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Sunday, August 23, 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 Clarinda “Rindy” Higgins and William “Bill” Armstrong Jr. about their new book, Against the Current. They talk about the how Albert Schweitzer inspired a young man’s journey. This episode aired originally on April 5, 2015.

Against the Current recounts the African adventures of Mark Higgins, the 18-year-old scion of a Worcester industrial family who elects to pursue his own destiny – in Africa - rather than the one his father charted for him. As the emerging nations of Africa gained their freedom in 1960, the global balance of power changed. Africa sat at the nexus of east-west contention, as well as being a cauldron of inter-tribal warfare. Mark Higgins’ travels took him deep into the Congo, where he was out of contact for weeks. The thoroughly researched and richly detailed narrative describes a young man’s quest for authenticity and purpose at a time crucial to African independence. Mark Higgins left legacies that have a profound impact on society more than half a century later.

Rindy Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in eastern studies from Smith College and a master’s degree in education. She taught elementary school for 11 years and has worked as an environmental educator since 1986. She was recognized with the Gold Award by the National Science Teachers Association. She has traveled widely in third-world countries seeking authentic experiences and understanding. In working on this book she led a four-person two-week expedition through western Gabon.

Bill Armstrong holds a degree in political science and journalism from Kent State University. He is a former writer for the Associated Press, assistant dean of New York University’s Graduate School of Business, and worked for more than two decades as a senior public-relations executive in New York. He served as a U.S. Navy public-affairs officer for 30 years, retiring with the rank of captain. He has written several specialty books.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 9:00pm

Ian Dury once sang "Sex and drugs and rock and roll is all my brain and body need." But why are humans so attracted to these three things that often lead us into doing very rebellious and crazy things? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ZOE CORMIER, journalist, science writer, photographer and former head of communications for Guerilla Science. Her new book is titled SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK 'N ROLL: THE SCIENCE OF HEDONISM AND THE HEDONISM OF SCIENCE. Tune in and find out how in the world it's possible to have sex in an MRI machine, and why in the world a scientist would want to do that.

Ian Dury was a unique British musical talent. The music he made with his band The Blockheads was part funk, part music hall, and part rock. His stage presence was that of a rowdy entertainer, a "lawless brat from a council flat", not a rock star. Nobody sounded like Ian, before or since. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back journalist RICHARD BALLS to talk about his wild biography that takes it's title from one of Dury's iconic anthems: SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK 'N' ROLL: THE LIFE OF IAN DURY.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 7:00pm

A show where listeners can request specific songs and hear some old favorites. One hour will be hosted by special guest DJ Spencer Cardillo (who won the opportunity in our WICN donor appreciation raffle) and we will also be chatting with singer-songwriter Lenny Solomon.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

It was a real singer’s celebration at the Farm when Louise Van Aarsen came with her talented friends and comrades. The music composed and sung by Louise may best be described as "grown up music for grown ups." Her subjects are time, love and loss and desire. She is not afraid of singing of domesticity, children and happiness. These subjects are all cushioned in thoughtful arrangements tending toward the southern hemisphere and hyper-exact contemporary jazz production. Louise’ voice is no-nonsense and very easy on the ear. Her band is top notch. .Singer Ted Davis and producer Parris join Van Aarsen and the three create dancing vocal counterpoint to great effect. Louise’ writing plumbs the depths of the commonplace while making them not seem such. The fields of the farm were alive with the singing!

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 11:00am

Returning to Inquiry tonight is Executive Director of ARTSWORCESTER, JULIET FEIBEL. She will be talking about the Material Needs Grant Exhibition. With her in the studio is one of the artists in the exhibition,  VICTOR PACHECO, whose work has been exhibited recently at the Fitchburg Art Museum and the Worcester Center for Crafts. For this show, Vicotr’s work is inspired by the city of Worcester’s water supply!  For more information about this exciting exhibit, go to Arts Worcester’s website:
To see Victor Pacheco's work, please visit his website:

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 10:00am

PATRICIA MARX is a staff writer for the New Yorker. She was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon and a former writer for Saturday Night Live. She has written a unique and hilarious guide on how to improve our minds as we slide into inevitable old age. The book was based on her numerous experiences in attempting to giver herself a “brain lift”: LET’S BE LESS STUPID: AN ATTEMPT TO MAINTAIN MY MENTAL FACULTIES.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 3:30pm

TOM KOCH, widely published writer, journalist and lifelong sailor, returns to Inquiry to talk about his book THE WRECK OF THE WILLIAM BROWN: A TRUE TALE OF OVERCROWDED LIFEBOATS AND MUDER AT SEA. This is the shocking story of a shipwreck in the north Atlantic and the horrific aftermath in which the crew callously threw fourteen emigrants  over the side of the lifeboat and the trial that followed.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 2:30pm

Can religion and science “get along”? Not according to tonight’s guest on Inquiry. JERRY A. COYNE is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He believes that religion and science are adversaries in an all out war between rationality and superstition. Tune in tonight when we talk about Professor Coyne’s new book FAITH VS. FACT: WHY SCIENCE AND RELIGION ARE INCOMPATIBLE.  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

British guitar virtuoso Colin Oxley discusses his favorite classical and jazz guitarists and his work as the number one call jazz guitarist in the U.K.

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate one of the most unique elements of soul music; the spoken word introduction. How can you resist Issac Hayes, Barry White and The Manhattans, to name just a few,tempting us with deep voices and deep groove, about love, sex, jealousy and revenge? You know you can't! It all starts at 7pm.


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