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Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 7:00pm

Andy will be joined by James Keyes, Jon Short, Cara Brindisi, and Niki Luparelli live in the Performance Studio for Donor Appreciation Week.

ALL current WICN donors, please join us for this free event. Limited seating. RSVP to or call 855-752-0700.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

Singer-songwriter Julie Lavender, host of DreamFarm Radio discusses her newly released CD, "The Siddur Project."

In this project Julie Lavender, sets luminous poetry from the ancient Jewish prayer book to her own fresh, multi-faceted, jazz-influenced music. This intriguing project features top East Coast jazz players and also highlights Julie’s striking visual art.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 3:30pm

Most young teens are fascinated with pop music or sports, but Taylor Wilson (pictured) was obsessed with nuclear physics, collecting radioactive materials and building a fusion reactor. Imagine being the parents of this extraordinary and gifted boy! What is the best strategy for raising and educating a gifted child like Taylor? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and editor TOM CLYNES about his wonderful new biography of Taylor: THE BOY WHO PLAYED WITH FUSION: EXTREME SCIENCE, EXTREME PARENTING AND HOW TO MAKE A SUN. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 2:30pm

Dada was at art movement born in a small café in Zurich in 1916 when a few outsider artists and performers created work that confounded everyone’s understanding of what constituted art. It was shocking and wildly creative. Dada spread to Germany, Russia and even to America and its influences can be seen today in music and film. Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with JED RASULA, the Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia, about his new history: DESTRUCTION WAS MY BEATRICE: DADA AND THE UNMAKING OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. (pictured is a work by Kurt Schwitters)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

Summer is the time for outdoor music including many bluegrass festivals throughout the region. One festival that is special to us is the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill NY. This was the very first Bluegrass festival that Debbie and I ever attended back in 1985. Back then it was called Winterhawk and was held in Hillsdale NY. We heard some talk about it on WICN and then were invited by friends to attend. Since then we caught the Bluegrass bug. We started contributing to WICN, especially for the folk and bluegrass shows, and became an active volunteer which led to me becoming a show host doing the bluegrass show starting in 1989. We have gone back to the Greyfox festival almost every year since.

Because The Greyfox festival has been so special to us, we hope to share our excitement with our Bluegrass Junction audience and perhaps you will make the same discovery that we did. On this Tuesday, we will have a guest on the phone from the Greyfox family who will give us the latest updates on the schedule and performers. We will also have some prizes to give away to listeners, and feature the music of the artists. Tune in for a very special edition of the Bluegrass junction.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 6:00pm

Trombonist Clark Gayton discusses his work with everyone from Basie and Ray Charles to Rihanna and Sting.

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes Preston Lauterbach, the author of the wonderful new book "Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis." It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Tubas, guitars, drums, saxophones, voice, nothing is off the table. The saxophonist, flautist and composer turned 70 this year and Harlem Stage presented a special concert celebrating and reassembling some of Threagill’s most influential bands. Threadgill himself does not perform, he sits in the audience, as dozens of musicians from all throughout his trajectory gather inside a 200-seat theater to present this rare retrospective.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 10:30pm

According to Tom Butler, editorial director at the Foundation for Deep Ecology and editor of the book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot the earth can no longer sustain the ever-growing problem of  population growth. Our natural resources are unable to sustain the current need and the future is not looking much brighter. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Tom Butler about this pressing issue and what needs to be done to correct it.

Sunday, June 21, 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 Charlene Perkins Cutler, executive director of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. They talk about creating a sustainable environment, economy, and place. This episode aired originally on March 15, 2015.

Created by an act of Congress in 1986, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is the second in the country to be so designated. The Corridor includes 25 cities and towns in a watershed that stretches from the headwaters in Worcester to Narragansett Bay in Providence.

In the Corridor, the industrialization of America began with the first water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. What followed, was the development of mill villages along the Blackstone River and its tributaries into Massachusetts, spreading across the Valley in a pattern that can still be seen and experienced today. This heritage also includes pre-colonial and Native American resources and history, as well as waves of immigration and diversity of culture that continue today.

Blackstone Valley Corridor partners see the Valley as many interconnected systems that make up the whole. From this broad-based systems understanding, the partners have committed to work together on three key areas of a Sustainable Blackstone Valley: sustainable environment; sustainable economy; and, sustainable place, referring to land use, transportation, built form, and preservation of culture and history.

In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation to expand the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The region of national significance will now include the town of Auburn and a larger portion of the city of Providence. The legislation also reauthorized the Blackstone Heritage Corridor for six additional years of federal funding - a boost to its continuing work to tell the story of the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, and restore the environment of the Blackstone River.

Also in December, Congress approved and President Obama signed a bill to create the long-awaited National Park for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

Since September 2014, Charlene Perkins Cutler, has been executive director of the Heritage Corridor, which is based in Woonsocket. The charitable, non-profit organization’s mission is “to work with community partners to preserve and promote the Valley’s historic, cultural, natural, and recreational resources for current and future generations.”


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