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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 6:00pm

Guitarist Howard Alden has been hailed as one of the greatest of his generation. Howard and I worked together in the early years of our careers and this conversation, our first in a series recorded on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, gave us a chance to play together again, and talk about Howard’s experience teaching Sean Penn to play the guitar for Woody Allen’s film Sweet and Lowdown.

Monday, December 26, 2011 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Kim Burrell fills the Allen Room with the sounds of holiday spirit. Her festive ensemble includes musical director Damien Sneed, Leon Lacy & Orchestra, and special guests. They offer soulful renditions of holiday classics including Silent Night, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and Little Drummer Boy. Join us for this musical feast.  

Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 10:30pm

She sat on the throne of Peter The Great and ruled the largest empire on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree could mean life or death for any of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well read and a shrewd judge of character. As rare as it was for a woman to behold such power she did so with rationality and practical efficiency. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Robert Massie. His new book "Catherine The Great" is a true portrait of a woman destined for greatness.

Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 10:00pm

The Blackstone Valley Regional Economic Development Council is a private, non-profit organization that provides resources and information to businesses operating in or entering the region by aiding in expansion, relocation and networking.

The Council’s mission is to deliver services and business resources that will enable companies to thrive within in the Blackstone Valley, and its closely aligned neighbors in south central Massachusetts, while improving the region's economy and lifestyle through the creation of quality jobs and enhanced public and private investment.

The Council aims accomplish this through its own work and the collective efforts of its eight affiliated partner organizations: the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Joseph Deliso, chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce.
 

Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 9:00pm

He has recorded and produced some of the most important rock albums of the 70s and 80s. Always changing; never staying the same, David Bowie’s music often seemed one step ahead of everyone else; often surprising his most devoted listeners. But despite his tremendous success. Bowie’s uniquely productive career has been rocked by  drug addiction, failed relationships, poor management and sometimes paranoia. Tonight we talk with editor and writer PAUL TRYNKA about his monumental biography DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN. Tune in and listen to Paul discuss Bowie’s time in LA; his work on THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, Bowie’s friendships with Marc Bolan and Iggy Pop and Bowie’s amazingly creative period in Berlin. 

There is little doubt that Apple’s iPhone has revolutionized personal communications gadgets. It has introduced us to an “anything-anytime-anywhere” feeling . But at what price? Is the idea of privacy now a quaint concept of the past? Apple and the iPhone are also about extreme close corporate control, and the App store has been accused of imposing censorship, stifling innovation and fostering conformity. Is there any basis for any of these concerns? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome BRIAN X. CHEN, former Associate Editor for Macworld Magazine and currently a writer for Wired.com. His new book addresses all these and also describes the evolution of the iPhone and why Apple has been such a successful company. Brain’s book is ALWAYS ON: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future-and Locked Us In. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 4:00pm
Friday, December 23, 2011 - 6:00pm

Jazz Master Barron told the NEA that he loves "to grab a handful of notes out of thin air and make something out of it, to make a statement, to tell a story, . . . project an emotion, and to be able to reach out to somebody." He's been doing so ever since his time with James Moody and Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, Stan Getz, and Sphere; a quarter-century of teaching at Rutgers University; and now with Kiyoshi Kitigawa on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. We hope Barron might release this Kennedy Center session as an album. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 7:00pm

4th Annual FOLK REVIVAL HOLIDAY SHOW! Live from the WICN performance hall, this year featuring Mary Casiello, Dale Lepage, Doug Kwartler, Dan Cloutier, Kim Jennings, Jane Fallon, Mel Green, and Gaetana Brown! Each artist will play 4-6 songs, including 1 or 2 holiday numbers (at least!). Enjoy!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

Tune in as we explore the lore, culture and personalities of classical jazz and swing, bringing alive the colorful personalities, dynamic development and distinctive atmosphere of classical jazz. These entertaining presentations will delight and charm whether you are just learning about Jazz and Swing or a dedicated "moldy fig".

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 6:00pm

Michael Feinstein is a tireless champion and conservator of American Popular Song. And no yuletide trip to Manhattan is complete without a visit to his holiday show at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. On this special program, he shares some of his favorite tunes and memories of the season. 

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