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Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, a favorite program of FOLK REVIVAL listeners. Tune in as host Nick Noble counts down the top 50 folk group tracks recorded between 1950-1970.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Great on Paper is an improvised, four-person party of abstract sound fashioners. They go into new musical situations without an exit strategy!

Isacc Wilson/Piano
Simon Willson/Bass
Kevin Sun/Sax
Robin Baytas/Drums

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00am

What are the odds that a large asteroid, of the type that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, could hit earth in our lifetime? Tonight on Inquiry  we speak with a person who discovers and tracks these wandering celestial bodies. CARRIE NUGENT is an asteroid hunter who works with a small team to discover and study asteroids at Caltech/IPAC. Her new book is ASTEROID HUNTERS. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and photographer BILL HAYES about his unique and tender new memoir INSOMNIAC CITY: NEW YORK, OLIVER, AND ME which tells of his love affair with Oliver Sacks and New York City.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

New Orleans banjoist/vocalist Don Vappie resisted the banjo during his early years in music but is now considered a virtuoso on the instrument.  He has worked with Peggy Lee, Eric Clapton and countless others in various styles and records and produces for film and television.

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Catherine Russell remembers her late mother, singer Carline Ray, in a performance honoring the vocal jazz trio tradition. Russell is known for her work with Steely Dan and David Bowie, but also as an interpreter of blues and early jazz music. For this episode of Jazz Night in America, she hones in on this style with arrangements originally reworked by Sy Oliver for Carline Ray. Also, Russell shares stories of her mother’s journey in jazz through coming up in the 1940s as a black woman.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 10:30pm

Everyone knows that America is 50 states and…some other stuff. Scattered shards in the Pacific and the Caribbean, the not-quite states—American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—and their 4 million people are often forgotten, even by most Americans. But they’re filled with American flags, U.S. post offices, and Little League baseball games. How did these territories come to be part of the United States? What are they like? And why aren’t they states? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30  when Al is joined by best selling author Doug Mack as he discusses his latest book; "The Not-Quite States of America".

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore "The Business Beat," Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Jason Eastty, founder and owner of Escape Games Worcester. They talk about helping businesses do team-building  – in a fun, healthy and learning ways. This interview aired originally on February 5, 2017.

During its first year of operation, the locally owned and operated Escape Games Worcester has offered challenging team-building experiences to managers and staffers of area businesses – among other target markets. For the business market, an escape room provides a fun, learning place for coworkers to practice and learn true social interaction - mixed with a healthy dose of competition.

Escape Games Worcester features four room themes: Conspiracy, Crime Story, Fallout Shelter, and Museum - with a fifth room, The Experiment, coming soon. Each room has a different mood, design, size, and level of difficulty, with no expense being spared to immerse players in a total sensory experience.

However, the time limit remains the same—60 minutes to get out. Groups of up to six participants find themselves in “locked” rooms, clues hidden throughout, with one mission—to escape in the allotted amount of time.

Escape Games Worcester opened in January 2016 in the Northworks Building at 108 Grove St. in downtown Worcester. It now occupies more than 4,000 square feet of space – up from the original 2,500 square feet - and employs six full-time-equivalent people – plus its founder and owner, Jason Eastty, who works there on a part-time basis.

In its first year of operation, Escape Games Worcester attracted more than 17,500 people. According to TripAdvisor, Escape Games Worcester is now No. 1 among “fun and games” and No. 3 among “things to do” in Worcester.

Jason Eastty grew up in Webster, and has been a Worcester resident since 2010. In addition to working part-time at Escape Games Worcester, he is the full-time practice director for his wife’s dental office in Westborough.

Shown: Jason Eastty (left) and Game Master Kiara Vincent (right), in the lobby of Escape Games Worcester.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino recently did public-relations work for Escape Games Worcester.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 9:00pm

“Sherman, set the WABAC…” We are all fascinated by stories and films about time travel and considering the possibilities of actual travel to the past or future. But is time travel possible? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with noted chronicler of science and technology JAMES GLEICK about his new wonderful book that explores the science, literature and philosophy of TIME TRAVEL.

On Friday, April 1 1664 in Bologna, Italy, two former prostitutes were abducted from their convertite where they had recently become nuns. More than a year later, their brutally murdered bodies were discovered in a wine cellar. The search for their killers and the story of what happened to them reached all the way to the papacy and beyond. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CRAIG A. MONSON. He is the Paul Tietjens Professor Emeritus of Music at Washington University in St. Louis. The complex and thrilling story he uncovered is told in his book HABITUAL OFFENDERS: A TRUE TALE OF NUNS, PROSTITUTES, AND MURDERERS IN 17TH CENTURY ITALY.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs and tunes in celebration of St. Patrick’s day. Host Nick Noble will be joined by special guest Tyler Alderson, and they’ll play music from the Jolly Beggars, Mary O’Dowd, Oran Mor, Carrigan & Blair, the Dubliners, the Highwaymen, John Roberts, the Irish Rovers, Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers, Spailpin, Tom Lanigan, the Dropkick Murphys, and MANY MORE! Tune in, enjoy, and support WICN and THE FOLK REVIVAL.

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