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Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 9:00pm

Today children and adolescents are spending less and less time out of doors and more and more time in front of computer screens. Because they don’t go outside, they have a very poor connection with the natural environment this causes health and even emotional problems. How can we reconnect our kids with nature? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SCOTT D. SAMPSON, dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator and passionate advocate for connecting people with nature. His new book HOW TO RAISE A WILD CHILD: THE ART SCIENCE OF FALLING IN LOVE WITH NATURE offers numerous insights on how we can mentor our children so they develop a passion for nature.

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back BRET HERHOLZ. Not only is Bret an artist, but he is also an illustrator, children’s book author, screenwriter and set designer. Tune in and find out how he developed his career in art and what a few of his latest projects are. For a look at Bret’s work, go to his website at:

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 7:00pm

World renowned saxophonist, composer and bandleader Greg Abate joins Latin Jazz Now host Jim Benitez for a double duty visit. Greg has a new cd coming out and will celebrate with a cd release party at Chan’s in Woonsocket, RI on Saturday, Oct. 3rd. “Kindred Spirits - Live at Chans – recorded with Phil Woods” is Greg’s latest release. Along with the Prince of Be-Bop, the album features Phil Woods last live recording. Greg will be talking about the new album and he’ll also be joining Jim for a bit of “Pitch & Jam” during WICN’s Fall Fund Drive. Tune in to hear about and from saxman Greg Abate and make a donation to help support WICN at the same time.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Including tracks from Mudhook, Great Bay Sailor, Tom Hall, the Johnson Girls, Jeff Warner and others. The 16th Annual Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival starts on September 26!

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 6:00pm

A "gifted acoustic finger-style guitar player" Peter Janson brings world-class acoustic guitar music to records and the concert stage with fresh contemporary arrangements of new and traditional tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and North America, as well as Celtic inspired compositions. A fusion of Jazz, American roots music, new age and classical sounds, his original and compelling contemporary style is filled with artistry, superb technical mastery, and heartfelt passion: weaving songs about Celtic kings, lost love and sad dogs, memory, life, and the heart. Peter comes to DreamFarm to talk about what is driving him to dig deep and find new inspiration and share some of the highlight of his journey so far.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Pianist/vocalist Freddy Cole is a smooth, classy presence on the jazz scene, still traveling worldwide at 82, and just as opinionated and enthusiastic about the music as he was as a much younger man. He talks to Judy about it all.

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:00pm

As part of WICN's FALL FUND DRIVE SPECTACULAR, the one and only UNCLE MARK, former head of WICN's alternative rock department, will return bringing POSITIVE NOISE to the airwaves for one night only: SEPTEMBER 21 FROM 10PM TO 1AM. There will be a special salute to the recording artists of STIFF RECORDS like Elvis Costello, Ian Dury (pictured) and Lene Lovich, as well as special premium items chosen just for a Positive Noise audience. There will be lots of music from all eras too. So, start your week off with a bang, tune in to POSITIVE NOISE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21 AT 10PM ON WICN.

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

Frank Sinatra called him "the only true genius in show business." Ray Charles has sung it all, gospel, blues, R & B, jazz country, and of course, soul. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate WICN's artist of the month, one of the pioneers of soul music. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis present music of the Americas through the lens of four pioneering giants of jazz.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 10:30pm

In a book as eye-opening as it is riveting, practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a hospital’s cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Every day, Theresa Brown holds these lives in her hands. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author of the new book "The Shift", Theresa Brown.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of  Climb, interviews John Giangregorio, president of Preservation Worcester, chair of the Canal District Business Association and former president of the Canal District Alliance. They talk about the revitalization of the Blackstone Canal. This episode aired originally on June 28, 2015.

A new study sponsored by the Canal District and WPI addresses the cost concerns of restoring or replicating the Blackstone Canal between Union Station and Kelley Square on Harding Street. This study focuses on separating the Combined Sewer Overflow from the Mill Brook/Blackstone Canal.

The Blackstone Canal was developed in 1824 by widening and dredging a natural stream the Mill Brook and laying granite block on its banks and bottom. This shallow waterway allowed horse-towed packet boats to deliver goods and supplies into downtown Worcester from Providence in two days.

The Mill Brook carried natural-flowing water from the Blackstone River’s northern watershed, collected at Indian Lake and running from Salisbury Pond (formerly North Pond) to present-day Walmart, where it joined the Middle River, forming the beginning of the Blackstone River.

The Blackstone Canal brought immediate prosperity to Worcester and population growth. In just 20 years, in 1848, Worcester had incorporated as a city, and several rail lines were built connecting Worcester to the port cities of Boston and Providence.

Like all emerging cities, Worcester did not have public infrastructure for water or sewerage. Industrial and human waste was dumped into the Mill Brook and, in the mid 19th century the Commonwealth of Massachusetts allowed sewage discharge into the Mill Brook. In the latter 19th century the Mill Brook’s open water was so offensive and a threat to human health it was enclose and became part of the city’s sewerage infrastructure.

The federal Clean Water Act, enacted in 1972, sought to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation's waterways by preventing point and non-point pollution sources, providing assistance to publicly owned treatment works for the improvement of wastewater treatment, and maintaining the integrity of wetlands. Upstream states have an obligation to comply with downstream states’ regulations.


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