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Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 9:00pm

The International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn is a school where students from forty five different countries, speaking twenty-eight different languages come together to learn English and become part of American society. By the time the students arrive at school, many have survived trauma and hardship that is hard for many of us to imagine. Though at times school life is chaotic and confusing, thanks to a very dedicated staff of teachers and administrators, this school often succeeds in teaching many students English.  Despite language, social and political differences that at first seem insurmountable, students also learn  how to integrate themselves into the wider global society . Tonight’s guest is writer BROOKE HAUSER, who spent years observing the daily life of the students at International High School and has written a wonderful, yet grittily realistic book about her observations: THE NEW KIDS: BIG DREAMS AND BRAVE JOURNEYS AT A HIGH SCHOOL FOR IMMIGRANT TEENS.

From the earliest times of the great explorer scientists like Darwin, Wallace and Bates, one of the key tools they have used to explore the natural world has been to keep a detailed field notebook.  Sometimes these have been merely annotated lists of the new plants, animals and peoples, but at other times these field notebooks have been profusely and beautifully illustrated and then become unique works of art. To this day, many botanists, zoologists, paleontologists and anthropologists consider keeping detailed field notes an important art to not only record their observations but to also keep a lively record of the field experience for generations to come. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome MICHAEL R. CANFIELD, Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He has edited a sumptuous volume of essays by some of the leading field researchers about how they keep a field notebook, why they do it and why these journals are critical. Canfield’s book, which includes numerous reproductions of scientists field notes and illustrations, is titled FIELD NOTES ON SCIENCE AND NATURE.

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 6:00pm

In her continuing project Reverse Thread, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter weaves a group sound from African melodies on her violin with accordion, the harp-like kora, bass and drums. The group interprets music from Mali and Madagascar and dedicates a piece to New Orleans. Will Holshouser, Yacouba Sissoko, Chris Lightcap and Alvester Garnett are the band. NPR Music calls this set from Newport "a bright, vibrant show.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 7:00pm

LIVE! from the WICN Performance Hall: a show for St. Patrick's week. Featuring Worcester's own John Riley, the Celtic music on singer Gabriel Trilling and harpist Marie DeLuca, and the  Tom Lanigan Band, well-known to local audiences from venues in Providence and Worcester (Fiddler's Green).

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 2:00pm

On Thursday drummer, vocalist and band leader Rico Barr drops by. His band The Jump 'n' Jive Review, is one of New England's premier dance bands.  Join us Thursday at 2pm for a swinging edition of Jazz New England.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 6:00pm

Vibraphonist and band leader Stefon Harris is one of the busiest musicians in jazz: he tours with his band Blackout and the SF Jazz Collective, teaches at NYU, and is an artist-in-residence at institutions across the U.S. He’s also a three-time Grammy nominee and six-time Best Mallet Player by the Jazz Journalist Association. Harris takes to his fiery vibes playing through a set of standards and his originals.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:00pm

What is it that makes you feel disgust? Sour milk? Vomit? A disembodied cadaver? Certain bodily fluids? The feeling of disgust is universal but what sets off that feeling of repulsion varies from culture to culture. For instance, many Brits find the smell and flavor of wintergreen horrible, yet Icelanders find putrid fermented Greenland Shark a gourmet delight. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back RACHEL HERZ, teacher at Brown University and an expert on the psychology of smell and emotion. Her new book is THAT’S DISGUSTING! UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF REPULSION. Tune in tonight and learn how feeling of disgust change with age, why some people find disgusting things enjoyable and learn about the very complex relationship between disgust and empathy. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 6:00pm

Conductor/composer David Berger recently turned his focus to the lesser known tunes of Harry Warren, and talked with Judy about why Warren inspires him, and why this great composer is less well-known than other contributors to the great American songbook.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

One of our favorite ladies returns to Jazz New England Tuesday. Grace Kelly is as busy as ever. She recently recorded a live CD and DVD and later this month will perform with superstar Chris Botti! Be with us Tuesday at 2 on Jazz New England when 'rising star' Grace Kelly visits.

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 7:00pm

Sly and the Family Stone had a phenomenal run of hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They changed the sound of soul music and left people shaking their heads after seeing them live. Join host Tom Shaker as he says "Happy 69th birthday to Sly Stone!" It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 6:00pm

Singer Dianne Reeves turns every note into an alluring story. In Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, she's joined by guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Terreon Gully.

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