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Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 9:00pm

Writer James Dempsey, Instructor in the Humanities and Arts Department of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, returns to Inquiry to talk about his new project The Worcester Journal, an on-line literary journal that will feature some of the best unpublished young writers of the area. Also in the studio are two of the writers to be featured in The Worcester Journal Nicholas Porcella and Warren Singh. Tune in for a lively discussion about the art of writing and a passion for reading great literature. To read the Journal, go to http://www.theworcesterjournal.com/


Krista Buckland Reiser, General Manager and violinist for the Worcester Chamber Music Society returns to Inquiry to talk about the wonderful and varied and programs the society is offering this fall and early winter. With her in the studio is violinist Rohan Gregory, who talks about his evolution as a musician and his fascinating work with the like of the Indo-jazz group Natraj and playing with flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 4:00pm

Described as a DIY band, Grammy-nominated Kneebody comprises multi-instrumentalists of varied backgrounds. Their fourth studio album The Line, released on Concord Records in 2013, features music that defies the genres. Host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar about their tour through Central New England and the importance of jazz on public radio. Kneebody performs at The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27, 2014. Tune in at 4pm.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

News Songs, Listener Requests & Fan Favorites accompanying our WICN Fall Membership Drive, while chatting with several interesting guests. Possible interviews with and/or visits from the Tannehill Weavers, Paul Rogoshewski (PJ Rogue), and Ari Charbboneau.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

On this edition of DreamFarm Radio, host Julie Lavender and engineer Don Richards take you through selections from their anthology of featured artists. Fun fact: when Don first met Julie, he was attending a live performance at the farm and said, "I think I can make your sound better!" The rest is history...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 9:30am

In the 1960s and early 70s, rock music took a surprising turn in West Germany. Bands wanted to create something particularly “German” yet apart from their country’s horrific past. But they also wanted something not American. What resulted has been called “Krautrock” by journalists from outside Germany and involved bands like Can, Faust, Neu! And Kraftwerk. Without their music hip hop, techno, electropop, ambient and post rock may never have happened. Tune in tonight for a part of music history you may not be familiar with when Inquiry talks with British author and music journalist DAVID STUBBS about his cultural history FUTURE DAYS: KRAUTROCK AND THE BUILDING OF MODERN GERMANY. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 3:30pm

In the 17th Century both England and Italy were recovering from a period of political and social chaos. In Italy, the Catholic Church had lost a lot of power to the new Protestant movement and Britain was still reeling from the Interregnum and revolution. Powers in both countries, including Thomas Hobbes (pictured)  railed against a modern mathematical idea, and condemned those who used it. In Italy, this mathematical notion was banned for all eternity. What was this rather simple and abstract mathematical idea and why did those who believed in order and authority hate it so much? Tune in and find out when we talk to writer, historian, teacher and mathematician AMIR ALEXANDER about his new book INFINITESIMAL: HOW A DANGEROUS MATHEMATICAL THEORY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

Banjoist Béla Fleck discusses his work with Chick Corea, with whom he recorded a duet album titled The Enchantment. As a recipient of 15 Grammy awards and 30 nominations, no individual artist has been nominated in more different musical categories in Grammy history.

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Dionne's younger sister Dee Dee, began singing in the church with her sister and her aunt, Cissy Houston. While her career was not as commercially successful as Dionne's she recorded some classic soul sides for Mercury & Atco records. Join host Tom Shaker as we remember this "Lost Soul" on this week's show. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

Drummer Herlin Riley brings the beat of the bayou to Jazz at Lincoln Center with three generations of New Orleans piano masters: elder statesman and NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, seasoned veteran Henry Butler, and young lion Jonathan Batiste. Blues, ragtime, and New Orleans inspiration on modern classics set this Crescent City celebration into full swing.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:30pm

In her new book, Reign of Error, former assistant secretary of education Diane Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country. She makes clear that, contrary to the claims being made, public school test scores and graduation rates are the highest they’ve ever been, and dropout rates are at their lowest point. Tune in this Sunday evening to catch the real scoop.

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