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Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 9:00pm

ROBERTO TROTTA, astrophysicist at Imperial College, London has written of the most unique and lyrical books about cosmology: THE EDGE OF THE SKY: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALL-THERE-IS. Trotta discusses some of the most complex ideas in astrophysics, like exo-planets, supersymmetry and multiverses using only the ten hundred most common words in the English language. An amazing project and he reads a sample of the book on this show. Don’t miss this very aesthetic examination of science and language.

Tonight, Inquiry welcomes poet SUSAN RICH whose latest collection is titled CLOUD PHARMACY. Susan has worked and traveled in countries like Niger, Gaza, South Africa and Bosnia-Herzegovina and these experiences very much inform her poems. Tonight she reads “Tunnel” from Cloud Pharmacy, a poem about the Boston area.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson explores pioneer women of the Jazz Age and the continuum of women's voices in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Tune in as we set out to "weave women's stories - individually and collectively - into the essential fabric our nation's history." Jazz and contemporary vocalists Joan Watson Jones and Nedelka Prescod will perform in the live broadcast from the WICN Performance Studio. The Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts Chair Pamela Boisvert and Lois Smith will join in the conversation.

About Nedelka Prescod

About Joan Watson-Jones

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

The theme’s title speaks for itself. Slainche!

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:30am

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with artist WILLIAM LAMSON. His beautiful and meditative work often uses light, water and time as elements in his site specific work. A fine example of his work was on view in the Walden, Revisited show at the Decordova. Lamson’s website is: http://www.williamlamson.com/

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 3:30pm

Who came up with the body/mass index to figure out if you are really overweight? How does one figure out the SPF of a suntan lotion? What does Henry’s Law have to do with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge? All this and much more is talked about on tonight’s Inquiry when we speak with JOHN M. HENSHAW, the department chair and Harry H. Rogers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tulsa. His new book is AN EQUATION FOR EVERY OCCASION: 52 FORMULAS AND WHY THEY MATTER. This is one of the most interesting and entertaining books about mathematics in a long time. Tune in and learn how we figure out dog years and what makes some equations “beautiful”. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 2:30pm

Drummers of the world, listen up! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JEREMY ESPOSITO, President and Director of Operations of WALBERG AND AUGE INC. Walberg and Auge is a historical preservation drum company that began its life in the early part of the twentieth century right here in Worcester. Tune in and find out about their quality drums, the company’s amazing history and the numerous inventions Bernard Walberg created that are part of today’s modern drum set. Their website is: http://www.walbergandauge.com/

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

New Orleans bassist Roland Guerin and Judy met and recorded their conversation and played on stage at the 2013 Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where they discussed Roland’s New Orleans roots and favorite jazz.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

The 9 pm Soul Spotlight features the songs of Burt Bacharach. Dionne Warwick was Burt's muse, but host Tom Lucci has Aretha, Luther, Mavis, The Iceman, and many more great voices on the case to "sing a little soul for you." Tunes you know and love - plus plenty you didn't know you loved  - from 7 pm.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between big band jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? Between Art Blakey and A Tribe Called Quest; between Freddie Hubbard and J. Dilla? One answer is offered by trumpeter Igmar Thomas, the founder and musical director of the Revive Big Band. Between originals, standard jazz repertoire and orchestrations of contemporary classics, Thomas aligns a multi-generational ensemble with a black music tradition that leads to the present day.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 10:30pm

Current immigration levels—the highest in U.S. history—undermine efforts to achieve a more economically just and ecologically sustainable society. So says Colorado State University professor and author, Phil Cafaro. He argues that  Political progressives favoring a more equitable distribution of wealth, economic security for workers and their families, the preservation of other species on the American landscape, and the political empowerment of common citizens should support reducing immigration into the United States. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Cafaro about his new book, How Many Is Too Many.

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