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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00pm

Tune in as host Norm Rosen chats with Rev. Freakchild.

In the tradition of such Blues Reverends as Rev. Gary Davis - such is the irreverent Reverend Freakchild.  Like John Hammond Jr. he is a student of the Blues.  He has played in many bands including an early incarnation of Soul Coughing with M. Doughty leaving to form the roots rock jam band Bananafish in Boston and then on to some work with The Neptune Ensemble, The Soul Miners (w/ guitar virtuoso Matt Rae), The Lucky Devils and The Cosmic All-Stars touring internationally.  The Rev. spent 3 years off-off-off Broadway singing blues and spirituals on Sundays at Tobacco Road, the now defunct NYC hippie hangout replete with drug addicts, hookers and music freaks.  The Rev. has also served as a member and featured soloist of the Metro Mass Gospel Choir performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and the Town Hall Theater.  The Rev's music has been featured in many TV programs and commercials, and also national radio advertising campaigns.  He grew up in Hawaii, holds a degree in philosophy and religion from Northeastern University in Boston and now currently resides in Boulder, Colorado studying Tibetan Buddhism.  He continues to perform and preach saying, "Music is my religion. Through song I seek transcendence!"

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

Live from the WICN Performance Studio, with P.E. James and Myra McLeod. From 7-8 and 10-11, host Nick Noble will play a variety of tracks—both listener favorites and new recordings—while from 8-10 PM local singer-songwriter P.E. James will perform LIVE before an audience in the WICN Performance Studio, sharing songs from his newest CD—“Snippets”—as well as others from his varied folk and popular repertoire. He will be accompanied by renowned Worcester-based fiddler/violinist Myra McLeod.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:00pm

This young musician has a beautifully crafted style with a fetching voice and a way of interpreting melodies that is fresh, adventurous and evocative. Together with her husband, Lefteris they form a fearless and seamless duo. I loved Panayota’s voice and the way she intuited new places to go in familiar songs. Her interpretations made each song a brand new journey rather than just a familiar ride down a musical road. Take the trip with us. It all starts right here at DreamFarm with Panayota Haloulkou.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:30pm

Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage were two real and somewhat eccentric Victorians who conceived of the foundations for modern computing. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SYDNEY PADUA, animator, special effects artists, comics writer and artist about her wonderful steam punk re-imagining of these geniuses THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE: THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST COMPUTER. This is a book like no other: part thrilling fiction, part actual history and all wonderfully drawn and written. Bonus: Tune in and learn all about the cheese mite theory of the universe!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 2:30pm

What is the future of coal and oil as our primary sources of energy? Can we continue down the road of unlimited growth combined with continued environmental degradation? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute RICHARD HEINBERG. His new book of essays provides some sober assessments of where we are going and what we need to do now: AFTERBURN: SOCIETY BEYOND FOSSIL FUELS. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Eric Schneider talks about working with Count Basie and Earl Hines and performs with Judy onstage for “Jazz Inspired from Kiawah Island."

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

One of the funkiest families ever, The Isley Brothers defined soul music in the 1960s & 70s. The group's leader, Ron, has one of the most soulful voices in music. He sang lead on hits like "That Lady" "Work to Do" and their classic remake of "Summer Breeze."  Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Ron's 74th birthday on this edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!!

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 - 2014). Kenny's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn have left deep impressions on generations of musicians and listeners. The band features pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan, and vocalist Katie Jacobson.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 10:30pm

The clock is ticking for Congress to vote on whether to reauthorize section 215 of the Patriot Act—the authority that the NSA has interpreted to allow the U.S. government to vacuum up the call records of millions of Americans. Unless Congress votes otherwise by May 21st, section 215 will expire on June 1st.  This week Al speaks with attorney Fredrick Schwarz Jr. who was chief counsel to the U.S. Senate's Church Committee on Intelligence. He will talk about the NSA and it's transparency and accountability to the American people. Tune in this Sunday evening May 17 at 10:30 PM.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 9:00pm

HONEE H. HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS returns to Inquiry to talk about the latest exhibition “I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR” featuring work by painter DON HARTMANN and photographer LOUIE DESPRES, who join us to talk about their work.

Most people know Mark Mothersbaugh as the front man of the band DEVO. But Mark is really a prolific visual artist,  and Devo was just an extension of one his artistic passions. Tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes back ADAM LERNER, the Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. They have organized a show of Mothersbaugh’s artwork and written an amazing catalog of the show: MARK MOTHERSBAUGH: MYOPIA.


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