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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 10:30pm

This week Al is joined by Jonathan W. Jordan, New York Times bestselling author.  His new book AMERICAN WARLORDS:  How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. He will be discussing  how a president and his inner circle of wartime leaders overcame deep personal differences to lead their nation to victory.  Jordan offers a vivid portrait of four extraordinary Americans in the eye of war's hurricane. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30.

Sunday, May 24, 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 Jeff Duquette, a partner with the Westboro law firm of Dingman, McInnes & McLane, LLP, which specializes in intellectual-property law. They talk about the business of IP law.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Jeff is a board member of 90.5 WICN.

As the Data Center Journal wrote, in part one of a two-part series, in 2013, “Big data; security; the cloud; outsourcing. These are all hot topics in IT today, and they all focus on applications of technology to meet various needs. But another topic that is increasingly garnering headlines is intellectual property — particularly, in the case of IT, patents.”

As the Data Center Journal continued, in part two, “To get a revealing and sometimes humorous look at intellectual property today, run an Internet search for ‘patent infringement case.’ A solid portion of the hits are likely to involve technology giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others, many of whom constantly sue each other (and smaller companies) over transgressions of their IP portfolios. The amount of money spent on legal fees—to say nothing about awards when cases are judged—is staggering. But should this money be spent hiring lawyers and paying supposed damages when it could be spent on innovation? Or is the money spent on litigation necessary to protect innovation?”

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back author, illustrator, lecturer and filmmaker LYNNE CHERRY. Tonight, Lynn talks about EMPOWERING YOUNG VOICES FOR THE PLANET a thorough teacher’s guide to educating young people about global climate change: how to approach this difficult subject and how to get your students involved. For more information on the films about student projects discussed on this show, please go to:

Nothing is ever still in our universe. Galaxies are flying away from each other, planets circle their suns and here on earth, continents grow apart and even molasses flows, if very, very slowly. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with science writer BOB BERMAN about his wonderful new book about “natural activity in all its forms”: ZOOM: HOW EVERYTHING MOVES.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

GRAMMY winning vocalist Catherine Russell talks with host Bonnie Johnson, fresh from a world tour and the 20th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival where she headlines The Ladies Sing the Blues project.  Carrying on a highly revered legacy in her "own sweet way”, dad was jazz, pianist and bandleader Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong's music director and mom was a pioneer bassist, guitarist and vocalist Carline Ray, who paved the way for women in jazz.  Ms. Russell performs live at Scullers Jazz Club on May 30, 2015.


photo by Steve Sussman

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 8:00pm

Tune in as host Norm Rosen chats with Rev. Freakchild.

In the tradition of such Blues Reverends as Rev. Gary Davis - such is the irreverent Reverend Freakchild.  Like John Hammond Jr. he is a student of the Blues.  He has played in many bands including an early incarnation of Soul Coughing with M. Doughty leaving to form the roots rock jam band Bananafish in Boston and then on to some work with The Neptune Ensemble, The Soul Miners (w/ guitar virtuoso Matt Rae), The Lucky Devils and The Cosmic All-Stars touring internationally.  The Rev. spent 3 years off-off-off Broadway singing blues and spirituals on Sundays at Tobacco Road, the now defunct NYC hippie hangout replete with drug addicts, hookers and music freaks.  The Rev. has also served as a member and featured soloist of the Metro Mass Gospel Choir performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and the Town Hall Theater.  The Rev's music has been featured in many TV programs and commercials, and also national radio advertising campaigns.  He grew up in Hawaii, holds a degree in philosophy and religion from Northeastern University in Boston and now currently resides in Boulder, Colorado studying Tibetan Buddhism.  He continues to perform and preach saying, "Music is my religion. Through song I seek transcendence!"

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

Live from the WICN Performance Studio, with P.E. James and Myra McLeod. From 7-8 and 10-11, host Nick Noble will play a variety of tracks—both listener favorites and new recordings—while from 8-10 PM local singer-songwriter P.E. James will perform LIVE before an audience in the WICN Performance Studio, sharing songs from his newest CD—“Snippets”—as well as others from his varied folk and popular repertoire. He will be accompanied by renowned Worcester-based fiddler/violinist Myra McLeod.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:00pm

This young musician has a beautifully crafted style with a fetching voice and a way of interpreting melodies that is fresh, adventurous and evocative. Together with her husband, Lefteris they form a fearless and seamless duo. I loved Panayota’s voice and the way she intuited new places to go in familiar songs. Her interpretations made each song a brand new journey rather than just a familiar ride down a musical road. Take the trip with us. It all starts right here at DreamFarm with Panayota Haloulkou.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:30pm

Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage were two real and somewhat eccentric Victorians who conceived of the foundations for modern computing. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SYDNEY PADUA, animator, special effects artists, comics writer and artist about her wonderful steam punk re-imagining of these geniuses THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE: THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST COMPUTER. This is a book like no other: part thrilling fiction, part actual history and all wonderfully drawn and written. Bonus: Tune in and learn all about the cheese mite theory of the universe!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 2:30pm

What is the future of coal and oil as our primary sources of energy? Can we continue down the road of unlimited growth combined with continued environmental degradation? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute RICHARD HEINBERG. His new book of essays provides some sober assessments of where we are going and what we need to do now: AFTERBURN: SOCIETY BEYOND FOSSIL FUELS. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Eric Schneider talks about working with Count Basie and Earl Hines and performs with Judy onstage for “Jazz Inspired from Kiawah Island."


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