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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

Drummer Herlin Riley brings the beat of the bayou to Jazz at Lincoln Center with three generations of New Orleans piano masters: elder statesman and NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, seasoned veteran Henry Butler, and young lion Jonathan Batiste. Blues, ragtime, and New Orleans inspiration on modern classics set this Crescent City celebration into full swing.

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Dionne's younger sister Dee Dee, began singing in the church with her sister and her aunt, Cissy Houston. While her career was not as commercially successful as Dionne's she recorded some classic soul sides for Mercury & Atco records. Join host Tom Shaker as we remember this "Lost Soul" on this week's show. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

Banjoist Béla Fleck discusses his work with Chick Corea, with whom he recorded a duet album titled The Enchantment. As a recipient of 15 Grammy awards and 30 nominations, no individual artist has been nominated in more different musical categories in Grammy history.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

On this edition of DreamFarm Radio, host Julie Lavender and engineer Don Richards take you through selections from their anthology of featured artists. Fun fact: when Don first met Julie, he was attending a live performance at the farm and said, "I think I can make your sound better!" The rest is history...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

News Songs, Listener Requests & Fan Favorites accompanying our WICN Fall Membership Drive, while chatting with several interesting guests. Possible interviews with and/or visits from the Tannehill Weavers, Paul Rogoshewski (PJ Rogue), and Ari Charbboneau.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 9:00pm

Writer James Dempsey, Instructor in the Humanities and Arts Department of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, returns to Inquiry to talk about his new project The Worcester Journal, an on-line literary journal that will feature some of the best unpublished young writers of the area. Also in the studio are two of the writers to be featured in The Worcester Journal Nicholas Porcella and Warren Singh. Tune in for a lively discussion about the art of writing and a passion for reading great literature. To read the Journal, go to http://www.theworcesterjournal.com/

Krista Buckland Reiser, General Manager and violinist for the Worcester Chamber Music Society returns to Inquiry to talk about the wonderful and varied and programs the society is offering this fall and early winter. With her in the studio is violinist Rohan Gregory, who talks about his evolution as a musician and his fascinating work with the like of the Indo-jazz group Natraj and playing with flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Joyce Kressler, director of the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. They talk about how the intersection of Arts and STEM leads to creative innovation.

This episode aired originally on April 6, 2014 In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve was doing public-relations work for the Worcester Incubator for Innovation on the The Art of Science Learning at that time.

The goal is innovation. The medium is creativity. The combination is cutting-edge problem-solving. The initiative is The Art of Science Learning, a National Science Foundation-funded program that uses the arts to spark creativity in science education and the development of an innovative 21st-century STEM workforce.

The Art of Science Learning initiative is built on more than 15 years of work by Harvey Seifter and colleagues, exploring the impact of artistic skills, processes and experiences on learning and the innovation process. Seifter is the New York City-based Art of Science Learning’s founder, director and principal investigator.

Locally, the Art of Science Learning initiative is being driven by the Worcester Incubator for Innovation, which consists of more than 100 volunteers drawn from across sectors of education, sciences, business and the arts. The Worcester Incubator shares equally with Chicago and San Diego a $2.6-million federal grant to explore the Art of Science Learning.

Between last March and next January, the Worcester Incubator participants will be using a cutting-edge curriculum and working with recognized experts. They will be seeking transportation solutions to enhance Worcester’s economic activity, connect its communities, and improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors.

On April 10, the general public was invited to attend Introduction to the Art of Science Learning and the Worcester Incubator for Innovation. The event was held at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Worcester. The Worcester Incubator shared cutting-edge work from local and national innovators. Learn first-hand how this dynamic, integrated thinking will be applied to Worcester's transportation challenges and the development of new models for STEM learning.

Click here for photos and of the April 10 event.

Click here for audio of the April 10 event.

Joyce Kressler has a remarkable track record of accomplishment in the arts, education and community engagement. It includes a14-year tenure as executive director of First Night Worcester. The non-profit organization produces the largest and most diverse visual- and performing-arts festival in Central Massachusetts, attracting audiences in the tens of thousands annually.

Under Joyce’s leadership, First Night Worcester also developed K-through-12 arts-education and professional-development programs in the Worcester Public Schools in partnership with local colleges and cultural institutions. Benefiting thousands of students and their teachers, the collaborations ranged from innovative art/science programming to initiating the only deaf-youth theater residency in the region.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:30pm

In his new book Scalia law professor and author Bruce Allen Murphy takes a hard look at one of the most dazzling and polarizing jurists on the Supreme Court. Above all he examines the inevitably murky relationship between judicial decision making and religious devotion. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author Bruce Allen Murphy. Hear what he has to says about Antonin Scalia, the man and the jurist.

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 6:00pm

Get whisked away to Autumn in New York, April in Paris, or even A Cabin in the Sky. Pianist Bill Charlap, with Houston Person (saxophone), Ethel Ennis (vocals), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums), performs the book of composer Vernon Duke. The perfect fall getaway!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

Film producer (Boys Don’t Cry) discusses his passion for jazz and the important role music plays in the pacing and mood of a film. Sharp is President/CEO of Story Mining and Supply and responsible for co-founding digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

An accomplished pianist from a very early age, Matt Savage returns for another visit here at DreamFarm Radio. Joining Matt are fellow Berklee graduates Hoo Kim (bass) and Nahum Corona (drums). Topics of discussion: the relations between Wayne Shorter's Footprints and Chick Corea's Fingerprints.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight Inquiry has a lively conversation with Kelli Russell Agodon, prize-winning port, writer and editor. She talks about her amazing new published collection Hourglass Museum as well as the many other projects she is involved in. She also does a reading from a work in Hourglass Museum.

The elementary particle the neutrino may hold the key to some of the deep mysteries of the universe like why the universe contains matter at all. But the neutrino is unlike any other matter particle (matter particle). Neutrinos are electrically neutral, have very little mass and may be its own anti-particle! And that’s just the beginning. Tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes Heinrich Päs, professor of Theoretical Particle Physics at the Technische Universität in Dortmund, Germany. His new book, The Perfect Wave: with Neutrinos at the Boundary of Space and Time is a wonderful summary of all the exciting research that has shown that the neutrino may be the key to understanding the structure space and time.

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic Partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb,  interviews Jeffrey Chin, CEO, Daniel Mastrototaro, vice chair of the Board of Directors, and Rebecca Joseph, co-chair the Alumni & Friends Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/Metrowest. This episode aired originally on May 4, 2014.

Big Brothers Big Sisters maintains that it is "as old as friendship and as new as today." The Worcester-and-Framingham-based organization was founded in 1963 as Big Brothers of Worcester County. Initially, it serves seven needy boys by matching them in supportive mentoring relationships with community volunteers.

The demand for Big Sisters made it clear that the time had come to extend services to girls, and a Big Sisters chapter was added to the agency in 1974. The president of the Board of Directors told a local reporter at the time, “To turn our heads from the needs of young girls, would not permit us to fulfill our responsibility as a social service agency.” The name of the organization changed to reflect the newest program addition: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Worcester County.

By the late 1990s, more than 2,500 matches had been made over the history of the organization. In 2002, the organization agreed to manage Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Middlesex and, in 2004, the Board of Directors of both agencies voted to merge. In 2005, the organization name was changed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.

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