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Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 9:00pm

Gerry Mulligan was a legendary composer, arranger, bandleader and baritone saxophonist. He was able to sit in with any musician because he could embrace all styles of jazz regardless of his specialty. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with writer, jazz historian and jazz journalist SANFORD JOSEPHSON about his new biography: JERU’S JOURNEY: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF GERRY MULLIGAN.

From 1969 to 1972, Howard Smith interviewed some of the most iconic musicians and cultural figures of the time and aired those fascinating interviews on his New York radio show. These interviews included luminaries like Lou Reed, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol and Jim Morrison. Smith talked with Janis Joplin just days before she died. Nobody knew what happened to the tapes of those interviews until very recently when they were rediscovered. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with filmmaker and sculptor EZRA BOOKSTEIN who has edited these interviews and gotten them published in THE SMITH TAPES: ROCK STARS AND ICONS: 1969-1972.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Mark Henderson and Fred Hurlbrink Jr., co-founders and co-owners of the Worcester Sun. They talk about the business and journalism of online news and information. This episode aired originally on February 7, 2016.
 
“Worcester.ma,” the digital home of the Worcester Sun, is a startup news organization dedicated to “providing the best journalism in Worcester. With more than 300 years of professional journalism experience, our contributors make sense of the news that matters to Worcester.”
 
The owners and operators of the Worcester Sun are Mark Henderson and Fred Hurlbrink Jr., who launched their business in August 2015 with the stated goal of “putting ‘local’ back in local journalism.” Both Mark and Fred live locally, so the Worcester Sun is locally owned – unlike the Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Magazine and GoLocalWorcester, among a growing number of other non-locally-owned local media – a trend that’s happening both here in Central Massachusetts and throughout the rest of America.
 
On the Worcester Sun website, Mark and Fred state, “We believe journalism supported by advertising only puts publishers in the position of searching for stories that gather the most clicks. Unfortunately, most of the time popularity and meaning are not the same.”

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:30pm

In his new book, The Boys in the Bunkhouse New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.
In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author, Dan Barry and hear how this tragic story unfolded.

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the musical legacy of a great soul trumpet player. Along with Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson formed the Memphis Horns and played, not only as part of the Stax house band, but also with the biggest rock and soul acts ever. The Memphis Horns were in high demand playing with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Otis Redding to Elvis, Neil Diamond and U2. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 4:00pm

Peter Eldridge visits Cassandre McKinley on this edition of "Standard Time". Peter is one-fourth of the pre-eminent jazz vocal group New York Voices, and an outstanding singer and composer in his own right. He'll perform live in-studio songs from his upcoming album "Disappearing Day" and talk about his life as a jazz headliner, teacher, mentor, and much more.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

British guitarist Sam Dunn discusses the challenges of the jazz scene in England and combining his equal passion for the music of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and English rock.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 6:00pm

Pianist Steve Hunt, throughout his career, has stayed true to an uncompromising vision of composing and performing Jazz music from his heart. Steve has continued to push himself technically, focusing on a musical style which is both challenging and meaningful. Steve's desire towards challenging himself is nowhere more evident than with his long time association with Allan Holdsworth, whose progressive and innovative style has helped Steve to further his own musical development. Steve continues to compose and study and grow. His technique is masterful and his music is tasteful and melodious. Truly. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

A Woody Guthrie tribute show, featuring songs by Woody sung by Woody and sung by others, along with one or two songs about Woody. With special guest co-host Charlotte Wood.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 12:00pm

Philadelphia native, pianist, composer, educator Kenny Barron talks with Bonnie Johnson about his career, latest trio album "Book Of Intuition" (Impulse, 2016), and world tour travel from Warsaw, Poland to Newport and home again.  Among numerous accolades, multi-GRAMMY nominated Barron was named NEA JAZZMASTER in 2010, pianist of the year six times by the Jazz Journalists Association and highlighted as WICN's Artist of the Month in June.  He plays Montreal Jazz Festival "many times in many formats, from solo to quintet" in their Invitation concert series July 3-5, 2016.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 9:00pm

Can you imagine checking out a genuine astronomical telescope from a local library? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JOHN ROOT of the Aldrich Society Inc and Coordinator of the Library Telescope Program all about this amazing program and how it works. 

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome RICHARD E. NOBLE, writer, educator and WICN host. His latest book is the truly monumental history THE ECHO OF THEIR VOICES: 150 YEARS OF ST. MARK’S SCHOOL. Tune in and learn about the founding and early years of this private school in Southborough, Massachusetts.
 

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR+Best Rate of Climb, interviews Dave Peterson, general manager of the Worcester Bravehearts, who was named the FCBL’s Executive of the Year for the 2014 baseball season. They talk about how to succeed with a pro baseball team in Central Mass. This episode aired originally on May 15, 2016.

The Bravehearts baseball team plays a 56-game schedule between June and August. This season, the Bravehearts are playing play 28 home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. They will host the annual FCBL All-Star Experience on July 13.

The Bravehearts are a member of the West Division of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, which means fans get to see local divisional teams such as the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Bristol Blues, and Pittsfield Suns more often. Should any of those teams qualify for the FCBL playoffs, those games will be staged from August 7 through14.

Now in their second year, the Bravehearts strive to bring great baseball and memorable family experiences at affordable prices to Hanover Insurance Park. The Bravehearts are the reigning champions of the FCBL and compete against nine other teams from around New England in stadiums that give fans a full Minor League-style experience.

Half of the Bravehearts players are local, meaning that they either grew up in Central Massachusetts or are currently playing baseball at a college or university in New England. Chances are that you'll see some familiar faces on the field when you come enjoy a Worcester Bravehearts baseball game!

The Bravehearts and Dirt Dawgs teams are the latest forays by Central Mass. into trying to sustain at least one baseball team at a time. The now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League played for eight seasons, from 2005 through 2012.

Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:30pm

The day after September 11, President Bush tasked the attorney general with preventing another terrorist attack on the United States. From that day forward, the Bush administration turned to the Department of Justice to give its imprimatur to activities that had previously been unthinkable—from the NSA’s spying on US citizens to indefinite detention to torture. Many of these activities were secretly authorized, others done in the light of day. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with law professor, author and Council on Foreign Relations member Karen Greenberg about her new book, ROGUE JUSTICE.

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 10:00pm

Featuring music about science, the future, atomic bombs, robots, outer space,aliens, math, machines, and time travel. With a special salute to THE PHENOMENAUTS! Be smart: tune in! With your host: UNCLE MARK.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Hilary Gardner discusses her debut CD celebrating New York, “A Great City” and her vocal trio “Duchess.”

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Celebrating 4th of July week and Independence day with songs about summer, summer around-the-campfire songs, and songs for Independence Day. A great opportunity to sing along at home or in the car.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 9:00pm

The Red Knot is a small shorebird that manages to migrate from it’s breeding grounds in the Arctic south to Tierra del Fuego. In between, it stops to eats at a few select coastal spots that have large numbers of horseshoe crabs laying eggs. Knot numbers are declining worldwide. The interrelationship of the knot and the horseshoe crab is one of the great stories of ecology and what is going on in the environment. Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is writer and natural historian DEBORAH CRAMER. Her new book is one of the great accounts of coastal ecology and the human impact on the environment: THE NARROW EDGE: A TINY BIRD, AN ANCIENT CRAB AND AN EPIC JOURNEY.

E. PAUL ZEHR, writer and professor at the University of Victoria returns to Inquiry to talk about his amazing and fun new book for young readers: PROJECT SUPERHERO. Part fiction, part real training guide and part examination of what it means to be a real hero, this book is like no other. Tune in and find out why.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

A fixture each year during the All-Star break, featuring plenty of baseball songs. We’ll be joined by special guest co-host Howie Newman, to bring listeners four hours of songs relating to our National Pastime. We’ll hear from Chuck Brodsky, John McCutcheon, the late Steve Goodman, Mabel Scott, John Fogerty, Kim and Reggie Harris, Howie himself, and many more. Even Abbott & Costello could make it into the lineup. Batter up!

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes JANE MAYER, staff writer for the New Yorker and award-winning journalist. She will be talking about her latest stunning and frightening book: DARK MONEY: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE BILLIONAIRES BHIND THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT. Tune in and learn how American elections are being bought by a select few interested only in maximizing their profits.  Don’t miss this show.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with MEGAN PUGH, teacher and writer on American art and culture. Her latest book is AMERICA DANCING: FROM THE CAKE-WALK TO THE MOON-WALK. Tune in tonight and learn about the first American dance craze and what Michael Jackson learned from James Brown and Bob Fosse. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, four hours of tracks from Newport Folk Festivals going back half-a-century and more, along with songs by artists who appeared at Newport back in the day.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 9:00pm

Imagine being a visual artist with a family and then getting the diagnosis that you have Parkinson’s Disease. PETER DUNLAP-SHOHL is an artist, and former cartoonist who has Parkinson’s and has written a powerful account of his coming to terms with a diagnosis that included the words: progressive, disabling and incurable. His graphic memoir is titled: MY DEGENERATION: A JOURNEY THROUGH PARKINSON’S. Peter also writes two blogs about living with Parkinson’s: “Frozen Grin” and “Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag.”

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer DEBBIE CLARKE MODEROW. She moved to Alaska from Connecticut and became interesting in racing sled dogs. Eventually she decided to enter the 1100 mile brutal course known as the Iditarod. Tune in and learn what it takes for dogs and humans to run this course in the depths of winter when temps well below zero are typical and the course conditions can vary unpredictably. Her book about her experiences is titled FAST INTO THE NIGHT: A WOMAN, HER DOGS, AND THEIR JOURNEY NORTH ON THE IDITAROD.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

Old favorites, songs from CDs recently arrived at the stations, tracks acquired from artists at this year’s Newport and New Bedford Folk Festivals, and more!

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 9:00pm

We live in a time of music plenty. Every kind of music is now available to us all the time. But how can we make sense of this insane amount and variety of Music? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with author and jazz and pop critic for the New York Times, BEN RATLIFF about his important new book: EVERY SONG EVER: TWENTY WAYS TO LISTEN IN AN AGE OF MUSICAL PLENTY.

The proposed Superconducting Super Collider was going to make the United States the premier research destination in high energy physics when it was proposed in the 1980s. It was the largest basic-science project ever attempted in this country and construction was started in Texas. But funding for the project was cut off by Congress in 1993, thus terminating the project and ending this country’s leadership in the field. What went wrong? Tonight we talk with historian and writer MICHAEL RIORDAN about his history (co-authored with Lillian Hoddeson and Adrienne W. Kolb) TUNNEL VISIONS: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SUPERCONDUCTING SUPER COLLIDER.

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