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Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new ‘The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Skyllar Mullvaney, founder of the Horses and Heroes Foundation. They talk about the charitable business of honoring police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Based in Revere, the Horses and Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization that purchases and names horses after police officers who have been either slain in the line of duty or involved in a selfless and heroic act while on duty. To date, the Foundation has bought for $1,000 each and donated 17 such horses in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, Louisiana, Nevada and Virginia.

On Saturday, May 6 in Auburn, the Horses and Heroes Foundation will dedicate the naming of police horse “Tarentino Strong” in honor of fallen Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Officer Tarentino was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street, near Zabelle Avenue, in Auburn shortly after midnight on May 23, 2016. An occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him during as he approached the car, striking him multiple times. He was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him fled the scene, but was later located at an Oxford apartment building. As officers searched the apartment he was believed to have been hiding in they discovered a secret passage into an adjoining apartment. When the officers made entry into the second apartment the subject exited a closet and opened fire, wounding one Massachusetts State Police tactical team trooper before being killed.

Officer Tarentino had served with the Auburn Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Leicester Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 9:00pm

What is a Blue Jay worth? Could a Mallard be crucial for the survival of an ecosystem? Do birds matter? Tonight on Inquiry we will attempt to answer these questions when we speak with DANIEL G. WENNY, landbird senior biologist at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and visiting research scholar at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. Joining him will be CHRISTOPHER J. WHELAN, visiting research associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a research affiliate at the Field Museum, Chicago. We will be discussing the collection of papers they edited: WHY BIRDS MATTER: AVIAN ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES.

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk rocket science, as well as satellite science and research launched from the Space Shuttle with retired scientist ROBERT E. HUFFMAN, Ph.D. His long career stretched from the Nixon administration to the Bush administration, during which time he worked on numerous projects including some associated with the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars”. His new memoir recounts what it was like to launch experiments into space all the while dealing with organizational politics, government funding and the tensions of the Cold War. His new book is ADVENTURES OF A STAR WARRIOR: COLD WAR ROCKET SCIENCE ON THE SPACE FRONTIER.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

International Jazz Day takes place each year on April 30th. Today we'll celebrate with special guest, NEA Jazz Master, vocalist, educator Sheila Jordan. On Friday, May 5, 2017 she performs two shows as headliner of the Thelonious Monkfish Jazz Festival accompanied by the Yoko Miwa Trio, then teaches a master class on Saturday. Posted by bonnie@wicn.org

 

 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble will play music from past Newport Festivals and tracks from contemporary Newport performers. He will be interviewing Rick Massimo, author of I GOT A SONG, the definitive history of the Newport Folk Festival, and there will also be conversations with Chris Funk (the Decemberists), Bryan Minto (Low Anthem), singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari, and Festival director Jay Sweet.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Imagine Beethovens Fifth´ seemlessly fusioning with a danceable salsabeat, or Strauss´ Blue Danube as a coquet chachacha, yet keeping the essence of the classic piece…Apparently impossible! Doomed to be bad-taste and cheesy! Or is it?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

Journalist AMY LIPTROT was born and raised on the remote Orkney Islands north of Scotland. Here she lived with her parents who raised sheep. But as soon as she was old enough, she left her peaceful island home for a very wild life in London where she became a serious party animal and an alcoholic. As part of her long and difficult rehabilitation, she moved back to the Orkneys where the wind, sea, wildlife and people forever changed her life.  Liptrot’s moving and atmospheric account of those years are told in her new book THE OUTRUN: A MEMOIR. Tune in and hear her story. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 3:00pm

Ever wonder what an Ancient Greek would find funny or what kind of a story an Ancient Roman would find interesting? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we speak with WILLIAM HANSEN, professor emeritus of classical studies and folklore at Indiana University. His new collection is THE BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES, LEGENDS AND MYTHS which he edited and translated.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

Celebrated Chicago based guitarist, Andy Brown discusses his love of solo playing, as well as his duo work with Howard Alden and his own band and why he left his native New York for the windy city.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker this Monday as we welcome legendary singer Darlene Love. Darlene will talk about her life in the music industry, her latest recording and her upcoming show at the Hanover Theater. And, if that's not enough, WICN's Northern Soul connoisseur Steve Moysey is back with another incredible set of little heard soul gems. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

Arturo O'Farrill pays tribute to Afro-Cuban music and the collaborations that have helped this music grow and thrive, despite years of political tumult. "The Conversation Continues" the theme of the concert and Arturo's most recent album, does just that - continues a conversation started decades ago between Cuban percussionist, Chano Pozo, and the trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie, by bringing together contemporary collaborations between American and Cuban musicians.

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