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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 4:00pm

Inquiry welcomes ARTHUR I. MILLER, Professor Emeritus at University College London. Since the 1980s, Professor Miller has been interested in what he calls ARTSCI, the fascinating area where art and science meet. Tune in and learn about some of the artwork produced when artists collaborate with scientists and technicians. Professor Miller’s dynamic history of this work is titled COLLIDING WORLDS: HOW CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE IS REDEFINING CONTEMPORARY ART. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk again with CARY GINELL, award-winning writer, jazz historian and discographer. This time around Gary talks about his latest jazz biography MR B: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF BILLY ECKSTINE. Billy Eckstine is little remembered today, but in the 40s and 50s he was a signer as popular as Sinatra and Cosby. He was a fashion plate, a crooner, a band leader and a musician whose amazing career spanned seven decades. Tune in and find out what the bobby soxers were all screaming about. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:00pm

Judy talked to guitarist Mark Whitfield onstage at the 2013 Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where he discussed his work with pop and jazz musicians and the influence each style has on the other.

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 7:00pm

Remember when Girl Groups ruled the airwaves? Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Women's History month by spotlighting that great Girl Group sound of the 1960's. You'll hear wonderful songs from The Crystals, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, and many more.

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:00pm

Wynton Marsalis was commissioned in 2008 to write a piece for the bicentennial of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. This incarnation of the opus that emerged embraces a celebration of life, humanity, and love, uniting musical traditions from across centuries and continents. Performed with the 70 piece Chorale de Chateau and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Abyssinian Mass must be experienced to be believed. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:30pm

The Greatest Generation gave voice to our nations founding principles. Freedom from want and from fear. Freedom of speech and religion. In the name of the Four Freedoms they fought the Great Depression. In the name of the Four Freedoms they defeated the Axis powers. In the process they made the United States the richest and most powerful country on Earth. And, despite a powerful, reactionary opposition, the men and women of the Greatest Generation made America freer, more equal, and more democratic than ever before. So what made them so great? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by renowned historian and author Harvey Kaye. His new book: The Fight for the Four Freedoms explains why.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, which was  originally scheduled to air on March 23, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Satya Mitra, 2013-2014 president of the Worcester Rotary Club. They talk about service above self. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve is a member of Worcester Rotary and serve on its Public Relations Committee.

The 109-year-old Rotary International is a worldwide service organization. Its purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders, to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. Globally, there are more than 34,000 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide.

Rotary members are known as Rotarians. Usually, they meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner. These are social events as well as opportunities to organize work on their service goals.

Rotary's primary motto is, "Service above self.” An earlier motto was, "One profits most who serves best.” This year’s Rotary International theme—“Engage Rotary, Change Lives” —challenges Rotarians to make a difference by renewing their commitment and welcoming those who have an interest in giving back and wish to join Rotary.

Rotary started with the vision of one man: Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, in 1905. It was intended to be a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

The Worcester Rotary Club held its first meeting 102 years ago this month - in March 1912 - and its charter was issued that April. By that August, there were 29 members. In the mid-1990s, Worcester Rotary’s membership stood at more than 225. Between then and the past year or so, membership fell to around 50. These days, thanks in large part to the inspirational vision and leadership of Satya Mitra, the chapter’s president for 2013-2014, Worcester Rotary’s membership has risen to more than 110.

Satya came to America from India in 1976 with a PhD in biochemistry. Since 1991, he and his wife, and Sheema Mitra, who was also born and raised in India, have owned and operated The Guru Tax and Financial Services - which is based in Worcester and serves primarily the Indus-American community. Satya also hosts Not Only Money, a radio show that airs Sunday mornings at 10 on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back EDWARD H. BURTT JR, Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is the author, along with William E Davis Jr, of the book ALEXANDER WILSON: THE SCOT WHO FOUNDED AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY. Tonight Jed talks about the plans for celebration of the 200th year anniversary of the publication of Alexander Wilson’s American Birds, one of the first great scientific volumes written in America. There will be a one-day symposium on all things Wilson on April 23, 2014 at Ohio Wesleyan University. If you would like to attend this once in a life time celebration of Wilson and his art, go to: http://wilson200.owu.edu/ .Also discussed in this interview, Wilson’s legendary meeting with John James Audubon and whether Audubon copied some of Wilson’s artwork. 

Thornton W. Burgess is probably best known for writing some of the best children’s nature literature of the twentieth century. But he hosted a very popular radio program, created a grass roots nature sanctuary effort and even worked with scientists documenting  the last Heath Hen in Massachusetts. Tune in and learn about this talented writer and environmental educator when we talk with writer and teacher CHRISTIE PALMER LOWRANCE and her new book NATURE’S AMBASSADOR: THE LEGACY OF THORNTON W. BURGESS

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 4:00pm

You’ll hear the mellifluous sounds of Najee on Colors of Jazz, when the two-time Grammy nominated contemporary jazz saxophonist and flautist talks with host Bonnie Johnson. Celebrating his CD The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey, Najee will perform live at Scullers Jazz Club on April 4 & 5, 2014.  The New York City native began honing his craft studying flute during his high school years at The Manhattan School of Music with Harold Jones of the NY Philharmonic Orchestra and on Saturdays in Harlem at the historic Jazzmobile after meeting Dr. Billy Taylor.  Najee was taught and mentored by Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster and Jaki Byard among others. Described as "a visionary", the alum of New England Conservatory of Music has collaborated with “an array of world class musicians” including friend of WICN, Dr. Bill Banfield, George Duke, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock. Find out more about Najee's "musical journey" that includes giving back to community through work with youth; sharing his gift of music with the Najee Woodwind Workshop. Tune in at 4pm.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 4:00pm

Celebrate Women's History Month when host Bonnie Johnson speaks with the Moipei Quartet of Kenya. The all-girl a capella group, including Moipei (pronounced Moy-pay) triplets Mary, Martha and Magdalene, is joined by their younger sister Seraphine in a 21st century cultural exchange. These teen multi-instrumentalists have been singing together for more than a decade, bringing their global voice to the fore-front with traditional and contemporary African and African-American music. In 2006, the group was called into service as the first UNICEF Child Ambassadors from Kenya and have received a number of awards and commendations for their musical work as "advocates for social issues including highlighting the plight of girls in the Maasai community and Africa at large, the threat to wildlife and the environment, [and] Cancer in Children". They have performed in several countries including South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, China, South Korea, Canada and Venezuela.  In March 2014, the Moipei sisters made their first trip to the United States; visiting several states and performing in concert halls in collaboration with the St. Louis, Missouri based African Musical Arts, Inc. Their parents Nicholas and Christine Moipei also join the conversation on Colors of Jazz. Tune in at 4pm.

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