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Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 10:00pm

The definition of "homelessness" is not as black-and-white as you might think. Ask Worcester attorney Raymond Bilodeau, who is homeless.

In 2006, the Home Again collaborative identified 120 individuals in Worcester who had been homeless for an extended period of time. Home Again asked the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to support a new way to address their homelessness through Home Again.

Armed with Health Foundation funding, Home Again applied the Housing First model, which had been successful in other cities across the country. With the Housing First approach, people who are homeless are helped to secure housing and provided with case management and support services necessary for them to function at their highest capacity and remain housed.

In August 2009, the City Manager’s office issued a news release headlined Worcester Nears Goal of Ending Adult Chronic Homelessness. Steve D'Agostino, on Facebook, congratulated those in the Worcester community who have been working for many years to achieve such a goal. Raymond responded to the post, describing himself as homeless.

Raymond took strong exception to claims that Worcester was about to eradicate adult chronic homelessness. He responded, among other things, that living with relatives, for example, does not mean you’re no longer homeless. On his own Facebook page at the time, he described himself a "semi-retired lawyer, homeless but trying to keep a practice going. Besides helping people with legal problems, I enjoy politics, real science fiction, arguing, people with a sense of humor, and puns.”

In this encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve interviews Raymond about the definition of homelessness and how the local business community can help to end homelessness in Greater Worcester.

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively discussion with visual artists LISA BARTHELSON, ROSE LEBEAU and CARRIE CRANE. They are three of the four artists featured in the exhibition ILLUMINATIONS at the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts. (The fourth artist Nina Fletcher was unable to be here for the interview). Each artist has interpreted the idea of “illuminations” differently and each is showing new work. Tune in tonight to learn about the visions and work of these three very different and visually compelling artists. (NB: pictured is a section of “Bolton Orchards” by Crane)

“At its most basic level, a pseudonym is a prank” declares anthologist, writer and critic CARMELA CIURARU. By what some of the most famous authors of the last one hundred years chose to write under another name is often a more complex and entertaining story. Having a pseudonym can be practical, or offer the writer the license to be more honest, or even lie. Each author’s relationship with his or her alter ego over time is unique, sometimes troubling, and therein lays some juicy literary history. Join us tonight for a peak behind the mask of writers like George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, James Tiptree Jr., and Pauline Réage. Carmela Ciuraru’s entertaining book is titled NOM DE PLUME: A (SECRET) HISTORY OF PSEUDONYMS.

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

NPR Music cites Mark Turner's "floating chromaticism, rhythmic mindfulness and lightness of tone." He's the tenor saxophonist in last week's Abbey Lincoln tribute on JazzSet, leading his wide age-range quartet with newcomer pianist David Virelles from Cuba, Ben Street on bass, and Vanguard veteran drummer Paul Motian on this edition of JazzSet. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:00pm

Nick Noble spins Folk Rock favorites featuring Bob Dylan, We Five, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Youngbloods, the Mamas & the Papas, Barry McGuire, the First Edition, and SO MUCH MORE (the possibilities are virtually endless)!

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jazz Rhythm looks at the life of Coleman Hawkins, who was one of the first prominent tenor saxophone players. Hawkins was a prime influence of several notable sax players, including Lester Young, John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins. Mostly associated with big band and swing era jazz, Hawkins led several bebop and beat Jazz bands, and was the bandleader on what is considered the first bebop recording of all time, a 1941 session with Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach in 1944. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 2:00pm

WICN favorite Greg Abate drops in on Thursday's Jazz New England. Truly one of the hardest working musicians in jazz, Greg is the true 'road warrior.' He'll catch us up on his latest adventures including an upcoming recording date with the great Phil Woods. Joins us Thursday at 2pm for our favorite, Greg Abate.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 7:00pm

Vocalist Tammy McCann discovered jazz while she was an opera student in her native Chicago. She decided to apply her considerable vocal range to a broad palette of musical styles, touring as a backup singer for Ray Charles and with her own successful gospel ensemble. Host Jon Weber accompanies McCann on “Daydream,” “Why Was I Born,” and “Easy Living.”

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 5:30pm

Inquiry welcomes ROBERT TRIVERS, a Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. His new far ranging and fascinating book is THE FOLLY OF FOOLS: THE LOGIC OF DECEIT AND SELF DECEPTION IN HUMAN LIFE. Professor Trivers takes a uniquely evolutionary approach to what may seem to the layperson as a psychological or sociological state: self-deception. Tonight, Professor Trivers describes some  non-human examples of deception. He also touches on a few of the numerous examples of deception and self-deception that occur in human love and sex relationships. Finally, as an example of self-deception on the social and corporate level, Trivers discusses the ingrained blindness of NASA that led to the Challenger and Columbia disasters. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 2:00pm

Another rising jazz star makes her WICN debut on Jazz New England. Violinist Marissa Licata brings her band into the Performance Hall Wednesday at 2 pm. This Honduras-born musician has already toured with Jethro Tull and Gloria Estefan as well as performing at the Latin Grammy Awards. Hear Marissa and her exciting band Wednesday at 2pm on Jazz New England!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

Peter Mintun, doesn’t consider himself a jazz pianist, but rather a pianist specializing in jazz age tunes. Peter was smitten with 20′s and 30′s music from a young age, and now, after years of playing it, and befriending many of the composers and performers from this period, he’s become an authority and archivist of this musical period, and shared with Judy his thoughts on what makes this music so special and enduring.

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