You are here

what's happening at WICN...

Support for wicn.org comes from...

Programming Highlights

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 4:00pm

The band iiii (pronounced Four) is a quartet that not only plays together, they compose together.  Pianist, composer, teacher and Brubeck Institute Fellow Paul Bloom talks with Bonnie Johnson about the collective inspirations and journeys of iiii music and their debut album "iiii" which features vocalist Laila Smith, bassist Connor Schultze and drummer Jeremy Dutton. Tune in at 4pm-EST.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with James Dempsey, writer and instructor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His new book is a fascinating biography titled The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer. Scofield Thayer was born in Worcester and became the owner and editor of The Dial magazine, the premiere showcase for modernist writers and artists like Picasso, E. E. Cummings, T. S. Eliot and James Joyce. But Thayer was a complex and troubled man. An uneasy mix of “the Victorian and the libertine”, he believed in free love despite being married. He went under analysis with Freud in Vienna but spent his remaining decades suffering from mental illness. Then there is the story of the Dial Collection that resided at the Worcester Art Museum for decades, but is there no longer. To find out why, tune in.

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively and wide-ranging conversation with psychotherapist, writer and artist Donna Hamil Talman. Her fascinating work deals with themes of transformation, purification, destruction and regeneration. Her website is: http://www.donnahamiltalman.com/

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of  The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Mark Shepard, CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises, founder and president for Restoration Agriculture Institute, and author of Restoration Agriculture. They talk about developing and maintaining self-renewing gardens. This episode aired originally on December 12, 2013.

Over the years at its Winter Conference, the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers. They have included Karen Washington of Just Food - whom Steve interviewed nearly two year agos, prior to the 2013 Winter Conference - as well as other thoughtful leaders in the food movement. 

The 2014 Winter Conference, held last January 11 at Worcester State University, offered a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, exhibits by numerous regional vendors, and an all-day seminar and keynote by Mark Shepard,  a perennial-agriculture and permaculture design expert. The Massachusetts native designs self-renewing gardens in Wisconsin.

Shepard runs New Forest Farm, a 106-acre perennial-agricultural forest that  is considered by many people to be one of the most ambitious sustainable-agriculture projects in the U.S. Shepard, who also has experience in water conservation and land restoration, questions the easy availability of future staple crops - particularly in urban population centers.

Around the globe, most people get their calories from annual agriculture - plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. 

Shepard’s book explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs - in our own backyard, farm or ranch. His book, which is based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:30pm

In his new book Foreign Correspondent H.D.S. Greenway shares extraordinary tales of his brilliant career as a war correspondent reporting from the front lines for over five decades, his insights into the changing nature of journalism, and the overarching lessons he has drawn from America’s recent foreign military ventures.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear how reporting the news has changed.

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

On this episode, we welcome drummer Ali Jackson and vibraphonist/multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf - who got interested in jazz at a tender age and was brought up to excel in other music genres under the guidance of his father.

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Singer, songwriter, actor, the voice of "Chef" on South Park, Isaac Hayes did it all, and then some. Along with David Porter he wrote classic songs for Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas & Mable John. Celebrate his life and music with host Tom Shaker this Monday night. It all starts at 7PM!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:00pm

Jazz pianist John Sheridan discusses his years playing with Jim Cullum's Band on the radio show "Live From the Landing" and his thoughts on being a great ensemble player.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

Miller is a two-time Grammy winner and the composer/producer of ten critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums. He has helped with other albums, performances, compositions and productions - in the company of some of the world's most respected and accomplished players and superstars from the mid 70's to the present.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Quickly establishing himself as an up-and-coming bassist on the jazz and world music scene, Ehud Ettun has performed at various prominent places and has collaborated with some famous artists; such as, Danilo Perez, Anat Cohen, George Garzone and so forth.

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back Cary Ginell, award-winning writer, jazz historian and discographer. His new book is the next volume in the Hal Leonard Jazz Biography Series: The Evolution of Mann: Herbie Mann and the Flute in Jazz. Tune in and learn about Herbie Mann’s amazing and varied career and his interests in world music from Afro-Cuban Jazz to Brazilian Jazz and Bossa Nova to Middle Eastern Music and even Japanese music. Herbie Mann may not have been the first jazz flute player but he was the first jazz musician to specialize in the flute and he brought his music around the world.

Tonight Inquiry welcomes Hisham D. Aidi, a lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University. His important new book is titled Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. “Music is a powerful lens through which to view the identities and movements emerging in Muslim communities.” Writes Hisham D. Aidi in the introduction to this complex and fascinating history. Be sure to tune in.

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ray Raphael (shown,right), author of The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and ConcordJoining him toward the end of the interview, is Bill Wallace (shown,left) , executive director of the Worcester Historical Museum. They talk about the Worcester Revolution of 1774. This episode aired originally on April 20, 2014.

Over the last decade Ray Raphael has emerged as one of our leading writers on the birth of the United States. In 2001, his acclaimed People’s History of the American Revolution widened history’s lens to include those not generally present in tales of our nation’s founding. In 2002, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord led to marked rethinking about the Revolution’s beginnings in academic circles. In 2004, Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past established new standards for future renderings of our nation’s birth.

Five years later, in 2009, Ray incorporated his work into an original synthesis featuring seven diverse characters, titled Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation. And in 2011, he was asked to create another broad synthesis for a different audience, titled The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Founding Fathers and the Birth of Our Nation.  Also in 2011, with Gary Nash and Alfred Young, he co-edited a book of biographical essays from 22 noted scholars, titled Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation.

The  next year, 2012,Ray focused on the historical context of the Constitution, with the publication of Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive. And in 2013, he set the historical record straight – and sounded the call for reasoned, evidence-driven discussions and interpretations – regarding our founding document, with the publication of Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right .

On March 13, Ray visited the Worcester Historical Museum to give a talk as part of the Museum’s Worcester Revolution of 1774 celebration. The recognition of Worcester County’s role in the American Revolution began last fall and runs through September 7, 2014. It includes activities across the cultural and historical organizations of Worcester and the 37 towns that participated in the Worcester Revolution of 1774.

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:30pm

In her new book The Invisible Soldiers best selling author Ann Hagedorn tells the urgent story of the privatization of America’s national security and the dramatic rise of a bold new industry of private security contractors. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30PM to hear her analysis of a new military reality.

Of Interest

Shop and Support

AmazonSmile Ad

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WICN Public Radio Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits.

Join

Become a Member Now

Can't remember the last time you gave? Time to become a SUSTAINER!!

Your ongoing monthly donation will ensure your membership never expires.

CLICK HERE  to join now.

Thanks!

Sponsor

Underwriter of the Week

Complete event services and concert management for the Boston area jazz scene.

www.htproductions.com/