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Monday, February 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

This week we return to one of our favorite Marcus Roberts show from the Jazz at Lincoln Center archives. The pianist leads his iconic suite chronicling the blues in all its forms and feel. He's joined by bassist Roland Guerin and drummer Jason Marsalis and others to play the story. Wendell Pierce is our host.

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 10:30pm

The United Way of Central Massachusetts as part of the Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, provides low- to middle- income working families in central Massachusetts with free tax preparation assistance.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Tim Garvin CEO United Way of Central MASS. and find out how this program has helped thousand in and around Central MASS.

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 9:00pm

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.”

What is human consciousness and does it emerge from some particular part of our brain? Do other animals experience consciousness and is there any proof for the evolution of consciousness. These are some of the most essential and important questions of our existence. Our guest tonight on Inquiry is DANIEL BOR, a research fellow at the Sackler Center for Consciousness Science and the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex. His new book THE RAVENOUS BRAIN: HOW THE NEW SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINS OUR INSATIABLE SEARCH FOR MEANING is a dynamic and fascinating review of the latest scientific discoveries in the neurosciences and what it can tell us about our experience of who we are.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

In 1947,  "Folk Song USA" was published -- a compilation of 111 American ballads collected by noted musicologists John and Alan Lomax and edited by Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger (with guitar/banjo chords by Pete Seeger). Unlike earlier, words-only collections, this book was meant to be sung! It also detailed the history of each song by sub-genre, offering valuable insights on pre-WWII American rural life. Host Nick Noble has brought together covers of many of the songs that appear in this book, recorded by dozens of talented folk artists past and present. Explore America's folk music past for four melodious hours on THE FOLK REVIVAL: and maybe even sing along!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 6:00pm

New York Times music and film critic Stephen Holden covered the 1970s singer/songwriter explosion before he went on to write up everything from film to cabaret. Music has been with him every step of the way. On this week’s program Holden illustrates his life’s journey through musical milestones from Bob Dylan to Sinatra to Sting.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

Bassist Pat O’Leary has helped some of the best musicians in jazz swing like mad: Diana Krall, Bob Dorough, Lionel Hampton, Mel Lewis and others. O’Leary is also a composer and passionate teacher and talks with Judy about a fascinating project in Serbia where he combined his talents, working with students and professionals to present his arrangements of Serbian folk songs as reborn jazz orchestrations.

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

Forget about the presidents! Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the birthdays of Smokey Robinson, Irma Thomas, Rick James, Barbara Lewis and more.  It's this Monday, starting at 7pm!

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 6:00pm

Wynton Marsalis debuted his quintet nearly three decades ago. Though he has played as a soloist, with orchestras and ensembles in every configuration, Marsalis’ quintets have offered some of the most felicitous settings for his trumpet and imagination. The second Marsalis Quintet, featuring pianist Dan Nimmer, bassist Carlos Henriquez, sax man Walter Blanding and drummer Ali Jackson –joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to revisit Marsalis enduring compositions.

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 10:30pm

Being a vegan has a number of health and diet benefits involved with the lifestyle. Vegans don't partake in the consumption and use of animal products, but there is far more to being a vegan than just the food choices. Tune in Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by Vegan expert and author, Cathy Unruh. She talks about about the vegan lifestyle and it's many benefits.

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 9:00pm

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 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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