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Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 9:00pm

Public libraries are at the cultural and social center of every town and city where they are found. But these days libraries are also woefully under funded and under appreciated. After all, “why do we need a library when we have Google?”. Libraries are going to need to radically change, not only to keep up with the avalanche of new material, electronic and printed, but to meet the needs of modern patrons. Today on Inquiry we talk with JOHN PALFREY, professor of law, founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America and Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover. His new book BIBIO TECH: WHY LIBRARIES MATTER MORE THAN EVER IN THE AGE OF GOOGLE offers some thought-provoking suggestions for how modernize the public library.

Thousands of years ago, prehistoric Homo sapiens invaded what we now call Europe and were confronted by another hominid species, the Neanderthals. Within a relatively short time, the Neanderthals were extinct. What happened? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with PAT SHIPMAN, retired Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. Her new book is: THE INVADERS: HOW HUMANS AND THEIR DOGS DROVE NEANDERTHALS TO EXTINCTION.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

Remember "Green, Green",  "Saturday Night", and "Today", - just to name a few?  For four hours host Nick Noble will trace the history of one of the most popular ensembles of the folk revival period. You'll hear at least 40 songs over four hours and Randy Sparks, legendary founder of the New Christy Minstrels will be with us live in the WICN broadcast studio.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

An instrumental ensemble hailing from Boston, MA (USA), Esthema has been creating their unique sound since 2006 by fusing the sounds of Jazz/Fusion and Progressive Rock with the sounds of the traditional music of the Balkan region and the Near & Middle East. The musicians that shape the sound of Esthema bring together both Western and Eastern influences, instruments, and concepts creating a musical tapestry that transcends genres and cultures.


Andy Milas, Guitar
Tom Martin, Bass
Onur Dilisen, Violin
Naseem Alatrash, Cello
George Lernis, Percussion

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome EMILY MAZZOLA, the Koch Curatorial Fellow at the Fitchburg Art Museum and artist and professor SHONA MACDONALD (one of her Uncanny Valley series pictured here) . They will discuss the current dynamite exhibition of past and contemporary landscape works at FAM: LAND HO! To see some examples of Shona MacDonald’s work, go to:
The Fitchburg Art Museum’s site is:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 4:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back writer and journalist GINGER STRAND to talk about her new dual biography THE BROTHERS VONNEGUT: SCIENCE AND FICTION IN THE HOUSE OF MAGIC. After World War II, Kurt was a struggling writer working on his first novel Player Piano and brother Bernie was an accomplished scientist interested in learning how to control weather. And they both worked at GE. Tune in and learn their amazing stories. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz great Mark Murphy talks about his advice to his vocal students to listen to jazz drummers to improve their scat singing.

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now. Even longer, if you consider how long his 10-piece working band has known each other: Most of its members, known collectively as The Next Step or The West Coast Get Down, have known each other since at least high school decades ago in South Central Los Angeles, and in some instances well before that. Even as their diverse careers have made it difficult to focus exclusively on this band — Washington is, for instance, the saxophone player heard on the new Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar albums — they've all continually committed to experimenting with a brand of jazz that resonates with their own generation's lived experience.

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating the music of William "Smokey" Robinson this week in Cleveland. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate this soul music icon right here in Worcester. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 10:30pm

Dr. Kenneth Geiser is Professor of Work Environment and Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Dr. Geiser is one of the authors of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served as Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute from its founding in 1990 to 2003. His research and writing focus on pollution prevention and cleaner production, toxic chemicals management, international chemicals policy and green chemistry.  He has served on various advisory committees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nations Environment Program. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Geiser about environmental issues facing Massachusetts.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 9:00pm

“Strangers in the night…”. Love songs have been sung since ancient times, but they have often been marginalized and considered radical and disruptive. From Assyrian marriage songs to the crooning of Sinatra and beyond, we all enjoy love songs. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with TED GIOIA, author and music historian about his wonderful new book LOVE SONGS: THE HIDDEN HISTORY. Tonight we talk about those rowdy and lusty troubadours!

Our guest tonight on Inquiry is DAVE GOULSON, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Stirling and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. In 2003 he bought a run-down farm in rural France to create a sanctuary for bees and other invertebrates. And there begins the marvelous story found in his book A BUZZ IN THE MEADOW: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A FRENCH FARM. Tune in tonight and learn why the food you eat is so dependant on those buzzy bees.


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