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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 7:00pm

In this special edition of Against the Grain, Aztec Two-Step will return to the WICN studio for their 4th visit. Their first appearance was in our old building on Chatham St on Jan 16, 2003, when they performed on air before a small audience in the conference room; their second appearance was one of the first performances in our current performance studio on March 10, 2005 for Nick DiBiasio's "Live in The Contemporary Cafe" series; and their third appearance was in the main broadcast studio for an interview/performance on Oct 22, 2008. This time around will be a one hour interview/performance celebrating their 40th anniversary as a duo, and the release of the latest album, "Cause & Effect", on their own Red Engine Records.

After taking their name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem and recording the first song ever written about Jack Kerouac’s iconic American novel, On The Road - discover the band that has been described as the bridge to the Beat Generation and instrumental in ushering the music of the sixties into the 1970’s and beyond. For more than four decades, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been writing and performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical memories, all the while inspiring a generation of young singer songwriters.

For more information please visit: http://www.aztectwostep.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 6:00pm

The accomplished Bette Midler, also known as "The Divine Miss M," joins MIchael Feinstein for this week's edition of Song Travels. On the program, Midler will play some of her favorite tunes from her archived collection ranging from "Louis Jordan to vintage Hawaiian music to Destiny's Child." Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, a Special Tony Award, and nominated for two Academy Awards during her prolific entertainment career. Feinstein presents her with a solo arrangement of "And I'll Be There," a song written for her by the legendary songwriting team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 10:00am

Is there such a thing as “gay culture”? If so, what is the relationship between gay culture and sexuality? Is there a “right way” to be gay? What is the function of a camp take on Mildred Pierce? The answers to these complex questions also help define sex roles in the larger American culture. Tune in tonight when we have an interesting discussion about culture and sexual orientation with DAVID M. HALPERIN, the W.H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His new book HOW TO BE GAY began as a controversial course he offered years ago that posed these questions and many more.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 6:00pm

Vocalist/arranger/pianist talks about his Lambert, Hendricks and Ross style vocal group and his many adventures working with Dame Edna, hosted by Judy Carmichael.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back ADAM ZAHLER, Associate Professor of Theatre at Worcester State University and also the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department. Adam talks about the new production of Tony Kushner’s masterpiece ANGELS IN AMERICA: THE MILLENNIUM APPROACHES. Performances at Worcester State University will be November 15, 16, and 17at 8PM and November 18 at 2PM.  For information about tickets and times, please go to:
https://wordpress.worcester.edu/tickets-now-on-sale-for-fall-production-...

Monday, October 8, 2012 - 7:00pm

Overton Vertis Wright is commonly known as one of the greatest southern soul singers ever. His vocals recall his church beginnings and the hard, short life he lead. He recorded for legendary Memphis labels, Goldwax and Hi records. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates O.V. Wright's life and music on Monday night at 7pm.

Monday, October 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

There are many ways of displaying love through words and actions, but music expresses love on another dimension. This week, Kurt Elling and Richard Galliano perform "songs of love" alongside host Wendell Pierce. Make sure you catch the magic this Monday, October 8th at 6PM.

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 10:30pm

The war on terror has provoked a raging controversy over the appropriate conduct of war and treatment of combatants. These debates, however, are not unique to the 9/11 generation. Since the founding of this country the issue of war time conduct has been part of a heated and polarizing debate. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by respected author and historian, John Fabian Witt. His new book, " Lincolns Code" charts the history of war time conduct in America.

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Andrew Davis, manager of Worcester Regional Airport, which is owned an operated by Massport.

In 2009, following a 26-year career with American Airlines, Andy Davis joined Massport as the director of Worcester's airport. In fact, it was through his long-standing commitment to the airline industry that Davis developed the kind of management experience so applicable to airport work today. At hubs large and small, from Eagle/Vail in Colorado to Chicago O’Hare, Davis held both operations and staff level positions, where his resume today includes positions held at 10 airports, to include Boston, Providence, Hartford/Springfield and Steward/Newburgh. He's assisted American with start-up operations in 12 other cities as well.

While he's gained substantial "OJT" from his work around the country, Davis began his professional foray into aviation as a local guy. Here, he was active early on as a member of the Rhode Island wing of Civil Air Patrol. In college, he attended New Hampshire's Hawthorne College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in business administration and aviation management. As president of Hawthorne's student government, Davis, in his senior year, received the institution’s Damaree Award for his noteworthy accomplishments, and was thus inducted into the Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Today, while handling day-to-day operations, Davis has cast a serious eye forward, as he looks to match the airport's great promise with worthy development projects. And for Worcester, he believes the future is especially bright. Of special note, he says, is "a modern passenger terminal, suitable for both narrow body and regional jet aircraft, and several hundred acres of developable land, which have the airport well positioned to support aviation growth in the region." A vocal supporter of both commercial and general aviation interests at Worcester, Davis stays particularly busy these days promoting the use of Worcester through his participation in the region's chambers of commerce, the Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau, and area business associations.

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 6:00pm

Catherine Russell is a lady born to music. Her father, Luis Russell (1902-63), was Louis Armstrong's orchestra leader beginning in the mid-1930s. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, singer, great all-around musician and a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the 1940s all-woman band that swung as hard as the men. "This Daughter of Jazz Is One Cool Cat," reads the headline of Nat Hentoff's profile for The Wall Street Journal.

In "We the People," lyricist Andy Razaf (1895-1973) speaks for voters: "We don't give a rap about tax-a-tion, long as legislators give the na-tion syn-co-pa-tion." "My Man's an Undertaker" was recorded by the Queen, Dinah Washington (1924-63). "Quiet Whiskey," from Wynonie Harris (1915-69), is the story of a bottle on the shelf. From the preamble, the story is told: "Things were fine 'til they took you down, opened you up and passed you around."

After Virginia Mayhew moved from San Francisco to New York in 1987, she won the Zoot Sims Scholarship at The New School, where, in her words, "I got to meet and study with the living legends of my record collection." She's been a busy saxophonist ever since. Among other gigs, she musically directs the Duke Ellington Legacy group led by Duke's grandson, Edward Kennedy Ellington II, whom she met in karate class. Mayhew has a black belt; she has stamina.

For this set, Mayhew transcribed recordings in the Mary Lou Williams collection at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. The research put Mayhew on the course for a new project, "Mary Lou Williams: The Next Hundred Years," from Virginia Mayhew.

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