The concepts of quantum physics seem to fly in the face of everything we know about how the universe is supposed to work. Particles behave like waves. A particle can be anywhere in the universe at a later time. A particle traveling from Point A to Point B does not move in a straight line but along all possible paths. And that is just for starters. Yet this is the way the universe really works and quantum physics can predict the fate of a star or explain why a laser works. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JEFF FORSHAW, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester. Together with Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University, they have written a new book THE QUANTUM UNIVERSE (AND WHY ANYTHING THAT CAN HAPPEN , DOES) that explains these ideas and many more to show why “Quantum Theory is perhaps the prime example of the infinitely esoteric becoming profoundly useful.”
Robert Redford talks about designing his life and work at Sundance around a jazz model.
Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on tonight’s show. Dr. King’s message had quite a soundtrack, featuring artists like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, the Impressions and Sam Cook to name just a few. It all starts at 7pm!
This week Al speaks with award winning author Fred Kaplan about his new book, "The Insurgents". In it Kaplan tells a compelling story of General David Petraeus and the new model of applying American military power. Tune in at 10:30 this Sunday evening to hear this compelling story.
“What you think of sliced white bread says a lot about who you are” writes AARON BOBROW-STRAIN, Associate Professor of Politics at Whitman College in Washington. His new book WHITE BREAD: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE STORE-BOUGHT LOAF is a fascinating and surprising account of how “industrial white bread” came into being and evolved to become the preferred bread of much of America. It’s a wild story that centers on a national fear of food impurity, a fear of immigrants and the quest for a bread of the future that would be untouched by human hands. It didn’t matter if it was tasteless and doughy as long as it was good for the country. Tune in tonight for an entertaining story of America and the staff of life.
Inquiry welcomes back award-winning author and illustrator GRACE LIN. Her two new books are WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEETS THE MOON and STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY. These are complex wonderful imaginative novels profusely illustrated by full color plates and intricate drawings that echo Chinese paper cut art. Both books are inspired by traditional Chinese stories and culture, yet are also unique expressions of Lin’s imagination. Tune in and learn about how Grace Lin’s recent trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China inspired parts of her books and Grace even tells the listener how to eat with five-foot long chop sticks.
Catch Colors of Jazz as we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr day and celebrate the music, life and legacy of Tadd Dameron. Dameron's career and influence in jazz, bebop, swing and big band has been captured in a new autobiography by Cambridge based Jazz musician and educator Paul Combs. The author joins host Bonnie Johnson to introduce his recently published book, Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron. Tune in!
Melba Liston (1926-1999) was born in Kansas City, moved to Los Angeles, played with Dexter Gordon and was a copyist for Gerald Wilson. She made State Department tours with Dizzy Gillespie, arranged for Randy Weston albums, taught in Jamaica, and headlined an early Women's Jazz Festival back in Kansas City. Performed at Northern Illinois University, composer Geof Bradfield's six-part suite celebrates Melba!
(Melba! by Geof Bradfield and Geof Bradfield Ensemble has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.)
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we will feature the Fiske Jubilee Singers, Paul Robeson, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Josh White, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Kim & Reggie Harris, Joel Rafael, Beth DeSombre, Bob Dylan, Vance Gilbert, Andrew Calhoun & Campgtound, and many other artists!
Jazz was born in New Orleans but rapidly traveled to Chicago, New York City and eventually to Los Angeles, changing its form and style along the way. The history of early jazz is a complex story of culture, race, and the changing technologies that allowed jazz to be heard by larger and larger audiences. Tune in tonight when we speak with COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin University, about his wonderful new musical history CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR.
Nothing up our sleeve!
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with science journalist and author ALEX STONE. Alex also happens to be a practitioner of “close-up magic”, the kind of intimate sleight of hand that can be viewed only by a small audience. Alex’s new book FOOLING HOUDINI: MAGICIANS, MENTALISTS, MATH GEEKS AND THE HIDDEN POWERS OF THE MIND is a wild and wonderful personal history of his life in the world of the unique people who perform stage magic. Tune in and learn about the Magic Olympics, the so-called Extreme Hand Sports and some of the living legends of magic and card cheating. Presto! Chango!
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