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Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

BOUND FOR GLORY LIVE! from the WICN Performance Studio, a broadcast version (with an audience) of the annual Woody Guthrie tribute show put on by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston. Featuring a large cast of talented local New England artists singing the songs of Woody Guthrie.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Why is a chamber-jazz quartet lead by Bert Seager, American jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, and educator. The Why also features cello, upright bass, and hand percussion and together reveal new ways to hear dance rhythms from many cultures. The music makes one wonder what Schubert would have sounded like had he lived in Peru and played odd meters, or if Ravel had lived in Ghana and had been able to improvise over chord changes.

Cadence Magazine says Bert’s music is filled with “effervescent optimism.” And the Boston Globe wrote that his “kind of exuberance makes the jazz world go round.”

 

Featuring:

Bert Seager/Piano
Cathrine Bent/Cello
Ehud Ettun/Bass
Brian O’Neill/Percussion

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk rocket science, as well as satellite science and research launched from the Space Shuttle with writer ROBERT A. HUFFMAN, son of retired scientist ROBERT E. HUFFMAN, Ph.D. His long career stretched from the Nixon administration to the Bush administration, during which time he worked on numerous projects including some associated with the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars”. His new posthumously published memoir recounts what it was like to launch experiments into space all the while dealing with organizational politics, government funding and the tensions of the Cold War. His new book is ADVENTURES OF A STAR WARRIOR: COLD WAR ROCKET SCIENCE ON THE SPACE FRONTIER. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:00am

What happens in our brains when we first look at a Jackson Pollack drip painting or a Mark Rothko color-field work? Tonight we will talk with Nobel laureate ERIC R. KANDEL. He is University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Psychiatry at Columbia University and director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science. His new fascinating and beautiful book explores how the brain perceives and reacts to abstract works of art: REDUCTIONISM IN ART AND BRAIN SCIENCE: BRIDGING TWO CULTURES. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

What is a Blue Jay worth? Could a Mallard be crucial for the survival of an ecosystem? Do birds matter? Tonight on Inquiry we will attempt to answer these questions when we speak with DANIEL G. WENNY, landbird senior biologist at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and visiting research scholar at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. Joining him will be CHRISTOPHER J. WHELAN, visiting research associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a research affiliate at the Field Museum, Chicago. We will be discussing the collection of papers they edited: WHY BIRDS MATTER: AVIAN ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 6:00pm

Tenor sax great Scott Hamilton discusses his new CD with Duke Robillard and his perspective as an American jazz musician living in Europe.

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 7:00pm

Spooky, scary soul and frightening funk music will fill the airwaves on Halloween night to conjure the ghouls and goblins for a very special Soul Serenade! Join host Tom Shaker for a Halloween extravaganza. Tricks and treats starting at 7pm!

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 6:00pm

Herbie Hancock always seems to be on some kind of voyage, whether sitting in a eleven-keyboard cockpit or forming new bands that push his possibilities. Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride sits down with Herbie to discuss his journey in technology through the years. His current band, core to a forthcoming album, features Lionel Loueke on guitar, James Genus on bass, Trevor Lawrence Jr. on drums and Terrace Martin on keyboards and alto saxophone. It performs live in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:30pm

Boston is world famous for medical care with thousands of people flying into the state for medical attention, but did you know that Boston is also a hotspot for plastic surgery?  When people think of traveling for plastic surgery, they typically think of Beverly Hills, NYC, and Korea, however the Bay State has rapidly become a destination for all types of plastic surgery. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by  world renowned facial feminization surgeon and facial plastic surgeon Jeffrey Spiegel. Find out how and why people seek this type of surgery.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 9:00pm

Mary Shelley's early 19th Century novel Frankenstein may be the most "influential cautionary tale ever written."  Very popular in its day has been made into plays and countless movies, including silents. But why is this horror story still so popular? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with LESTER D. FRIEDMAN, professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. We will be discussing his book: MONSTROUS PROGENY: A HISTORY OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NARRATIVES.

"It's alive!!!" Tonight on Inquiry we return back to the laboratory, when we continue our conversation about MONSTROUS PROGENY: A HISTORY OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NARRATIVES with authors LESTER D. FRIEDMAN (professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York) and ALLISON B. KAVEY (an associate professor of early modern history at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City). Tonight we will consider the "creature" as a part of the story of the Nephillim and look at more contemporary films that extend the Frankenstein narrative.

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