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Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 10:30pm

In True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy award-winning journalist and best-selling author Kati Marton tells Noel Field’s full story for the first time. Field, once a well-meaning and privileged American, spied for Stalin during the 1930s and ’40s. Then, a pawn in Stalin’s sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades. He ended his days behind the Iron Curtain, diminished, but he never showed regret for his role in abetting a murderous dictatorship. Marton captures Field’s riveting quest for a life of meaning that went horribly wrong.  Tune in this Sunday evening October 9 at 10:30 when Al speaks with Kati Marton.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Leslie Bocskor, president of Electrum Partners. They talk about the bottom lines of medical marijuana.

Most folks in the cannabis industry for any length of time know Leslie Bocskor by face, name and for his exuberant laugh and immaculate three-piece suits. But don’t be fooled by his formidable frame.

According to the website of Electrum Partners, … “[T]his Transylvanian-descended Renaissance man does not intimidate. He leads by example by embracing an open-source collaborative model unrestricted by time zones and geographies. His boldness enables him to assume a leadership role, mentor, and share the spotlight with other leaders, and fuel the industry’s ascent to a global financial and social phenomenon.”

Bocskor is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, business executive, investment banker, and business advisor. After starting his career in finance and investment banking, in the 1990s, he began investing primarily in internet and new-media properties- later expanding into science, cyber-security, and internet gaming.

He also co-founded and headed a number of technology companies. In 2013 he became founding chair of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association, and he co-founded Electrum Partners in 2014, becoming a managing partner. The firm develops strategies for the expansion of the legal-cannabis market, and also operates a venture-capital fund focused on cannabis-related companies.

In a related matter, Massachusetts voters will be asked during the general election on November 8 to decide on Referendum Question 4, a law proposed by initiative petition. The proposed law would permit the possession, use, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana in limited amounts by persons age 21 and older and would remove criminal penalties for such activities. It would provide for the regulation of commerce in marijuana, marijuana accessories, and marijuana products and for the taxation of proceeds from sales of these items.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 9:00pm

If two black holes collided, what would it sound like? Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JANNA LEVIN. She is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a center for arts and sciences in Brooklyn. Her new book is wild and wonderful history of the search for “a sonic record of the history of the universe” and the building of the LIGO, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. It is a story of human genius and ego and folly that has a great ending. Janna Levin’s new book is BLACK HOLE BLUES: AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE.

Why does a grouse bury itself in snow? Do jays really talk to themselves? Inquiry welcomes back acclaimed scientist, author and natural historian BERND HEINRICH. Tonight he talks about his new book ONE WILD BIRD AT A TIME: PORTRAITS OF INDIVIDUAL LIVES. In each of the essays in this book, Bernd Heinrich uses his scientific knowledge and field skills to attempt to unravel the reasons behind the behavior of common species of woodland birds like Ruffed Grouse, Blue Jay and Black-capped Chickadee. This is a wonderful book about how to look at the natural world like a scientist.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 1:00pm

At 23 years old, Kaia Kater is an old soul taking the roots music world by storm with her "old-time" banjo playing, singing and song writing. Born in Canada of African-Carribean descent, early exposure to folk music decidedly influenced her more recent immersion into Appalachian music.

This week, Kaia stops by the WICN studios to talk with Bonnie Johnson about career, tour life and her sophomore album Nine Pin (Kingswood Records). The 2016 release includes the vocalist's jazz-influenced originals that pay homage to one of the oldest forms on North American traditional music.

Rolling through Central New England, Kaia opens for GRAMMY-nominated folk singer Vance Gilbert at Club Passim in Cambridge on Saturday, October 8th. She holds her own, live at Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffiled, MA on Sunday, October 9th, then returns for Passim's Monday Discovery series on October 10, 2016.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble shares more than fifty of his favorite tracks over four hours of song.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:00pm

Chasing epic sax player Jerry Bergonzi down is no easy thing, but well worth the effort. Jerry is an internationally lauded composer, tenor saxophone player, educator and Boston native. When you hear his music you will understand why Jerry receives rave reviews wherever he plays across the globe. It’s an honor to have him on the program. Can’t wait to share his music with our audience.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:00pm

“Sherman, set the WABAC…” We are all fascinated by stories and films about time travel and thinking about  traveling to the past or future. But is time travel possible? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with noted chronicler of science and technology JAMES GLEICK about his new wonderful book that explores the science, literature and philosophy of TIME TRAVEL: A HISTORY. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer JEFF CHANG. He is the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. We will discuss his new book WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT: NOTES ON RACE AND RESEGREGATION. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome artist, filmmaker, poet and writer SKIP SHEA about the upcoming SHAWNA SHEA FILM FESTIVAL (November 10-12 see: or their Facebook page for details).  We will also discuss his films Trinity and Ave Maria. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

From child prodigy as a classical pianist to his own Dixieland band as an eight year old to the musician Yehudi Menuhin calls “one of the finest pianists I have ever had the pleasure of performing with."


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