the greatest literary love stories of the century. Tune in and find out why.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Jesse Cook, one of the most successful flamenco guitarists and world fusion artists, joins Brian Vinik on Tonal Rhythms, WICN's new age/world music program!  Jesse is a major player in the world fusion scene, and has sold well over a million records worldwide.  He will be discussing his ongoing tour, which has upcoming dates in the New England area! Tune in on Sunday, February 21st at 6PM, for this exciting and exclusive musical journey.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

Celebrate Black History Month with the music of John Coltrane when Bonnie Johnson speaks with movement artist, dancer Samantha Speis. She is associate artistic director of URBAN BUSH WOMEN, a Brooklyn-based dance troupe in-residence in Providence, RI through FirstWorks during the month of February. As part of FirstWorks Iconic Artists Series, UBW performs WALKING WITH 'TRANE, a choreographic work by the dance company's Founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Samantha Speis. "Walking with 'Trane" combines a "Coltrane-inspired score that [fuses Urban Bush Women’s inventive movement with Coltrane’s revolutionary post-bop spirit] by composers George Caldwell and Philip White".  UBW takes the stage on Saturday, February 27, 2016, 8 PM at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble will spin some old favorites, play tracks from CDs recently arrived at the station, and interview Debra Cowan, Craig Sonnenfeld, Alex Touhey, Mike Glick,and Noam Weinstein.

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