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Monday, May 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

The often-overlooked older brother of The Temptations David Ruffin, Jimmy had a Motown hit with his soul standard "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted" in 1966. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of this lost soul on Monday night's edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

In 1965, the trumpeter, composer and arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big-band music originally intended for the Count Basie Orchestra — and nobody to perform it. So they made their own. They handpicked some of New York's top talent and called rehearsals on Monday nights, when the studio musicians could actually make it. And by the time they debuted on a Monday in February 1966 at the famed Village Vanguard, they were already a force to be reckoned with — soon to become the most influential big band of the last 50 years. The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, still plays every Monday night.

Jazz Night In America heads to the basement jazz shrine to see the band's 50th anniversary show in February 2016, full of cuts from the original Thad Jones songbook. Our radio program tells the story of how the band came to be.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:30pm

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with best selling author and former senior political advisor to Bill Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal. In his just released book "A Self Made Man" Blumenthal uncovers new and compelling information about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Just when you think you've heard all there is about our 16th president Blumenthal through his intense research has re-introduced another aspect to the great mans life.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Peter Stefan, owner and president of Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors. They talk about the death and life of locally owned funeral homes. This episode aired originally on November 1, 2015.

As Worcester Magazine wrote in 2013 in its Person of the Year profile, “Over the course of several days in early May 2013, [Peter] Stefan and the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor he runs out of an historic white building on Main Street graced the cover of just about every major newspaper in the US, popped up on TV screens as part of daily and evening newscasts and ignited a controversy that, all these months later, still lingers. For Stefan, it started late on a Thursday night in May, the second of May to be exact. That is when he opened the doors of his funeral home to the body of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It was the sort of under-the-cover-of-darkness intrigue you see in movies.”

As WoMag’s report continued, “Stefan ended up in the middle of it all, dealing with a political hot potato that saw nearly every local, state and federal lawmaker do their best not to handle. Believing with all his heart that everyone deserves a burial, the man whose mother worked in hotels and whose father toiled away at the old American Optical factory in Southbridge before dying when Stefan was only 3, decided to offer up his services to prepare Tsarnaev for burial when just about every other city and funeral director was saying no.”

As the 2013 Worcester Magazine profile noted, “Stefan, now far from the limelight and free of the pursuit of the TV personalities who were nipping at his heels for interviews back then, is unfazed. He is as secure and content with his decision as the day he made it. And he believes public sentiment, by and large, has swung toward him. Even if it did not, Stefan believes he – and by extension, his country – did the right thing. After all, as he said many times during the ordeal, ‘We bury our dead.’”

As a son to hardworking Greek and Albanian immigrant parents, Peter Stefan is a first-generation funeral director with more than 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. He is also a very active member of the Worcester community, and has been involved with numerous local organizations, such as, the P.I.P. Shelter, AIDS Project Worcester, the Nigerian American Organization, the Veteran's Shelter, and many more.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is writer and critic GREIL MARCUS to talk about his two new books: REAL LIFE ROCK: THE COMPLETE TOP TEN COLUMNS 1986-2014 and THREE SONGS, THREE SINGERS, THREE NATIONS. Real Life Rock are the collected “top ten” columns that Marcus has written for various publications over decades about music, film, art and much more. Three Songs…are a series of three lectures Marcus gave at Harvard that explores different aspects of folk music in America.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with naturalist and researcher SCOTT WEIDENSAUL about his new beautiful guide, the PETERSON REFERENCE GUIDE TO OWLS OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN. Tune in and find out what is the most likely owl to see in your backyard and also learn about the extinct giant owls of the Caribbean and much more.
 

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

A Live May-Day celebration, broadcast from the WICN Performance Studio, featuring Gary Blanchard, Flame & Peach and the Liberated Waffles, Jennifer Evans, Aaron Tornberg, James Keyes, Penn Johnson, Nick & Sharon Pangaro, Wolfpen, and a few more surprises.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

Don Davis, a friend and frequent guest musician at DreamFarm, has played for us numerous times times as well as performed on several of Julie’s albums. Don plays, soprano/alto/tenor and bass saxophones, various flutes clarinet, percussion and even his teeth! He has performed live and recorded with scores of well-known and accomplished musicians of all sorts. It takes great skill and versatility to contribute to so many different bands so well, while weaving his very own signature sounds and ideas tastefully into the mix. His resume is a road map for a most interesting musical journey that starts right here at the farm.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 11:30am

“Why are some people so amazingly good at what they do?” Have you ever tried to learn golf or the piano and given up after months of practice because you never seemed to improve? Do you think that people who excel at singing or chess are gifted? That they are born that way? Tune in tonight, when Inquiry welcomes ANDERS ERICSSON, Ph.D., a Conradi Eminent Scholar and professor of psychology at Florida State University. His new book, written with Robert Pool, debunks the “gifted” concept and reveals what all masters have done to become the star performers in their fields. His book is titled: PEAK: SECRETS FROM THE NEW SCIENCE OF EXPERTISE. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:00am

For a long time it has been assumed that birds are, well….”bird brained”. Birds have small brains and it has been thought  that they are therefore not anywhere near as intelligent as mammals. But in the last several decades, researchers have begun to discover that birds like the New Caledonian Crow (shown), the California Scrub Jay and even the lowly House Sparrow can be creative, solve complex problems and are quite smart. Learn why tonight on Inquiry we talk with science and natural history writer JENNIFER ACKERMAN about her brilliant new book THE GENIUS OF BIRDS. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

Minneapolis based singer Connie Evingson talks with Judy about her influences from Lambert Hendricks and Ross to the Beatles and to Django Reinhardt, whose music inspired her latest CD, “All The Cats."

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