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Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:00am

What makes a perfect French Fry? The answer is “mouthfeel”. Mouthfeel is created by the physical  characteristics of what we put in our mouth. It’s why a crunchy potato chip tastes better than a soggy one. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with OLE G. MOURITSEN, director of the Danish Center for Taste and the Center for Biomembrane Physics and he is also president of the Danish Gastronomical Academy. Together with award-winning chef Klaus Strybaek, they have written a unique and fascinating book that is part neuroscience and part cookbook: MOUTHFEEL: HOW TEXTURE MAKES TASTE. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

NEA Jazz Master winner, legendary drummer Chico Hamilton discusses starting the West Coast jazz sound in the early years of his career, his appearance in the film classic "Sweet Smell of Success" and why so many young musicians today can't swing.

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

WICN's Northern Soul Connoisseur, Steve Moysey, returns for a 10th year anniversary of little heard, dance crazy soul gems!  It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 10:30pm

Humility Is The New Smart, is a book about human excellence – how human beings can excel at the skills that smart machines and smart robots will not be able to do well in the next few decades. It is our Paul Revere’s ride – a call to action – the smart machines are coming and we humans must take our cognitive and emotional skills to a much higher level and this book puts forth a game plan of how to do that. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with University of Virginia professor and author, Ed Hess who wrote this book as a wake up call.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Winifred Octave and Waldir Cruz, co-founders of the Green Hill Neighborhood Association. They talk about taking back one’s city, one neighborhood at a time.

In his August 2016 Telegram & Gazette column, Clive McFarlene wrote of the newly refurbished Grant Square Park in Worcester’s Green Hill neighborhood, that the park project “captured the transformative power generated when concerted community activism finds a partner in city government. Without that partnership, it would be a dark and foreboding tale that we would perhaps be telling today about Grant Square Park and the community in which it lies.”

McFarlane continued, “We would have to mention that that part of the city seems to support more social-service facilities than it does small businesses. There are at least half a dozen such facilities close to the park. We would have to talk about the needles and other drug paraphernalia that littered the park, and we would have to talk about the lack of recreational opportunities for young people, and we would have to talk about the disillusionment of a community living with the sense that their lives are not valued by the city.”

For a number of years, McFarlane observed, that was how the story unfolded. But then, the community started rebelling against that status quo. The Green Hill Neighborhood Association, particularly through members Winifred Octave, who owns a home next to the park, and Deb Bolz, began pressing and working with neighbors and city and state officials in an attempt to arrest the neighborhood decline and create a more sustaining environment for families and children.

Because of that activism and reciprocal support from neighbors and public officials, McFarlane continued, the story now being told is one of a renovated park, outfitted with a basketball court, an expanded community garden, a children’s play area, and picnic tables. The renovation of the park has created an expanding wave of other quality-of-life improvements. Streets have been paved, and stronger relationships have been established with both the Worcester Police Department and the Department of Public Works. relationships have been established with both the Worcester Police Department and the Department of Public Works.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with novelist and writer SIRI HUSTVEDT. She has a PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and is a lecturer in Psychiatry at the Weill Medical School of Cornell University. Her new book is A WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING A WOMEN: ESSAYS ON ART, SEX, AND THE MIND.

“Krazy Kat” by George Herriman was one of the most unique, visually creative, and surreal comic strips to ever adorn a commercial newspaper. Yet for decades it was not known that Herriman was an African American who “passed” for white and he never told anyone he was close with in the newspaper business. Tonight on Inquiry we talk about the wild life of George Herriman and the origins of the beloved Krazy Kat, Ignatz and Ofissa Pup and the whole crazy crew when we speak with writer MICHAEL TISSERAND. His new biography is titled: KRAZY: GEORGE HERRIMEN, A LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Special guest co-host Charlotte Wood will once again join host Nick Noble in the studio as they share the songs of Woody Guthrie. Four hours of classic songs in the folk tradition!

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Joining us from Oslo Norway, arranger and composer, Sverre Indris Joner shows off his amazing musicianship. This show will surprise you as Sverre bring together Norwegian and Cuban musicians to transform Norwegian oldies into incredible Latin-Jazz synergies.

You won’t believe how cool they are.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:00am

“If dating is poetry, then marriage is a novel” writes tonight’s guest on Inquiry. Why do we get married and why do we stay married? “The main problem with marriage is that it’s not better than the rest of your life” writes tonight’s guest, writer and journalist ADA CALHOUN. Calhoun was well into her second decade of marriage, when she started to wonder what we are getting out of marriage. Her new book is a frank and honest meditation on the institution: WEDDING TOASTS I’LL NEVER MAKE. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:00am

In the late 1950s and through the 1960s and afterwards, the circuit of the Playboy Clubs and Resorts were among the most coveted places for the great stand up comedians of the day to play. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer and entertainment historian, PATTY FARMER about what life was like for comedians playing that circuit. These includes luminaries like Lenny Bruce, Larry Storch, Joan Rivers, Professor Irwin Corey, Dick Gregory and Phyllis Dillar. Farmer’s entertaining book is PLAYBOY LAUGHS: THE COMEDY, COMEDIANS, AND CARTOONS OF PLAYBOY.

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