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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

One of soul music's most recognizable voices, Ron Isley's silky, sexy and passionate vocals has been a staple of the Isley Brothers since the late 1950s. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his 76th birthday on this edition of the Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America visits South By Southwest to talk with and listen to new artists on the British scene like tenor saxophonist Shabaka, drummer Moses Boyd and more.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:30pm

Living with cancer has both a physical and emotional toll. For many people how to cope is a major challenge. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Dr. David Ryan of MASS General Hospital. In his new book, Living With Cancer he offers sound advice for individuals and families living with various form of cancer.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Christian Felber, founder of the Austria-based movement The Economy for the Common Good, about creating economies for the common good. This episode aired originally on November 20, 2016. 

Christian Felber maintains that “promoting our nation’s general welfare is one of the bases of the United States Constitution, stated in the preamble.” Yet, he adds, “the growing contradiction between business goals and societies values - illustrated by the burgeoning wealth gap, stalemate in addressing climate change and trends toward populism and protectionism - tells us that as a priority, general welfare has been all but forgotten.”

Felber is the author of 15 books, including Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good. And, he’s an adjunct lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and is also a modern dancer.

The Economy for the Common Good unites more than 10,000 supporters in 40 nations and is backed by 2,000 companies. Its mission is to eliminate the fundamental contradiction between business values and social well-being.

Felber’s fundamental mission through The Economy for the Common Good, as explained in his book, Change Everything, is to “bring back the synergy that’s been lost between economy and society, business and individuals’ needs. In the current economy, survival depends not on being good or doing good, but on generating profits, no matter whether a company serves human interests or the environment – and no matter the costs to people or our planet.”

As Felber sees it, “Capitalism is in the midst of a crisis - the direction of the U.S. elections, Brexit and the surging tide of populism worldwide due to polarization and destabilization are just a few indicators. It is clearly time to breathe a soul back into economics and to re-embed the economy into our cultural value system in a way that elevates social responsibility and the common good over profit.”

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 9:00pm

In 1901, the Pan-American Exposition opened in Buffalo New York. It was hoped this “world’s fair” would do for Buffalo what the “White City” did for Chicago. Instead, a President of the United States was assassinated there. And that’s just part of what occurred at this off kilter exposition. It’s a story of going over the falls in barrels, the kidnapping of the “Doll Lady” and the attempt to electrocute a beloved elephant. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer MARGARET CREIGHTON, professor of history at Bates College. Her new book is THE ELECTRIFYING FALL OF RAINBOW CITY: SPECTACLE AND ASSASSINATION AT THE 1901 WORLD’S FAIR.

Rhode Island was once a hotbed of jazz music and the history of jazz in that state is complex and varied. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with jazz musician DENNIS PRATT and college professor DR. TOM SHAKER, host of “Soul Serenade” on WICN. They have written the definitive history of jazz in Rhode Island: A TREASURY OF RHODE ISLAND JAZZ & SWING MUSICIANS. Tune in and hear tales of the legendary Celebrity Club!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Folk music from across the pond. English folk duo Skinner & Twitch will be visiting the studio live, while half the show will be devoted to music of and about Cornwall. Not only songs from England, but songs from Scotland, Wales, and more!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join Julie on location in LA with stellar studio pianist and gifted composer, Mike Lang. Mike has played on literally 1000’s of hit records and movie and sound tracks. He shares fascinating insights into his life as well as his studio work. Come and explore “all the things” he is.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:00am

Nonprofits face serious leadership challenges when it comes to their board and the Executive Director. Without solid leadership, most nonprofits become dysfunctional and may even cease to exist. So what is unique about leadership in nonprofits? Tonight on Inquiry we talk JOAN GARRY, teacher and consultant for hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes. Her new book should be required reading for all staff, board members and volunteers of any nonprofit: JOAN GARRY’S GUIDE TO NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP: BECAUSE NONPROFITS ARE MESSY.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:00am

They live with us, but often times they act less like a pet than a roommate with “issues”. Sometimes you get the feeling if they could go shopping and open a can, they could do without us entirely. Still we love our cats dearly. But what is it about these coy mammals that makes them so appealing? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ABIGAIL TUCKER, writer, journalist and correspondent for Smithsonian magazine. Her new book will make you look at dear little Molly in quite a different light: THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: HOW CATS TAMED US AND TOOK OVER THE WORLD. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:00am

Tonight’s guest was rudely awakened one night when Saudi Arabian secret police came to arrest and jail her for just driving a car. MANAL AL-SHARIF is a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia. For her, driving a car was not an act of religious or political disrespect, it was just exercising what she saw as her right. But her  jailing caused a huge Saudi backlash. Her new book is an honest and at times chilling memoir of what it was like to grow up female in a repressive Saudi Arabia: DARING TO DRIVE: A SAUDI  WOMAN’S AWAKENING.

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