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Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and editor DAVID FRANCE about the horrific AIDS epidemic that struck the United States in the 1980s. France arrived in New York in the late 1970s and was on the scene as close friends died painfully all around him while the government seemed not to care. His account of those grim years is the book we will talk about tonight: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE: THE INSIDE STORY OF HOW CITIZENS AND SCIENCE TAMED AIDS.


Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and experimental filmmaker EVA LEE about her new performance work DUAL BRAINS which investigates neural interactions via EEG head gear with real-time readouts of performer’s brains. This is an amazing work that combines neuroscience with an artistic desire to understand consciousness and the self.

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Satya Mitra, co-founder, along with his wife, Sheema Mitra, of JoyGuru Humanitarian Services, a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit they founded last year. They talk about JoyGuru’s mission to provide inspirational-storytelling speaking engagements that ignite people to do good and be good for the community at large in their businesses, organizations and lives. This episode aired originally on April 16, 2017.

Satya also owns and operates the for–profit Guru Tax & Financial Services, which is based in Worcester. And, he is past president of the Rotary Club of Worcester, and is an assistant governor of Rotary District 7910. Through his efforts, District 7910's Million Dollar Journey to raise $1 million in donations or pledges for The Rotary Foundation, which began only nine months ago, has already met – and exceeded - that goal. The new goal, to meet by June 30, 2018, is $2 million. Rotary International gave its various districts two to three years to meet their million-dollar goals.

Satya admits to being a theatrical actor at heart, which is what he dreamed of being while growing up. One of his sons, Alingon Mitra, is a professional stand-up comic.  Making his television debut on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Alingon finished first in the public vote five weeks in a row to win the comic-comeback contest and perform on the finale.

Watch Satya receive District 7910's 2016-2017 Rotarian of the Year Award.

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 10:30pm

With the death of Muhammad Ali in June, 2016, the media and America in general have remembered a hero, a heavyweight champion, an Olympic gold medalist, an icon, and a man who represents the sheer greatness of America. New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville goes deeper, with a fascinating chronicle of a story that has been largely untold. In his new book; Sting Like a Bee Montville centers on the cultural and political implications of Ali’s refusal of service in the military—and the key moments in a life that was as high profile and transformative as any in the twentieth century. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by former Boston Globe reporter, Leigh Montville.

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

Buster Williams, once a sideman renowned for his work with Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Jimmy Heath, Betty Carter, and others, now leads his own groups under the name “Something More.” Of this title, Williams says: “Music should be an experience. It shouldn’t be something that’s understood by mathematics or by categories. The objective is to always give the audience something more.” While the members of Something More rotate from project to project, their individual and collective standards of performance – as well as their long, diverse lists of musical accomplishments and collaborations – never falter. For this performance, the revered bassist brings Steve Wilson, George Colligan, and Lenny White to the stage.

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we wind down the holiday weekend with some of the best Soul dance tunes ever! Move the table to the side, roll up the rug and GET DOWN!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Judy performs with and interviews Grammy winning guitarist onstage at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN and discusses John’s career highlights from touring with Elton John to playing with Bonnie Raitt to his duo gigs early in his career with Judy!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 3:00pm

Host Al Dean will be joined by Mark White and Arnie Krakowski to discuss their upcoming album celebrating the life and music of David Pell. Pell died two weeks ago at the age of 91, he was a prolific saxophonist and band leader. The album is due out in the fall and features several Boston musicians including Kenny Hadley, Jon Garniss, Rick Hammett, Ken Reir, Mark Poniatowski, and Scott deOgburn.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

host Nick Noble will play old favorites, tracks from CDs newly arrived at the station, songs for Memorial Day week, and more! The show will also feature an interview with Leda Schubert, author of the brand new children’s book Listen! How Pete Seeger Got America Singing, along with a selection of Pete Seeger recordings. Four hours of great music: tune in and enjoy!

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 9:00pm

The glass armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin and it was his life-long companion. The beautiful ethereal sounds made by this strange musical instrument was thought to cure ills and, later, to cause musicians to go mad. It’s history is every bit as odd as the armonica. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with COREY MEAD, associate professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York about his wonderful history ANGELIC MUSIC: THE STORY OF BEN FRANKLIN’S GLASS ARMONICA.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Neverland and that ticking crocodile. We welcome back ALLISON B. KAVEY, history professor at CUNY’s John Jay College and LESTER D. FRIEDMAN, chair of the Media Society Program at Hobart and William Smith College. They edited, and contributed papers to the collection SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT: PETER PAN IN THE POPULAR IMAGINATION.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America presents the music of trombonist J. J. Johnson curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner. Gardner invites his section partner Elliot Mason to tackle material from the "Jay and Kai” project, which featured trombonist Kai Winding. We hear from both Gardner and Mason about what made this project so special. Also, Jazz Night in America pulls back the curtain on  Johnson, the composer, courtesy of archival interview tape provided by biographer Joshua Berrett and we learn about Johnson, the man, from Carolyn Johnson who was Johnson’s wife from 1992 until his death in 2001.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 10:00pm

Tonight we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SUMMER OF LOVE. So let’s split for the coast, hang out at a pad on “the Haight” and catch “The Plane” and do some Owsley Purple. All night we will celebrate the rock music from the San Francisco area of the late 60s but also listen to the music of 1967 from the rest of the States and Britain. So put a flower in your hair and wear your love like heaven and let’s all get groovy.

Host: Uncle “tune in, turn on and drop out” Mark

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Mike Karn started his career as a saxophonist, touring with Harry Connick, Jr., Ray Charles and others, but is now one of the busiest bass players in jazz.  He discusses this shift in focus with Judy and his new gig as the bassist in John Pizzarelli's band.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

On this special edition, host Nick Noble will welcome six local New England artists to the WICN Performance Studio for a LIVE SUMMER SHOWCASE. Enjoy the talents of old friends and new--Colette O'Connor, Rick Drost, Kala Farnham, Eric "Spike" Gulliksen, Lydia Fortune, and Michael Guttierez-May-- either from home (streaming live or on the air) or as a member of our live studio audience. There may be a surprise or two as well.

WICN and THE FOLK REVIVAL support local artists and we are always striving  to keep the music alive, bringing you wonderful singers and terrific songs that are hard to find anywhere else.

Listen and support WICN and THE FOLK REVIVAL on June 15!

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