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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

Summer is the time for outdoor music including many bluegrass festivals throughout the region. One festival that is special to us is the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill NY. This was the very first Bluegrass festival that Debbie and I ever attended back in 1985. Back then it was called Winterhawk and was held in Hillsdale NY. We heard some talk about it on WICN and then were invited by friends to attend. Since then we caught the Bluegrass bug. We started contributing to WICN, especially for the folk and bluegrass shows, and became an active volunteer which led to me becoming a show host doing the bluegrass show starting in 1989. We have gone back to the Greyfox festival almost every year since.

Because The Greyfox festival has been so special to us, we hope to share our excitement with our Bluegrass Junction audience and perhaps you will make the same discovery that we did. On this Tuesday, we will have a guest on the phone from the Greyfox family who will give us the latest updates on the schedule and performers. We will also have some prizes to give away to listeners, and feature the music of the artists. Tune in for a very special edition of the Bluegrass junction.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 6:00pm

Trombonist Clark Gayton discusses his work with everyone from Basie and Ray Charles to Rihanna and Sting.

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes Preston Lauterbach, the author of the wonderful new book "Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis." It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Tubas, guitars, drums, saxophones, voice, nothing is off the table. The saxophonist, flautist and composer turned 70 this year and Harlem Stage presented a special concert celebrating and reassembling some of Threagill’s most influential bands. Threadgill himself does not perform, he sits in the audience, as dozens of musicians from all throughout his trajectory gather inside a 200-seat theater to present this rare retrospective.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 10:30pm

According to Tom Butler, editorial director at the Foundation for Deep Ecology and editor of the book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot the earth can no longer sustain the ever-growing problem of  population growth. Our natural resources are unable to sustain the current need and the future is not looking much brighter. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Tom Butler about this pressing issue and what needs to be done to correct it.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of  Climb, interviews Charlene Perkins Cutler, executive director of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. They talk about creating a sustainable environment, economy, and place. This episode aired originally on March 15, 2015.

Created by an act of Congress in 1986, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is the second in the country to be so designated. The Corridor includes 25 cities and towns in a watershed that stretches from the headwaters in Worcester to Narragansett Bay in Providence.

In the Corridor, the industrialization of America began with the first water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. What followed, was the development of mill villages along the Blackstone River and its tributaries into Massachusetts, spreading across the Valley in a pattern that can still be seen and experienced today. This heritage also includes pre-colonial and Native American resources and history, as well as waves of immigration and diversity of culture that continue today.

Blackstone Valley Corridor partners see the Valley as many interconnected systems that make up the whole. From this broad-based systems understanding, the partners have committed to work together on three key areas of a Sustainable Blackstone Valley: sustainable environment; sustainable economy; and, sustainable place, referring to land use, transportation, built form, and preservation of culture and history.

In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation to expand the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The region of national significance will now include the town of Auburn and a larger portion of the city of Providence. The legislation also reauthorized the Blackstone Heritage Corridor for six additional years of federal funding - a boost to its continuing work to tell the story of the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, and restore the environment of the Blackstone River.

Also in December, Congress approved and President Obama signed a bill to create the long-awaited National Park for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

Since September 2014, Charlene Perkins Cutler, has been executive director of the Heritage Corridor, which is based in Woonsocket. The charitable, non-profit organization’s mission is “to work with community partners to preserve and promote the Valley’s historic, cultural, natural, and recreational resources for current and future generations.”

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 9:00pm

Who came up with the body/mass index to figure out if you are really overweight? How does one figure out the SPF of a suntan lotion? What does Henry’s Law have to do with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge? All this and much more is talked about on tonight’s Inquiry when we speak with JOHN M. HENSHAW, the department chair and Harry H. Rogers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tulsa. His new book is AN EQUATION FOR EVERY OCCASION: 52 FORMULAS AND WHY THEY MATTER. This is one of the most interesting and entertaining books about mathematics in a long time. Tune in and learn how we figure out dog years and what makes some equations “beautiful”.

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with RICHARD LOREN, who was a music agent and manager during some of the most pivotal years in the history of Rock. Tune in for some amazing recollections of the Doors, Jefferson Airplane and especially Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Loren’s amazing new book is HIGH NOTES: A ROCK MEMOIR: WORKING WITH ROCK LEGENDS JEFFERSON AIRPLANE THROUGH THE DOORS TO THE GRATEFUL DEAD.

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 9:30am

Today we consider the Bill of Rights one of the most important parts of the Constitution. But it almost didn’t get put down in writing. The story of the fight over the inclusion of the Bill of Rights reveals a lot about our historical and current battles between those who want a strong central government and those who champion state’s rights. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CAROL BERKIN. She’s the Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and a member of the history faculty of the Graduate Center of CUNY, Emerita. Tonight we talk about her important new book: THE BILL OF RIGHTS: THE FIGHT TO SECURE AMERICA’S LIBERTIES. (James Madison pictured

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs from the many artists who will be appearing at the 20th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival this coming July 4-5. Host Nick Noble will be talking with Chris Pahud, Grace Morrison, The Kennedys, Reggie Harris, (we LOVE the music of Kim and Reggie Harris) and David Tamulevich of Mustard's Retreat (who will be leading a workshop at the Festival), along with Festival organizer Alan Korolenko and possibly even Katryna Nields and Tom Rush. We'll hear from all those artsists, as well as the Boxcar Lillies, Tim Eriksen, Vance Gilbert, Parry Larkin, Danielle Miraglia, Matt Borello, and more! Tune in and enjoy!

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. Insite Magazine calls Bennett's music, "refreshingly capricious and trippy." The Village Voice raves, "saxophonist Daniel Bennett makes hay with an airy approach that's buoyant enough to conjure notions of East African guitar riffs and Steve Reich's pastoral repetition." The Boston Herald describes Bennett's music as "exploratory Folk-Jazz hybrid." Timeout New York raves, "Daniel Bennett airs his lilting, potentially hypnotic compositions!" Check out this episode featuring Recorded Daniel Live in Concert for this very special episode of DreamFarm Radio.


Daniel Bennett/Alto Saxophone/Flute/Oboe/Clarinet
Nat Janoff/Electric Guitar
Eddy Khaimovich/Electric Bass
Matthew Feick/Drums
Britt Melewski/Poetry/Spoken Word artist


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