One of the most diverse colleges in the USA has plans to further that agenda. Pine Manor College in Brookline MASS.seeks to open up to co-ed students from low income and minority backgrounds. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al will be speaking with Dr. Alane Shanks the new president of Pine Manor College.
In the spring of 1975, a group of diverse physicists gathered in Berkeley and formed The Fundamental Fysiks Group to investigate and ponder some of the wild and wooly philosophical and metaphysical questions posed by quantum physics. They were interested in psychic phenomena, so-called Eastern Mysticism and new ways of looking at reality. What followed was a tale involving some of the leading physicists of the day as well as such controversial figures as Uri Geller and Werner Erhard founder of EST. At the legendary Esalen Institute, numerous physics seminars were held among the hot tubs, psychedelic drugs, and free love. But what came out of all this New Age craziness were some of the best-known popular books on quantum theory and, eventually, the foundation for quantum encryption. Join us on Inquiry tonight for our conversation with DAVID KAISER, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the Program in Science, Technology and Society. His book, which tells this whole crazy story, is titled HOW THE HIPPIES SAVED PHYSICS: SCIENCE, COUNTERCULTURE, AND THE QUANTUM REVIVAL.
Science Fairs are no longer about exploding Plaster of Paris volcanoes or mouse traps and ping-pong balls to demonstrate nuclear fission. Today’s high schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years and the stakes involves prize money of many thousands of dollars and an assured future career in science. For many of these current science fair participants, winning means being able to go to the college of their choice. Writer JUDY DUTTON followed twelve contestants in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and tells their amazing stories in her new book SCIENCE FAIR SEASON: TWELVE KIDS, A ROBOT NAMED SCORCH AND WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN. Tune in and learn about what these new Einsteins and Gates are up to.
Alto saxophonist Zenón adapts some of his parents' favorite music, classic popular songs from Puerto Rico, for his jazz quartet with an additional 10-piece woodwind section, arrangements by Guillermo Klein. This is the the raved-about Newport performance of this music, subsequently released on Zenón's album Alma Adentro.
Join us as we continue our two part series paying tribute to Doc Cheatham, a trumpeter, singer, and bandleader who abandoned his family's plan to become a pharmacist to create a Jazz scene in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee where there was previously no Jazz music at all. Cheatham has played in numerous famous bands such as those of Albert Wynn, Ma Rainey, the bands of Bobby Lee and Wilber de Paris. He also performed a short stint with Chick Webb and Sam Wooding's band.
Tune in, as we pay tribute to Albert Dailey, an active pianist, who made waves in the world of Jazz from his first major gig in 1964 until his untimely death 20 years later. He was lauded by critics as a constantly evolving jazz musician, showing constant development and creativity throughout his career, which lead him into numerous musical collaborations with artists such as Damita Jo, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Herman, Sonny Rollins, and Stan Getz.
Tune into Jazz Inspired as we highlight the music of John Wilson, the British conductor, arranger and musicologist who specializes in music for the small and big screens, as well as Big Band jazz and light music. He is renowned as the creator of the John Wilson Orchestra, founded in 1992.
Inquiry welcomes back PETER SULSKI, Artistic Director for the WORCESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY and KRISTA BUCKLAND REISNER, Summer Festival
Director for the WCMS. Tonight they talk about the 2012 season, the new Café Series of concerts at The People’s Kitchen and all the unique outreach programs the Worcester Chamber Music Society is involved in. This is one of the most dynamic and creative music organizations in Central Massachusetts, so be sure to tune in and find out what they have in store. Their website is:
Soul Serenade cranks up a high-energy "Soul Tailgate" for the Patriots' Monday Night Football kickoff. At 9:00 the Soul Spotlight falls on The Sweet Inspirations and their superb 1967 album of the same name. This great backup vocal group steps out with some beautiful music of their own; it's now hard to find but we've got it for you. Tom Lucci comes off the bench to sub for Tom Shaker.
What do the violin, the kora, the accordion, the vibraphone and the vocoder have in common? Innovative jazz fiddler Regina Carter and vibraphonist Stefon Harris bring them all out to create a very contemporary sound at Dizzy's club. With kora player Yacouba Sissoko and accordionist Will Holshouser, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter explores the music of Africa - from Ugandan Jewish songs to traditional music of Madagascar and Mali. Harris and his band Blackout find inspiration in the funk and soul sound of the 70s. Wendell Pierce hosts.
All of us feel like we have a unified consciousness, a “self” that acts with a purpose that resides inside the head of this biological machine of our body. It is that little person inside our heads that makes us who we are. But recent startling findings in the neurosciences tell a very different story. Our brains function as a collection of decentralized complex systems and disunited processes that are integrated much like the programs on our PC. So how come we feel so single minded? Our very special guest tonight is DR. MICHAEL S. GAZZANIGA, Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind; President of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute and Founding Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project. His new book WHO’S IN CHARGE? FREE WILL AND THE SCIENCE OF THE BRAIN is a wonderful review of the latest findings of neurology and details what these studies tell us about where the “I” is located physically in the brain and what consciousness may be.