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Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 4:00pm

Jazz pianist and bandleader Yoko Miwa started out playing classical piano at the age of four. The Kobe, Japan native first heard jazz as a teenager and immediately fell in love with the music. Today, her playing has been described as that of a "jazz poet". In the last year, the Berklee College of Music graduate was also appointed Assistant Professor at her alma mater. Ms. Miwa has played sold-out shows in Boston and New York City including, among others, a special concert for Marian McPartland & Friends at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with Jazz at Lincoln Center in and the WICN Brown Bag Concert Series: Fall 2011.
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The Yoko Miwa Trio has released half a dozen CDs including Live at Scullers, recorded at the jazz club and voted Best CDs of 2011 by JazzTimes. This summer, while touring in Japan, the trio released their debut JVC Victor Entertainment label CD entitled Act Naturally. Voted Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix in the 2012 Best Music Poll, Miwa and her trio are set to return to Scullers Jazz Club for a live performance on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Catch Colors of Jazz as host Bonnie Johnson welcomes Yoko Miwa to the WICN studios for a closer look at the artist and her music.

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 6:00pm

Pianist Benny Green is joined by Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums as they perform Monk's Dream: Fifty Years Fresh on this week's JazzSet. Theolonious Monk's revolutionary music has influenced Green's piano style since he was a child and is exemplified through Green's usage of his whole body while performing Monk's material at the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00pm

A Tribute to Veterans for Veterans Day, along with several tracks from albums new to the station, will create an eclectic mix of musical magic. Each hour, host Nick Noble will feature both songs in honor of Veterans Day, as well as a variety of offerings from new releases by contemporary artists. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 6:00pm

Born into Hollywood royalty, Liza Minnelli has made her own name on the stage and screen. Her role in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret made her an international sensation and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She continues to wow audiences the world over with her iconic presence and powerful voice.

Here, Minnelli joins her good friend and Song Travels host Michael Feinstein for an enlightening discussion of her life and the evolution of her approach to song. And, in a sweet moment, Feinstein opens the show by singing the Ira Gershwin song for which Minnelli was named.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jazz vocal great, Mark Murphy discusses his inspirations and the advice he give to young singers: listen to drummers to improve scat singing.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 10:00am

This week on Inquiry we talk with MADELINE MILLER. Ms Miller teaches Latin and Ancient Greek and has studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales for modern audiences. Her first novel is THE SONG OF ACHILLES, a dramatic and complex retelling of the story of Achilles and the Trojan War through the eyes of Achilles' romantic interest, Patroclus. Tune in and learn about how Madeline Miller fleshed out the ancient  characters of Achilles, Patroclus, Agamemnon and re-imagined the gods to create this engaging and thrilling novel. 

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we turn back the hands of time and play classic soul tunes with "time" in the title. It al starts at 7pm!

Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 10:30pm

Author and historian Walter Stahr spent time in Worcester doing research at the American Atiquarian Society for his new book, Seward (Lincoln's Indispensible Man).William Henry Seward was not only Lincolns Secretary of State and adviser he was also a trusted friend. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al speaks with Walter Stahr about his long awaited biography of Seward. Have contemporary Secretaries of State worked as close and been as dutiful as Seward? Find out how this ultimate statesman has become a mainstay in American history.

Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Craig Blais of the Worcester Business Development Corp. They talk about leveraging Worcester's abundant assets to create significant amounts of new wealth and jobs.

On April 2, Craig Blais, who had been executive vice president of the WBDC, began serving as president and CEO of the WBDC. He replaced David Forsberg, who had retired after serving in the positions since 1999. Craig is responsible for overseeing the $10-million, non-profit corporation.

Craig’s career began in 1986 at the State House, as chief of staff for the House of Representatives. He reported to the chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Services & Elderly Affairs. He also served as district staff coordinator in charge of constituent services.

In 1992, Craig became the assistant town manager in Arlington, where his responsibilities included the preparation of a $60-million municipal budget. He also oversaw the management of a 23-town solid-waste-disposal operation, implemented a total-quality-management program, and served as the town's representative on the MBTA and MWRA advisory boards.

Craig was elected to three consecutive terms as a member of the Auburn Board of Selectmen, serving as the chair from 1994 to 1996. During his time on the Board, he advocated and won the approval of a $50-million regional-mall expansion, the acquisition of more than 100 acres of open space, the development of a 20-acre industrial park, and implemented an innovative fire-service staffing program with Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Craig also served in various economic-development positions with the City of Worcester, including director of Economic Development. In all of these roles, he oversaw a $1-billion economic-development agenda that included the construction of a $250-million health-care facility, a new convention-center construction project, and various major infrastructure-enhancement projects throughout the city.

Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back Adam Zahler, Associate Professor of Theatre at Worcester State University and also the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department. Adam talks about the new production of Tony Kushner’s masterpiece Angels in America: The Millineum Approaches. Performances at Worcester State University will be November 15, 16, and 17 at 8PM and November 18 at 2PM.  For information about tickets and times, please go to:
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Could medical cannabis be the next big cash crop for America? What is the real cost of America’s on-going drug war? Tune in tonight when we talk with writer and reporter Doug Fine who spent a year with the hard-working cannabis farmers of Mendocino County, California where under strict control people are legally growing marijuana for medicinal use despite constant harassment by the Federal government. This question about the decriminalization of marijuana is on the Massachusetts State ballot this November, so if you want to know what’s at stake, listen in. Doug Fine’s book is: Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution.

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