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Monday, August 29, 2011 - 6:00pm

The living luminaries of jazz gather for one night as the National Endowment for the Arts honors America's 2010 Jazz Masters. Hear the words and works of 2010 inductees: - the pianists Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Barron and Cedar Walton; saxophonists and composers Bill Holman and Yusef Lateef; vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson; the inimitable vocalist Annie Ross and producer/writer George Avakian. Performances, tributes and good spirits mark this moment of jazz history. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 10:30pm

When we think of great domestic made wines we naturally think California, Washington State and Oregon. But would you believe Long Island NY? That's right great wine is being produced right here on the east coast. This week our food and wine segment takes us to the PAUMANOK winery on Long Island where founder and proprietor Charles Massoud has been turning out world class wines on his 103 acre estate since 1983. Tune in this Sunday at 10:30 as Al chats with Charles Massoud about why this part of the country deserves recognition for fine quality wine.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 10:00pm

In August 2009, the City Manager’s office issued a news release headlined, “Worcester Nears Goal of Ending Adult Chronic Homelessness.”

In 2006, the Home Again collaborative identified 120 individuals in Worcester who had been homeless for an extended period of time, and asked The Health Foundation of Central Mass. to support a new way to address their homelessness through Home Again.

With Health Foundation funding, Home Again applied the housing first model, which had been successful in other cities across the country.

With the housing first approach, people who are homeless are helped to secure housing and provided with case management and support services necessary for them to function at their highest capacity and remain housed.

After the City Manager’s Office issued that news release, I, on Facebook, congratulated those in the Worcester community who have been working for many years to achieve such a goal.

Responding to my posting, was Raymond Bilodeau, a Worcester attorney who described himself as homeless – and whom I’d never met, until now.

Raymond took strong exception to claims that Worcester was about to eradicate adult chronic homelessness.

He facebooked, among other things, that living with relatives, for example, does not mean you’re no longer homeless.

On his Facebook page, Raymond describes himself as: “Semi-retired lawyer, homeless but trying to keep a practice going. Besides helping people with legal problems, I enjoy politics, real science fiction, arguing, people with a sense of humor, and puns.”

Join us as we talk to Raymond about what homelessness is – and why and how the business community can help to it.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 9:00pm

Every year there is a contest to see how well computer programs can imitate human conversations. Conceived decades earlier by the legendary scientist Alan Turing, this battle between “meat and math” involves judges communicating blindly with either a computer or a human via a keyboard. Tonight’s guest BRIAN CHRISTIAN, writer, philosopher, computer scientist and poet was chosen to represent humanity in one such battle. But in order to do his best for his species, he needed to discover what makes human conversation “human”? For over a decade now, there have existed computer programs that convincingly imitate psychotherapists, people from other countries, and flirting strangers. But in the end, there is still something subtle and unique about human-to-human speaking. What is it? Tune in tonight for a humorous and insightful conversation about, well, conversation. Brian Christian’s important and enjoyable new book is titled THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN: WHAT TALKING WITH COMPUTERS TEACHES US ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ALIVE.

What will life be like for humanity in the year 2100? Will it be all jet packs and renegade androids? Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with writer and Professor of Theoretical Physics at City University, New York MICHIO KAKU. Based on interviews and visits with over 300 top scientists and being sure to stay within the known laws of physics, Professor Kaku makes a serious attempt to predict where technology will bring us in a century. His results are nothing short of mind blowing, yet still based on discoveries that are occurring now. Tune in and discover quantum computing; nanobot surgery, fusion reactors and the possibility of shape-shifting, programmable matter. “By 2100, our destiny is to become like the gods we once worshipped and feared”. Professor Kaku’s mind-blowing new book is PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE: HOW SCIENCE WILL SHAPE HUMAN DESTINY AND OUR DAILY LIVES BY THE YEAR 2100.

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:00pm

The young Hot Club of Detroit thrives on -- and updates -- Django-style swing. Gary Smulyan Remembers Detroit's great baritone man Pepper Adams with Barry Harris, the kepper of the bebop flame, on piano.

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 7:00pm

This week you'll hear Bud & Travis, Ian & Sylvia, Gibson & Camp, the Smothers Brothers, the Simon Sisters, Civil Wars, Mitch & Mickey, Brewer & Shipley, Dylan & Baez, and MORE (including a few surprises)...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 6:00pm

Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan, April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday "changed the art of American pop vocals forever." She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", "Fine and Mellow", and "Lady Sings the Blues". She also became famous for singing "Easy Living", "Good Morning Heartache", and "Strange Fruit", a protest song which became one of her standards and was made famous with her 1939 recording.
 

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 2:00pm

Patty Ascher, a Sao Paulo Brazil-based artist comes from a musical family and has been mentored by the legendary Roberto Menescal. Earlier this summer she worked with John Pizzarelli during his Brazilian tour. She's in the Northeast this week performing and joins us on Thursday at 2 pm.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 6:00pm

Jazz violinist Regina Carter is one of today's most original and daring musicians. Classically trained, Carter grew up in Detroit, where she absorbed all of the music that Motown had to offer. In 2010, she released the critically acclaimed album Reverse Thread, an exploration of the rhythms and instruments of the African Diaspora. Carter brings her stellar technique and infectious energy to bear when she joins McPartland for "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "In A Sentimental Mood".

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:30am

He has recorded and produced some of the most important rock albums of the 70s and 80s. Always changing; never staying the same, David Bowie’s best music seemed one step ahead of everyone else; surprising even his most devoted listeners. But despite his tremendous success. Bowie’s uniquely productive career has been rocked by  drug addiction, failed relationships, poor management and sometimes paranoia. Tonight we talk with editor and writer PAUL TRYNKA about his monumental biography DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN. Tune in and listen to Paul discuss Bowie’s time in LA; his work on THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, Bowie’s friendships with Marc Bolan and Iggy Pop and Bowie’s amazingly creative period in Berlin.
 

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