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Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 9:00pm

JAMES BARILLA is an assistant professor in the MFA Program of the University of South Carolina where he teaches creative non-fiction and environmental writing. Some years back he moved to Columbia, South Carolina, a large city.  He wanted to transfer the small yard into a wildlife Eden where he could grow fresh vegetables and fruits yet also be a sanctuary for wildlife. And therein lies a tale as Barilla became interested in urban wildlife and what it means to co-exist with it and what happens when wildlife moves into a city. He traveled to New Delhi to look a trampaging armies of thug monkeys, to Brooklyn, New York to learn about urban bee keeping and to Northampton Massachusetts to learn the ways of urbanized Black Bears. His new book is MY BACKYARD JUNGLE: THE ADVENTURES OF AN URBAN WILDLIFE LOVER WHO TURNED HIS YARD INTO HABITAT AND LEARNED TO LIVE WITH IT.

The story of Paul DuChaillu’s life was as astounding as it was complex. As a young man he led a pioneering expedition into the interior of Gabon, Africa and brought back specimens of the little known legendary gorilla. He then became the toast of Victorian Britain just when Darwin’s ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES was published and walked right into the hard fought battles over the differences between a man and an ape. Then, suddenly, he became a discredited figure hated by the academics and public who had supported him. This amazing story is captured in all its detail and complexity in a new book titled BETWEEN MAN AND APE:  AN UNLIKELY EXPLORER, THE EVOLUTION DEBATES AND THE AFRICAN ADVENTURE THAT TOOK THE VICTORIAN WORLD BY STORM. Author MONTEREEL has woven together all the various threads to give us a fascinating story of celebrity, evolution, academic rivalries, empire, religion and race. Tune in and listen.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 4:00pm

Summer Sizzles when Boston and New York based violinist Marissa Licata brings her trademark Gypsy Fusion to Colors of Jazz. Classically trained and holding degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Licata has emerged, bringing her "in demand" talent to the stage. Musically diverse, Licata is crisscrossing strings with the genres, performing live in concert and on projects with an array of singer-songwriter musicians including the likes of Alicia Keys, Ben Harper, Ringo Starr, Jethro Tull and Gloria Estefan, to name a few. As a high energy soloist, Licata captivates then wins the hearts of audiences worldwide. 2012, marked the release of the CD Water Level, an inter-generational collaboration with her father, Shrewsbury's own, saxophonist Charles "Chazz" Licata. Be sure to Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson finds out what's new with our friend Marissa.Tune in at 4pm.

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 6:00pm

The pianists open with “Never Will I Marry” (though they are, to each other). Cedar Walton’s “Midnight Waltz” and Wayne Shorter’s “Ana Maria” are highlights, along with Lyle Mays’ “Chorinho.”

This JazzSet is dedicated to the memory of Derek Gordon (1955-2012).

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 7:00pm

Folk music is often a family affair. Pete, Mike, and Peggy Seeger; Woody, Arlo, and Sarah Lee Guthrie; Terry and Eliza Gilkyson; Johnny and Rosanne Cash; and so many more. Their music, and others, will be featured over four hours of cross-generational music, that may even include some cross-genre family recordings (Harry and Shari Belafonte, Peter and Bethany Yarrow, John and Bonnie Raitt, to name a few).

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 11:30am

Peter Cushing starred in some of the most iconic horror and adventure films of the last half of the 20th Century. He has played Dr. Frankenstein a number of times in Hammer films, as well as van Helsing is another series of films. He had starring roles in The Mummy (1959), She (1964) and was a villain in The Avengers TV series. He has played Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes as was the deliciously evil Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars. But despite his stunning list of film, television and stage credits, he is not as well known here in the States. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with film historian and writer DAVID MILLER about his fine and comprehensive new biography PETER CUSHING: A LIFE IN FILM

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux started out busking on the streets of Paris. Today she’s an acclaimed performer whose voice recalls radio’s Golden Age no matter what the tune. On this edition of Song Travels, Peyroux discusses Ray Charles as a musical mentor and teams up with host Feinstein for “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter.”

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

I talked with pianist/vocalist Billy Stritch fresh from his participation in the 2013 Bobby Short tribute at Jazz at Lincoln Center and discussed how Bobby, Liza and other greats have informed and shaped his music and career.

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

WICN's resident Northern Soul expert Steve Moysey returns with an allnew playlist of little heard artists that are guaranteed to get your feet  moving. Not quite sure just what Northern Soul is?? Tune in Monday at 7pm and to find out!

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

For thirty years, the NEA has gathered the masters of jazz to honor their own. Join us as we highlight these decades – including 2011 inductees Hubert Laws, David Liebman, Johnny Mandel, Orrin Keepnews, Ellis Marsalis, and the Marsalis family – in music and words. And we’ll hear from the creator of the Jazz Masters award, AB Spellman.

Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 10:30pm

More than forty years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson’s childhood.  Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson Family have provided new information about Manson’s life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person on the property where the murders occurred was spared. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined by bestselling author Jeff Guinn. His new book MANSON is filled with details never before presented.


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