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Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, the annual FOLK REVIVAL Thanksgiving show (pre-recorded: host Nick Noble will be enjoying Thanksgiving with his family)

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 9:00pm

The life of a museum curator is not an easy one! Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back LANCE GRANDE, the Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History. His new book is titled CURATORS: BEHIND THE SCENES OF A NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.  This is a very entertaining account  of how Grande became a curator, and the people who influenced and helped him along the way as well as biographies of other curators at the museum, past and present.

Is the answer to global climate change for all of us to burrow underground? You may consider that option after listening to tonight’s guest: ANTHONY J. MARTINS. He is a professor at Emory University and is a paleontologist, geologist and one of the world’s most accomplished ichnologist. He has spent his life studying creatures past and present  that burrow. Did prehistoric  burrowing behavior help certain animals survive the great extinction events of the past? His new book is: THE EVOLUTION UNDERGROUND: BURROWS, BUNKERS, AND THE MARVELOUS SUBTERRANEON WORLD BENEATH OUR FEET. Did the Morlocks have the right idea? Tune in and see.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Chris Moulding, regional community marketing manager of Zipcar. They talk about the business of transporting people. This episode aired originally on July 16, 2017.

On June 28, Boston-based Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, announced a new partnership with the City of Worcester to bring its “wheels when you want them” membership service to area residents, businesses, visitors and students.  

Six Zipcars are now available for reservation by the hour or by the day in easily accessible locations downtown. The vehicles are parked in designated spots for convenient pick-up and drop-off and can be reserved in seconds on Zipcar’s mobile app, online or over the phone.

The Zipcar Worcester fleet features a variety of makes and models. Each reservation includes gas, insurance and 180 miles of driving per day.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 10:30pm

In the fall of 1941, mysterious letters appeared in the mailboxes of a select group of young women attending the Seven Sister colleges. Chosen for their aptitude in such subjects as math, English, history, foreign languages and astronomy, the women were invited to meet one-on-one with senior professors. At Wellesley, the students were asked unusual questions: Did they like doing crossword puzzles, and did they have imminent wedding plans? They didn't know it then but these women would go on to serve as code breakers for the United States during WW II thus intercepting crucial information that helped the allies win the war. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author Liza Mundy as she talks about her new book, CODE BREAKERS.

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

In this radio episode, Jazz Night in America takes you to a tribute concert honoring the late musician, whose soulful sound was more than just "smooth."

One way or another, you've heard Grover Washington Jr.'s saxophone. Perhaps on "Mister Magic" or another of his instrumental hits, like "Winelight." Or on "Just the Two of Us," the smash hit featuring Bill Withers. What Washington's sound represents is soul, plain and simple, though it's often been associated with another word: "smooth." A lot of musicians have some choice words to say about that, starting with Washington himself.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Two-time Tony winner, and Obie, Emmy and Drama Desk recipient, Andre DeShields broke out in the title role in The Wiz, followed by choreographing two shows for Bette Midler and then joining the cast in the original Broadway production of Ain’t Misbehavin’.  September 2017 he opened off Broadway with Ellen Burstyn in a jazz meets Shakespeare version of As You Like It at Classic Stage Company in Manhattan.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

A look at the music and careers of two folk duos and their bands: The Nields and Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight’s guest was rudely awakened one night when Saudi Arabian secret police came to arrest and jail her for just driving a car. MANAL AL-SHARIF is a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia. For her, driving a car was not an act of religious or political disrespect, it was just exercising what she saw as her right. But her  jailing caused a huge Saudi backlash. Her new book is an honest and at times chilling memoir of what it was like to grow up female in a repressive Saudi Arabia: DARING TO DRIVE: A SAUDI  WOMAN’S AWAKENING.

Inquiry welcomes back MEGAN MARSHALL, the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College. Tonight we will be talking about Marshall’s dynamic biography MARGARET FULLER: A NEW AMERICAN LIFE. Margaret Fuller was one of the most dynamic writers and intellectuals of the 19th Century. Tune in and find out why?

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve D’Agostino interviews Bill Moore, founder and voluntary president and CEO of Project New Hope. They talk about helping veterans rebuild with honor.

After attending a weekend retreat in 2010 with Project New Hope of Minnesota and talking with founder Bruce Billington, Worcester resident Bill Moore established his own charitable non-profit in 2011 in Worcester, called Project New Hope Inc.

Since its inception, Project New Hope Inc. has helped thousands of veterans as well as their spouses or partners, and their children. This past year has been one of unprecedented forward momentum. Project New Hope is offering more retreats and programs, networking with organizations, and strengthening its ties within the community. In addition, service members and veterans from coast to coast are attending its retreats, and spreading the word about Project New Hope.

Bill Moore was born and raised in Worcester. While serving in the Air Force as a crash-rescue firefighter, he was injured in a successful rescue of two pilots from a burning F-111. He was discharged honorably with a service-connected disability.

Bill attended Assumption College under the GI Bill, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies in 1996, and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2000. He also earned an Associate in Science in 1992 from Quinsigamond Community College.

Prior to starting Project New Hope, Bill held numerous positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: as a laborer with the Metropolitan District Commission; as a juvenile-corrections worker for the Department of Youth Services; as an adolescent social worker with the Department of Social Services; and as a disabled-veterans outreach-program specialists with Workforce Central, in the Division of Career Services. He retired from state employment in 2007.

Bill is the recipient of the distinguished Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County Award of Merit, the Captain Thomas J. Hudner Hero Award, and the Citizen’s Bank 2015 Champion in Action, among many other awards.

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 10:00pm

Positive Noise presents THE NAME GAME, an evening of rock dedicated to “name songs” featuring such luminaries as Sheena, Christine, Lola, Maybelline, Tall Paul, Roxanne, Mrs Brown’s lovely daughter, Tracy’s mom, Candy, Peggy Sue, several Johnnys, Suzie Q, Billrickey Dickie and many more. We’ll be naming names till 1AM. Host: Uncle Mark on WICN 90.5FM.

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