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Programming Highlights

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 - 9:00pm

Singer, song writer Dale Lepage drops by Inquiry to talk about the release of his latest recording made with his band The Manhattans: Poet in the Dark. Tune in and listen to Dale’s wild and unexpected story of how he got to be where he is today, how he writes his songs and how the band creates the arrangements. Tune in and hear a bit of the new CD too.

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with artist, illustrator and cartoonist for The New Yorker (and other publications) Roz Chast. Her latest book is Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? This is an illustrated memoir of her parents declining health and eventual deaths. It is a book that is funny, touching, frightening and brutally honest about ageing and death as well as a wonderful remembrance of George and Elizabeth, her parents. Don’t miss this interview!

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.

Sunday, September 14, 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 Lisa Piehler (shown, center), executive director, and Elizabeth Wambui (shown, right), major-gifts associate, for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts and Diane Giampa (shown, left), vice president of human resources and marketing for Bay State Savings Bank, one of the sponsors of the local Red Cross chapter's 2014 Breakfast of Champions. This episode aired originally on January 19, 2014.

Last April, the American Red Cross of Central Mass. held its 2014 Breakfast of Champions. Each year, the Breakfast of Champions honors local people who have done remarkable things in the community. This annual signature event began as a way to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001. In the years since, it has grown into a celebration of the courage, kindness and unselfish character displayed by incredible people across Central Mass.

Past honorees include people who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or fellow man by saving a life or through community service.  Members of the community are invited to nominate a local hero for consideration.  Honorees will be selected by a committee of individuals from the local community, including former award recipients.

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