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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 9:30am

Quantum theory and quantum mechanics revolutionized physics in the Twentieth Century, but to the non-physicist this science seems to consist of crazy concepts and impossible notions. Despite this, terms, phrases and concepts from quantum theory have crept into our culture in films, names of companies, literature and jokes. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ALFRED SCHARFF GOLDHABER, professor of Physics at Stony Brook University. Together with Robert P. Crease, a Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook, they have written a book that explores the fascinating cultural impact of the quantum: THE QUANTUM MOMENT: HOW PLANCK, BOHR, EINSTEIN AND HEISENBERG TAUGHT US TO LOVE UNCERTAINTY. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:00pm

The featured artist this week is jazz pianist and bandleader Bill O'Connell, who has worked with highly acclaimed artists such as Sonny Rollins and Chet Baker.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 4:00pm

Tune in this afternoon where, during the 5 o'clock hour, Chet Williamson will be interviewing Gwenn Vivian - local jazz artist and the owner of Acton Jazz Cafe.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively chat with GEORGE K. RUSSELL. He is a member of the Biology Department of Adelphi University, on of the co-founders of Orion Magazine and editor of a wonderful collection of essays titled CHILDREN AND NATURE: MAKING CONNECTIONS. Tonight we talk about why it is critical to encourage children to be outside and to play among the trees and grasses of the natural world and why digital learning may not be the best thing in some cases. To order this book, please go to: http://www.myrin.org/

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a fascinating conversation with writer and journalist DANA GOLDSTEIN. Her new history is THE TEACHER WARS: A HISTORY OF AMERICA’S MOST EMBATTLED PROFESSION.  No other profession operates under this extreme level of political scrutiny and in recent years the situation has gotten far worse. Tune in and find out why one teacher remarked: “Everything I loved about teaching is extinct.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

Classical and jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini discusses how both approaches influence his playing and continue to inspire his recording projects.

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Labor Day with great soul & funk songs about work. From the hardest working man in show business, James Brown, to “Working on a Chain Gang” with Sam Cooke, end your holiday weekend with some classic soul. It all starts at 7pm this Monday!

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 6:00pm

Postwar America saw the hard edges of bebop segue to "the cool." The music bewitched baritone sax man Gerry Mulligan, and it enchanted classically-trained pianist John Lewis; both became pioneers of this sophisticated style. Pianist Jonathan Batiste and baritone saxophone master Joe Temperly join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to make "the cool" all new. The set includes Django, Delawny’s Dilemma, and Animal Dance.

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:30pm

In her new book The Invisible Soldiers best selling author Ann Hagedorn tells the urgent story of the privatization of America’s national security and the dramatic rise of a bold new industry of private security contractors. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30pm to hear her analysis of a new military reality.

Sunday, August 31, 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 Ray Raphael (shown,right), author of The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and ConcordJoining him toward the end of the interview, is Bill Wallace (shown,left) , executive director of the Worcester Historical Museum. They talk about the Worcester Revolution of 1774. This episode aired originally on April 20, 2014.

Over the last decade Ray Raphael has emerged as one of our leading writers on the birth of the United States. In 2001, his acclaimed People’s History of the American Revolution widened history’s lens to include those not generally present in tales of our nation’s founding. In 2002, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord led to marked rethinking about the Revolution’s beginnings in academic circles. In 2004, Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past established new standards for future renderings of our nation’s birth.

Five years later, in 2009, Ray incorporated his work into an original synthesis featuring seven diverse characters, titled Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation. And in 2011, he was asked to create another broad synthesis for a different audience, titled The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Founding Fathers and the Birth of Our Nation.  Also in 2011, with Gary Nash and Alfred Young, he co-edited a book of biographical essays from 22 noted scholars, titled Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation.

The  next year, 2012,Ray focused on the historical context of the Constitution, with the publication of Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive. And in 2013, he set the historical record straight – and sounded the call for reasoned, evidence-driven discussions and interpretations – regarding our founding document, with the publication of Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right .

On March 13, Ray visited the Worcester Historical Museum to give a talk as part of the Museum’s Worcester Revolution of 1774 celebration. The recognition of Worcester County’s role in the American Revolution began last fall and runs through September 7, 2014. It includes activities across the cultural and historical organizations of Worcester and the 37 towns that participated in the Worcester Revolution of 1774.

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