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Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with legendary singer DARLENE LOVE. She started out back in the 60s recording hits like “He’s a Rebel” for the likes of Phil Spector. Her latest album INTRODUCING DARLENE LOVE features the hit song “Forbidden Nights” written by Elvis Costello. (be sure to check out the video) She was featured in the Oscar winning documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and is an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She will be coming to Worcester at the Hanover Theatre MAY 7. Don’t miss this interview or her concert!

During the Revolutionary War, South Carolina hosted more battles, engagements and skirmishes than any other state. 20% of all Americans who died in battle in the Revolution died in South Carolina in the last two years of the war. One of the leading Patriot fighters in that state was Francis Marion. He led a rag-tag bunch of local militia using classic guerilla warfare tactics against the British and helped turn the tide against the redcoats. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer JOHN OLLER about his new history THE SWAMP FOX: HOW FRANCIS MARION SAVED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Aaron Nicodemus, business editor of the Telegram & Gazette. They talk about Downtown Worcester’s new look for 2017. This episode aired originally on March 12, 2017..

In the January 1 issue of the Sunday Telegram, the “Business Matters” section took an in-depth look at the economic heart of the Heart of the Commonwealth – Downtown Worcester. As Correspondent Susan Gonsalves writes,“To cynics who regard talk about Worcester's ‘revitalization’ with skepticism, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. responds, ‘All that steel popping up isn't happening by accident.’

“In 2017, people will see a number of changes, improvements and expansion, all designed to transform the second-largest city in New England into an ‘18-hour destination.’ Key to the downtown area's renaissance is an $11 million overhaul of Main Street, according to Mr. Augustus.”

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 10:30pm

In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native Americans tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author, David Grann as he talks about his new book; Killers Of The Flower Moon and the plight of the Osage.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

Arturo O'Farrill pays tribute to Afro-Cuban music and the collaborations that have helped this music grow and thrive, despite years of political tumult. "The Conversation Continues" the theme of the concert and Arturo's most recent album, does just that - continues a conversation started decades ago between Cuban percussionist, Chano Pozo, and the trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie, by bringing together contemporary collaborations between American and Cuban musicians.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker this Monday as we welcome legendary singer Darlene Love. Darlene will talk about her life in the music industry, her latest recording and her upcoming show at the Hanover Theater. And, if that's not enough, WICN's Northern Soul connoisseur Steve Moysey is back with another incredible set of little heard soul gems. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

Celebrated Chicago based guitarist, Andy Brown discusses his love of solo playing, as well as his duo work with Howard Alden and his own band and why he left his native New York for the windy city.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Imagine Beethovens Fifth´ seemlessly fusioning with a danceable salsabeat, or Strauss´ Blue Danube as a coquet chachacha, yet keeping the essence of the classic piece…Apparently impossible! Doomed to be bad-taste and cheesy! Or is it?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble will play music from past Newport Festivals and tracks from contemporary Newport performers. He will be interviewing Rick Massimo, author of I GOT A SONG, the definitive history of the Newport Folk Festival, and there will also be conversations with Chris Funk (the Decemberists), Bryan Minto (Low Anthem), singer-songwriter Bill Scorzari, and Festival director Jay Sweet.

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, 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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

Los Angeles based vocalist Dave Damiani, is a proud throwback to the Rat Pack days of Frank Sinatra and the music of the Great American Songbook. Dave discusses the challenges and joys of keeping a big band employed, as well as the different attitude he’s experienced from younger musicians, who Dave feels are more positive about the performance experience.

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!

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