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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 6:00pm

Drummer Joe Morello was known for his pioneering work with Dave Brubeck, but in the early 1950s he performed with Marian McPartland and bassist Bill Crow in the Hickory House Trio. In 1991, the trio reunited for a special Piano Jazz session to share music and memories from their days on New York's 52nd Street jazz scene. Tunes include "Skylark, "Falling in Love with Love, and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be. Morello passed away earlier this year at age 82.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 11:30am

It's all about the Apps. There is little doubt that Apple’s iPhone has revolutionized personal communications gadgets. It has introduced us to an “anything-anytime-anywhere” feeling . But at what price? Are devices like the iPhone “distracting brain mushers” that are making us dumber? Is the idea of privacy now a quaint concept of the past? Apple and the iPhone are also about extreme close corporate control, and the App store has been accused of imposing censorship, stifling innovation and fostering conformity. Is there any basis for any of these concerns? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome BRIAN X. CHEN, former Associate Editor for Macworld Magazine and currently a writer for Wired.com. His new book addresses all these and also describes the evolution of the iPhone and why Apple has been such a successful company. Brain’s book is ALWAYS ON: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future-and Locked Us In. 

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.

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