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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 2:00pm

Researcher and writer ELLEN PRAGER has written what amounts to a “tell all” of life in the oceans. This features unusual creatures with very bizarre sex lives and lots and lots of slime. Prager has also included some amazing notes on why these creatures, strange and weird as they are, are important to humanity. Tune into tonight and learn how hagfish can tie themselves into knots; why a giant sea slug is critical to research on the human brain and why you should never, EVER eat the lobster’s tomalley. Prager’s vastly entertaining  account of marine life is titled SEX, DRUGS AND SEASLIME: THE OCEAN’S ODDEST CREATURES AND WHY THEY MATTER.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 2:00pm

Joan Mitchell was one of the most original and passionate artists of the last half of the Twentieth Century. She painted her large abstract canvases with the precision of a fencer creating paintings that were “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.”Mitchell may have called herself a “lady painter”, but she was a blunt, bawdy and bullying presence who mixed it up with the likes of Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Phillip Guston. Our guest tonight is writer and curator PATRICIA ALBERS who has written one of the most complete, incisive and entertaining biographies of this great artist: JOAN MITCHELL: LADY PAINTER. A LIFE. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 2:00pm

What can a Magritte painting tell us about scientific theories? Why is the Little Prince like the essentials of quantum physics? These unusual questions will be answered tonight by GIOVANNI VIGNALE, the Curator’s Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri. His new book, THE BEAUTIFUL INVISIBLE: CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS uses metaphors and analogies from literature and art to discuss some of the most abstract ideas of physics. Tune in and find out why theoretical physics is the modern form of theology.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 1:30pm

Science Fairs are no longer about exploding Plaster of Paris volcanoes or mouse traps and ping-pong balls to demonstrate nuclear fission. Today’s high schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years and the stakes involves prize money of many thousands of dollars and an assured future career in science. For many of these current science fair participants, winning means being able to go to the college of their choice. Writer JUDY DUTTON followed twelve contestants in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and tells their amazing stories in her new book SCIENCE FAIR SEASON: TWELVE KIDS, A ROBOT NAMED SCORCH AND WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN. Tune in and learn about what these new Einsteins and Gates are up to. 

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he marks the 5th anniversary of The Soul Serenade on WICN’s airwaves. Great music, interviews, giveaways and lots of fun!! It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 6:00pm

A smooth pairing as renowned pianists Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis take the stage for two rousing sets. On the verge of his tenth decade, Brubeck shows he still is the master of the 88s on "Take Five," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "Over the Rainbow." Lewis' gospel and funk tinged sound will lift you out of your seat with "The In Crowd," "Wade in the Water" and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 10:30pm

People across the country are discovering the immense pleasure and benefits of buying local and embracing a thoughtful healthy lifestyle. Join Al this Sunday evening when he speaks with author Christine Chitnis about her new book, "Markets Of New England". This marvelous book introduces readers to fifty of New Englands best farmers markets, art events and festivals. Best of all they are located right here in New England. So tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a slice of the good life.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 10:00pm

The Blackstone Valley Regional Economic Development Council is a private, non-profit organization that provides resources and information to businesses operating in or entering the region by aiding in expansion, relocation and networking.

The Council’s mission is to deliver services and business resources that will enable companies to thrive within in the Blackstone Valley, and its closely aligned neighbors in south central Massachusetts, while improving the region's economy and lifestyle through the creation of quality jobs and enhanced public and private investment.

The Council aims accomplish this through its own work and the collective efforts of its eight affiliated partner organizations: the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce.

Our guest tonight is Joseph Deliso, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce. Join us as host Steve D'Agostino talks to him about creating healthy, sustainable jobs and wealth for the Blackstone Valley.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 9:00pm

Imagine a secret society and spy ring that was organized by George Washington but that is still in existence today, working very much behind the scenes in Washington. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with BRAD MELTZER, best-selling author and Eisner Award winner about his thrilling new novel THE INNER CIRCLE which revolves around the machinations of the legendary clandestine Culper Ring. Brad also talks about his new series on the History Channel BRAD MELTZERs DECODED, which focuses on untangling the truth on some of America’s greatest real historical mysteries. Was explorer Meriwether Lewis death really a suicide or did dark forces come together to murder him? Did John Wilkes Booth escape pursuit and survive to live on for many years? Who hid the White House cornerstone? These are real life mysteries unknown to most of us but every bit as thrilling as Brad’s novels.

Sea Turtles are among the ocean’s most mysterious and threatened species. Coming to land at night on the beaches of select areas of the world, they lay hundreds of eggs in their nests. The threats to these nests and their tiny hatchlings are numerous. There are often human and animal predators. And once they hatch they are food for gulls, frigatebirds, fish and numerous other marine species. Only a tiny fraction of the young turtles make to a mile offshore. To learn more about how sea turtles live, tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes AARON HONIG, science educator and researcher, who has just returned form working in Costa Rica to tag and save these amazing creatures.

Friday, June 17, 2011 - 6:00pm

Inspired by this duet set at Newport, the saxophonist, pianist, band mates, and great friends have recorded a duet album (CD release anticipated June 7). Tune in on Friday, June 17th at 6pm!

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