You are here


what's happening at WICN...

Programming Archive

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 10:30pm

Spinglish-the devious dialect of English used by professional spin doctors-is all around us. And the fact is, until you've mastered it, politicians and corporations (not to mention your colleagues and friends) will continue putting things over on you, and generally getting the better of you, every minute of every day-without your even knowing it.However, once you perfect the art of terminological inexactitude, you'll be the one manipulating and one-upping everyone else! Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and National Lampoon contributor Chritopher Cerf his new book: Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language  really says a lot about our society today.

Sunday, August 30, 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 the co-chairs of this year's Walk + Run for the Homeless: Kevin OSullivan, president and CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, based in Worcester; and Father John Madden, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church in Worcester. They talk about ending family homelessness. This episode aired originally on April 19, 2015.

The Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, a charitable non-profit organization that’s based in Worcester, leads a collaborative response to homelessness. It’s a response that seeks to foster long-term housing stability through prevention, quality services, education and advocacy.

For 30 years, the Alliance’s annual Walk + Run for the Homeless has been a source of hope, reassurance and community engagement for the Greater Worcester community.

This annual event has:

  • Assisted more than 100,000 families in preventing homelessness by providing quality shelter and resources, to move affected people to stable, safe housing.
  • Raised $1.7 million to support vital homelessness-prevention, quality-shelter and housing-stabilization programs.
  • And, walked 68,000 miles with more than 17,000 people, to raise funds and build community support for ending homelessness.

The goals for this year’s Walk + Run for the Homeless – set for Sunday, May 17 at 12:00 noon at Worcester’s Elm Park - are to:

  • Raise $30,000 through online donations.
  • Help 350 families maintain safe and stable housing
  • Assist more than 1,000 additional people who need access to safe shelter, nutritional meals, and the household goods to move beyond homelessness.
  • And, bring together with more than 1,500 walkers, runners, and volunteers, to demonstrate a community commitment to ending family homelessness.
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 9:00pm

We know that whales and dolphins are very intelligent creatures, but do they have a culture? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with HAL WHITEHEAD, University Research Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Together with biologist Luke Rendell, they have written one of the most though provoking books about animal behavior: THE CULTURAL LIVES OF WHALES AND DOLPHINS. Tune in and learn about how we define culture, social learning in dolphins and Killer Whales, and what the implications are when we think about conserving species that have a culture.

It began with the simple act of throwing table scraps out of the backdoor of rural homes but over the decades turned into a major avocation for millions of Americans and a big business. Bird feeding is something that many of us take for granted, but it took many years of changes in how we think about birds to turn it into the beloved and common pastime it is today. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with PAUL J. BAICICH, birding and conservation writer and editor about the new book he wrote with Margaret A. Barker and Carrol L. Henderson: FEEDING WILD BIRDS IN AMERICA: CULTURE, COMMERCE AND CONSERVATION.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 7:00pm

We’ll be hearing tracks from many artists who plied their musical trade from time to time in Greenwich Village during the early-to-mid 1960s, including Dave Van Ronk, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Doc Watson, Len Chandler, and so many others. Singer-songwriter Tom Ghent (“Gandy Dancer”, “Whiskey Whiskey”), a veteran of the 1960s folk scene,  will be joining us live in the WICN studio.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:00am

HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS, drops by Inquiry to talk about the Centers new stunning show of enamel works: ALCHEMY 3: VISION+PASSION+CREATION. Joining her in the studio is one of the artists in the show, DIANE SEILER. Pictured: from the show: MARISSA SANEHOLTZ "Ode to the pencil brothers". For more information, go to the Worcester Center for Crafts website: 

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 9:30am

Canada may seem like the quiet and benign giant to our north, but in fact the history of relations between Canada and the United States has been peppered with border disputes, wars, invasions and master plans to invade. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with KEVIN LIPPERT, founder of Princeton Architectural Press about his wild new book: WAR PLAN RED: THE UNITED STATES’ SECRET PLAN TO INVADE CANADA AND CANADA’S SECRET PLANS TO INVADE THE UNITED STATES. You will never look at Moose Jaw the same again!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 2:30pm

Ernest Lawrence was an experimental physicist from the University of California who discovered the cyclotron in the 1930s and then used that discovery to create a new way of doing science. This involved using large numbers of researchers, some from outside physics, to work together on a single goal. It also meant looking for funding from private sources or the government. Lawrence later used those same skills to help develop the atomic bomb and the thermonuclear bomb. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author MICHAEL HILTZIK about his new biography: BIG SCIENCE: ERNEST LAWRENCE AND THE INVENTION THAT LAUNCHED THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

Pianist/vocalist and Grammy-winning composer John Proulx talks about his favorite inspirations and what it’s like to be so often compared to Chet Baker.

Monday, August 24, 2015 - 6:00pm

To say Max Roach was a bebop pioneer, or a paramount innovator of the drums, or a prominent social activist would be accurate. Yet these labels fall short of this American icon’s totality. One drummer who not only understands this idea, but has benefitted from Roach single-handedly changing the perception of what it means to be a drummer, is composer, arranger, and percussion wizard Ali Jackson. After crossing paths with Roach at age 12, Jackson was forever impacted, and the two would enjoy a formative student-teacher connection. In a one-night-only salute to the father of modern drumming, JLCO member Jackson illuminates Roach’s conceptual and artistic genius. An ensemble has been formed specially for this performance, featuring percussionist Victor Provost, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist Russell Hall, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, and a string quartet with violinists Elio Bishop and Sara Caswell, violist Jeremy Kittel, and cellist Eugene Friesen.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 10:30pm

Is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and surfer dude Bill Finnegan


Of Interest

You Shop.
Amazon Gives.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WICN whenever you shop on AmazonSmile!

Click HERE to shop now.


Become a Member Now

Can't remember the last time you gave? Time to become a SUSTAINER!!

Your ongoing monthly donation will ensure that your membership never expires.

CLICK HERE to join now.

Don't forget your


Underwriter of the Week

Scullers Jazz Club
Doubletree Suites
by Hilton

Presenting world-class artists in "straight ahead, Latin, and Contemporary Jazz…Blues, Soul, R&B…Cabaret and World Music." Dinner and Show packages can be reserved by calling 617-542-4111.