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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.

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 2:00pm

Join Ed Gardella on this Friday's edition of Standard Time for his annual Independence Day salute to America. Show will include songs that have a city or state in the title and some very special music honoring our nation’s 240th birthday.

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 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter and music director Kenny Rampton honors his former bandleader, Ray Charles, by presenting a band full of his alumni, faithful recreations of actual Ray Charles sets and charts that are transcribed from Ray’s original tour music.

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 7:00pm

Get ready to do the Boogaloo, The Cool Jerk, the Mashed Potato and don't forget the Hustle, to name just a few! Join host Tom Shaker as we close out the holiday weekend with a spectacular soul dance party! It all starts at 7pm!

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 - 6:00pm

Cellist Catherine Bent and vocalist/guitarist Elis Roseira met in the deep of a New England winter and discovered they were both under the spell of Brazilian music. Their music is truly a taste of the sun. It’s a blend, European Dance Music African rhythms and Brazilian Jazz sounds.

Featuring:

Catherine Bent/Cello
Elis Roseira/Guitar and Voice

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.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR+Best Rate of Climb interviews Dante Comparetto and Martha Assefa, co-owners of Pure Juz. They talk about Why we should support locally owned businesses.

Located in Worcester, Pure Juz is a locally owned and socially responsible juice bar committed to providing the community with the freshest fruit and vegetable juice blends possible. Juices are made fresh from locally sourced produce where possible.

Pure Juz is unique in that it adheres to socially responsible business practices by purchasing produce from many local farms and utilizing services from other local businesses to recycle money in the local community in order to support economic development. Energy is produced from renewable energy and a minimal amount of waste is produced from the business. The juice byproduct is given to local farms for composting and feedstock.

Pure Juz says it “strongly believes that the strength of Worcester depends on collaborative relationships between the business and non-profit communities.” It has created a partnership with the Worcester Parks Department to maintain the "Iron Bridge" at neighboring Elm Park. It also earmarks 3 percent of proceeds from every order of juice goes to support Elm Park Community School, a high-poverty school.

One of the owners, Dante Comparetto, also works as director of youth development with StandUp for Kids, a non-profit that supports homeless and at-risk youth, and intends to prioritize homeless and at-risk youth for hiring decisions. He and his partner, Martha Assefa, say they “truly believe that if every business adheres to socially responsible business practices, then we would have a stronger city.” They express hope that their business will “lead by example.”

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 10:30pm

Most Americans imagine the Civil War in terms of clear and defined boundaries of freedom and slavery: a straightforward division between the slave states of Kentucky and Missouri and the free states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kansas. However, residents of these western border states, Abraham Lincoln's home region, had far more ambiguous identities-and contested political loyalties-than we commonly assume. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and historian Chris Philips about his new book, The Rivers Ran Backward.

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. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 10:30pm

Recently the Greater Worcester Community Foundation  announced the awarding of $37,900 through the Leicester Savings Bank Fund that will help improve the quality of life for Leicester residents. This special grant is in honor of officer Ronald Tarentino who was recently killed while in  performing his duties as a police officer. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Leicester Police Chief, Jim Hurley who talks about the grant and the towns rallying around the family of the slain officer.

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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