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Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with legendary singer DARLENE LOVE. She started out back in the 60s recording hits like “He’s a Rebel” for the likes of Phil Spector. Her latest album INTRODUCING DARLENE LOVE features the hit song “Forbidden Nights” written by Elvis Costello. (be sure to check out the video) She was featured in the Oscar winning documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and is an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She will be coming to Worcester at the Hanover Theatre MAY 7. Don’t miss this interview or her concert!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 4:00pm

Humans tend to step over or totally avoid a pile of dung, but there are many creatures that flock to dung. In fact there is an entire dung ecology. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with RICHARD JONES. He is a nationally acclaimed entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and fellow of the Linnean Society. His new book is CALL OF NATURE: THE SECRET LIFE OF DUNG. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

Pianist/composer Mary Louise Knutson has performed with many jazz greats including  Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Randy Brecker and was a finalist in the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz International Pianist Competition.  She talks with Judy about making a living as a jazz musician in her native Minneapolis and what she’s learned touring with Doc Severinsen.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

…bring great soul songs!
Songwriters often use rain as a metaphor, or for setting a tone in a song, especially in soul music. Join host Tom Shaker for songs that use rain as its theme on Monday night's edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm, umbrella optional!

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Kenny Wheeler's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn left deep impressions on generations of musicians. Two such devotees -- trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler -- revisited Wheeler's compositions after his death in 2014 at age 84. And in doing so, they realized they wanted to record their arrangements, paying tribute to the man who catalyzed their own careers. So Jensen, raised in Vancouver and now based in New York, traveled back across North America to meet Treseler, who resides in Seattle, to make the album and play a gig while they were there.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 10:30pm

Carol Weston has been the Dear Carol advice columnist at Girls’ Life for more than two decades. Since 1994, she has been privy to a remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the teen and preteen mind, helping girls navigate problems they may be scared to share with their parents. Weston, possibly more than anyone in the country, has both a keen grasp not only on the modern teenage experience, but also a perspective on their perennial problems. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Carol Weston as she talks about her new book "Speed of Life".

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new ‘The Business Beat,’ Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews John Giangregorio, a Worcester businessman and community organizer in the Worcester Canal District, Paul Dell’Aquila, an organizer for Jane Jacobs in the Woo, and Kyla Pacheco, co-founder of Action! Worcester. They talk about who Jane Jacobs was – and why Worcester should celebrate her 100th birthday.

As Joyce Mandell, author of the blog Jane Jacobs in the Woo, observes, “Worcester’s urban-development agenda since the 1960s’ urban-renewal craze has been based on two major fallacies: 1) that historic buildings such as Notre Dame serve as an impediment to economic progress; and 2) fuzzy-headed nostalgia (not economic rationalization) drives the work of historic preservation.”

Joyce Mandell continues: “Smart cities know the real truth: that adaptive reuse of historic buildings makes dollars and sense – and translates into tangible economic benefits: job creation, increase in tourism, resource-cost savings, downtown revitalization, niche-business incubation, and community-branding opportunities.”
In her blog, Joyce Mandell cites the famous urban theorist Jane Jacobs, who noted, - “Cities need old buildings so badly, it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them.”

On May 2 through 7, Jane Jacobs in the Woo along with several other groups with a mission and passion for a healthy, sustainable and profitable Worcester for all people – not just the rich – will celebrate Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, which was on May 4, 2016.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 9:00pm

“Elizabeth Bishop wrote love poems, and poems about lovemaking and one of the best poems ever written in English about the loss of love, but she had made her way through life as an orphan, a solitary.” (p.296). Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome Pulitzer Prize winning biographer MEGAN MARSHALL. She is the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College. Her new book is a biography that is also, in part, an autobiography: ELIZABETH BISHOP: A MIRACLE FOR BREAKFAST. NB: Megan Marshall will be speaking about this book in Worcester APRIL 12 at the Robert H. Goddard Library. This is a free event. For further information, call the library at : 508 795 7573.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with OLIVER KOMAR, ornithologist and professor of natural resources management at Zamorano University in Honduras. He is the co-author, with Jesse Fagan, of a beautiful new field guide: THE PETERSON FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF NORTHERN CENTRAL AMERICA.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Old favorites, tracks from CDs recently arrived at the station, and more! Host Nick Noble will be chatting with Marc Berger, George Woods, and Richard Shindell, and Nick will also step aside for an hour so that WICN members Kathryn Kauffman and Sandy Haddon can be guest DJs, a privilege won through their generous donation.

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