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Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 10:00am

Insects are all around us in the air, on land, in the water and even in our houses. There are thousands of species that live in New England alone. Most of us are familiar with butterflies, moths, grasshoppers and fleas. But how many of you have heard of Blister Beetles or Snow Scorpionflies? Our guest tonight on Inquiry is TOM MURRAY, natural historian, writer and photographer. His latest book has been more than a decade in the making. INSECTS OF NEW ENGLAND AND NEW YORK is a field guide to over 1250 distinctive insects found in our area illustrated mostly with Tom’s own photographs. Tune in and learn about the diverse and wild world of the insects around us. Imagoe of a Snow Scorpionfly by Tom Murray

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 6:00pm

Singer/songwriter Caroline Doctorow talks about the influence her famous father E.L. Doctorow has had on her writing and how she marries jazz and folk music.

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:30pm

This past election year has focused on many issues like the economy,taxes,defense,jobs and the national defecit. But while these are all important issues another issue has been largely ignored. The nations crumbling infrastructure. From bridges, dams and roadways to water and sewer lines. The lack of political will to address this mounting problem is startling. This week Al is loined by attorney, author and national spokesperson, Barry LePatner. For the past 30 years LePatner has practiced construction law and has written books and testified before Congress about this growing problem. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for an eye opening discussion.

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 9:00pm

Imagine in the middle of a job interview being asked the following question: “You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced, so your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?” For some years now, corporations like Google, Microsoft and even Walmart have begun to ask applicants tough thought problems and odd problems meant to showcase how the applicant creatively solves problems. How hard are these questions? Tune in tonight when we talk with author William Poundstone  about his new informative and fun book: Are You Smart Enough To Work At Google? Trick Questions,  Zen-Like Riddle, Insanely Difficult Puzzles and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need To Know To Get A Job Anywhere In The New Economy.

Is there such a thing as “gay culture”? If so, what is the relationship between gay culture and sexuality? Is there a “right way” to be gay? What is the function of camp? The answers to these complex questions also help define sex roles in the larger American culture. Tune in tonight when we have an interesting discussion about culture and sexual orientation with David M. Halperin, the W.H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His new book How To Be Gay began as a controversial course he offered years ago that posed these questions and many more.

 

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

Dee Dee Bridgewater's smile says it all: JazzSet is happily celebrating 20 years of performances every week on NPR. In September, we featured original host Branford Marsalis with his 2012 quartet for our anniversary. Now, today's host Dee Dee Bridgewater weaves her spell and leads a crack quintet through a new set from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

Held each summer in the lovely hillside country of Westchester County, the Caramoor Jazz Festival is in a Venetian theatre in a rolling woods, about 40 miles northeast of New York City. All summer, Caramoor presents chamber music, opera, Latin music, a resident orchestra and more — rain or shine. The 2012 jazz lineup featured Bridgewater, drummer extraordinaire Roy Haynes, solo pianist Kenny Barron, award-winning vocalist Gretchen Parlato and the smoking-hot Cookers all-star band.

Bridgewater's musical director is Edsel Gomez, arranger and pianist. He's her orchestra, pacesetter and descarga driver all in one. Craig "My Handyman" Handy on saxophone shadows and boxes with Bridgewater's voice. They revel in their closeness in "Besame Mucho." Michael Bowie played bass for Abbey Lincoln, one of Bridgewater's mentors and friends (as heard in her Tribute to Abbey on JazzSet). Bridgewater first heard Kenny Phelps last year in the house band at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. He was accompanying finalists in the American Pianists Association competition. She loved the pianists, but she got Phelps' phone number on the spot.

After Bridgewater's set at Caramoor, there was a moment backstage when she reunited with her dear friend Roy Haynes. Flashbulbs were popping as they admired each other's shoes. (Thanks to Richard Conde for the picture.)

Haynes' Fountain of Youth Band (Jaleel Shaw, Martin Bejerano, David Wong) give us a little something extra for the site, fulfilling a request from someone in the audience for "All Blues."

The 2013 Caramoor Jazz Festival will be the 20th, and it's already scheduled for July 26-28. Jim Luce produces the Caramoor Jazz Festival. Managing director is Paul Rosenbloom.

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 12:30pm

A pre-recorded show where all the songs are about or mention singers, songs, singing and playing, dancing, and/or music. Featured artists will include Eric Sinclair, Rosanne Cash, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, the Hillside Singers, the Halifax Three, the Mamas & the Papas, Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Sands, Ellis Paul, Buskin & Batteau, the Kingston Trio, the Kossoy Sisters, the Highwaymen, the Youngbloods, Dire Straits, the Limeliters, Ali Marcus, Jason Eady, Burl Ives, the Brandywine Singers, Ian & Sylvia, Josh Joffen, Bobby Darin, Joe Jencks, Perry Desmond-Davies, the Gaither Gospel Singers, the Cathedral Quartet, Great Bay Sailor, Dom McLean, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joel Rafael, Gale Garnett, Worcester County Tradition (John Henry), the Edna Project, Beth DeSombre, Cadence Carroll, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and the Cat's Meow... Enjoy!

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 7:00pm

For this week's Folk Revival, there will be a live broadcast from the WICN performance hall. Guests will include Secret Sage, Don Prange, Rick Gottlieb, Susan Cattaneo, James Keyes, P.E. James, Ari Charbonneau, and maybe others.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:00pm

Can you imagine what the Doors songs would have sounded like if they had been created with acoustic guitars? Would ‘Light My Fire” or ‘Break On Through’ have been as powerful played on acoustic guitars and filled with vocal harmonies? Curious?

So were James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt.

These veteran composers/vocalists/musicians teamed up to record an acoustic guitar album like no other, “All Wood and Doors” - 12 classic Doors songs sung and played by Cliff and James, accompanied by an all star line up of highly regarded guest musicians: Timothy B Schmit (the Eagles), Peter Tork (the Monkees), Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Scott Breadman (the Rippingtons, Lindsey Buckingham), the truly remarkable Chad Watson (David Arkenstone, Janis Ian).

On Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm, Nick DiBiasio will host a very special live radio concert on Against the Grain, featuring James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt performing songs from 'All Wood and Doors', as well as songs from their own solo albums in WICN‘s Performance Studio, and you can be a part of our live studio audience.

Admission is free! Make your reservation by calling WICN at 508-752-0700 between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, or via e-mail to nickdibiasio@wicn.org.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 6:00pm

The popular Glee and 30 Rock star (pun not intended) Cheyenne Jackson has a special place for music, especially Broadway. He has been the understudy of both male leads in Thoroughly Modern Millie and his cabaret debut Back to the Start, continuing to spend much of his time on the stage while maintaining roles in two popular TV series. Cheyenne mentioned that his love for music rolls back to when searched for old vinyl at yard sales back in Idaho and fell in love with Broadway when he first saw Les Miserables with his French teacher. 

On this week's Song Travels, Michael Feinstein is joined by the popular vocalist as they discuss Cheyenne's long journey from Idaho to Broadway, as well as perform tunes by Tom Waits, Elton John, and Katy Perry.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 10:00am

JOHN H. McCORMACK is a truly unique artist and landscape designer. Tune in tonight and learn about the stunningly beautiful Stuck gardens in Westport that he created, his projects in the Himalayas, his career in “wearable” art and what it takes to create a garden that is also a piece of installation art. To learn more about John’s art and gardening, go to his website: www.westportartandgarden.com
Note: the photograph is by Sheila Carroll  of an uncommon SACHEM butterfly nectaring in the Stuck Gardens

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