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Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of holiday music from host Nick Noble.

Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Julie's special guests perform music with Latin influences from Brazil, Italy and South America. Guest musicians include, guitarist Sergio Brando, pianist and vocalist Ferdinando Argenti and the saxophone /piano duo Joe Deleault and Don Davis in their collaboration with South American guitarist and singer, Cecelia Zabala.


Sergio Brando/Piano
Ferdinando Argenti/Vocals
Joe Deleault/Piano
Don Davis/Saxophone
Cecelia Zabala/Guitar, Vocals


Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Composer and performer Michael Bacon discusses what makes a great film composer and how his own work draws on his interest in many styles of music, including his work with brother Kevin, and their band "The Bacon Brothers."

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

In an era where the jazz standard songbook is ever expanding into the 21st century, The Ladybugs look back at the Disney catalogue. The Ladybugs are a young, band rooted in the vocal harmony jazz tradition but draw on elements of hot swing, American folk music and blues. Jazz Night in America dives into how the group developed on the New York ‘hot' jazz scene and what new things can be done with the Disney songbook.

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

Start your Christmas week off right with a bagful of soul songs about the holidays. Join host Tom Shaker for all the yuletide fun. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 10:30pm

On December 11, the current continuing resolution, which keeps the government funded, expires. Little noted but every bit as important, the risk-corridor budget-neutrality provision — the one provision Republicans have enacted that actually mitigates the ill effects of Obamacare, and that has done a great deal to expose the structural failings of the law — expires with it.

This provision puts a cap on the amount that government will reimburse insurance companies that wind up with a disproportionately unhealthy pool of customers and therefore with disproportionate costs for their health care.

The risk-corridor program is relatively unknown among the public, but it is one of the vehicles the Obama administration used to shower open-ended money on the insurance industry. In its efforts to gain the industry’s support for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration promised to automatically use taxpayer money to fill the coffers of any insurance company that didn’t make a sufficient profit under the new regime.

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Hadley Heath, CEO of the IWF, The Independent Women's Voice for her thoughts and it's impact on health care.

Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Ben Burkett, state coordinator of the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives and Cathleen O’Keefe, coordinator of both the Winter Conference and the Fundraising Run for the Northeast Organic Farming Association - Massachusetts Chapter.

Ben Burkett is a truly inspirational Mississippi farmer. He will be enriching everyone’s day with his keynote address “Family Farmers Matter,” at NOFA-Mass.’ annual Winter Conference. That event will be held on January 16, 2016 at Worcester State University.

Cooperative grocers, farmers, and businesses will also not want to miss his all-day seminar on “Cooperative Family Farming.” In this seminar, Ben will discuss many of the steps involved in setting up a profitable, managed cooperative using his own family farm and cooperative history as a model.

Ben provides technical expertise to small-scale and limited-resource farmers and ranchers in rural communities. He serves as the president of the National Family Farm Coalition and has traveled to Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Zimbabwe, exchanging knowledge and information with small-scale farmers.

In 1971, the Natural Organic Farmers Association was formed in Vermont and New Hampshire and, in 1982, chapters were added in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut and New York. Later, chapters were formed in Rhode Island and New Jersey.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association was formed right around the time that NOFA was established. Together, these two organizations have been the most powerful forces for education regarding organic agriculture in the Northeast for the past 40 years.

NOFA changed its name to the Northeast Organic Farming Association in 1989. By that time, the word "natural" had become somewhat commercialized. By changing "farmers" to "farming," the NOFA leadership attempted to be more welcoming to those who support organic farming, along with those who practice it.

Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 9:00pm

Throughout most of the 20th Century Al Hirschfeld’s drawings and paintings captured the look and life of the people of film, the theatre, television and music. His mastery of line was unmatched and instantly recognizable. He was not simply a caricaturist, but rather a “characterist”, an artist whose portraits revealed the essence of a person or a performance. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with curator and editor DAVID LEOPOLD who has been studying Hirschfeld’s work for over 25 years. We will be talking about his new landmark collection of the artist’s work THE HIRSCHFELD CENTURY: ALL HIRSCHFELD: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AND HIS AGE.

Tonight on Inquiry we get down and dirty making mud pies and stick forts and all sorts of other cool stuff that happens when children turn off the TV and computer games and just play outside. Our guest tonight is teacher, museum educator and writer LIZA GARDNER WALSH and we will be talking about her wonderful new book: MUDDY BOOTS: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN.

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with artist SALLY CURCIO. Her “Bubble Series”, which was shown recently at the Fitchburg Art Museum, is a collection of tiny “imagined ecologies” that resemble complex and detailed snow globes. Tune in tonight and learn about these  pieces and other of her fascinating works. "Orbit City" is pictured. To see other examples of her work, go to:


Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

DECK THE HALLS! The 8th Annual Folk Revival LIVE Holiday Concert broadcast from the WICN Performance Hall, featuring as many as 20 local New England artists/acts, including The Lied To's, P.E. James, Eric Luskin & Mel Green, Sweet Wednesday, Cara Brindisi, Dale LePage, Wolfpen, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, Sue Young, Lori Fassman, Kryngle Daly, The Proper Ladies, Michael Gondek & Geoffrey Watson Oehling, Diane Battistello, Stu Esty, Don Prange & friends, Sandy Haddon & Kathryn Kauffman, San & Faith Senie, Andy Cummings, and more!


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