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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 9:30am

Alan Turing was one of the most complex and enigmatic scientists/mathematicians/philosophers of the Twentieth Century. His writing on computers from the 1930s is still important and he helped decipher the complicated Nazi codes during World War II. “Turing machines” and “the Turing test” are still concepts discussed today. Yet his life ended in controversy and then an unforeseen suicide. What happened? Tune in when Inquiry talks with mathematician ANDREW HODGES about his classic biography ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Multi-Emmy and Grammy winner, composer/pianist Mike Renzi discusses his work as Music Director for Sesame Street, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Liza and numerous others and reveals what continues to thrill and inspire him about jazz.

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Philly soul sound is in full swing this week as host Tom Shaker celebrates the music of Thom Bell. Along with Gamble & Huff, Bell is one of the architects of that smooth Philly soul sound of the '70s. You'll hear songs by The Delfonics, the Spinners, the Stylistics and more. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America presents the exclusive East-Coast appearance of Our Point of View, Blue Note Record’s newest supergroup. With Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland, Derrick Hodge, and Kendrick Scott, Our Point of View is a rare opportunity to see six leaders join forces to present original work and Blue Note classics.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:30pm

Despite gains in recent years, professional females still report many challenges that their male counterparts do not experience. Despite a recent surge in female CEOs, the number is still far smaller than the number of male CEOs. Many women believe that they have a harder time in balancing both their personal and professional lives. Why is this? What can they do? This week Al is joined by
Dr. Rachel Elahee,, a leading psychologist and author of the new book, Choose You!, tips that can help women balance both personal and professional lives.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Jeff Duquette, a partner with the Westboro law firm of Dingman, McInnes & McLane, LLP, which specializes in intellectual-property law. They talk about the business of IP law.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Jeff is a board member of 90.5 WICN.

As the Data Center Journal wrote, in part one of a two-part series, in 2013, “Big data; security; the cloud; outsourcing. These are all hot topics in IT today, and they all focus on applications of technology to meet various needs. But another topic that is increasingly garnering headlines is intellectual property — particularly, in the case of IT, patents.”

As the Data Center Journal continued, in part two, “To get a revealing and sometimes humorous look at intellectual property today, run an Internet search for ‘patent infringement case.’ A solid portion of the hits are likely to involve technology giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others, many of whom constantly sue each other (and smaller companies) over transgressions of their IP portfolios. The amount of money spent on legal fees—to say nothing about awards when cases are judged—is staggering. But should this money be spent hiring lawyers and paying supposed damages when it could be spent on innovation? Or is the money spent on litigation necessary to protect innovation?”

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 9:00pm

Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” was published in 1854, and it is still read and revered today. But what is Walden Pond today versus what it was in Thoreau’s time? The DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM is now hosting an exhibition of contemporary artists interpretation of Thoreau’s ideas and Walden Pond in particular. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with DINA DEITSCH, curator of WALDEN, REVISITED and two of the artists whose work is in the show GINA SIEPEL and OSCAR PALACIO.

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.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

GRAMMY nominated, Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist, composer, educator Roberta Gambarini talks with Bonnie Johnson about her musical journey.  Italian born Gambarini's undeniable range and scat will captivate the listener when she takes the stage in quartet with with pianist Eric Reed, bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jimmy Cobb at Scullers Jazz Club on Feb 6 & 7, 2015. Tune in at 12pm.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Old favorites, tracks from CDs newly arrived at the station, and special guests Doug Kwartler and Susan Levine live in the studio!

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:30am

After World War II, a large number of Nazis were allowed to escape Germany. Many went to South America, a large number went to America. Some worked on our rocket program, but more were recruited as anti Soviet spies, who when they retired took up residences in quiet corners of our country, including Worcester MA. The CIA and the FBI worked hard to keep Nazi hunters from discovering these people, some of whom had committed horrific atrocities during the war. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ERIC LICHTBLAU, writer and investigative reporter for the New York Times and other publications about his shocking new book THE NAZIS NEXT DOOR: HOW AMERICA BECAME A SAFE HAVEN FOR HITLER’S MEN. (Hubertus Strughold shown)

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