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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 5:00pm

Grammy-nominated pianist, conductor, composer John Beasley talks with host Bonnie Johnson. The one-time keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, serves as music director for the International Jazz Day Global Concert that happens on April 30th. 

"...Beasley’s music career spans three decades. [His credits read] like a “who’s who” list in the music and entertainment world performing, recording, and touring with major jazz, pop, and world artists; composing for hit-TV series [including American Idol]; arranging for orchestras; working on award-winning films; and at the helm of reality singing shows as Music Director. He is a Governor at the GRAMMY Recording Academy and a Guest Lecturer at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.

 

Photo Credit: Tao Ruspoli

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 12:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz Live! as we wrap up International Jazz Day 2016! Host Bonnie Johnson presents a showcase of New England-based musicians performing live in the studio.

Tune in at 12 pm ET.

 

 

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 9:00pm

Can art be thought of as a philiosophical practice? Why is art like a strange tool? These are just a few of the fascinating ideas of our guest tonight ALVA NOË, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.    His new book is STRANGE TOOLS: ART AND HUMAN NATURE. Tune in for a lively and thought provoking discussion about art, philosophy and what art means in our society.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with legendary cartoonist, writer and artist BILL GRIFFITH, famous for his work on comics like “Young Lust”, “Tales of Toad” and his long running strip “Zippy the pinhead”. His new book is titled INVISIBLE INK: MY MOTHER’S SECRET LOVE AFFAIR WITH A FAMOUS CARTOONIST. It is in turns a mystery, an autobiography and an intimate history of a marriage: his parents.
 

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ja-Naé Duane, co-author with husband Steven Fisher of The Startup Equation: A Visual Guidebook to Building Your Startup, Amy Whitney, director of Clark University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. This episode aired originally on March 6, 2016.
 
The Startup Equation notes that by 2020, projections show that one in six people worldwide will be entrepreneurs. That's more than one billion people!
 
The book’s stated goal is “to make this process easier for at least one million of them. It doesn't matter if you dream of building a virtual platform or a brick-and-mortar shop. The Startup Equation offers case studies, infographics, and best practices designed for every entrepreneur.”
 
Ja-Naé Duane is founder of the Revolution Institute, an international and award- winning speaker, author of both How to Start Your Business with $100 and How to Create a Revolution, and one of Clark University’s entrepreneurs-in-residence. Steven Fisher is global head of user and product experience for SeaChange International.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 10:30pm

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation recently announced the next step in its strategic initiative to support young children and their families by awarding more than $341K in grants to early childhood programs. Convinced by the overwhelming evidence from research that says that the first years of a child’s life are the most crucial for his or her success in school and life, GWCF is focusing a significant share of its resources on helping young children succeed, especially low income children, whose needs are greatest and who have been demonstrated to gain the most from these kinds of interventions. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Ann Lisi, President and CEO of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 6:00pm

Carlos Henriquez spends a lot of time these days in midtown Manhattan as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's bassist — a post he's held since he was a teen. But his roots are uptown in the Bronx. In The Bronx Pyramid, his debut album released last year by JALC's Blue Engine Records, Henriquez acknowledges the neighborhood where he was born and raised. In songs like "Joshua's Dream" and "Brook Ave," the young Nuyorican composer brings together Afro-Latin traditions and his jazz pedigree to pay tribute to the family and community that raised him.

Jazz Night In America takes in a performance led by Carlos Henriquez at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, inside Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

Northern Soul Connoisseur and author Steve Moysey returns to the WICN studios this week. Join host Tom Shaker as Steve brings in some incredible dance tunes and talks about his new book, "I Said a Bad Word: Blunders of a Brit in Boston."  It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:00pm

Join UNCLE MARK and surprise guest co-host BRAIN BARLOW (freshly returned from Britain) as they continue their celebration of the rock of Britain from British Invasion to psychedelia: Donovan, Dave Clark 5, the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks and lots more. Also: a special set of artists who have covered British Rock featuring artists like the Dickies and the Ramones. So, Wear your love like heaven, put on some Yardley’s Slickers and tune in, Luv!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

Minneapolis based singer Connie Evingson talks with Judy about her influences from Lambert Hendricks and Ross to the Beatles and to Django Reinhardt, whose music inspired her latest CD, “All The Cats."

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

Don Davis, a friend and frequent guest musician at DreamFarm, has played for us numerous times times as well as performed on several of Julie’s albums. Don plays, soprano/alto/tenor and bass saxophones, various flutes clarinet, percussion and even his teeth! He has performed live and recorded with scores of well-known and accomplished musicians of all sorts. It takes great skill and versatility to contribute to so many different bands so well, while weaving his very own signature sounds and ideas tastefully into the mix. His resume is a road map for a most interesting musical journey that starts right here at the farm.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

A Live May-Day celebration, broadcast from the WICN Performance Studio, featuring Gary Blanchard, Flame & Peach and the Liberated Waffles, Jennifer Evans, Aaron Tornberg, James Keyes, Penn Johnson, Nick & Sharon Pangaro, Wolfpen, and a few more surprises.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 9:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is writer and critic GREIL MARCUS to talk about his two new books: REAL LIFE ROCK: THE COMPLETE TOP TEN COLUMNS 1986-2014 and THREE SONGS, THREE SINGERS, THREE NATIONS. Real Life Rock are the collected “top ten” columns that Marcus has written for various publications over decades about music, film, art and much more. Three Songs…are a series of three lectures Marcus gave at Harvard that explores different aspects of folk music in America.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with naturalist and researcher SCOTT WEIDENSAUL about his new beautiful guide, the PETERSON REFERENCE GUIDE TO OWLS OF NORTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN. Tune in and find out what is the most likely owl to see in your backyard and also learn about the extinct giant owls of the Caribbean and much more.
 

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Peter Stefan, owner and president of Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors. They talk about the death and life of locally owned funeral homes. This episode aired originally on November 1, 2015.

As Worcester Magazine wrote in 2013 in its Person of the Year profile, “Over the course of several days in early May 2013, [Peter] Stefan and the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor he runs out of an historic white building on Main Street graced the cover of just about every major newspaper in the US, popped up on TV screens as part of daily and evening newscasts and ignited a controversy that, all these months later, still lingers. For Stefan, it started late on a Thursday night in May, the second of May to be exact. That is when he opened the doors of his funeral home to the body of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It was the sort of under-the-cover-of-darkness intrigue you see in movies.”

As WoMag’s report continued, “Stefan ended up in the middle of it all, dealing with a political hot potato that saw nearly every local, state and federal lawmaker do their best not to handle. Believing with all his heart that everyone deserves a burial, the man whose mother worked in hotels and whose father toiled away at the old American Optical factory in Southbridge before dying when Stefan was only 3, decided to offer up his services to prepare Tsarnaev for burial when just about every other city and funeral director was saying no.”

As the 2013 Worcester Magazine profile noted, “Stefan, now far from the limelight and free of the pursuit of the TV personalities who were nipping at his heels for interviews back then, is unfazed. He is as secure and content with his decision as the day he made it. And he believes public sentiment, by and large, has swung toward him. Even if it did not, Stefan believes he – and by extension, his country – did the right thing. After all, as he said many times during the ordeal, ‘We bury our dead.’”

As a son to hardworking Greek and Albanian immigrant parents, Peter Stefan is a first-generation funeral director with more than 40 years of experience in the funeral industry. He is a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. He is also a very active member of the Worcester community, and has been involved with numerous local organizations, such as, the P.I.P. Shelter, AIDS Project Worcester, the Nigerian American Organization, the Veteran's Shelter, and many more.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:30pm

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with best selling author and former senior political advisor to Bill Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal. In his just released book "A Self Made Man" Blumenthal uncovers new and compelling information about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Just when you think you've heard all there is about our 16th president Blumenthal through his intense research has re-introduced another aspect to the great mans life.

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