Once their miles long flocks darkened the skies for hours. But now they are extinct. Gone forever. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back artist, writer and world authority on bird and animal extinction ERROL FULLER. His new book THE PASSENGER PIGEON is not just a history of the extinction of North America’s most common bird, but really a celebration and a memorial to a unique species. All of Fuller’s books contain numerous photographs and unique artwork, tune in and find out why this is important to him.
Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back HONEE A. HESS, Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. With Hess in the studio is artist and painter KAT O’CONNOR. A new exciting exhibition of Kat O’Connor’s paintings, titled LUMINOUS WILL, is currently at the Craft Center, and many of these works are being seen for the first time. Tune in and learn about the artist’s fascination with water in all its forms. For more details, go to: http://www2.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx
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Film producer (Boys Don’t Cry) discusses his passion for jazz and the important role music plays in the pacing and mood of a film. Sharp is President/CEO of Story Mining and Supply and responsible for co-founding digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media.
We can't let the month of September go by without honoring one of soul music's most legendary performers, Ray Charles. Brother Ray set the standard for bringing spirituals into popular music and creating what we now call soul! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the 83rd anniversary of his birth this week, starting at 7pm!
Get whisked away to Autumn in New York, April in Paris, or even A Cabin in the Sky. Pianist Bill Charlap, with Houston Person (saxophone), Ethel Ennis (vocals), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums), performs the book of composer Vernon Duke. The perfect fall getaway!
In his new book Scalia law professor and author Bruce Allen Murphy takes a hard look at one of the most dazzling and polarizing jurists on the Supreme Court. Above all he examines the inevitably murky relationship between judicial decision making and religious devotion. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author Bruce Allen Murphy. Hear what he has to says about Antonin Scalia, the man and the jurist.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Joyce Kressler, director of the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. They talk about how the intersection of Arts and STEM leads to creative innovation.
This episode aired originally on April 6, 2014 In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve was doing public-relations work for the Worcester Incubator for Innovation on the The Art of Science Learning at that time.
The goal is innovation. The medium is creativity. The combination is cutting-edge problem-solving. The initiative is The Art of Science Learning, a National Science Foundation-funded program that uses the arts to spark creativity in science education and the development of an innovative 21st-century STEM workforce.
The Art of Science Learning initiative is built on more than 15 years of work by Harvey Seifter and colleagues, exploring the impact of artistic skills, processes and experiences on learning and the innovation process. Seifter is the New York City-based Art of Science Learning’s founder, director and principal investigator.
Locally, the Art of Science Learning initiative is being driven by the Worcester Incubator for Innovation, which consists of more than 100 volunteers drawn from across sectors of education, sciences, business and the arts. The Worcester Incubator shares equally with Chicago and San Diego a $2.6-million federal grant to explore the Art of Science Learning.
Between last March and next January, the Worcester Incubator participants will be using a cutting-edge curriculum and working with recognized experts. They will be seeking transportation solutions to enhance Worcester’s economic activity, connect its communities, and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.
On April 10, the general public was invited to attend Introduction to the Art of Science Learning and the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. The event was held at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Worcester. The Worcester Incubator shared cutting-edge work from local and national innovators. Learn first-hand how this dynamic, integrated thinking will be applied to Worcester's transportation challenges and the development of new models for STEM learning.
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Joyce Kressler has a remarkable track record of accomplishment in the arts, education and community engagement. It includes a14-year tenure as executive director of First Night Worcester. The non-profit organization produces the largest and most diverse visual- and performing-arts festival in Central Massachusetts, attracting audiences in the tens of thousands annually.
Under Joyce’s leadership, First Night Worcester also developed K-through-12 arts-education and professional-development programs in the Worcester Public Schools in partnership with local colleges and cultural institutions. Benefiting thousands of students and their teachers, the collaborations ranged from innovative art/science programming to initiating the only deaf-youth theater residency in the region.
Writer James Dempsey, Instructor in the Humanities and Arts Department of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, returns to Inquiry to talk about his new project The Worcester Journal, an on-line literary journal that will feature some of the best unpublished young writers of the area. Also in the studio are two of the writers to be featured in The Worcester Journal Nicholas Porcella and Warren Singh. Tune in for a lively discussion about the art of writing and a passion for reading great literature. To read the Journal, go to http://www.theworcesterjournal.com/
Krista Buckland Reiser, General Manager and violinist for the Worcester Chamber Music Society returns to Inquiry to talk about the wonderful and varied and programs the society is offering this fall and early winter. With her in the studio is violinist Rohan Gregory, who talks about his evolution as a musician and his fascinating work with the like of the Indo-jazz group Natraj and playing with flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual.
Described as a DIY band, Grammy-nominated Kneebody comprises multi-instrumentalists of varied backgrounds. Their fourth studio album The Line, released on Concord Records in 2013, features music that defies the genres. Host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar about their tour through Central New England and the importance of jazz on public radio. Kneebody performs at The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27, 2014. Tune in at 4pm.
News Songs, Listener Requests & Fan Favorites accompanying our WICN Fall Membership Drive, while chatting with several interesting guests. Possible interviews with and/or visits from the Tannehill Weavers, Paul Rogoshewski (PJ Rogue), and Ari Charbboneau.
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