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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Join host Chet Williamson as he welcomes to the studio, pianist Yoko Miwa. A regular performer in the Boston area, you can catch the Yoko Miwa Trio at Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, November 13th at 8pm.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

This week on DreamFarm Radio, singer/songwriter Joy Mover will be in the studio. This Boston native has the ability to transcend eras, styles and key elements. Having lived in Miami for periods of her life, an interesting blend of Salsa incorporates a Latin flair into her music. Off of her self-titled debut album Joy Mover, eclectic tunes such as "Have You Ever Loved?" showcase her Miami influences.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:00pm

Listen to the works of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Shel Silverstein, Linda McCarthy; also Edgar Allen Poe, Alfred Noyes, and Rudyard Kipling (as interpreted by Phil Ochs and others)….and much, much more, including a few surprises! For hours of great music with host Nick Noble, and an on-air interview with Canadian poet and songwriter Bruce Cockburn.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:00pm

Insects are all around us in a myriad of forms. Some people fear insects. Others hate them. But many of the people of the world eat them. And why not?  Insects are tasty, nutritious and a great source of fat and protein. Furthermore, raising insects for consumption is much more environmentally friendly than raising any other meat. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Marcel Dicke, Professor of Entomology at Wageningen University and a Rhodes Professor at Cornell University. He has co-written a book the beautifully promotes entomophagy: the eating of insects titled The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet. Tune in for some tips on the best ways to cook a locust.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome artist Jessica Gath. Her works include beautiful paintings, self-portraits and wonderful performance pieces that often involve the audience. Tune in and learn about the smallest cake in the world, the legendary French-Off and The World-Famous Secretary.

Sunday, November 2, 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 Paul Collyer of BA Event Promotions and John Giangregorio of the Canal District Alliance. They talk about The 2014 Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival. This episode aired originally on June 15, 2014.

The mission of Paulie's New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival is to provide quality New Orleans and Louisiana jazz, blues, country, funk and zydeco music and food within an urban setting. Or, as Paul Collyer states on his BA Event Promotions website: "New Orleans & Louisiana at the street curb on a stick."

The Festival first took place in 2008, at the current site behind John & Son's II – a.k.a. John & Son's Urban Fairgrounds – on Chandler Street. Its birth was a direct result of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that takes place every year during the last week in April and first week of May in New Orleans. And that was started, as Paul Collier likes to note, “by a couple of city guys looking for something to do one weekend.”

This year, Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival moved partway across town to Worcester’s historic Canal District, where it took place on June 20, 21 and 22.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 10:30pm

According to officials, Ebola can be contained here in the U.S., but the same cannot be said of West Africa. Why should Americans care? Because if Ebola is not stopped soon over there, it’s likely to have a cascading effect, not only claiming more lives, but also destroying entire economies. Doctors and nurses will continue to die, leaving the populace to care for itself. Panic will lead to the disruption of agriculture, commerce, and civil order. In fact, relief workers in some areas are already being physically assaulted, even killed. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al speaks with Robert Walker of the Population Institute about this global issue.

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 6:00pm

This year, Blue Note Records turns 75. To celebrate, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center hosted a two-hour concert featuring some of Blue Note’s living legends and rising stars. From the early years with Alfred Lion to Bruce Lundvall’s revitalization, Blue Note Records has remained one of the most iconic labels in jazz. On Jazz Night in America, we’ll hear highlights from the stage at the Kennedy Center and discuss the label’s influence with Michael Cuscuna, Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard, and Dianne Reeves. Jason Moran is guest host.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

We revisit Judy’s conversation with the late Skitch Henderson about his Hollywood years with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and his long career with the NBC Orchestra and the Tonight Show.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Maybe a year ago, host Nick Noble was challenged to see just how many songs he could play in four hours. Without cheating (all station IDs, underwriting spots, calendar events, and listener shout-outs were covered) the total was 97 songs. Well, now the new challenge is to play as few songs as possible in four hours without cheating (at least 50 minutes of music has to be played every hour). So we’ll hear Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean, Mary McCaslin, Jamie Brockett, and a handful of others. Can we shoot for 30 songs or less? 25? 20? Tune in and find out!

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes Linda Przybyszewski, Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Her new book is The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish. For much of the Twentieth Century a group of woman called “The Dress Doctors” , followed the lead of the Arts and Crafts Movement and through classes and books, taught women dressmaking, clothes budgeting and the fundamentals of style: harmony, rhythm, balance, proportion, and emphasis. They encouraged women to dress for success in the workplace and aimed to turn women into creators not shoppers. Tune in and learn about this little known, but fascinating history of fashion in America and why women’s hats need to make a comeback.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with author and illustrator Annette Cate LeBlanc about her entertaining and informative new book for young readers: Look Up! Birdwatching in Your Own Backyard. Tune in and find out how Annette got interested in birds and how she crams so much onto every page. This is one of the best books in a long time that teaches young people how to observe and draw the natural world around them!

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Jazz musicians find inspiration in many things; Himalayan art is not typically one of them. Jazz Night in America visits the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City to hear interviews and live performances by each of the 5 young finalists for the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellowship. Hear what inspires Jazz Music's most promising young talent, from Cole Porter to Mandalas to fish.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs from Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Sara Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, and more, as we celebrate the First Family of Folk, along with an on-air interview with Sara Lee and Johnny. Check it out!

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

Miguel Zenon, the prolific Puerto Rican saxophonist and composer, visits his old stomping grounds in the Bronx and discusses his newest album, Identities Are Changeable. Jazz Night in America recorded this unique work live from the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:00pm

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Munisteri talks about drawing on jazz and western swing for his unique approach to playing and composing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (more TBA)

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

A postcard from a two-day celebration of Henry Threadgill, one of the world’s leading avant-garde composers and arrangers. The concert is curated by pianist Jason Moran and features dozens of performers, from those who played in Threadgill’s various ensembles to members of a new generation of admirers. On Jazz Night in America, we’ll share highlights.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

Catherine has enjoyed a long career as a back up singer with everyone from David Bowie to Jackson Browne but is now focusing on the music of her father, Luis Russell, who was music director for Louis Armstrong and led his own bands in the 20′s and 30′s. Catherine discusses her love of New Orleans music and early jazz and what it means to come to this music at this stage of her career.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

A pre-recorded show for Thanksgiving night, featuring songs about songs and singing… Happy Turkey Day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

German boogie-woogie pianist Axel Zwingenberger and American vocalist Lila Ammons (opera singer and granddaughter of pianist Albert and niece of saxophonist Gene) talk about working together, in spite of their very different cultural and musical backgrounds.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Including old favorites and songs from CDs newly arrived in the station. Always a good time!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 6:00pm

Novelist E. L. Doctorow (Ragtime, The Book of Daniel) was first introduced to jazz through his father who owned a record store in the thirties and helped John Hammond build his early record collection.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 7:00pm

Four hours of holiday recordings in the folk tradition, part of the WICN end-of-year membership drive.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

Tony Award winning director/lyricist Richard Maltby discusses his Fats Waller inspired play “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, his screenwriting, and how jazz influences everything he creates.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

Broadcasting live from the WICN Performance Studio, featuring a lineup of talented local artists (TBA).

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

80-years young, Marilyn performs with energy a 40-year-old would envy and a talent that Johnny Carson honored a record 70 times on his “Tonight Show”.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

Listen to a full-length program of Jazz Inspired, featuring British film director Roger Michell (Notting Hill).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

The comedian Chevy Chase talks about jazz and comedy and his own Bill Evans-influenced piano playing.

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