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Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 10:30pm

This November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of America's most beloved presidents. Fifty years later, America's fascination with JFK has not diminished, while many questions still remain. Noted historian and New York Times best-selling author James Swanson has provocative answers to the questions a nation is asking 50 years later. These include: Why doesn't the public have access to the evidence, as they do with Lincoln? Why did Jackie save the dress? What are the controversies that surround Lee Harvey Oswald? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author James Swanson as he talks about his new book, End of Days".

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes Verlyn Klinkenborg, writer, teacher, editor and farmer. His new book More Scenes From The Rural Life collect years of his columns and pieces for the New York Times and other publications about working and living on a small farm in upstate New York. Tune in for some wonderful conversation about rural life and time, farm animals and the crisis facing small farms in America.

North American warblers are among the most beautiful of our migrant breeders, but identifying them can be a real challenge. Though often colorful, they are also small, very active and often stay high up in foliage or hiding in dense cover. Writer, photographer, musician and bird tour guide Tom Stephenson, along with Scott Whittle, have written and created a new, state of the art guide to this group of birds titled The Warbler Guide. Tune in tonight and find out what it takes to produce a groundbreaking natural history book in the age of digital media.

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 6:00pm

JazzSet is at the 18th edition of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Dee Dee Bridgewater is the MC.

Our first guest tonight hails from Houston,TX, and currently based in New York City. She’s been making waves as an expressive performer and composer with five CDs to her credit. Helen went to college in Austin, Texas, where hearing a Tommy Flanagan solo drew her from classical piano to jazz. To this day she recommends that young people study classical music, even if jazz is their goal.

She started out in musical life thinking she wanted to be a concert pianist, “and I am so grateful this music made room for me,” says Helen from the stage after playing a song she wrote for Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, brewed at North Coast in California. Helen is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute graduate program, and former winner of a Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center.

A few years ago, Sung performed with the Mingus Big Band for thousands of people in Taiwan, where her parents grew up. It was a huge night for her. Helen Sung’s NuGenerations project was named a Rhythm Road Jazz Ambassador, touring Africa for the U.S. State Department.

Talent, dedication, a skill at adapting classical dances to jazz formats, great solos, her ability to listen and lock in with her rhythm sections and to lead her band with her smiles – these are some of Helen’s musical and personal qualities that make her one to watch and listen to.

Anthem for a New Day comes out in January 2014 on the Concord label.
Her previous albums are on the Sunnyside label.

Trumpeter Brandon Lee also comes from “H-Town” (see last song title). Saxophonist Seamus Blake grew up in Vancouver and won the 2002 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Ben Wolfe on bass comes from Baltimore and Portland, Oregon, and Donald Edwards on drums is from Louisiana and New Orleans.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble will play songs from newly rediscovered CDs that have been sitting on a shelf in the corner of the station for a few years; also some tracks from newly acquired recordings.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Singer, songwriter, and actor Eric Benét charges his old school soul songwriting with healthy doses of modern funk and hip-hop. His winning formula has been recognized with multiple Grammy and Image Award nominations. Benét joins Feinstein for a set of original tunes and classics by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, and David Foster.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 4:00pm

Tonight we talk with the one and only MIKE O’CONNER, the owner of Bird Watcher’s general Store and author of a great newspaper column on birds. A second collection of these funny and informative pieces has been publish as WHY DO BLUEBIRDS HATE ME? MORE ANSWERS TO COMMON AND NOT SO COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRDS AND BIRDING. Tune in tonight and learn about why there are no birds at your feeder, the James Bond of birds and all about That Quail Robert. (photography by Sheila Carroll)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 4:00pm

Tonight we talk about the 2013 DECORDOVA BIENNIAL, an always interesting showcase of contemporary artists of New England. Our guests are LEXI LEE SULLIVAN curator of this year’s biennial and one of the artists featured in the exhibition LYNNE HARLOW. To see examples of Lynne Harlow’s work, go to:
To see the entire schedule of events about the deCordova Biennial as well as general information about the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, go to:

NB: pictured is a performance of Lynne Harlow's work "Tangerine"

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

One half of the greatest duos in soul music, Sam Moore's vocals were passionate, raw and sweet! Sam & Dave took soul music to great heights with tunes like "Hold On I'm Coming" "Soul Man" & "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby." Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the birthday of a soul legend. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews John Tortora (shown, center) of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, parent of the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, and Joe Will (right), Jon Erickson (left) and Eric Lindquist (not shown) of the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League. They talk about maintaining and strengthening the Sharks’ minor-league franchise in Worcester.

For the first time, Sharks Sports & Entertainment has a C-level executive with a strong hockey background instead of skills developed in other sports. He’s John Tortora, the company’s new chief operating officer. Previously, he had been general counsel of SSE.

In June, Tortora was appointed to COO by Hasso Plattner – who, since last January, has been the new majority owner of the Sharks organization. In 1972, Plattner, now a billionaire,  co-found German business-software company SAP.

On July 10, SSE announced the appointment of Joe Will as general manager of the Worcester Sharks, overseeing all hockey operations. SSE also tapped Jon Gustafson as vice president of Worcester Sharks business operations, overseeing all Sharks Ice centers.

During the past two seasons, SSE lost a total of more than $30 million. Locally, the Worcester Sharks missed the playoffs in each the past three seasons. And home attendance during the ’12-’13 season averaged about 4,300 - well below the AHL average.

The Sharks open their 2013-14 season on October 19 at the DCU Center. 

It was, to put it in hockey terms, time for a shift change at the DCU Center.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 4:00pm

Offering numerous programs that focus on support for the elderly and veterans, the Jazz Foundation of America is having a profound impact on the community. The non-profit organization is bringing jazz into schools through performance opportunities, fulfilling needs with emergency assistance as well as providing free healthcare and other services.  With a mission of “saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time”, the foundation serves  more than 5,000 artists each year. (For more information go to: )

Catch Colors of Jazz for a glimpse into the history and work of the foundation and its upcoming 22nd Annual Jazz Loft Party which benefits the programs. This year party-goers will pay tribute to the memory of Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs, a JFA supporter who passed away in January 2013 after a ski accident.  The evening will feature live music by an array of jazz and blues artists; from Bettye LaVette, Shuggie Otis, Ron Carter and Kenny Barron to Sweet Georgia Brown, Stanley Jordan, James Carter, Lakecia Benjamin and more.

This week, Bonnie interviews Rhythm & Blues singer Bettye LaVette. In 2004, Ms. LaVette won the coveted W. C. Handy Blues Award for Best "Comeback Blues Album". She'll speak candidly about her fifty year career in music.

We'll also welcome back drummer T.S. Monk for a birthday celebration of music commemorating the 96th anniversary of his father, pianist Thelonious Monk, born October 10, 1917. Listen to Monk on Monk here.



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