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Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with novelist and writer SIRI HUSTVEDT. She has a PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and is a lecturer in Psychiatry at the Weill Medical School of Cornell University. Her new book is A WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING A WOMEN: ESSAYS ON ART, SEX, AND THE MIND.

“Krazy Kat” by George Herriman was one of the most unique, visually creative, and surreal comic strips to ever adorn a commercial newspaper. Yet for decades it was not known that Herriman was an African American who “passed” for white and he never told anyone he was close with in the newspaper business. Tonight on Inquiry we talk about the wild life of George Herriman and the origins of the beloved Krazy Kat, Ignatz and Ofissa Pup and the whole crazy crew when we speak with writer MICHAEL TISSERAND. His new biography is titled: KRAZY: GEORGE HERRIMEN, A LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Winifred Octave and Waldir Cruz, co-founders of the Green Hill Neighborhood Association. They talk about taking back one’s city, one neighborhood at a time.

In his August 2016 Telegram & Gazette column, Clive McFarlene wrote of the newly refurbished Grant Square Park in Worcester’s Green Hill neighborhood, that the park project “captured the transformative power generated when concerted community activism finds a partner in city government. Without that partnership, it would be a dark and foreboding tale that we would perhaps be telling today about Grant Square Park and the community in which it lies.”

McFarlane continued, “We would have to mention that that part of the city seems to support more social-service facilities than it does small businesses. There are at least half a dozen such facilities close to the park. We would have to talk about the needles and other drug paraphernalia that littered the park, and we would have to talk about the lack of recreational opportunities for young people, and we would have to talk about the disillusionment of a community living with the sense that their lives are not valued by the city.”

For a number of years, McFarlane observed, that was how the story unfolded. But then, the community started rebelling against that status quo. The Green Hill Neighborhood Association, particularly through members Winifred Octave, who owns a home next to the park, and Deb Bolz, began pressing and working with neighbors and city and state officials in an attempt to arrest the neighborhood decline and create a more sustaining environment for families and children.

Because of that activism and reciprocal support from neighbors and public officials, McFarlane continued, the story now being told is one of a renovated park, outfitted with a basketball court, an expanded community garden, a children’s play area, and picnic tables. The renovation of the park has created an expanding wave of other quality-of-life improvements. Streets have been paved, and stronger relationships have been established with both the Worcester Police Department and the Department of Public Works. relationships have been established with both the Worcester Police Department and the Department of Public Works.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 10:30pm

Humility Is The New Smart, is a book about human excellence – how human beings can excel at the skills that smart machines and smart robots will not be able to do well in the next few decades. It is our Paul Revere’s ride – a call to action – the smart machines are coming and we humans must take our cognitive and emotional skills to a much higher level and this book puts forth a game plan of how to do that. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with University of Virginia professor and author, Ed Hess who wrote this book as a wake up call.

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

WICN's Northern Soul Connoisseur, Steve Moysey, returns for a 10th year anniversary of little heard, dance crazy soul gems!  It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

NEA Jazz Master winner, legendary drummer Chico Hamilton discusses starting the West Coast jazz sound in the early years of his career, his appearance in the film classic "Sweet Smell of Success" and why so many young musicians today can't swing.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Mozambican guitarist and singer Albino Mbie returns to DreamFarm with singer Isabel Novella who also hails from Mozambique. Together they share a rich blend of African sounds and jazz idioms. This week at the farm it's "Moz Jazz" and floating voices.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, the annual FOLK REVIVAL show on the eve of the annual Newport Folk Festival, featuring tracks from earlier festivals and songs from artists who will be at the 2017 Festival.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 9:00pm

Since Ancient Greece, people have been enthralled by orchids. Orchids were believed to have healing or magical properties. The 18 th Century mania for collecting and growing orchids in England supported numerous expeditions to the jungles of the world where hundreds and sometimes thousands of orchids were shipped home to affluent buyers. Darwin even wrote a book about orchids. And that’s just the beginning of the orchid story. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome JIM ENDERSBY. He is a reader in the history of science at the University of Sussex. His new book traces the wild and sometimes sexy history of humans and orchids: ORCHID: A CULTURAL HISTORY.

Some of the most beautiful and well-preserved fossils of prehistoric birds in the world have been found in the Jehol shale formations of China. Many of these Mesozoic fossils have even preserved the details of the feathers of these early toothed birds. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Dr. LUIS M. CHIAPPE, adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and vice president for research and collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where he directs the museums Dinosaur Institute. His new book, co-authored with Meng Qingin, is BIRDS OF STONE: CHINESE AVIAN FOSSILS FROM THE AGE OF DINOSAURS.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,”: Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Frank Callahan Jr., president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council. They talk about the present and future of America’s and the Bay State’s labor-union movements.

The Building Trades Council is a 96-year-old organization dedicated to helping working people improve their quality of life. It’s comprised of 74 locals representing more than 75,000 working men and women across the state.

For the unions represented by the Building Trades Council, the Council’s goal has been, and continues to be, improving the standard of living for construction workers and their families throughout the state. By achieving this goal, according to the Council, everyone benefits, including the Council’s members as well as employers, customers and, most importantly, the communities where Council members live and work.

Through the efforts of the Building Trades Council and its member unions, members receive the best training available, vital health-care coverage, and the security of pension and annuity benefits.

Employers, according to the Council, benefit through joint investments between labor and management in training current and future employees. This joint effort between contractors and member unions, the Council states, “benefits customers because with trained workers, the job is done right the first time.”

Communities in the Commonwealth are also benefiting, the Council adds, through union-outreach activities, which means that more women and minorities are getting the training they need to earn high wages with good benefits and good working conditions in the construction industry.

But most importantly, the Council continues, all of us benefit because building-trade members are active in their communities – whether assisting in the rehabilitation of a community center, raising funds for diabetes research, or sponsoring a Little League team. Last year alone, member locals of the Building Trades Council donated to more than 700 local charities and charitable events. In addition, its members have donated millions of dollars in volunteer labor to numerous charitable organizations and other community-building endeavors.

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 10:00pm

A New Wave Dance Party all night. So, break out that plastic skirt, unearth that skinny black tie, do something retro with your hair and don’t forget the cool sunglasses because we will be returning to those thrilling alt 80's and  dancing to the B52s, English Beat, Pigbag, General Public and many more!

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