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Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

International Jazz Day takes place each year on April 30th. Today we'll celebrate with special guest, NEA Jazz Master, vocalist, educator Sheila Jordan. On Friday, May 5, 2017 she performs two shows as headliner of the Thelonious Monkfish Jazz Festival accompanied by the Yoko Miwa Trio, then teaches a master class on Saturday. Posted by



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Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 9:00pm

What is a Blue Jay worth? Could a Mallard be crucial for the survival of an ecosystem? Do birds matter? Tonight on Inquiry we will attempt to answer these questions when we speak with DANIEL G. WENNY, landbird senior biologist at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and visiting research scholar at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. Joining him will be CHRISTOPHER J. WHELAN, visiting research associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a research affiliate at the Field Museum, Chicago. We will be discussing the collection of papers they edited: WHY BIRDS MATTER: AVIAN ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES.

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk rocket science, as well as satellite science and research launched from the Space Shuttle with retired scientist ROBERT E. HUFFMAN, Ph.D. His long career stretched from the Nixon administration to the Bush administration, during which time he worked on numerous projects including some associated with the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars”. His new memoir recounts what it was like to launch experiments into space all the while dealing with organizational politics, government funding and the tensions of the Cold War. His new book is ADVENTURES OF A STAR WARRIOR: COLD WAR ROCKET SCIENCE ON THE SPACE FRONTIER.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new ‘The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Skyllar Mullvaney, founder of the Horses and Heroes Foundation. They talk about the charitable business of honoring police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Based in Revere, the Horses and Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization that purchases and names horses after police officers who have been either slain in the line of duty or involved in a selfless and heroic act while on duty. To date, the Foundation has bought for $1,000 each and donated 17 such horses in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, Louisiana, Nevada and Virginia.

On Saturday, May 6 in Auburn, the Horses and Heroes Foundation will dedicate the naming of police horse “Tarentino Strong” in honor of fallen Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Officer Tarentino was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street, near Zabelle Avenue, in Auburn shortly after midnight on May 23, 2016. An occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him during as he approached the car, striking him multiple times. He was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him fled the scene, but was later located at an Oxford apartment building. As officers searched the apartment he was believed to have been hiding in they discovered a secret passage into an adjoining apartment. When the officers made entry into the second apartment the subject exited a closet and opened fire, wounding one Massachusetts State Police tactical team trooper before being killed.

Officer Tarentino had served with the Auburn Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Leicester Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:30pm

Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, code-named “MUSSEL,” flies over the Potomac River. As obvious as the presidential motorcade, the squadron is assumed by most people to be a travel perk for VIPs. They’re only half right: while the helicopters do provide transport, the unit exists to evacuate high-ranking officials in the event of a terrorist or nuclear attack on the capital. In the event of an attack, select officials would be whisked by helicopters to a ring of secret bunkers around Washington, even as ordinary citizens are left to fend for themselves. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and historian Garret Graff as he discusses his new book: RAVEN ROCK.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 11:00pm

Brian Vinik celebrates 100 episodes as host with a look back at some of our favorite songs and artists we've come to know and love! From lush film scores to worldly rhythms, tune in for this special musical journey.

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

For more than 30 years, the NEA has been horning some of the most significant living well established, seasoned jazz veterans. The folks who’ve earned their stripes, paid their dues. The first crop was in 1982 with Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sun Ra … the following year, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, and Kenny Clarke. This year, it’s writer Ira Gitler, vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Pianist Dick Hyman. Jazz Night in America salute this year's recipients with interviews with the artists and unearthed rare live recordings.

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

He's got numerous nicknames including "Mr. Dynamite" and "Soul Brother No. 1" and amazing songs like "Sex Machine" "Hot Pants" and "Get on the Good Foot." Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the birthdate of one of the architects of soul and funk music.

We also welcome back WICN's Northern Soul connoisseur Steve Moysey with an incredible playlist of little heard soul songs. The soul dance party starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:00pm

Tonight at 11PM, Uncle Mark will feature a musical salute to Darlene Love, who will be in concert May 7 at Hanover Theatre. Her amazing career began in the early 1960s singing hits like “He’s a Rebel” and “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” as well as singing back up for a long list of artists like the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, the Ronettes and the Crystals. Today she is still rocking and her newest album features songs written for her by Elvis Costello and Joan Jett.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott brings to life the many influences that fed the early musical scene in that most musical of cities. His original passion for ragtime came from his youth in St. Louis, but once in New Orleans, Tom put a scholarly zeal into studying his favorites-- James Booker, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, as well as into discovering the lesser-known musical gems that formed the sound of New Orleans.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

In this ethereal and lovely mélange of sound you will hear harp and voice, bass, flute, saxophone, clarinet and recorder. It’s an airy synergy of Jazz harmonies with modern pop music.


Allegra Cramer/Harp and Voice
Sagit Zilberman/Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder
Suji Kim/Bass

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

The first week in May features International Workers Day, so host Nick Noble will feature four hours of labor songs, topical songs, and songs of protest and reform. Tune in and sing along with sisters and brothers around the world.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:00pm

What happens in our brains when we first look at a Jackson Pollack drip painting or a Mark Rothko color-field work? Tonight we will talk with Nobel laureate ERIC R. KENDEL. He is University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Psychiatry at Columbia University and director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science. His new fascinating and beautiful book explores how the brain perceives and reacts to abstract works of art: REDUCTIONISM IN ART AND BRAIN SCIENCE: BRIDGING TWO CULTURES.

What do T-Rex, David Bowie, Alice Cooper and Lou Reed all have in common? Glam! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer SIMON REYNOLDS. He is the author of seven books about music and pop culture. Tonight we are talking about his latest: SHOCK AND AWE: GLAM ROCK AND ITS LEGACY, FROM THE SEVENTIES TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. So slip on something decadent put on “Jeepster” and listen!

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, producer and host Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dave Peterson, general manager of the two-time League Champion Worcester Bravehearts, who was named the Futures Collegiate Baseball League's Executive of the Year for the 2014 baseball season. They talk about how to survive – and thrive  - with a pro baseball team in Central Massachusetts.

The Bravehearts play a 56-game schedule between June and August. This season, their fourth, the Bravehearts will play 28 home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester. 

The Bravehearts are a member of the FCBL's West Division, which means fans get to see local divisional teams such as the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Bristol Blues, and Pittsfield Suns more often. The Bravehearts were the FCBL Champions in both 2014 - their very first season – and 2015. In 2016, they once again made it to the League Championship Series, but lost to the Nashua Silver Knights, three games to none in the best of-five series.

The Bravehearts strive to bring a full Minor League Baseball-like experience and memorable family experiences at affordable prices to Hanover Insurance Park. 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 enjoy a 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, May 7, 2017 - 10:30pm

In the 1950s, a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the gospel and Marxism. His congregation was racially integrated, and he was a much-lauded leader in the contemporary civil rights movement. Eventually, Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to northern California. He became involved in electoral politics, and soon was a prominent Bay Area leader.

In his new book, The Road To Jonestown best selling author, Jeff Guinn examines Jones’s life, from his extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent faith healing to the fraught decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to a settlement in the jungles of Guyana in South America. Guinn provides stunning new details of the events leading to the fatal day in November, 1978 when more than nine hundred people died—including almost three hundred infants and children—after being ordered to swallow a cyanide-laced drink. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Jeff Guinn.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Minneapolis based pianist, Rick Carlson, pursued a variety of careers before jumping in relatively late to become one of the finest musicians on the scene today. Rick Carlson’s love for Basie and joy in accompanying great singers enticed him to make music his primary focus and he is now one of the most in demand players in his beloved Minnesota and beyond.

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