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Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 4:00pm

Lighthouses have been welcome beacons for mariners along America’s shores since the early 1700s.The story of their evolution, construction, management and their importance in time of war are just some of what we will talk about tonight when Inquiry welcomes writer and historian ERIC JAY DOLIN who will talk about his fascinating book BRILLIANT BEACONS: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSE. Tune in and hear what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper along America’s storm haunted shores. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 3:00pm

After World War I, young reporter Ernest Hemingway moved to Paris with his new wife determined to become a famous writer of fiction. This was at a time when people like Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald dominated the scene. How Hemingway discovered his style and found the inspiration for his first truly great literary work is the tale recounted in EVERYBODY BEHAVES BADLY: THE TRUE STORY BEHIND HEMINGWAY’S MASTERPIECE THE SUN ALSO RISES written by tonight’s guest, award-winning journalist, reporter and cultural historian  LESLEY M. M. BLUME. Tune in, it’s a colorful story with fist fights, infidelity, hard drinking and of course, bull fights among the Lost Generation.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Hilary Gardner discusses her debut CD celebrating New York, “A Great City” and her vocal trio “Duchess.”

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 10:00pm

Featuring music about science, the future, atomic bombs, robots, outer space,aliens, math, machines, and time travel. With a special salute to THE PHENOMENAUTS! Be smart: tune in! With your host: UNCLE MARK.

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

Get ready to do the Boogaloo, The Cool Jerk, the Mashed Potato and don't forget the Hustle, to name just a few! Join host Tom Shaker as we close out the holiday weekend with a spectacular soul dance party! It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter and music director Kenny Rampton honors his former bandleader, Ray Charles, by presenting a band full of his alumni, faithful recreations of actual Ray Charles sets and charts that are transcribed from Ray’s original tour music.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:30pm

The day after September 11, President Bush tasked the attorney general with preventing another terrorist attack on the United States. From that day forward, the Bush administration turned to the Department of Justice to give its imprimatur to activities that had previously been unthinkable—from the NSA’s spying on US citizens to indefinite detention to torture. Many of these activities were secretly authorized, others done in the light of day. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with law professor, author and Council on Foreign Relations member Karen Greenberg about her new book, ROGUE JUSTICE.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dave Peterson, general manager of the Worcester Bravehearts, who was named the FCBL’s Executive of the Year for the 2014 baseball season. They talk about how to succeed with a pro baseball team in Central Mass. This episode aired originally on May 15, 2016.

The Bravehearts baseball team plays a 56-game schedule between June and August. This season, the Bravehearts are playing play 28 home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. They will host the annual FCBL All-Star Experience on July 13.

The Bravehearts are a member of the West Division of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, which means fans get to see local divisional teams such as the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Bristol Blues, and Pittsfield Suns more often. Should any of those teams qualify for the FCBL playoffs, those games will be staged from August 7 through14.

Now in their second year, the Bravehearts strive to bring great baseball and memorable family experiences at affordable prices to Hanover Insurance Park. The Bravehearts are the reigning champions of the FCBL and compete against nine other teams from around New England in stadiums that give fans a full Minor League-style experience.

Half of the Bravehearts players are local, meaning that they either grew up in Central Massachusetts or are currently playing baseball at a college or university in New England. Chances are that you'll see some familiar faces on the field when you come enjoy a Worcester Bravehearts baseball game!

The Bravehearts and Dirt Dawgs teams are the latest forays by Central Mass. into trying to sustain at least one baseball team at a time. The now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League played for eight seasons, from 2005 through 2012.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 9:00pm

Can you imagine checking out a genuine astronomical telescope from a local library? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JOHN ROOT of the Aldrich Society Inc and Coordinator of the Library Telescope Program all about this amazing program and how it works. 

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome RICHARD E. NOBLE, writer, educator and WICN host. His latest book is the truly monumental history THE ECHO OF THEIR VOICES: 150 YEARS OF ST. MARK’S SCHOOL. Tune in and learn about the founding and early years of this private school in Southborough, Massachusetts.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 3:00pm

Philadelphia native, pianist, composer, educator Kenny Barron talks with Bonnie Johnson about his career, latest trio album "Book Of Intuition" (Impulse, 2016), and world tour travel from Warsaw, Poland to Newport and home again.  Among numerous accolades, multi-GRAMMY nominated Barron was named NEA JAZZMASTER in 2010, pianist of the year six times by the Jazz Journalists Association and highlighted as WICN's Artist of the Month in June.  He plays Montreal Jazz Festival "many times in many formats, from solo to quintet" in their Invitation concert series July 3-5, 2016.  LISTEN HERE. 


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