You are here

what's happening at WICN...

Support for comes from...

Programming Archive

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with author and illustrator ANNETTE CATE LEBLANC about her entertaining and  informative new book for young readers: LOOK UP! BIRDWATCHING IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. Tune in and find out how Annette got interested in birds and how she crams so much onto every page. This is one of the best books in a long time that teaches young people how to observe and draw the natural world around them!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

Broadway star Ken Page (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cats) and movie actor (Dreamgirls) talks about the way jazz used to influence stage performers and how he misses that influence in many performers today.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with saxophonist Greg Abate.

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker for an end of the holiday weekend dance party.  We'll play two songs back to back by every artist tonight, double the Aretha, double the JB, double the Sly!! It all starts at 7pm!!!

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 6:00pm

The boundless creative spirit and pianist Chick Corea spins from jazz to classical to the avant garde. Musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra expand the Corea songbook with their own arrangements. Chick Corea joins them on acoustic piano for Matrix, Crystal Silence and Tones for Joan’s Bones. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with organist Jared Gold --

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 10:30pm

Former professional baseball player Bill Denehey still recalls the ill-fated slider to Willie Mays, during which he injured his shoulder, that changed the trajectory of his career and life. Like many players past and present, Denehey received a cortisone shot in both this and subsequent instances in order to dull the pain and stay in the game. At 68, Denehey still deals with health issues he attributes to the overuse of cortisone shots during his career - including being blind. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear Denehy's  troubling story.

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 10:00pm

Listen now to an encore of The Business Beat, as Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways. They talk about why JetBlue launched service out of Worcester. This episode aired originally on November 10, 2013.

On April 3, 2013, JetBlue announced the newest addition to its growing network: Worcester. Service to the airline's 80th city took flight on November 7, 2013, with daily service to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida.

 As a leading air-passenger service, with hubs in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York City and San Juan, JetBlue carries 29 million customers a year to 79 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Upcoming destinations include Savannah, Georgia; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Lima, Peru, subject to receipt of government approval; and on November 7, Worcester.

With JetBlue, all seats on its more than 600 daily flights are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required.  JetBlue's fleet totals 188 aircraft, comprising 129 Airbus A320s and 59 Embraer E190s.

Barger was part of JetBlue's founding team and serves on the company’s Board of Directors. His interest in airlines came from his father, who was a United Airlines pilot for 37 years. From 1982 to 1988, Dave served in several positions with New York Air. In 1992, he joined Continental Airlines and held various management positions, including vice president of Continental's hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Barger was part of the JetBlue founding team in 1998, and served as the COO for Jet Blue until 2007. During the airline's first months of operation, when a JetBlue plane was forced to divert en route so that a diabetic passenger could receive emergency care, he personally apologized to each passenger for the delay, and offered a free flight as compensation.

Following a 2007 incident in which the airline was forced to cancel nearly 1,700 flights due to winter storms, JetBlue's Board of Directors replaced David Neeleman with Barger as CEO. Neeleman, the company's largest individual investor, became a non-executive chairman as a result of the change.  In 2009, Barger also became the president of JetBlue.

JetBlue is an official sponsor of the Boston Reds Sox, the Boston Bruins and the Worcester Sharks, a minor-league hockey team affiliated with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 9:00pm

Why are Japanese game shows so funny to the Japanese but don’t seem so funny to Americans? What makes a New Yorker cartoon hilarious? What kind of humor is found in Palestine? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist and writer JOEL WARNER. Together with Peter McGraw, Ph.D, a professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, they decided to explore what is funny around the world and discover if humor translates from one culture to the next. His stories from the field are collected in THE HUMOR CODE: A GLOBAL SEARCH FOR WHAT MAKES THINGS FUNNY. It was one wild and crazy trip. Tune in and find out why.

Tonight on Inquiry we have a wild and wide-ranging and informative talk with visionary artist HOWARD JOHNSON. Howard talks about his early days, how he started out as an artist and how he creates his unique works. To see some of Howard Johnson’s amazing works, please go to:

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Looking at songs that have inspired and shaped the music of others. For one of the four hours, Dan Senie will be guest-hosting the show: he won that privilege at an earlier WICN membership Drive.


Of Interest

Shop and Support

AmazonSmile Ad

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WICN Public Radio Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.


Become a Member Now

Can't remember the last time you gave? Time to become a SUSTAINER!!

Your ongoing monthly donation will ensure that your membership never expires.

CLICK HERE  to join now.


Underwriter of the Week

Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Massachusetts

Working collaboratively in a spirit of shared responsibility to make quality health care affordable for their members.

Learn more at: