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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

GRAMMY winning vocalist Catherine Russell talks with host Bonnie Johnson, fresh from a world tour and the 20th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival where she headlines The Ladies Sing the Blues project.  Carrying on a highly revered legacy in her "own sweet way”, dad was jazz, pianist and bandleader Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong's music director and mom was a pioneer bassist, guitarist and vocalist Carline Ray, who paved the way for women in jazz.  Ms. Russell performs live at Scullers Jazz Club on May 30, 2015.

 

photo by Steve Sussman

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back author, illustrator, lecturer and filmmaker LYNNE CHERRY. Tonight, Lynn talks about EMPOWERING YOUNG VOICES FOR THE PLANET a thorough teacher’s guide to educating young people about global climate change: how to approach this difficult subject and how to get your students involved. For more information on the films about student projects discussed on this show, please go to: http://www.youngvoicesonclimatechange.com/

Nothing is ever still in our universe. Galaxies are flying away from each other, planets circle their suns and here on earth, continents grow apart and even molasses flows, if very, very slowly. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with science writer BOB BERMAN about his wonderful new book about “natural activity in all its forms”: ZOOM: HOW EVERYTHING MOVES.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Jeff Duquette, a partner with the Westboro law firm of Dingman, McInnes & McLane, LLP, which specializes in intellectual-property law. They talk about the business of IP law.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Jeff is a board member of 90.5 WICN.

As the Data Center Journal wrote, in part one of a two-part series, in 2013, “Big data; security; the cloud; outsourcing. These are all hot topics in IT today, and they all focus on applications of technology to meet various needs. But another topic that is increasingly garnering headlines is intellectual property — particularly, in the case of IT, patents.”

As the Data Center Journal continued, in part two, “To get a revealing and sometimes humorous look at intellectual property today, run an Internet search for ‘patent infringement case.’ A solid portion of the hits are likely to involve technology giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others, many of whom constantly sue each other (and smaller companies) over transgressions of their IP portfolios. The amount of money spent on legal fees—to say nothing about awards when cases are judged—is staggering. But should this money be spent hiring lawyers and paying supposed damages when it could be spent on innovation? Or is the money spent on litigation necessary to protect innovation?”

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 10:30pm

This week Al is joined by Jonathan W. Jordan, New York Times bestselling author.  His new book AMERICAN WARLORDS:  How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. He will be discussing  how a president and his inner circle of wartime leaders overcame deep personal differences to lead their nation to victory.  Jordan offers a vivid portrait of four extraordinary Americans in the eye of war's hurricane. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30.

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Temperley’s has led an illustrious career, spanning several decades. Temperley, now 85, has performed with the orchestras of Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, and most notably, Duke Ellington, as well as in the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies. For the past 25 years, Temperley has been the heart and soul of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. On this episode of Jazz Night in America, we get to know the man himself and hear his new arrangements of Ellington favorites as well as his original music.

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 7:00pm

Be a Pip for the evening and sing background vocals to soul classics like "I heard it Through The Grapevine,"  "Friendship Train" and, of course, "Midnight Train to Georgia." Join host Tom Shaker to celebrate this 4-time Grammy award winner's birthday. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 6:00pm

Director Tim Johnson, of DreamWorks Animation, talks about his feature film, "Over the Hedge" and the importance of music in animation.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 6:00pm

At DreamFarm we love eclectic jazz influences but there is nothing quite like Classic trio jazz to bring you home to a happy listening place.

And these guys do it with such finesse that it is fresh and new, especially since they write original trio music and have released 2 new albums of it.

After many years of playing, recording and writing, these fellows truly shine and it was such fun to have them at the farm. I was taken to new heights as they backed me up on my own trio jazz tune “Velvet Arms of Midnight.” Thank you, Steve, Bruce and Jack.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:00pm

In honor of Memorial Day, songs by and about those gone but not forgotten. We’ll hear from artists like Burl Ives, Doug Kwartler, Joan Baez, Kim & Reggie Harris, Pete Seeger, and many others, remembering those who served in so many different ways and are now no longer with us.

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 9:00am

Tune in as host Brian Barlow chats with Leila Dunbar. Dunbar is the founder and owner of Leila Dunbar Appraisals and Consulting LLC. She has been a participating appraiser on the PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" since 1996 and is a former SVP and Director of Collectibles at Sotheby's Auction House from 1999-2008.

She was a jazz host on WICN for 7 years (1991-1998). She is back in town and back on the air this Friday. Don't miss this special edition of Mid-Morning Jazz!

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight’s guest on Inquiry, writer and attorney MOLLY GUPTILL MANNING has written one of the most unexpected histories of World War II: WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR: THE STORIES THAT HELPED US WIN WORLD WAR II. This is the history of the Armed Services Editions: specially printed books specifically designed for our fighting men to carry into combat. Tune in and learn about this amazing history of our GIs love of reading while in the European and Pacific theatres of war, what they read and how it changed their lives.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with entomologist, author, lecturer and photographer ARTHUR V. EVANS about his monumental field guide BEETLES OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA. Beetles are ubiquitous, and account for fully one fifth of all plant and animal life. They come in a mind-blowing variety of shapes, sizes and colors. And they have some unusual behavior too. Tune in and learn about beetles that decorate with dung, use chemical weapons and joust with rivals. All species found here in New England.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Democratic State Senator Jamie Eldridge of Acton, and Jim O’Reilly, director of public policy for the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. They talk about the Kinder Morgan natural-gas-pipeline project known as Northeast Energy Direct. This episode aired originally on February 15, 2015.

As reported in a December 5th Boston Globe article titled In face of opposition, company to reroute gas pipeline, “Stung by intense local opposition to a proposed natural-gas pipeline winding through western and central Massachusetts, a Houston energy company said … that it will pursue an alternative route that bypasses many Massachusetts communities by veering north and shooting across southern New Hampshire.

“Kinder Morgan … said much of the alternative path would follow existing rights-of-way along utility lines in the two states, meaning it would cross fewer residential properties and undeveloped lands. Kinder Morgan plans to file the new route … with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has final say on gas pipelines in New England.

“Kinder Morgan officials said that 14 Massachusetts towns along the northern tier of the state, from Dracut to Northfield, will no longer be in the pipeline’s path. But the pipeline would cross four new Massachusetts towns - Cheshire, Hancock, Lanesborough, and Shelburne - and a southern stretch of New Hampshire.”

As the Globe article continued, “To meet the region’s growing demand for natural gas, Kinder Morgan previously sought to build a 127-mile pipeline stretching from Richmond near the New York border, across Massachusetts’ northern spine to a transmission hub in Dracut, about 30 miles from Boston. Kinder Morgan’s original multibillion-dollar plan aimed to tap abundant, inexpensive natural gas from Eastern shale fields, to help ease a shortage here blamed on inadequate pipeline capacity.

“That shortage has led to skyrocketing electric rates this winter in Massachusetts since most power plants use natural gas to generate electricity. The company hopes to have the pipeline operating by late 2018.”

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 10:30pm

In recent decades, America has been waging a veritable war on fat in which not just public health authorities, but every sector of society is engaged in constant “fat talk” aimed at educating, badgering, and ridiculing heavy people into shedding pounds. We hear a great deal about the dangers of fatness to the nation, but little about the dangers of today’s epidemic of fat talk to individuals and society at large. The human trauma caused by the war on fat is disturbing—and it is virtually unknown. This week Al speaks with Harvard professor and author Susan Greenhalgh,  in her new book,  Fat-Talk Nation, she tells the story of today’s fight against excess pounds by giving young people, the campaign’s main target, an opportunity to speak about experiences that have long lain hidden in silence and shame. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

Education activist and Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University, Mark Naison, discusses the history and cultural significance of jazz.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 7:00pm

A variety of folk and folk-style tracks, along with music from special live guests Ari Charbonneau, Blackstone Cull, Grant Kelly and more, looking ahead to the Take Back Your Health Benefit Concert on June 6.  
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