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Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes the new Director of the WORCESTER ART MUSEUM MATTIAS WASCHEK. In this wide-ranging and fascinating discussion, Mattias Waschek talks about what art museums need to do to stay vital in the twenty-first century, why we need to redefine the Worcester Art Museum’s  “story”, and how art museums can connect more successfully with modern diverse audiences. This is a new and exciting look ahead at what is in store for the Worcester Art Museum, so don’t miss this show!

Inquiry welcomes photographer and teacher RON ROSENSTOCK. Ron’s stunningly beautiful photography celebrates the quiet majesty and natural spirituality of places as diverse as Ireland, Morocco, Italy and Bhutan. Whether studying the shadows and patterns of desert dunes or the mystery of the Taj Mahal in mist, Ron Rosenstock’s photography captures an unique and ineffable moment of time and place that is both personal and otherworldly. Ron is also an indefatigable teacher, who brings his classes on trips all over the world to learn how to see like a photographer. Tune in tonight and listen to Ron talk about his beginnings as a photographer, how the digital revolution changed the way he worked and how he looks at a landscape. A show of Ron Rosenstock’s work HYMN TO THE EARTH is currently on view at the Worcester Art Museum until March 18. To view some examples of his work and learn more about his tours, go to: http://www.ronrosenstock.com/

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:00pm

O'Farrill is making his big dreams for Afro-Latin jazz come true. This set from Newport presents three generations of composers, from Arturo O'Farrill's father Chico to Arturo himself to Dafnis Prieto and Gabriel Alegría from Cuba and Peru respectively, and one big exuberant ensemble to play them.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 7:00pm

This evening on The Folk Revival, Nick Noble brings you songs which capture the heart and spirit of the American story. Cuts from Harry Chapin, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, John Denver, Vance Gilbert, Mary McCaslin, and others. With special guest co-host P.E. James.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 2:00pm

Thursday on Jazz New England guitarist and vocalist Allan Harris will bring his band into the WICN Performance Studio. This New York musician has performed around the world with virtually every major artist in jazz. The only thing greater than his musical talent is his philanthropic efforts. We'll hear about that and enjoy the music of the Allan Harris Thursday at 2 pm on Jazz New England as he does a warm up show before his Sculler's appearance later that night.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 6:00pm

Kris Bowers began classical piano studies as a toddler in Los Angeles. In 2011, he walked away with the top honor at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition—a major career boost for the Juilliard student. He brings his award-winning chops to the Piano Jazz studios for this set of tunes.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 11:00am

As soon as the first extra-solar planets were discovered, the race was on to find planets around other suns that could support life. Tonight on Inquiry, we have a conversation with DIMITAR SASSELOV, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and Founder and Director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative. Professor Sasselov is on the forefront of this exciting search for “super earths”: giant earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. So how do you find these planets when they are so distant from earth? How can we tell what these planets are like and whether there is water on them? This amazing search for a twin earth has also led some scientists to a profound re-thinking of the role of life in the universe. Maybe life is not a rare phenomena. Perhaps life is just another typical cosmic process. Earth is not the “cradle of life” but the planet and life are one. Professor Sasselov’s thought-provoking book is titled: THE LIFE OF THE SUPER-EARTHS: HOW THE HUNT FOR ALIEN WORLDS AND ARTIFICIAL CELLS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE LIFE ON OUR PLANET. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 8:00am

Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back JEFFREY BENNETT. He served as the first director of the Program in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Sills at the University of Colorado. He holds a PhD in astrophysics and is the author of several books. His latest children’s book is titled THE WIZARD WHO SAVED THE WORLD is a wonderful science-based book that encourages young readers to get involved in mathematics, science and to help solve the world’s large scale problems. MATH FOR LIFE: CRUCIAL IDEAS YOU DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL is a book for adult math phobics and math loathers. It is Bennett’s contention that we are simply not taught the math we actually need to know to get by as adults: how to figure taxes, understanding statistics we read about in newspapers, how to plan a budget and how to understand the national debt. All these topics involve mathematics, and we need to understand them in adult everyday life, but typically all we are taught in school is about quadratic equations and trigonometry. Tune in tonight and learn about what math we need not the math we are taught. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 6:00pm

The late Blossom Dearie delighted audiences with her tasty piano playing, hip vocal interpretations and sly humor. Blossom talks about her inspirations and favorite younger musicians.

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 7:00pm

Looking to dance away those Monday blues? WICN's northern soul connoisseur, Steve Moysey brings in a playlist that will be sure to get you moving this Monday night! Join host Tom Shaker at 7pm!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 6:00pm

Three modern masters of the mallet take the stage at Dizzy's for one solid hour of good vibes. Hear three vibraphonists who span the generations -- Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Locke and Stefon Harris.

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