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Programming Highlights

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Marcus and Jean Baylor are husband and wife bandleaders of The Baylor Project. They'll talk with Bonnie Johnson about their musical journey and tour. Concurrently traveling with saxophonist Kenny Garrett, Marcus is widely recognized as former drummer of the 2-time GRAMMY winning jazz quartet Yellowjackets. Vocalist Jean, formerly of the billboard chart topping soul duo Zhané, was introduced to jazz in college at Temple University. With jazz that's described as "melodic, soulful and authentic", the Baylors play Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

One of the most successful flamenco guitarists and world-fusion artists, Jesse Cook, joins Brian Vinik on Tonal Rhythms, WICN's new age/world music program!  Jesse is a major player in the world fusion scene, and has sold well over a million records worldwide. Tune in on Sunday, November 29th, at 6 PM, for this exclusive musical journey!

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 9:00pm

Most young teens are fascinated with pop music or sports, but Taylor Wilson was obsessed with nuclear physics, collecting radioactive materials and building a fusion reactor. Imagine being the parents of this extraordinary and gifted boy! What is the best strategy for raising and educating a gifted child? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and editor TOM CLYNES about his wonderful new biography of Taylor: THE BOY WHO PLAYED WITH FUSION: EXTREME SCIENCE, EXTREME PARENTING AND HOW TO MAKE A SUN.

Is the entire philosophical basis of bioethics off the tracks? Does the reality of bioethics match what the public was hoping it would accomplish? Are we moving away from the ethics of medicine as first set down by Hippocrites? Tonight on Inquiry we discuss these questions when we talk with TOM KOCH, journalist, author of many books and articles and Adjunct Professor of Medical Geography at the University of British Columbia Tom talks about his book THIEVES OF VIRTUE: WHEN BIOETHICS STOLE MEDICINE.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ray Pfau, a member of Bolton Local and organizer of the Bolton Repair Café; and, Bob Johnson, a Bolton Repair Café volunteer. They talk about reducing waste while building community. This episode aired originally on March 22, 2015.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for Rotary District 7910, which contains the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, which in turn sponsors the Bolton Repair Café.

The Repair Café was initiated by Martine Postma. Since 2007, she has been striving for sustainability on the local level in many ways. She organized the very first Repair Café in 2009 in Amsterdam. It was a great success.

This prompted Martine to start the Repair Café Foundation. In 2010, this Dutch non-profit organization was officially set up. Since 2011, the foundation has provided professional support to local groups in the Netherlands and other countries wishing to start their own Repair Café.

At Repair Cafés, everything centers on making repairs. By promoting repairs, Repair Cafés want to help reduce mountains of waste. Repair Cafés are also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way, to help people save money, and to help people discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home.

In Central Massachusetts, Bolton Local runs the Bolton Repair Café, which is supported by the Repair Café Foundation. Bolton Local is a grassroots group of people whose mission is “to build a strong, self-reliant community made up of people committed to living sustainably on the planet, in a way that inspires, builds friendships, and offers a hopeful vision for the future.”

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 10:30pm

"This was more than an attack on France. ISIS has declared war on the West for two years, and now they are carrying it out. ISIS is not just a terrorist group. They have grown to the size of an army. Christians have been a target of this evil killing machine in the Middle East but they refuse to give in even if it cost's them their life. Recent stats show that the underground church in the Middle East is now growing faster than ever. And a significant number of new converts are Muslims who are leaving Islam to embrace Jesus.” So says Tom Doyle, Author of Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Doyle about this troubling event.

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

Every year for about 23 years, one group has held a midnight to 5 a.m. time slot on Saturday nights. It's a quirky band, co-led by saxophonist Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, which swings hard (and a little off-kilter) among the hardcore fans, the rowdy drunks, the musicians coming off their own gigs. And it happens in the jazz haven of Chicago, in a club called the Green Mill which doesn't look to have changed much since its days as a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Jazz Night in America follows Pat and Cameron to the gig, then stays up all night with the Sabertooth organ quartet.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

Multi-Emmy and Grammy nominee, vocalist/pianist Michael Feinstein how jazz influences every part of his music and his efforts in expanding the audience for classic American standards.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Composer/pianist and Chicago native Brian Friedland's music displays a relentless creativity and open-mindedness that is quickly evident when one examines his written repertoire. A composer from age 13, his output consists of 8 big band charts, 12 chamber works, a film score, and hundreds of compositions for small and large jazz ensembles. In addition to writing music drawing on mainstream jazz and classical traditions, Friedand's pieces include diverse instrumentations and unusual ideas. Friedland studied with jazz composers Vince Mendoza and Kim Richmond and pianists Shelly Berg, Allan Pasqua, and Danilo Perez. He has a master's degree in jazz composition from New England Conservatory and a bachelor's degree in jazz performance from the University of Southern California. He comes to DreamFarm with a full, rich horn section and lots of amazing ideas to share.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 7:00pm

Your favorite songs and favorite artists from the classic Folk Revival period (1948-1973), including Burl Ives, the Weavers, the Limeliters, Harry Belafonte, the Kingston Trio, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, the New Christy Minstrels, and MANY more!

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 9:00pm

On this hour long show, we will talk with noted writer and biographer, JAMES KAPLAN author of SINATRA: THE CHAIRMAN, the second and final volume of his definitive biography. Don't miss this show!

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of  Climb, interviews Ann Lisi of the the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, They talk about the revival of Leadership Worcester. This episode aired originally on March 1, 2015.

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and dozens of community leaders have come together to re-energize the popular Leadership Worcester program. The new program, which began this September, identified motivated individuals who aspire to take an active leadership role in Worcester and the surrounding towns and are interested in learning and honing new leadership skills for the long-term benefit of the community. The Leadership Worcester Class of 2015 is meant to represent all sectors of the community—business, non-profit, education, and government.

The nine-month program began with a two-day overnight retreat that bonded the group, determined individual leadership strengths and challenges, and provided a general context about Greater Worcester, its strengths, and opportunities. The sessions are taking place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from October to May, plus two evening networking events. Each session is exploring a regional topic and will help participants acquire an understanding of how critical issues affect Central Massachusetts.

Completed applications were due on April 1. Participants were notified of their acceptance by May. A nomination from an employer was recommended when an applicant was employed, and at least one letter of recommendation was required when an applicant was applying as a volunteer/resident or is self-employed. A limited amount of scholarship assistance was made possible through the generosity of Worcester foundations, including Fuller Foundation, Stoddard Charitable Trust, Hoche-Scofield, George I. Alden, and the Fletcher Foundation.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 10:30pm

In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. Frank's life post-Oscar was incredibly dense: in between recording albums and singles, he often shot four or five movies a year; did TV show and nightclub appearances; started his own label, Reprise; and juggled his considerable commercial ventures (movie production, the restaurant business, even prizefighter management) alongside his famous and sometimes notorious social activities and commitments. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is once again joined by Sinatra biographer and best selling author, James Kaplan.

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 10:00pm

Uncle Mark returns to the WICN airways to spin his unique brand of alternative rock from all eras a.k.a. POSITIVE NOISE Monday, DECEMBER 7 from 10PM TO 1AM. The featured artist that night will be the incomparable TRACEY THORN. And if all that music wasn't enough: Tune in for some special fundraising premiums: rock books that will make perfect holiday gifts. 

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