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Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 9:00pm

What is life? Aristotle believed that life is a project and the most important thing that we can do is to ask ourselves how we are going to pursue it. But where can we go for advice about the big questions in life like love, politics and morality? On Inquiry tonight we speak again with MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI, professor in the philosophy program at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and former biology professor at Stony Brook University. His new book is titled ANSWERS FOR ARISTOTLE: HOW SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY CAN LEAD US TO A MORE MEANINGFUL LIFE. This book describes how the latest findings in neurology and the behavioral sciences combined with an understanding of some of the great ideas of philosophy can help us all lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

Inquiry welcomes back award-winning author and illustrator GRACE LIN. Her two new books are WHERE THE MOUNTAIN 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.

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 6:00pm

NPR Music asks, What if there were lost big-band masterpieces by the great composer/arranger Gil Evans which never made it to record? In fact, there are plenty of them, and composer/arranger Ryan Truesdell has culled, researched and transcribed a handful of the best material for the CD Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans. Truesdell leads an orchestra in a live version at Newport.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 6:00pm

The husband and wife musical team of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., met as members of the iconic ‘60s group The 5th Dimension. They went on to perform as a successful duo and host their own television show. Over 40 years later, their music and mutual love and respect are still going strong. Performances include “Mona Lisa” and “Here’s That Rainy Day.”

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 4:00pm

Using a Tibetan Mandela as an inspiration, DAVID GEORGE HASKELL, Professor of Biology at the University of the South, trekked deep into some old growth forest and drew a small circle on the forest floor only a meter in area. Could repeated close observations of this small circle and all it’s denizens give insights into how the larger forest functioned? Professor Haskell came back time and again to this small circle, in fair weather and foul, in light and dark, in the humidity of the summer and the freezing temperatures of the winter.  He typically sat on a rock nearby and watched all the plants, fungi, insects, snails and vertebrates that lived in or went through the circle for an entire year. His observations and thoughts on what he saw and how that related to larger issues of biology, conservation and the environment are recorded in his book THE FOREST UNSEEN: A YEAR’S WATCH IN NATURE, one of the finest books on observing the natural world written in some time. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 4:00pm

Why should you stay clear of lemon wedges in your drinks (and limes, cherries and olives for that matter)? Did you know that drinking from a straw will give you marionette lines? Not only should you not read on the toilet, you shouldn’t sit at all. Don’t get us started on the dangers of Santa Claus and romance novels. These are just a few of the sobering warnings to be found in the ENCYCLOPEDIA PARANOIACA: THE INDESPENSABLE GUIDE TO EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID OF OR WORRIED ABOUT. This compendium of everything that is out to get you, was compiled by our guest tonight:  Emmy and Grammy Award-winning author, composer and producer CHRISTOPHER CERF. Together with Henry Beard and the staff of the all too aptly named Cassandra Institute, they have produced a grand accounting of all the things to avoid at all costs, completely cross referenced and indexed for your paranoid convenience. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 6:00pm

Australian documentary filmaker and jazz singer discusses her film Intangible Asset Number 82, a film about one musician’s journey to find the Korean musician who has inspired him, a drummer designated by Korea as Intangible Asset Number 82.

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 10:30pm

In his new book Invisible Armies noted historian and best selling author Max Boot describes the epic history of guerrilla warfare from ancient times to the present. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with Boot about the way we wage war.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 4:00pm

New England based jazz vocalist Joan Watson-Jones has teamed up with pianist Frank Wilkins to bring their third release Quiet Conversations - A Duet. The pair are supporters of the local jazz scene in there own right, hosting jam sessions and performing together on a regular basis. On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 they celebrate the CD in concert at Scullers Jazz Club. Catch Colors of Jazz on Saturday when the duet joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about their work and the Big Party. The fun begins at 4pm.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:00pm

Classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić began performing as his country, the former Yugoslavia, was being ripped apart by war. He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, and his hard work is paying off –a 2012 solo concert at Royal Albert Hall was widely praised! Karadaglić brings his love of Latin music to Song Travels with pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 4:00pm

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.” 

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