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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

More than any other singer, Jon Lucien captures the essence of romance. His voice is rich and expressive, his best songs are perceptive poetic tales of devotion, trust, hope, harmony and spirituality. Three dimensional parables of love lost and love found and relationships filled with the promise of a new day. He seems to possess an innate ability to evoke an atmosphere and create images not only through his lyrics but the colors of his music.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 3:30pm

Inquiry welcomes CHET WILLIAMSON, writer, musician and WICN host. Tonight he talks about his two great blogs: WORCESTER SONGWRITERS OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK and JAZZ RIFFING ON A LOST WORCESTER. These two well-researched and entertaining blogs uncover a generally unknown history of the Worcester area and the songwriters, musicians, poets and other artists that were born here. Tonight Chet discusses Gary Lee Usher who wrote the Beach Boys hit “In My Room”, Robert Benchley’s wild radio show that he did with Artie Shaw and much more. Chet’s blogs can be found at:
http://www.jazzriffing.blogspot.com/  and http://worcestersongs.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 3:30pm

Inquiry welcomes back BEVERLY GRAY, writer, teacher, journalist and biographer. She worked with the legendary Roger Corman editing scripts, writing publicity material, casting and in many other jobs. We continue our conversation (Part II) about her book ROGER CORMAN: BLOOD-SUCKING VAMPIRES, FLESH-EATING COCKROACHES and DRILLER KILLERS. Tonight we talk about Roger Corman’s New World Pictures which hired people like Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, John Sayles and Ron Howard to star, direct and write pictures like Death Race 2000, Piranha and Battle Beyond the Stars. But amazingly, Roger also worked with films by Fellini, Bergman, Truffaut and many other major European and Japanese directors of the time. If you enjoy films and film history DON’T MISS THIS INTERVIEW.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Singer Sandy Stewart discusses her most recent CD with her son, pianist Bill Charlap, and the special musical connection they share.

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

Did you remember to "spring ahead" over the weekend? Join host Tom Shaker as he plays soul songs with "time" in the title. You'll hear Tyrone Davis, Irma Thomas, David Ruffin and many more on this week's Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Louis Armstrong. Sidney Bechet. Jelly Roll Morton. King Oliver. Immortals who directed and defined the development of jazz into the body of work that's celebrated across the globe. Victor Goines, a son of the Crescent City, leads a stellar line up of musicians in celebration of the names that made New Orleans a latter day Atlantis of music. With Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Chris Crenshaw, Don Vappie, Dan Nimmer, and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with saxophonist Tim Hegarty.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 10:30pm

For years nicotine has been the number one culprit in tobacco and tobacco related illness. Now a new studie reveals that this notorious stimulant may enhance learning and help treat Parkinson's, schizophrenia and other neurological diseases. Is this possible? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Discover magazines Dan Hurley who has followed this story and now reveals the findings.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore interview, Steven Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews District 4 Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera. They talk  about the role of community development corporations in inner-city housing development. This episode aired originally on August 11, 2013.

More than a century ago, Main South was a summertime respite for many of Worcester's rich and elite. This was before the advent of the auto, when Main South was relatively rural and remote compared with the downtown area.

In recent decades, developers such as Russell Haims of Main South-based Hampton Properties–whose motto is “Peace, Love & Shelter”–have done marvelous restorations of many of these historical and architectural treasures. And, Clark University has closely worked with City Hall, the Main South Community Development Corporation and many others, to make the neighborhood more safe, secure and attractive.

While Main South has come a long way in recent decades, it's still got a long way to go. Steve's guest, Sarai Rivera, talks about that continuing journey. Her district includes Main South. She is also a clinical therapist and co-senior pastor, along with her husband, Jose Encarnacion, of Christian Community Church.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome journalist, teacher, screenwriter and story editor BEVERLY GRAY. She talks about the latest edition of her wonderful biography ROGER CORMAN: BLOOD-SUCKING VAMPIRES, FLESH-EATING COCKROACHES AND DRILLER KILLERS. Roger Corman specialized in making films that elevated the exploitation genre, films like Little Shop of Horrors and The Trip. He made them fast and he made them cheaply. Beverly Gray worked for Roger Corman in a number of different jobs and has written an incredible insiders look at this legendary director and producer who in turn worked with luminaries like Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, John Sayles, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda. Tonight is part one of our conversation and we concentrate on Corman’s year working for American International Pictures.


Ann Dvorak was a hardworking charismatic star of film beginning in the 1920s. Her career at Warner Brothers was set to take off and the press hailed her as “Hollywood’s new Cinderella.” Then it all began to unravel. Dvorak was a complex and fascinating person who accomplished a lot, but she bravely bucked the Hollywood system and remains largely unknown today. Tune in to Inquiry tonight and find out why when we talk with writer and librarian CHRISTINA RICE about her new biography ANN DVORAK: HOLLYWOOD’S FORGOTTEN REBEL.

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