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Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott brings to life the many influences that fed the early musical scene in that most musical of cities. His original passion for ragtime came from his youth in St. Louis, but once in New Orleans, Tom put a scholarly zeal into studying his favorites-- James Booker, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, as well as into discovering the lesser-known musical gems that formed the sound of New Orleans.

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:00pm

Tonight at 11PM, Uncle Mark will feature a musical salute to Darlene Love, who will be in concert May 7 at Hanover Theatre. Her amazing career began in the early 1960s singing hits like “He’s a Rebel” and “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” as well as singing back up for a long list of artists like the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, the Ronettes and the Crystals. Today she is still rocking and her newest album features songs written for her by Elvis Costello and Joan Jett.

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

He's got numerous nicknames including "Mr. Dynamite" and "Soul Brother No. 1" and amazing songs like "Sex Machine" "Hot Pants" and "Get on the Good Foot." Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the birthdate of one of the architects of soul and funk music.

We also welcome back WICN's Northern Soul connoisseur Steve Moysey with an incredible playlist of little heard soul songs. The soul dance party starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

For more than 30 years, the NEA has been horning some of the most significant living well established, seasoned jazz veterans. The folks who’ve earned their stripes, paid their dues. The first crop was in 1982 with Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sun Ra … the following year, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, and Kenny Clarke. This year, it’s writer Ira Gitler, vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Pianist Dick Hyman. Jazz Night in America salute this year's recipients with interviews with the artists and unearthed rare live recordings.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 11:00pm

Brian Vinik celebrates 100 episodes as host with a look back at some of our favorite songs and artists we've come to know and love! From lush film scores to worldly rhythms, tune in for this special musical journey.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:30pm

Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, code-named “MUSSEL,” flies over the Potomac River. As obvious as the presidential motorcade, the squadron is assumed by most people to be a travel perk for VIPs. They’re only half right: while the helicopters do provide transport, the unit exists to evacuate high-ranking officials in the event of a terrorist or nuclear attack on the capital. In the event of an attack, select officials would be whisked by helicopters to a ring of secret bunkers around Washington, even as ordinary citizens are left to fend for themselves. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and historian Garret Graff as he discusses his new book: RAVEN ROCK.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new ‘The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Skyllar Mullvaney, founder of the Horses and Heroes Foundation. They talk about the charitable business of honoring police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Based in Revere, the Horses and Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization that purchases and names horses after police officers who have been either slain in the line of duty or involved in a selfless and heroic act while on duty. To date, the Foundation has bought for $1,000 each and donated 17 such horses in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, Louisiana, Nevada and Virginia.

On Saturday, May 6 in Auburn, the Horses and Heroes Foundation will dedicate the naming of police horse “Tarentino Strong” in honor of fallen Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Officer Tarentino was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street, near Zabelle Avenue, in Auburn shortly after midnight on May 23, 2016. An occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him during as he approached the car, striking him multiple times. He was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him fled the scene, but was later located at an Oxford apartment building. As officers searched the apartment he was believed to have been hiding in they discovered a secret passage into an adjoining apartment. When the officers made entry into the second apartment the subject exited a closet and opened fire, wounding one Massachusetts State Police tactical team trooper before being killed.

Officer Tarentino had served with the Auburn Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Leicester Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 9:00pm

What is a Blue Jay worth? Could a Mallard be crucial for the survival of an ecosystem? Do birds matter? Tonight on Inquiry we will attempt to answer these questions when we speak with DANIEL G. WENNY, landbird senior biologist at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and visiting research scholar at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. Joining him will be CHRISTOPHER J. WHELAN, visiting research associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a research affiliate at the Field Museum, Chicago. We will be discussing the collection of papers they edited: WHY BIRDS MATTER: AVIAN ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES.

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk rocket science, as well as satellite science and research launched from the Space Shuttle with retired scientist ROBERT E. HUFFMAN, Ph.D. His long career stretched from the Nixon administration to the Bush administration, during which time he worked on numerous projects including some associated with the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars”. His new memoir recounts what it was like to launch experiments into space all the while dealing with organizational politics, government funding and the tensions of the Cold War. His new book is ADVENTURES OF A STAR WARRIOR: COLD WAR ROCKET SCIENCE ON THE SPACE FRONTIER.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

International Jazz Day takes place each year on April 30th. Today we'll celebrate with special guest, NEA Jazz Master, vocalist, educator Sheila Jordan. On Friday, May 5, 2017 she performs two shows as headliner of the Thelonious Monkfish Jazz Festival accompanied by the Yoko Miwa Trio, then teaches a master class on Saturday. Posted by



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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble will play music from past Newport Festivals and tracks from contemporary Newport performers. He will be interviewing Rick Massimo, author of I GOT A SONG, the definitive history of the Newport Folk Festival, and there will also be conversations with Chris Funk (the Decemberists), Bryan Minto (Low Anthem), singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari, and Festival director Jay Sweet.


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