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Monday, July 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter and music director Kenny Rampton honors his former bandleader, Ray Charles, by presenting a band full of his alumni, faithful recreations of actual Ray Charles sets and charts that are transcribed from Ray’s original tour music.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:30pm

The day after September 11, President Bush tasked the attorney general with preventing another terrorist attack on the United States. From that day forward, the Bush administration turned to the Department of Justice to give its imprimatur to activities that had previously been unthinkable—from the NSA’s spying on US citizens to indefinite detention to torture. Many of these activities were secretly authorized, others done in the light of day. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with law professor, author and Council on Foreign Relations member Karen Greenberg about her new book, ROGUE JUSTICE.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dave Peterson, general manager of the Worcester Bravehearts, who was named the FCBL’s Executive of the Year for the 2014 baseball season. They talk about how to succeed with a pro baseball team in Central Mass. This episode aired originally on May 15, 2016.

The Bravehearts baseball team plays a 56-game schedule between June and August. This season, the Bravehearts are playing play 28 home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. They will host the annual FCBL All-Star Experience on July 13.

The Bravehearts are a member of the West Division of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, which means fans get to see local divisional teams such as the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Bristol Blues, and Pittsfield Suns more often. Should any of those teams qualify for the FCBL playoffs, those games will be staged from August 7 through14.

Now in their second year, the Bravehearts strive to bring great baseball and memorable family experiences at affordable prices to Hanover Insurance Park. The Bravehearts are the reigning champions of the FCBL and compete against nine other teams from around New England in stadiums that give fans a full Minor League-style experience.

Half of the Bravehearts players are local, meaning that they either grew up in Central Massachusetts or are currently playing baseball at a college or university in New England. Chances are that you'll see some familiar faces on the field when you come enjoy a Worcester Bravehearts baseball game!

The Bravehearts and Dirt Dawgs teams are the latest forays by Central Mass. into trying to sustain at least one baseball team at a time. The now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League played for eight seasons, from 2005 through 2012.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 9:00pm

Can you imagine checking out a genuine astronomical telescope from a local library? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JOHN ROOT of the Aldrich Society Inc and Coordinator of the Library Telescope Program all about this amazing program and how it works. 

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome RICHARD E. NOBLE, writer, educator and WICN host. His latest book is the truly monumental history THE ECHO OF THEIR VOICES: 150 YEARS OF ST. MARK’S SCHOOL. Tune in and learn about the founding and early years of this private school in Southborough, Massachusetts.
 

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 3:00pm

Philadelphia native, pianist, composer, educator Kenny Barron talks with Bonnie Johnson about his career, latest trio album "Book Of Intuition" (Impulse, 2016), and world tour travel from Warsaw, Poland to Newport and home again.  Among numerous accolades, multi-GRAMMY nominated Barron was named NEA JAZZMASTER in 2010, pianist of the year six times by the Jazz Journalists Association and highlighted as WICN's Artist of the Month in June.  He plays Montreal Jazz Festival "many times in many formats, from solo to quintet" in their Invitation concert series July 3-5, 2016.  LISTEN HERE. 

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 2:00pm

Join Ed Gardella on this Friday's edition of Standard Time for his annual Independence Day salute to America. Show will include songs that have a city or state in the title and some very special music honoring our nation’s 240th birthday.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

A Woody Guthrie tribute show, featuring songs by Woody sung by Woody and sung by others, along with one or two songs about Woody. With special guest co-host Charlotte Wood.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Pianist Steve Hunt, throughout his career, has stayed true to an uncompromising vision of composing and performing Jazz music from his heart. Steve has continued to push himself technically, focusing on a musical style which is both challenging and meaningful. Steve's desire towards challenging himself is nowhere more evident than with his long time association with Allan Holdsworth, whose progressive and innovative style has helped Steve to further his own musical development. Steve continues to compose and study and grow. His technique is masterful and his music is tasteful and melodious. Truly. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 4:00pm


Tonight on Inquiry we welcome JOHN DOE, bassist and vocalist for the legendary band “X”, musician and actor. He has written and compiled a new book of essays on the emergence of the punk movement in Los Angeles  in the late 1970s and early 80s. Besides Doe’s own writing, UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF L.A. PUNK features pieces written by key musicians  at the time from bands like The Plugz, The Flesheaters and even The Go-Gos. Johns new album is titled THE WESTERNER.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 4:00pm

Bzzzzt! Have you ever been stung by a yellow jacket or honey bee? Why do wasp stings hurt so much? Tonight’s Inquiry is all about the biology, ecology and biochemistry of stinging insects. We talk with JUSTIN O. SCHMIDT, a biologist at Southwestern Biological Institute and is affiliated with the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona. His new book, THE STING OF THE WILD, recounts his wild adventures collecting, and sometimes getting stung by, some of the most venomous insects in the world. 

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