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Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:30pm

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Singer Michelle Cruz joins the Johnny Badessa Big Band for "Unforgettable: Big Band Tribute - the music of Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole" and talks with Bonnie Johnson about her upcoming performance at the Pawtucket Arts Festival on Sunday, Sept 7th.

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.

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 6:00pm

Postwar America saw the hard edges of bebop segue to "the cool." The music bewitched baritone sax man Gerry Mulligan, and it enchanted classically-trained pianist John Lewis; both became pioneers of this sophisticated style. Pianist Jonathan Batiste and baritone saxophone master Joe Temperly join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to make "the cool" all new. The set includes Django, Delawny’s Dilemma, and Animal Dance.

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Labor Day with great soul & funk songs about work. From the hardest working man in show business, James Brown, to “Working on a Chain Gang” with Sam Cooke, end your holiday weekend with some classic soul. It all starts at 7pm this Monday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

Classical and jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini discusses how both approaches influence his playing and continue to inspire his recording projects.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 4:00pm

Tune in this afternoon where, during the 5 o'clock hour, Chet Williamson will be interviewing Gwenn Vivian - local jazz artist and the owner of Acton Jazz Cafe.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:00pm

The featured artist this week is jazz pianist and bandleader Bill O'Connell, who has worked with highly acclaimed artists such as Sonny Rollins and Chet Baker.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

Join host Julie Lavender as she turns our attention toward 7-string jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin who has appeared on over fifty records, one of which was even with rock-guitarist J. Geils.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Following in the footsteps of a proud folk tradition: four hours of songs celebrating labor and the labor movement, with special guest co-host Tom Beardsley

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 4:00pm

Join us at 4pm for a live broadcast from the WICN performance studio on this special edition of Colors of Jazz. 

Singer/songwriter and poet, Offiong Bassey brings her African soul, jazz, and gospel flavor to the airwaves with her band. Offiong will talk with host Bonnie Johnson about her latest projects and upcoming concert at Scullers Jazz Club, Wednesday, September 24th at 8pm.

http://www.offiongbassey.com/

International jazz pianist, composer, and educator Hey Rim Jeon will also perform in this live studio session with her "unique brand of Korean influenced jazz-fusion". Hey Rim is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and currently serving as assistant professor in the Piano Department.

http://www.jazzjeon.com/

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Russ Davis, executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, which partners with Raise Up Massachusetts. They talk about providing an increased minimum wage and earned sick time to Bay State workers. This episode aired originally on December 15, 2013.

In 1912, Massachusetts passed the first minimum-wage law in the U.S. – after workers in Lawrence went on strike and won higher wages. In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing a national minimum wage and guaranteeing basic rights to workers.

The Bay State’s minimum wage has been stuck at $8 an hour since 2008, yet costs keep rising – and workers are long overdue for a raise. For nearly 1 million workers in Massachusetts, staying home to care for themselves or a sick child could mean losing their job.

A 2012 Economic Policy Institute report analyzed three federal-minimum-wage proposals: $10.10, $9.00, and $9.80 an hour. The EPI report concluded that by increasing the minimum wage in Mass. to $10 per hour, more than half a million Bay State workers would benefit from the raise, and create thousands of new jobs.

 

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 10:30pm

New research tells us that our relationships are critical to our survival. Chatting with friends over a meal or taking a morning walk with a neighbor serve important biological functions. Our era of constant digital connection is also one of increasing social isolation - Facebook depression. Research shows that without sustained social interaction, the human brain may become as impaired as one that has incurred a traumatic head injury. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30pm when Al speaks with developmental psychologist and author Susan Pinker. Her new book, The Village Effect affirms the importance of a real social network and provides principles for creating your own village.

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