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Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Two wonderful things in store for you on tonight's Soul Serenade! First, we'll celebrate the life of a man who's one of the architects of soul music, the genius of soul, Ray Charles. We'll also learn more about a great event happening right in our own backyard-- The Shawna Shea Film Festival. Join host Tom Shaker. It all starts at 7pm!












Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

There may be no better place than New Orleans to explore the ties of family and tradition in jazz. This episode of Jazz Night in America visits the Crescent City to hear two local musical giants: singer John Boutté and drummer Shannon Powell. The video documentary presents highlights from their shared concert at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, while the radio episode also spends time with each of them at their homes, tracing their familial roots and exploring why they've chosen to stay local.

Powell was born and raised in Treme, one of the U.S.'s oldest black neighborhoods. He took us down the street to his church, where he grew up with a tambourine in one hand and a Bible in the other. For Powell, the church has always been a place where music and the Holy Spirit are one and the same.

Boutté, too, says he's Treme to the bone; his large Creole-Catholic family goes back generations in New Orleans. He, like Powell, grew up playing music in the church. Though he went to college for business, he returned to his musical roots when he realized that the human voice was powerful enough to move people to tears of joy or pain.

Boutté and Powell capture the essence of this music and this city as only two natives can. Each man displays that particularly New Orleans sense of pride and swagger, rooted in the church and combined with a deep sense of family, musical and cultural history.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:30pm

Windfall is the boldest profile of the world’s energy resources since Daniel Yergin’s The Quest. Harvard professor and former Washington policymaker Meghan L. O’Sullivan reveals how fears of energy scarcity have given way to the reality of energy abundance. This abundance is transforming the geo-political order and boosting American power. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author, Harvard professor and former energy adviser to George W. Bush, Megan O'Sullivan as she talks about her new book Windfall.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Eric Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. They talk about healing our ailing American health system.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit health-services companies that, along with its subsidiaries, seeks to improve the well-being of its 2.7 million customers. Its flagship health plans in New England provide health coverage to 1.3 million members, while another 1.4 million individuals are served through Health Plans Inc., a subsidiary that provides integrated-care management, health coaching, and plan-administration solutions to self-funded employers nationwide. 

Harvard Pilgrim’s stated mission is to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities it serves. It aims to do that through the health plans it offers, as well as through: the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, a research and teaching collaboration with Harvard Medical School; and, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, which provides tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities.

For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care reported: total revenues – which they call premium revenues – of $3.8 billion, up from $2.7 billion the year before; and a net loss of $48.5 million, down from a net loss of $54.8 million the year before.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 9:00pm

Insects, spiders and other arthropods are all around us, even in our backyards. But could you even indentify more than a handful of the fascinating creatures? Most people intensely dislike insects and spiders, but they are complex often beautiful creatures that often deserve better than our fear. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Arthur V. Evans, D.Sc. He is an entomologist and prolific writer. His latest book will open up a whole new world of exciting natural history right in your own backyard: National Geographic Backyard Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America.

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome in-studio guest Syrian visual artist Aula Al Ayoubi. Her work features expressionistic paintings of women done in paints and collage. Also in the studio is Juliet Feibel, Executive Director of ArtsWorcester and Aula’s translator Ayham Al-Muarrawi.  A show of her work, Fruit Of Heaven, will open at ArtsWorcester October 6.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Four hours of our listeners’ favorite songs: from Burl Ives through Beth DeSombre. Tune in to celebrate and support WICN and THE FOLK REVIVAL.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry, our special guest is American blues and R&B recording artist SHAUN MURPHY. She has worked with some of the greatest musicians around today like the band Little Feat, Bob Segar, and Eric Clapton. She has also recorded seven albums, including Loretta and It Won’t Stop Raining. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer JAMES MACDONALD LOCKHART. His new book RAPTOR: A JOURNEY THROUGH BIRDS recounts his travels through some of the wildest landscape in Britain looking for all 15 species of breeding raptors (hawks, eagles, and falcons) all the while tracing the journey of one of Britain’s great, and largely forgotten, ornithologists and bird artists. This unique book is part quest, part tribute and part history of place. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

Tonight we continue our conversation with LAURA DASSOW WALLS. She is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Her new book is HENRY DAVID THOREAU: A LIFE. Tonight we focus on Thoreau at Walden. Why did he decide to live on his own beside that pond in Concord and what did the experience teach him? Don’t miss this conversation!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

What did it mean when Lester Young or Miles Davis used the word “cool”. Cool as a concept came into being after World War II and was influenced by certain jazz musicians, film noir and French existentialists like Albert Camus. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and professor of English at Tulane University JOEL DINERSTEIN. He was the curator of the American Cool exhibit at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. Tonight we will be discussing his book THE ORIGINS OF COOL IN POSTWAR AMERICA. 


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