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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 6:00pm

Australian violinist with a name as unique as his musical approach, discusses continuing the jazz tradition on violin while still performing country western and classical music.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 11:00am

What’s the oldest song in the world? Did Ben Franklin invent a musical instrument that drove people mad? What are the actual lyrics to the classic rock song “Louie Louie”? All these fascinating stories are in writer and documentary film maker RICK BEYER’S latest rollicking compendium THE GREATEST MUSIC STORIES NEVER TOLD: 100 TALES FROM MUSIC HISTORY TO ASTONISH, BEWILDER AND STUPEFY. Tune and find out where to find the largest man-made dog in the world and other wild tales. 

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 7:00pm

Celebrate the life of legendary soul producer Jerry Ragovoy with host Tom Shaker on this week’s Soul Serenade. Ragovoy wrote and produced such 1960’s soul classic s as “Piece of My Heart” covered by Janis Joplin & Erma Franklin, “Cry Baby” by Garnet Mimms and “Time Is On My side” originally sung by Irma Thomas. It all starts at 7pm!!

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

The two tributaries of the Bossa Nova tradition come together when songwriter Ivan Lins, hailed as "the best since Jobim," joins guitarist Romero Lubambo's Trio Da Paz. Awilda Rivera hosts.

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 2:00pm

Join us Monday on Jazz New England when the Worcester trio Jazzed Up performs in the WICN studio.  Mauro DePasquale, Joe D'Angelo & Johnny Murzycki are familiar names to Worcester jazz fans and here's you chance to hear the trio live at 2 pm when they make their WICN debut!

Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 10:30pm

In an era when 30 second sound bytes are the norm, traditional storytelling seems passe. This week Al speaks with native American storyteller, Kenneth Little Hawks. For over 20 years he has captivated audiences world wide, including former President Bill Clinton. In addition his renowned flute playing has been featured in Kens Burns PBS documentaries, "The West" and "Lewis and Clarke". His new book, Learning Little Hawks Way of Storytelling has been well received. So tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and let Little Hawks take you on a marvelous journey.

Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 9:00pm

Beginning in 1961, the United States under President Kennedy. Began using Agent Orange in Vietnam as part of their “Flexible Response” strategy for combating insurgency worldwide. The United States began this use of chemical defoliants despite assurances from President Roosevelt at the end of World War II that the United States would never use chemical or biological weapons. The use of Agent Orange escalated under Presidents Johnson and Nixon until 12 percent of the entire country was defoliated. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome historian DAVID ZIERLER who talks about his revealing history of a often forgotten part of our war in southeast Asia: THE INVENTION OF ECOCIDE: AGENT ORANGE, VIETNAM AND THE SCIENTISTS WHO CHANGED THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT.

NB: “The views, opinions and interpretations expressed in this interview and in the book are those of the author alone and are not necessarily those of the U.S. Department of State of the U.S. Government. The book is based on fully declassified and open source material. ”

Sometime after Jane Fonda’s visit to North Vietnam in the early 1970s, we began to hear her referred to as Hanoi Jane, the personification of female betrayal. This slur is still being bandied about almost 50 years after the event. But what really happened and why is this trope still with us? Our guest tonight is JERRY LEMBCKE, Professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross. His new book HANOI JANE: WAR, SEX AND FANTASIES OF BETRAYAL looks at the reality and myth of female betrayal in the context of the Vietnam War as well as the many historical precedents of this trope.

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 6:00pm

In back-to-back sets, hear the passion and expression of two masters -- accordionist Richard Galliano from Paris with a quartet, and Chucho Valdes from Havana with a big band. Thanks to Radio Netherlands for these sets.

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 7:00pm

This week's show will feature recordings from Howie Newman, John McCutcheon, Chuck Brodsky, Steve Goodman, Abbott & Costello, Terry Kitchen, Don White, the Treniers, Christine Lavin,  John Fogerty, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, the Dropkick Murphys,  and many other surprises...do you know "Van Lingle Mungo"?... a great way to spend the All-Star Break!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 6:00pm

Bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding took the jazz world by storm with her grooving bass lines and neo-soul inspired vocals, and she has since broken into the mainstream with a surprise win for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammys. She shows off her dual talents on Lionel Hampton's "Midnight Sun" and joins in with her pianist, Leo Genovese, to sing a tune that seems to be her motto - "Jazz Ain't Nothing But Soul."

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