Are we significant in the universe? Is life on this planet a unique accident of chemistry or are there several or maybe even many planets that host life? Those are just a few of the very big questions that tonight’s guest on Inquiry will attempt to answer. CALEB SCHARF is Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University and his new amazing book on how planets and life evolve is titled THE COPERNICUS COMPLEX: OUR COSMIC SIGNIFICANCE IN A UNIVERSE OF PLANETS AND PROBABILITIES.
Join host Chet Williamson while he speaks with vocalist Polly Gibbons who will be calling in from London.
Why do we cry during movies when we know they aren’t real? Why do some people believe the most outrageous conspiracy theories? Why do we find gossip or sports so compelling? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JIM DAVIES, Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science of Carelton University and the Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory. He will discuss his new book which answers these questions and many others: RIVETED: THE SCIENCE OF WHY JOKES MAKE US LAUGH, MOVIES MAKE US CRY, AND RELIGION MAKES US FEEL ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE.
Tonight I am joined in the studio by MARY M. TINTI, Associate Curator at the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM. Mary talks about the new exhibition ONE LANGUAGE IS NOT ENOUGH: LATINO ARTISTS OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. This show features work by 24 contemporary artists of New England. One of those artists also joins us in the studio tonight: RAUL GONZALEZ III, who talks about his monumental and complex work in the show and his early life as an artist. An example of his work is seen here. For other pictures of his work, please go to: http://www.artbyraul.com/about.html
For more information about all the events associated with this show, please go to: http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org/
Arranger/accordionist Gil Goldstein talks about his work with everyone from Sting to James Taylor and the continuing influence arranger Gil Evans has on his work. Goldstein has won three Grammy Awards and is currently a professor at NYU, teaching jazz and composition.
Known for his contributions to the J. Geils Band as one of their founding members, harmonica player Magic Dick will be speaking with host Chet Williamson today on Jazz Matinee.
Join host Tom Shaker as he plays songs from soul "family" bands. From The Isley Brothers to Tavares, and, of course, The Jackson Five, these bands all have that great "down home" sound that only family can. It's as easy as "ABC" and it all starts Monday at 7pm. Make sure YOUR family listens!
The rowdy, romantic jazz of the foremothers – Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and Ethel Waters – raises the roof on the House of Swing. Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade continue a legacy of strong female voices through songs that helped shape a century of American music. Musical director Mark Shane leads a powerhouse band.
Check out Jazz Matinee this afternoon where host Chet Williamson will be interviewing organist Akiko.
New research tells us that our relationships are critical to our survival. Chatting with friends over a meal or taking a morning walk with a neighbor serve important biological functions. Our era of constant digital connection is also one of increasing social isolation - Facebook depression. Research shows that without sustained social interaction, the human brain may become as impaired as one that has incurred a traumatic head injury. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30pm when Al speaks with developmental psychologist and author Susan Pinker. Her new book, The Village Effect affirms the importance of a real social network and provides principles for creating your own village.
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